Saturday, September 24, 2011


What else should i/could i do?? on a cloudy afternoon.. but see how StopMotion app on my ipad works..
let's just say we've got a way to go before we have a mini feature.. but hey.. here's how it went..

Curious Robot

Curious Robot from tara axford on Vimeo.

now i need to work out how to slow it d-o-w-n AND find me some i-time...

Unleash your inner Banksy!

OMG! and yes, i really do need to use that phrase.. how totally excited was i when i discovered:
Fotoffitti an app that let's you i/phone/pod/pad your image as a graffiti artwork. Exclamation marks necessary indeed!!
Here is what the photo (shot via my ipad) looked like first..

Then you shake to spray, choose your wall, contrast AND how old you want it to be.. now if that isn't app developing at it's best then i don't know what is. Stencil art without the pain!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

little bit stitchy..

So after crafting myself silly last weekend - the last 48 hours were a little more relaxed and concerned with other things.. however after some time had passed i got out some fabric and began stitching..

This was project 5 in the Penny Black Stamp series, for more info see here.
This month's one was mauve and was inspired by the first Swiss embroidered stamp.
Personally i've just wanted an excuse for some 'random' machine stitching! I enjoyed using the hand dyed cotton i had added to my stash from the craft show.. the subject matter came from the memory of blue butterflies from my English childhood. Just as well it hadn't been an encounter with a wildebeest...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Little project..

Recently i learnt to crochet.
I wanted to make balls from yarn. But when i was at the craft show 2 months ago i bought some pre made balls.. finally i got around to attaching jump rings and chain to them to make a necklace.. sometimes cutting a few corners is ok, surely?
'til next time..

Back at it..

Ok, so after admitting that the 'doing nothing' of last weekend was a bit challenging, this weekend i couldn't decide between 3 possible projects..

I had purchased a 'primitive angel' pattern from here, a few weeks ago and was itching to try it out. It involved staining your fabric with coffee...

Hmm, a few hours later here's how it went..

I don't think Mr R warmed to her instantly..

I enjoyed moving out of cute world for a bit.. i then went down this path..

While i was putting this piece together it was confirmed in my head that it is ok to accumulate supplies, (even though when purchasing you can't quite visualise just what you will be doing with it), because eventually they will show their potential.. Can't wait to get back to the stash sometime soon..

More from Brisbane..

Luckily, my previously crafted red robot was well accepted by his intended owner..
The baby pictured has a talented mother who was holding a book binding workshop on a rainy Saturday afternoon..

So i sat and concentrated very hard. I scored, folded, trimmed and stitched..
in four hours i had made my 3 little books.. check out Shellbyville for more info and a chance to make your own...

It was a super little break. Gallery, family, friends, little bit of creating, little bit of doing nothing.. (ok, so that last bit was the weird bit.. but i tried my best to cope..)

Gee, is that the time?

Last weekend i was away with Miss R visiting friends + family in Brisbane. Of course this was a great opportunity to visit Surrealism: Poetry of Dreams at Goma. They do put on a good exhibition up there..and they even have their own app..

The exhibition has 180 works and a genius decision to put a cafe half way through..
Since i was visiting Shelbyville and little d (her gorgeous babe) we all appreciated a pit stop..

This part of the exhibition also has a row of interactive macs that display a surrealist manifesto style newspaper created with very attractive graphics.. definitely worth a 'play'. Whilst i was enjoying my hugs with little d, as soon as we hit the childrens' area of the exhibition i had to hand him back to his mother immediately...

Once Miss R realised us grown ups were going to be here a while she took a spot at the collage bench..
Then there were the pre-printed ink blots which were desperately awaiting re-interpretation..
I couldn't go past..

While miss r also saw an animal..

And if collage, cutting & pasting, and drawing weren't enough, they also had sculpture windows! Everyday objects in co-ordinating colours were available to 'sculpt'. THEN you could use the built in camera to send your masterpiece via email or to a mobile.

Just as well a) the car parking had expired, b) it was lunch time c) school children seemed to be otherwise occupied... or there would've been tears.. and they wouldn't be coming from the young folk..


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