Fancy seeing you here, it’s been a while! Uh yes..so in a nut shell.. I finished my Graphic Design Diploma, flew overseas to Vietnam for 2 weeks (Crazy! Insane! Amazing! Beautiful, friendly and delicious!) then coming home I had a nice pile of freelance design work to do, woo hoo!! But of course all this has sucked a few months out of me and I haven’t had time for anything else.. until now! Sort of, actually I have been taking a few photos in my spare time and what not.
Anyhow! So creative crafty goodness what has been happening in that respect? School assignments, holiday photography and the latest of course being the freelance work. I’ll share here my last project which was in fact a logo, business card AND shop sign design!!! SHOP SIGN! Biggest design project yet and I actually managed to get it all organised, printed etc. Amazing! I’m very excited about this one.
I really like to make stuff! And I like it even more when I can upcycle old crap that was going to be thrown out and turn it into something awesome. This cuts down on waste and saves you money, and I like that too.
So I wanted to make some kind of ‘memo board’ where I can write down lists of things I need to do, reminders, wish lists.. all my art related stuff in one place. And of course, make it pretty. So I did a little research for ideas and inspiration and found this little beauty at ‘House of Giggles’ which you can find here: http://myhouseofgiggles.blogspot.com Of course, I put my own twist on the design and tried to use items I all ready had. If you’re anything like me – a bit of a hoarder, then it’s not hard to find everything you need at home!
To make this one I used a hot glue gun, an old picture frame that had no glass, some wire, acrylic/enamel paint, random beads & buttons, ribbon, broken jewelry, broken glass dew drop, a peg, peacock feather, a fork, recycled pieces of paper.
Firstly, I bent the wire into interesting curly shapes and folded the ends around the wooden backing of the frame. (Check that it still fits into the frame with the wire on it)
To paint the board I used burgundy and black acrylics smeared together, 2 coats. When it was completely dry I put the wire curls back on and taped them at the back while I used a hot glue gun to glue them into place. (You’ll need to hold the wire down in most areas but it doesn’t take too long to grip.) With each glue spot I squished a button or bead onto it. Don’t forget to glue the back as well and remove the tape.
I painted the frame with black gloss enamel paint, and put it all together. Then to pretty it up a bit more I went through my collections of shiny salvaged treasures (I collect all sorts of broken jewelry, beads, buttons, ribbons, odds and ends) and plucked out a few pieces to add. Have a play around, see what works.. get creative!
The fork was bashed with a hammer to curl a prong and make it into a pen holder. I used a mini peg to attach pieces of paper for my notes and all the paper is (and will) come from chopping up pre-used paper. photos, business cards and folded notes can all be slotted into the curly wire design.
So there it is! Hope I’ve inspired you to try making one. The best part is you design it to suit you – add photos, hang your keys on it, write a bunch of positive messages and change them around or get your friends to write notes. Try and use things you all ready have so you’re recycling and it doesn’t cost you anything!
..well lets just hope it all goes to plan! So, I finally found a gallery to exhibit my faery photos in!! It’s small, but a perfect location as it’s connected to a faery shop! I still have to fill out the forms, have everything approved.. I probably shouldn’t be talking too much about it in case it falls through but I just can’t help myself!
I’m still deciding on what to call it, and I’m waiting for some prints to arrive so I can make sure the quality is good enough for exhibiting. I’ve all ready decided on the music I want played, and I’m finalising the selection of pictures to have displayed. (I’m thinking probably around 10 large photos, then getting some smaller photos made up so people can still purchase a print without blowing their budget.)
My last solo show was in 2008 so it’s been a while and I can’t wait!! I will keep you posted with the progress.. if it goes ahead then I’ll be having an opening night in a couple of months. Weeeeeee!!!
We all know what it’s like.. you discover an idea or get a new pattern then get all inspired to create something. Before you even begin you can’t stop thinking about how amazing your new item will be when it’s finished. You start thinking about who else you could make one for, different colours or styles you can try.. “hell I could make them to sell online and get really rich, quit my day job and live my life doing what I love!!” Well I dunno if you’ve been there but I know I certainly have.
Then.. like a slap in the face your dream comes crashing down and shatter before your very eyes, when you realise the beautiful scarf you have been working on somewhat resembles the unidentified raggered item the dog threw up last week. *sigh* Suddenly all that inspiration and motivation is gone and you feel like you’ve just wasted the past how-ever many hours of your life.
Well, we’re are not alone. To lift your spirits once again I suggest you have a good read of the blog ‘craftfail’ where you can read (and see hilllarious photos) of other peoples craft FAILS! Sound weird? It kind of is. It’s funny weird. And it makes me laugh every time. Follow the link here: www.craftfail.com and you’ll see what I mean.
“I had some leftover soft cotton/acrylic blend yarn from a washcloth I made so I decided I was going to make a stuffed thing. Only I figured, “Pattern? Eh! Patterns are for sissies! I DUN NEED NO STEENKEEN PATTERN!”.
I ended up with Mickey the Crack Mouse. *LOL*”
So there’s no need to suffer in silence any longer, you may even find your inspiration come back when you realise just how BAD some of these things are! Or you might even find the humour in your own fail and decide to add it.. check out some of the funny craftfails that made me smile today..
To the left is the original design, on the right is this lady’s craft fail. Did she sew the sleeves to.. another coat? I’m not sure what she’s done, but she claims she was hung over when she did it. Personally, I think she was still drunk.
Here you can see a beautiful picture of the common bath bomb. What a lovely gift it would make for a special friend! Well it didn’t quite work out that way for this creative crafter.. Perfect gift for someone you want to see deeply dissapointed.
‘That stuff was cemented into the vase and I could not get it out!’
The very talented Joseph and Donny Ha Corsentino are the amazing artists behind ‘Time of the Faeries,’ which is the original source of inspiration for my own ‘Faery Photos’. (And to my mum’s horror, my tattoo!)
Geez, it’s only a tiny one mum! Hehe.. anyways, Time of the Faeries is a picture book about the faeries, angels and darklings returning to earth. It is, of course, full of amazing photographs of street faeries, punk vampri and battle angels.. Very kool pictures, and I also love the costumes the models are wear. (Well, if they’re wearing any!) Lots of layers with belts, heaps of jewelry and accessories.
You can view the website here: www.timeofthefaeries.comand it’s worth looking them up on facebook to see behind the scenes, new work and the latest goss. ‘Afterlight’ is book 2 which is due out soon.. (June I think, pre-order from May 27th)
I can’t remember exactly how I discovered the beautiful work of Kirsty Mitchell, but I’m so glad I did. Her photography is just breathtaking, especially her ‘Wonderland’ series. I can’t get enough of her and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the wonderland series yet to come. You can view Kirsty’s website here: www.kirstymitchellphotography.com and make sure you read the diary posts to give you an insight on the inspiration and magic involved with each piece.
Below are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!
I’ve always wanted to build a faery house from random things I find, now I finally have! Well, it’s still in progress but it’s coming along.. I just have to make sure little Lola Fuzz Muffin doesn’t get to it.. sneaky kitten.