Thursday, August 23, 2012

As time goes by...

...and the days fly... the weekend has gone..
last Sunday in a effort to downsize the contents of my bag i thought i would make an ipad case..

while i wanted something simple, embellishment is always nice.

or not. so unpicked. in this case - simple was best after all.

But as i sniffed my way through the last few days of winter, I really wanted to complete my assignment for this weeks Claudine Hellmuth's collage class. (go to The day was speeding past. "what if you only had a couple of hours?' i thought. "wouldn't you have to just make quicker decisions?" what if you had to stop and make dinner? would that interrupt the flow? Let's just see..

The focus was on creating a 'vignette' which i understand to be a group of objects that relate.
As i often find - the image i started with and had in my mind, was not this at all.
This piece is mainly just found papers from my desk, images i purchased as digital downloads on Etsy.
The type and colouring on her was added digitally.
Then we moved into the week..

there were those squares i promised cloth julie..

which reminded me, as various stressful situations occurred around me - how calming
the old casting on can be!

ThEn as i found myself with say half an hour and an iphone i played with WURM app

which sort of gives you these digi looking patterns, rather nice wallpaper backgrounds but then i 'fused' my patterns with other apps, like scratch cam..

As it's always nice to try and replicate old fashioned methods!
then it was back to work for the week..
but as luck would have it - tomorrow is Friday.
Have you scheduled any creative time up ahead?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

STiCk at It...

Have you heard of Claudine Hellmuth? She's a collage artist,
she wrote this book..

Recently i discovered that she holds online classes over here.. (while i can't see any classes listed they are holding a free Festival of Big Ideas soon,
so why not check that out.
 I enrolled in Composition for Collage. Possibly i have had some experience in composition - having been a graphic designer for a few years. BUT! not only do i not need an excuse to do any sort of course, but well i didn't get to study art at uni - so always feel like i could do with some more learning!
Anyway... armed with various print outs and digital downloads form Etsy,
i went to the shed..

Funny how the idea in my head - was not what i ended up with at all.. As i looked around my desk i came across shots of textures i had taken on my iphone at Cockatoo Island a few weeks back.. They proved to be an excellent background. This week's exercise was looking at the 'horizon' within a composition..
This was what i ended up with.
Did you get away from it all - even if just mentally?

Doing what you love?

That is something that Beth Nicholls appears to be very good at. Currently living in Kyoto, Beth is an 'adventurer, wanderer and seeker of knowledge and beauty'. She does indeed get up to some great stuff, has fabulous
e-courses and some great ideas. One of which was the stitched postcard swap.
Last week i started mine.. i was cutting out shapes from prints that i had done with my gelli plate.

the theme for the swap was "discover".
There is something about stepping stones. On one hand they symbolise so much, yet they are also unexpected and delightful -
if you ever come across them!
 A couple of years ago i was in Kyoto - on my way to a temple in Gion and..

I came across these stones - complete with a couple of friends chatting.
So beautiful.

Anyway, the postcard swap needed to have a stitched component, so... I took a deep breath and embellished...

The final image on it's way to my swap partner in Pennsylvania..

"Discover  the possibilities"
Have you ever come across stepping stones on your travels?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

close knit... community

Somewhere along your crafty travels, if you have wandered down the Australian textile trail you would have discovered clothfabric and the wonderful work of Julie Paterson.

painting available online at 

  All images © Julie Paterson

... and striking  homewares..
ANYWAY... Look!
Here she is with a lovely new shop set to open soon..

But Julie would love your help.. creating a little bit of craft heaven..

Can you craft a square, 20cm? or a strip 15cm x 50cm?
email julie@clothfabric .com

But hey, if you're not nearby you can still peruse her lovely shop here.
just quietly: there's even a sale on too....


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