Friday, March 24, 2006

I have finished making our very dear friends' wedding present, a Wagga. The best yet I reckon.
The back is just as nice as the front even if I do say so myself. I'm not bragging because it's the beauty of the fabric and the lovely colours that makes it so gorgeous. I have come to feel that the back needs almost as much attention as the front, which makes for more work, but also more satisfaction. Something that compliments and accentuates the front, rather than just 'matches'. This orange wool,and the grey blankets have a bluish cast over them, and so the fabrics that looked best out of my vintage collection were browns and blues.

This is my absolute favourite Wagga to date. The current project always is though. I kept saying "I love doing this", and it was true. I enjoy 'building' the pieces much more than planning from the beginning. My fella and I thought we should keep it, but then if I didn't think that, I wouldn't consider it a good gift. It's a paradox... if it's no good I don't want to give it away/sell it, but if it's great I really want to keep it. I'll have to make another for us, and then of course it will supercede A&Y's to own the top, best, favourite position.
It'd be great to teach the method, but I'd need a lot of room. At Geelong College a couple of years ago, I did teach the students this way of building in a huge hall where we could spread out, it was brilliant. The fun of it was infectious and we had the most popular group in the 'Art Week' pavillion. Hopefully some of those kids will take the idea into their future somehow.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Just Uploaded My Pictures...

Aah! it feels good to have gotton around to stuff!
Go and have a look at my pictures. The moods vary, so don't be frightened.
This picture here was inspired by a time when we (Titchy Rowe and I) were caught playing along the trainline when I was a very little girl. Little enough to believe Mum when she said a little bird had told her. There were so many birds down the bush, it was no use, I thought, we couldn't get away with anything. I can still remember the vision of little birds flitting about that passed through my mind.
When I made this lino cut, I gave one print to Mum and Dad. Mum said she'd been fooled by the same story when she was as small. She was with a little friend, and they decided to go an absolutely forbidden way home from school. It was past the air raid shelter, during war time. Mum said they stood there in the forbidden, exciting place, and said every swear word they knew... 'Stick it up your jumper', 'Gee Whiz', 'Holy Cow', 'Strewth', 'Sugar'. Then a bird flew off and she was sure they were sprung. She was petrified for weeks!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

These are my Favourite things Ever...

I have to create a link to these Beautiful Blossoms. They're going down the page on the 'Bobby La's New Junk & Blather' link in the side bar ---> ---> and I love them too much to let it happen. If you have any you want to swap for some cards or a pattern, send me a pic and we'll begin the negotiations. I'm fussy though I'd better warn you!

Had a little success....

Sold a drawing today! Was a bit (a lot) surprised. I'd entered the Linden Postcard Exhibition ages ago, and put off doing anything about it, and put it off... Finally I drew this drawing with no time to spare, and tickled up an oldie for the second drawing.... Really, I needed to develop the idea for a few more drawings to get where I'd wanted to go... but didn't leave enough time. Typical. I didn't think it was good enough, but someone liked it! Ha!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Hi, It's me! It's ok!

I've been crazy busy, job interviews and temp work (The temp work from hell). Too busy to post. Thanks Teri! But hey, I thought no-one came here. I thought I posted just to me. I've been reduced to reading my posts out loud to myself and pretending I was some one else. I laugh in the right places with a delighted, friendly laugh, just so I know I'm appreciated.
But I can't come at commenting on my own posts, that would be too too much. That's what YOU LOT are for!
I have a new project on the go, a bit of needle lace. Thought I'd go the cut work first, which means tedious thread pulling out and then even more tedious sewing in of ends. I'm wondering what might be a better way. But a nice way and 'just so' as well. The reason I would be concerned about the time factor is that I want to build a body of work to sell in an exhibition, so they can't be too ridiculously time consuming. I don't believe in undervaluing my work. Either people pay for it or they don't get it. I disagree with the idea of accepting a dollar or five an hour for craft, it undermines the whole industry.
The picture here is another sneak preview of the exhibition.
You see, getting a job releases me from the 'have to' tasks. I don't have to try and make patterns or stuff to sell, although I will. I can go back to my groovy 'can't wait to' stuff. You can't imagine how excited I am about that. There are a few things I've been working on that I havn't touched for over a year because of trying to make a living out of craft. It's been awful!
P.S. The temp work isn't really that bad! Nice people and that makes it go better. First day was hell though, then the muscles and the rythym get into gear...

Sunday, March 05, 2006