Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Watch out - I have to finish this soon - can't let it go on any longer.
I'm also working on Mod 3 at the same time! Got some more button ideas. If only my body could keep up with my overactive brain. Hey ho........................
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Piece measures approx 8 x 5 inches. Click on image to enlarge.
I would recommend Angie's courses - she's very knowledgeable and extremely kind and patient - I can vouch for that!
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Sheep under the trees (sculptures). the old rusting roller under the tree adds a nice rustic touch! Do you remember the wooden sheep at Urchfont last year???
Lovely planted ceramic piece by Nigel Edmondson. How organic can you get!
Some photos: Dancing Queen by Kathy Turner
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Item: creature bag
Dimensions: base: 25cm x 15cm, height: 25 cm approx
I made a first prototype which was slightly too big and cumbersome, so I reduced the dimensions. This also had the effect of making the bag more stable when standing. The rather square, chunky base tapers into a curved, swan-like handle. The curve is echoed and emphasised by top stitching to suggest a wing, a feather, the direction of fur, even the footprints of a herd of migrating beasts!
I felt I would not be happy using every scrap of my home-made fabrics, so whittled my choice down to a few. Additional embellishments were also kept to a minimum for maximum effect.
The prototype was made from Funky Foam (what a discovery) and was relatively easy to cut and piece together. The foam is strong enough to withstand being used as a template for fabric pieces. In this case the sections have been assembled, taken apart and reassembled several times.
I noted your helpful comments about the interior and exterior being very different but complementary. I liked the suggestion that the inside could be a “tactile” experience, so decided to make it downy and soft, like a nest.
Create inner fabric from natural-coloured soft calico. This is cut and pieced with wide seams facing forward. These seams will then be frayed and “hacked” to give a feathery appearance and feel.
Front and back foam sections are joined at the top of the bag and the feathery fabric is attached.
Inner “handle” – printing onto gauze – “No creatures were harmed to make this item” – “NO” in bright red. Machined onto square of calico and frayed.
(Beware - bone "teeth" lurking within fluffy layers to trap unwary fingers)
Feathery fabric is applied to each of the remaining sections (base and 2 x side panels).