Friday, March 30, 2012
I'll keep you posted about these developments - mwahaha! In the meantime, there is a new kid on the blogosphere block so head over here to check out Emmica's new blog, paperbagprincess. I think it is going to be heaps of fun to follow!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
|Little Miss, EPNS, printed tin, brass, 7x4cms (brooch)|
And here is how I made her ...
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
|pic nicked from here|
(yep that is a real animal heart) The concept behind the piece ( a Memento Mori ) is a very big-brain idea. But I want wearable. I want tough and more often than not that means I want METAL. At least as a substructure. Mind you, I am not gonna wear GaGa's meat frock anywhere either so maybe it is just a flesh thing? No, it really is that I am sooper dooper simplistic and want to make stuff that can be worn. At this point in my life I am going to leave the big brain stuff to those with bigger brains and more interesting things to say. I really like using pewter from old tableware etc but it is pretty soft and not all that suitable for brooches etc without some kind of support. I have a heap of pewter but a dig through my boxes of metal odd bods did not come up with anything inspiring so I high tailed it to the oppie. Here is where the Universe bit comes in - they had tubs of old metal trays that they were practically giving away. Serendipity? Fate? Or perhaps whoever is in charge isfinally tuning in to my brain and does that mean I should get an aluminium hat? The oppie is apparently pretty keen to get rid of the trays going as far as placing a "penalty price" on them. If you buy 1 tray it will cost you two dollars. Alternatively, you can buy two trays for one dollar! This is what I picked up ...
Scrummy aren't they? And just what I needed. Deconstructing this stuff is hard yakka though - this is what it looks like -
Now I am ready to go - stay tuned to see what these become! In the meantime don't forget to put your requests to the Universe and see what happens - Providence could be yours. Failing that, you will have a good excuse to hit up the thrift store!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I have just been dragged into the 21st Century with the aquisition of a smart phone. So, now I am trying out all the fun functions (try saying that really quickly!) and blogging is one of thdm. Fingers crosse
ick pic of my little clock innards - it was a Flea Market Find a few weeks ago but adding a link is defeating me right now - sorry!
Monday, March 12, 2012
These are some of the things I found in my thrifting adventures this week. There are a couple of lovely bootmakers stakes that I will clean up and use for forging metal bits and pieces. All this stuff is pretty grubby but underneath the grime lies potential - I mean just look at the great shape of those jars! Amongst this lot is also a small traveling clock and a whole stack of cogs and gears ...
On the other side of the thrifting spectrum, I came across a bunch of dainty treats ...
These bits all came from the one shop - I love finding nice pieces of embroidery ( I have ZERO skills in this area) and of course a new tin to cut up is always welcome! The fabric that everything is sitting on was also a good find - it is huge and has a bunch of interesting patterns - it is kind of a faux patchwork.
The ear-ring bobs are in good shape and I will incorporate them into a necklace I think.
Without doubt though the lace is my favourite thing - it is much more beautiful when you hold it in your hands than when you see it here. I have been reading about lace-makers and the history of lace recently and whilst I have no idea where or how this particular piece of lace was made, it seemed serendipitous that I should find it.
As always, it is fun to join in with Sophie and the gang! I wanted to share this video from You Tube which is a mini-doco on lacemaking traditions in Cyprus and the difficulties the women face sustaining their craft in a modern world. It made me think about how many other traditional "womens" craft practices are dying out and how much more appreciative of the handmade I become with each passing year!
Friday, March 9, 2012
|Torch-fired enamel headpins, steel,paper and resin shapes, pewter beadcaps, pewter bezel with vintage mother-of-pearl button|
|Lens, paper, steel wire, pearl, reclaimed pewter and recycled cotton.|
Sometimes 'design by making' is the only way to go! Have a great week-end.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The paper was stained by the patina - darker where it had pooled and even a bit of colouration in places. Now because I had seen Jay Chou's work, I looked at this a bit more intensely than perhaps I would usually have done - truth be told I generally just screw it up and chuck it in the bin! Any how, I whipped out my trusty pencil and added a few lines and this iis what transpired ...
Now my point ( and there truly is one - I promise!) is not that I am a great artist - clearly - but rather that because I had been exposed to an artists work, I looked at things differently - with new eyes if you like. Hence my outlook was broadened and who knows how this may influence my own work/life and in turn the impact I might have on those around me? Perhaps I will look more creatively at a problem and you know - solve it creatively! Such is the ripple effect of art, seeing it, experiencing it. It is a no-brainer as far as I can tell - we really do need art in our lives. If there happen to be any govern-mental types out there who have the ear of those in control of the money - please spread the word - We Need Art. Art Needs Funding. Shit. I think I just twisted my ankle getting off my soapbox.
Monday, March 5, 2012
On to the workshops! The first one was called "Back On The Chain Gang" and over two outrageously hot days (I am talkin' about the weather people - sheesh!), Kieth taught us how to make our very own beautiful jumprings and clasps and fancy links. He got us to experiment with steel wire so that we understood its properties and led us through the very beginnings of chain making to the final clean and polish.
These are some of the samples that Kieth showed us - most he made althought there are a couple he found as well.
Here is some of the work we made. Some of us couldn't resist making our links and so forth into wearable pieces.
I really like the way JoJo took the skills Kieth taught us and just ran with it, imbuing her work with her very own style!
... no, no, not "walk like an Egyptian" - he told us to go home and use the process we had learned straight away. At least once because then it will stick in your brain even if you don't get to revisit it for a while. So I did. This is what I made ....
I may need to make several hundred more of these to make them as pretty and as finished as Mr Lo Bue's but thanks to 'teach', I am on my way!
Sunday, March 4, 2012
These were heaps of fun to make and since I didn't have any idea of the 'proper' process, there was a fair bt of trial and error ...
Overall though I would say this was a successful foray into an unknown quarter ...
Of course my favourite ones are the red ones! Now, what to make with them - oh the possibilities are endless!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
You can see why it attracted my attention right? It is colourful, has bunting and an intriguing bunch of stuff on the footpath. Well this is far more than a thrift store - this is an Emporium! It is in fact "Lola's Garage". Don't let the little shopfront fool you - this is an enormous space - it extends into a shed out the back and it is full, top to bottom, of quirky, cool and fun stuff. I am going to let the pictures do the talking!
These gals are dedicated to the reuse of stuff and have assembled a fantastic array of things that you can wear, eat out of or just admire! I highly recommend a stop at Nhill to visit this place - take a wad of dollars though 'cos you are gonna want to walk out with a whole bunch of stuff! You will find Lola's Garage at 54 Victoria Street Nhill or virtually, over on Facebook.