I appreciate well tailored clothes, I have dabbled in making my own items, here and there. Could it be some of the success in home sewing comes down to the right needle?
I have been feeling that I don’t have the bag that expresses the designer in me, It’s been a mild concern of mine just recently. I have been considering making a bag. Will such a bag be ultra utilitarian and stylishly robust?
The making of the bag hasn’t happened yet, it’s still in the early visioning stages.
At Space Place Repair Cafe in Brighton, Sarah just happened to whip out a great DIY, bag making book; ‘Handprint and make your own bags’ it’s by Jenny McCabe.
The book is full of inspired printing and bag making ideas. I’m not sure where I will go next with my bag making thoughts. This book helped to fire up my thinking on the subject.
This is close to what I am feeling; the wool outer and contrast vintage look inner, with a modern bright zipper.
Etsy uncovered this, just one of many places that supports all sorts of makers.
Whilst still in an inquisitive mood, I’m thinking about Spring/Summer and headgear, so I’ve started a new project. I like to wear a hat. Soon, I plan to play around with wearing a headband or ‘turbanator’ and designing one in reclaimed jersey fabric. These ideas are well formed. So look out for my top notch reclaimed t-shirt fabric, the stylish turbanator !
I have been enchanted by some recycled fabric concepts this week, having noticed these textile ‘ball’ ideas, which mirror some of my own wrapping and coiling approaches to making.
The recent issue of Selvedge magazine highlighted something very novel from www.thirddrawerdown.com, who distribute these bold scrap fabric doorstops.
The theme of incorporating wrapped fabric into balls, this time using sari’s was a feature in a recent post from the Upcyclist. An Istanbul design firm have created a family of furniture, with upholstery made from balls of recycled Nepalese yarn.
Recently I spent an inspired evening at the Kollektiv Gallery with some of Brighton’s artists and makers. Fulled with homemade seasonal pies and fruity wine, thanks to Moyra Scott, we chattted and shared thoughts on where we go to connect to our creative flow. The gallery backdrop helped to move our thinking outwards as our busy hands connected to our project work, art journalling and expressive bauble making.
Gallery founder Sophie Giblin kept us well looked after; merrily discussing working processes and sharing her own creative insights around bringing the gallery together. I purchased a giclee print by a local artist/illustrator Patrick R Allan and began to have clearer thoughts about my new collection and making destinations that I would like return to, further mapped out by easy conversation with creatives.
Asking questions about connections and working spaces; what helps artists to develop and grow, within a mixed group of practitioner’s was useful. I left feeling evermore curious to see how enterprise helps artists, makers and designers become professionally independent. Being a self-made me, the person who does things her way, I could really appreciate the wonder and brilliance in a concept like the Kollektiv Gallery.
Fancy, this one was spotted on a blog somewhere this week, designed for Vogue, it looks great in a heavy weight knit, the roll-top look reminds me of a flouncy forelock, blowing in the Autumn breeze.
I’ve tried out a few twists this week; with the disassembling of a silk tie re-made into a luxe, wool-backed scarf, to be worn in whatever way you please….I like to wear mine neat and tucked in, close to the skin.
I’m currently unraveling the ends of some para cord (non traditional material) to see how it works along side my twisted silk strands, ready for a new piece.
I’m working steadily with picot today and putting in the shimmer to the collection for the Craft Alliance Fare on December 8th…..
I completed a fascinator, I’d like to perch wearing it on the arm of a plush little red velvet Deco sofa, thinking about red sofa’s makes me think of the red plastic one at the back of the Caroline of Brunswick pub. You could wear the fascinator there too, with the six eyes of Cerberus on bloodied stalks….
This making of the new item has gently been in germination for some time, like all good things, silently taking shape, under the whispers of a new moon it emerged, how did this happen? Was it the cupboard elves? well no, it was a fairly solid bout of three hours craft time by my nifty fingers,
I read elsewhere, here and there, that Ascot has tightened up the code for ladies head-gear*, are we no longer quite so fascinated by fascinator’s in certain circles then?
You don’t mind if I tickle your nostrils with just one more? This one is very party friendly, made in cotton and super kid mohair (Debbi Bliss) with a hint of silk in there too. It’s oval in shape and incorporates a reclaimed diamante centre piece that sits atop hints of silver Lurex, in a gossamer winged hornet fashion.
*announcing that women will have to wear hats, not fascinators, as part of a tightening of the dress code in Royal Ascot’s Royal Enclosure. In previous years female race goers were simply advised that “many ladies wear hats.”
imapiece; organised by Craftivist Collective with support from Save the Children are helping to raise awareness on world hunger, join in with others around the country and make a creative contribution by sending your hand-made, heartfelt jigsaw message. Help stop hunger, it’s a simple, powerful act.