Friday, 25 September 2009

Fabricate Friday

Course work

Paper pulp coloured with silk paint

Must make some paper with this!

Update: Later this evening whilst Daughter was helping at Brownies and Son was having his "Friday Down Time" - his words not mine! I was in the garage, listening to the Robin mark out his territory and used the pulp to create some interesting papers to use later.

I also made some brown paper pulp and white napkin pulp paper to use in the edging section.

I used some interesting grid material purchased at Ally Pally last year to work into with hand and machine stitch later once the pulp has dried.

Using silk paper string I have made a grid which will have pulp added in the morning and then embroidery embellishment.

Also today:-

Apron made for Local "Friends of Guiding" Group

- another 9 to go!

Edible Fabrications

This was made on Wednesday, but still, as Daughter made it all by herself with her Mother hovering in anticipation of licking the bowl, I just wanted to add it.

Mars bars, cheerios and white chocolate - yum!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

So you think YOUR house is full of "stuff"?

If any of you are thinking "Where has all this stuff come from" while wandering around your homes spare a thought for the woman who lived in this building - in the middle of the photo - and the stuff spread out around it was once inside it!!!!

If you are able click on this photo to enlarge and see how much stuff you can identify!!!
Sadly the photo doesn't do it justice as there probably a further 2cm of photo each side of this one just covered with plastic bags, clothes, suitcases, posh shop shopping bags, best china, empty food pots (clean fortunately) - you name it and it was probably there. Now I'm not the most tidiest of women - confession time - but even I wished I could gather up the stuff and put it in the nearest skip! Sadly it was part of an exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. So I tried my best to curb my urges and appreciate it as a piece of art. If only I could take the feelings the exhibition created and use them around my home - now where's that telephone number of the local skip company?

Friday, 18 September 2009

Fabricate Friday and a trip to Sandown Park

I have been collecting the scraps of fabric and threads whilst working - waste not want not - and putting them in a plastic wallet knowing I would do something with them later. I then thought it might be fun to sew a grid over the the wallet to keep the scraps in place and then - in a ventilated room - heated it with a heat gun to see what happened

The Result

More detailed photo

I think it needs more heat to create more holes and then I will try to trap the paper pulp on it too! I'll try this sometime later this evening in between being Taxi Mum for Brownies and choir!

I visited Sandown Park today for the Craft show - what a disappointment! Not so much the quality, I was able to spend enough money at the favourite stalls that were there, but the question was... Where was everybody else? I have been going to Sandown for a many a year and in the early days all three floors were in use and it was very busy. This year only the main area was in use. Credit Crunch, Greedy Promoters charging too much, or has the bubble bust in the Hobby Craft business? Your opinions welcome...

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Window Treatment!

Beats swags and pellets

Wanted to share these two photos taken at St. Paul's, a village dating back to Medieval times, near to Nice. I just love the patterns on the jugs and kettle. By looking at the ceramic tile it is a promotional display of Liz Ellard's work. The whole village is devoted to arts and crafts.

Friday, 11 September 2009

The Inaugural Fabricate Friday!

Yes, as promised I will be posting C & G coursework later on today.

New term, new outlook!

BUT first - To throw or not to throw?

I was hoping for a few more suggestions, but I need to make a decision!
So it's up in the loft until - in a Maggie Grey way - they can be untilised into something else. Time needs to separate me from how I feel about what I created and their usefulness as a creative piece.

Posting more later...

Spent the afternoon updating the Module Four blog which took an age to upload the photos. Chapters One, Two and Three now done.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

To throw away or not to throw...

Yes that is the question!

You have attended a workshop, and although very useful at the time of doing it, you find the pieces you return home with are not inspirational.

Do you:

A) Keep them in a box under the workbench? - you'll open the box now and again when you stub your toe and then close the box in disapointment

B) Put the box in the loft! - to be found during a fit of guilt after watching "How Clean is Your Hoarded Rubbish" or some other guilt inducing programme.


C) Realise life is too short so move on there's plenty more ideas waiting to be made and loving stored in the box!

Your thoughts welcome.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Like new fallen snow...

It's the last friday of the holidays
School has been visited for approx. an hour while both Darlings met their Form Tutor and set their targets for the year. Then we hit Kingston - sadly not Jamaica, but Kingston upon Thames where I bought about three items in each shop -M & S, East, Fat Face - well, I would have done but the wallet wouldn't allow! Isn't it always the same? - when I have the birthday/Xmas cash at hand there's nothing I like. Son complained as usual, even when we explained we were only there to buy new school trousers and school bag for him! New bus passes have arrived so we are on track for Monday.

So why "new fallen snow"?

That's how I see Monday and the new term ahead, clean and white with no foot prints. I'm trying not to think how long it will take before it turns to slush! I spent yesterday filling in the calendar with all the family/school/and other organisations committments upto the end of the year. Now I am going to blank out my C & G coursework time and hopefully keep the snow "crisp and even" and keep to the plan.

Next Friday will be "Fabricate Friday" . Funnily enough although this stands for "construct, create and make" - it also means "fake, falsify and trump up" so I'm covered for all eventuallities!!

Off to organise the Darlings to get the bags packed and tidy the work room ready for our new terms.

I'll leave you with this view of the beach from what became our favourite Restaurant, taken on the last evening in Antibes. The food and wine were delicious, my DH of 20 years charming and attentive as always, and the waiters - Oh, such beautiful French men ( makes a change for the ladies to have the chance to oggle while perusing the menu!)

But all I could think of was how I could capture this image in fabric and threads - or any other stuff lying around long enough to be incorporated in it - angelina fibres, foils, sequins...

... another thing to add to the Creative To Do List!