Tag Archives: Fabric

New Year, New Love

Happy New Year to you Friends!

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So, apparently it’s 2013. Does anyone else think that sounds just too futurama? Like we should at least be getting about on hover craft or something….                               

 I had so many good intentions of sharing the flurry of making and baking that consumed our home over the Christmas celebrations. Somehow though,  sleep and eating sugary treats were all I could manage in those fleeting moments of quiet, so I will give you  a recap soon.                                                         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Todays chit chat is all about my shiny, all absorbing new love …

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Oh the giddy joy found in under-over-under, repeat!IMG_2784

The new year has brought with it a burst of intense making. I have delighted in many happy moments at my homemade weaving loom, often with my Little Babe snoozing  in the sling while Miss C ‘organises’ my fabric stash…

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I have even got my lovely nieces hooked. Miss 5 and Miss 7 were mesmerised by the texture explosion that is my bundle of fabric strips, and we whipped up a couple of simple mini looms for them to experiment with. I managed to keep my inner teacher quiet and refrain from harping on about the importance of alternating the under and overs. Instead, I  played with my own weaving alongside them, watching the joy on their faces as they gleefully commentated their fabric choices and creative decisions. Three of us making and learning and loving the textile goodness forming under our fingers.

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Some of these makings have even made their way out of the studio and into a wonderful new local gallery – but that’s a story for another post; right now my love is calling me….

Megan

Behind The Scenes: Painting and pottering

Hello Friends.

It’s all go here at AVS Headquarters, with a lovely new product coming together just in time for bestowing on lucky loved ones for Christmas (sneak peak coming soon….).

Amidst the plotting, planning and cutting, I have also had the screen printing paint out; Miss C took one look at the pots of bright colour and declared she must help!

Time to get messy…

{As you can see, the paintbrushes in the first photo were quickly abandoned for the thrill of cold, sloppy paint squishing through little fingers}.

I dug out a piece of white fabric from the depths of ‘The Stash’, and wrapped it around some cardboard. We decided that once it was painted, we could sew it into a “special resting pillow for resting”. There followed much happy chatting about the process – Miss C gave an excited running commentary on the way the colours were blending together, and I focused on not caring that the colours were all blending together…

So much fun was had that it was time to move onto some potato stamping.

I carved some shapes into some teeny potatoes that had seen better days, but were just the right size for little hands. After a rather epic cleanup, we re-loaded the palette and Miss C set about trying them all out. After the wild abandon of the finger painting, I think this proved to be rather dull, and after a couple of goes each it was “time to pack up Mummy”. I think my little girl is a chip off my block – we both seem to be happiest with spontaneous creativity over lots of rules.

No doubt my right hand girl will lead us off on another adventure to share soon. After a weekend full of sunshine, friends and some decadent pizza-devouring, it’s time to knuckle down and get making.

Happy Monday!

Megan.

Creative Crush Wednesday: I’m smitten!

Hello Friends.

It’s true. I can’t hide it anymore.                                                                                                    I am totally in love with the work of encaustic artist Robin Luciano Beaty and I just have to share her brilliance with you….

Oh. My. Goodness. The TEXTURE. The LAYERS. The COLOUR. The little scraps of FABRIC. The snippets of HANDWRITING. Did I mention the TEXTURE?

For the record, encaustic painting is described by the ever trusty Wikipedia as:

” Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax… Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface” – in Robin’s case, that would include nails, metal fibres, mesh, cloth, lace, paper and photographs.

(Click on all images to link to Youtube source:)

While these images look like whole paintings in themselves, they are in fact close ups to show the detailed layering that goes into each work. I know, delicious.

I have always been intrigued by encaustic art making in my creative jaunts around art and design school, but somehow have not stumbled upon the wonderfulness of Ms Beaty until now (thanks again, Pinterest!). I have complete studio envy, and would quite like to spend my days wielding a blow torch and mixing up caramel-y layers of wax. Actually, I wouldn’t mind rocking a tank top and bangs like that either ….

If you are as enamoured as I am, you will enjoy a good potter through Robin’s website here, where you can sigh delightedly over an extensive catalogue of work.  And check out Youtube here and here to see these lovelies being created… and a spot of rollerskating. True.

Happy Wednesday folks.

Miss Edith makes her debut…

Hello Friends.

Meet Miss Edith.

I have been just a little swept away with weaving here of late, and Edith is the result of lots of gleeful pottering around with twigs and lace and favourite fabric scraps.

There is just something so lovely about building up a tiny little tapestry of treasured textures and colours, unsure how it will all hang together until the last little piece has nestled in with the rest.  I will admit to some child-like hand clapping after the last bit of tricky knotting and weaving in of warp threads, and wrestling disobedient twigs into place… I feel a new obsession may have taken hold!

We have big plans, Miss Edith and I, but for now you can find her in blush or blue  having cups of tea and cake with her friend E for Ethel.

 

Happy Monday!

Megan.