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
Well, it’s been a while, but I’m going to try and get back on track with Wednesday Felt Showcases, where I show you some of the lovely work that is for sale by other talented makers on Felt.co.nz.
Given the lovely sunshine we’ve been seeing recently, I felt it was time for a celebration of summer. I found all these items by searching for the keyword “summer”, and then I found myself being drawn to a whole lot of sunny yellow!
I’ve just been watching the final of NZ MasterChef, and inspired by the yummy food that Brett and Kelly were serving up, I went searching for edibles, and edible-inspired goodies on www.felt.co.nz.
I found vibrant coloured tea, a cute little cupcake-packaged baby shower gift set, and a lovely cupcake decorating set, amongst very delish-looking felt faux food and a gorgeous apron to keep you tidy in the kitchen when you’re whipping up your own yummy treats.
So, there’s this new thing happening on Felt each Wednesday, where members showcase some of their favourite items. It’s called “I <3 Felt”, and I’m playing for the first time this week. Being a bit of a collector of notions, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this rose made from zips by zippitydooda, and I’ve taken it from there, with a collection of florally goodness from felt!