As much as I curse them as they try to slap my face as I’m cycling along the waterfront on my way to Wellington, I think that harakeke in bloom are a thing of great beauty. In fact, I might even be a little bit obsessed with drawing them – if you ever come across a page of my doodles, you will almost certainly find a few of them.
I also love the statuesque forms of cabbage trees (ti kouka) striding across the landscape. Even in utero I had an obvious affinity with them – my mother’s waters broke while she was at an art gallery looking at a painting of a cabbage tree!
So, when I did a introduction to screen printing class last year at Wellington Makerspace, and needed an image at short notice, it’s little surprise that this is what I came up with.
One of my current business objectives is around starting to create my own fabric designs. Now, this is definitely a bit of a stretch goal for me, for although once upon a time I was going to be a primary school teacher specialising in art education, somehow over the last 20 years I’ve drawn less and less. I guess this is going to force me to draw more! I also have a bit of upskilling to do in terms of my digital image manipulation, so I can begin designing fabrics for digital printing as well. But in the meantime, I’m looking forward to rekindling my teenage love of printmaking.
All this brings me to the first fabric of the week for 2014 – my own design, Ti Kouka me Harakeke, screen printed onto calico or upcycled heavy white drill, in chocolate brown or dark green. Products you can have made from this are:
Simple calico tote, Height: 40cm, Width: 35 cm – $25
Market bag, white cotton drill, reinforced flat bottom, Height: 35 cm Width: 33 cm Depth: 10cm – $40
Small piped cushion, calico, with vintage button closure on back, Height: 35 cm, Width: 35 cm – $60
Lampshade, calico, design printed multiple times around circumference, Diameter: 30cm, Height: 27 – $90
Just a quick post to show you what I’ve been working on over the last few days.
When my mother was visiting in May we took a class in Lampshade making together at Made Marion. Since then I’ve been perfecting my technique, and I am now offering lampshade for sale. The selection above will be heading in to my shop, Made It later this week (but if you want one of them, get in contact with me soon – the pink foxes is definitely a one off, and I have limited qualities of the other fabrics).
The great news with these is that I’ve confirmed the lampshade making supplies I’m using are NZ made too – and yes, I am building them from scratch, so I can also offer a custom-made service to your dimensions.
I’ve set up a gallery with more detailed shots of each of the lampshades, in case you want a closer look.
While I’ve known for a few weeks that it wasn’t broken (phew!), they were concerned about tendon damage, so I’ve had to be very careful, and using scissors was absolutely out. But now I’m allowed to start cutting again! So I made these wee fellows to celebrate.
Opps, look at the date! How did July roll around so quickly?
I’ve always thought of July as treat month. Not just because so many people I know have birthdays around now, but also because I think we all need the odd little treat in July just to remind us that Winter isn’t really that unbearable. So I’ve put together a few little treats that I found on Felt, little luxuries to make life a little easier as we wait for spring to roll around (and I’m ever adament that spring starts in August!)
Honey and Spice make delicious sounding lip balms, for a very reasonable price, and given what winter does to my lips, little luxuries like this are pretty much a necessity. As is a good hand cream, to stop the cold air taking its toll. I’m on my second lot of Sabine’s No Snag – it really is such a nice moisturiser, I thoroughly recommend it.
I’ve picked a cuff by Fireworks, a local Wellington jeweller. I love looking at her work, as the shapes are so intricate and beautiful. I think I would feel incredibly elegant wearing any of her pieces. Speaking of feeling elegant, one mustn’t forget beautiful lingerie. By Nature Bamboo Lingerie did a photoshoot recently, and I love the old-worldy feeling they created with their bush boudoir setting.
I tend to spend much of winter feeling sorry for myself because it’s so cold. Until I remember my mum telling me that you lose 50% of your body heat through your head. At which point if I’m lucky I also remember to put a hat on. Isn’t this one by poppy&bee snuggly looking!
Which leaves Little Ladies’ Vogue Ladies. I would love to one day add one of Anmea’s originals to my collection of tiles that I’ve bought from her. One day.
And oops, look at the date. Apparently we’re one day further into July than we were when I started this post.
I have a new way of doing things in my wardrobe – dresses! I’ve especially been loving the versatility of knit dresses. If I ever manage to actually make it to the gym before work, they’re a lot less hassle when it comes to getting dressed. Or on the odd occasion that I bike the 18 km to work, they pack down nicely in my panier.
I’ve also been trying to be much more conscientious in my fashion choices, buying predominantly NZ or Australian made clothes. And now it’s time to take it one step closer, and start buying handmade (when I’m not making something for myself, of course).
I took a look on felt to see what is available in the way of dresses, and this is what I found. As you can see, I’m torn between sleek merino dresses and pretty feminine dresses. Merino won out this time (it being winter and all) and I’m having one custom-made by harpie-girl!
So, we have a new guilty pleasure in our household. We’ve found one show on new channel U that has us glued to the set each week. It’s called Junk Raiders: 2 freecyclers have been teamed up with 4 traditional construction and design professionals. There’s a demanding client, who wants a barren warehouse turned into a sleek modern luxury loft appartment, on a budget of $5000. Reality tv melt-downs guaranteed.
It is possible that this is the epitome of trashy tv!
However, freecycling is a laudable pursuit, as are upcycling and recycling. So this week’s I <3 Felt Showcase features items made from upcycled or recycled materials. Remember, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Browsing the front page of Felt today something under Fresh on Felt caught my eye. It was a clock. A magic, enchanted clock. It’s by a new seller, snowfawn, and it is totally adorable.
So then of course I had to look for more clocks. Below, ladies and gentlemen, is my pick of what I found. Lasercut clocks, clocks made out of plates, clocks that look like they are straight out of Dr Suess, and even clocks made out of record players!!! (And there are also clocks made out of records, but I don’t think you could play them on the record player clocks…)
And to mark the passage of time, take a closer look at that record clock. Would I be giving away too much if I mentioned that I happened to once have the album that single came from on cassette? Apparently memorabilia from my 3rd form year is now vintage. How quickly time doth pass. *Le sigh*.
It’s Wednesday, and time for me to browse through the awesome goodness that is Felt.co.nz. This evening’s selection was inspired by the Back Benches Summer Tour on Channel 7 – tonight they were in Kaikoura, so I went looking for sea, whale and beach related items. Here’s what I found!
I guess it’s no secret. I <3 handmade. And this weekend I’ll be making that love public at A Craft Affair in Christchurch.
This week I feature some of my fellow sellers at A Craft Affair. Many are from Christchurch and Canterbury, and then there are few from further afield (like me). A Craft Affair has taken over the mantle of Craft2.0 in Christchurch, so all the sellers are handpicked and everything there is guaranteed to be amazing.
Do come along and say hello, and check out all the lovely handmade wares, such as those below, on offer this Sunday, 11am till 3pm, at Our City O-Tautahi, corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace, Christchurch.