Monday, June 4, 2018

Gathering Trinkets in Concrete / Mosaic Session with Friends at The Adelaide Remakery

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 While decluttering and packing up for this impending move out of Australia, it occurred to me that I could (or should) compile all the little trinkets -- cracked ceramic bowls from past travels and gifted jewellery -- into a memento. A simple and useable object.

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 The lovely friends and crew of The Adelaide Remakery rallied together and organised a it's-not-a-farewell-party at their shop one evening.

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 It was as wild as a craft party could get: kitty cupcakes and lamingtons and chocolate-covered licorice were involved. I loaded most of my glass beads onto the tray of cement. They aren't visible in these pictures as they all sank!

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 In a careless hurry, and in order to make it for the mover's visit in a couple of days, I thought it would've been fine to take my wet tray home. Lesson learnt: Never transport a wet tray of cement.

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 Trying to salvage the situation, a late night of digging my claws into wet cement ensued. Half of the cement was lost (washed down the drain) as I picked out the hundreds of itty-bitty sunken beads.

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 But alas, the ridges at the bottom of the plastic tray made the concrete piece less solid than it looked. This effort crumbled into 500 pieces the moment I picked the tray up to set it into my packing box for the movers.

 We shall re-visit this concrete mosaic the next time we are in Seattle!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

So Long Adelaide, Hello Seattle

Packing our lives into boxes again (but now with a house to sell). We are relocating to #Seattle. It's that time again. Time to dust off this figurative old journal to document something of significance. But is anybody reading this?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Maximum and Minimum Temperatures - Woven Bags - January to March 2017

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Uff, finally caught up with the making of these fabric temperature weavings and totes.

Including the minimum (night) temperatures made the story complete, in my opinion.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weather Pattern a.k.a. Temperature Project. January 2017 -- Wabisabi Geeky Woven Bag

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Late last year, Friend Sue planted this crafty seed in my head: create something according to the daily temperature, inspired by the 'Temperature Blanket' crochet or knitted projects that have made their presence on the interweb.

The inner geek and stash-busting crafter in me accepted the challenge. Boom! Done. We have our daily maximum recorded temperature data* for all 31 days of January 2017 presented on this wabisabi weaving.

I have decided to make this project more bite-sized and relevant to my style and work since large projects such as blankets, quilts and scarves aren't my cup of tea...

Behold Miss January 2017. 1st Jan begins at the top.

Onward to 11 more bags!

*Based on my home location 500m above sea level.

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Vegetable Gardening version 2, 2017

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Giving this gardening thing another go, we relocated our vegetable beds and fruit trees to the other face of the house. This is a sunnier position and looks promising. One major lesson from the past year was irrigation. Having a timer to do the watering eliminated the task of remembering to keep the little roots happy.

 The positives thus far:
  • A storm on Boxing Day last year broke our lemon tree at the base. We are happy to see it recovering and regenerating profusely, a few weeks later.
  • We have our first fig.
  • The tomatoes are clearly enjoying the new location.
The yet-to-learn:
  • Pests and diseases! Always a challenge when living with bugs.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Small Screen Printed Zipper Change or Card Holders

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Small, but not so small zipper pouches. Little happy things that I enjoyed working on.

What may have instigated this was the request for:
something small to put a gift voucher in; or
something flat and light and/or Australian-inspired* to mail overseas; or
something handmade and unique as a Kris Kringle / Secret Santa present for this gift-giving season!

*Chicken and cats do not count :D

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Mixed Media Art - Screen printed Bird - Upcycled Collage - Textile Postcard or Wall Art

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To pick a favourite from the multi-step process is not possible. They were all enjoyable -- from sketching the birds, cutting the stencil, pressing the ink through the silk screen and finally piecing the little bird fabrics on to cardboard.

OK, so my least favourite would be cutting the stencil part :D

The end result of superimposing prints surprises me!

Little postcard-sized pieces of art, I'd proclaim.


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bird Illustrations - the few familiar Australian natives

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Created a handful of bird illustrations in keeping with the 'Put a bird on it' theme...  The first stencil I made was of the Crimson Rosella. It is a very colourful bird which I thought would best fit the rainbow patchwork tote.

For now, the other feather friends -- the Laughing Kookaburra, Galah, Magpie and Chook -- are safely stored in my sketchbook for amusement's sake. They have been fun to draw!

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