Monday, March 31, 2008

I started writing a pattern with this yarn last week. Its Blue Sky Alpaca dyed cotton and its heaven in a ball! I feel like eating it, its so delicious. The colour is so gorgeous and fresh (difficult to photograph). The cotton is incredibly soft and lustrous. Heavenly.

My creative mess ... happiness is ...

I included a couple of sketches, the later is for the 'feather in her hat' design.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

beautiful beautiful

While we're on the subject of beautiful things ... Irene Suchocki photographs ...

laura normandin

I was just sent a link to Laura Normandin's website ... to check out this beautiful hair embroidery ... thought I'd pass it on

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Cardigan Completed

A week later and its finished ... not a typical turnaround for one of my knitting projects. Although this was a super easy knit. I was knitting a scarf from this yarn and while the yarn was beautiful I just wasn't excited by the scarf ... So rather than push forward I unwound the metre of scarf that I had knit and created this for my newly born niece, Mary.
Pattern: Baby bulky aysmmetrical cardigan
Yarn: Debbie Biss Cashmerino Chunky, 3 skeins

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thursday Printday

Thursday is my printing day ... I love the idea that I may be acquiring a routine. Travelling with my film work throws all routines out the window ... so nice to be inviting them in for tea instead! East London print studios has printing sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays ... and as I would prefer to be sociable with my working friends on Saturdays ... Thursdays is printing day. So first of all I dusted off an old design of mine called 'toitoi'. Inspired by a Native New Zealand plant with the same name.

I also reprinted the teacup tea towel print with a different colour combo ... 'i'd like to welcome to the stage for the second time this week, sarah's favourite colour combo ... pale blue and red'

Something delicious arrived in the post today also ... The Alabama Stitch Book ... filled with luscious ideas for embroidery on old tshirts(etc.) ... see the following beauties:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A very good day

This day ... on the other side of the world ... a wee girl was born to my sister ... her name is Mary ... named after my mum ... today was a very good day.

On this side of the world, her Aunty was not only overjoyed by the news of her arrival ... but she was also blessed with some lovely moments with lovely people. First let me tell you about eco annie. I went to her shop today and met her and her lovely sales assistant. The store was filled with the most amazing yarns. The one above is one that eco annie produces from London's unwanted clothing. The one below is one that pakucho produce. Its spun from naturally coloured cotton.

Its so soft and such a beautiful colour. When you read this dyeing for a change report you realise the cost of coloured textiles to our environment. I got a bit of a shock really. And for someone who is constantly dyeing, printing and painting textiles ... I'm embarrassed by my ignorance. So its fabulous see people are working towards a change.

But one of my favourite moments of the day was when Andy at London Screen Services made a HUGE effort to deliver my new silkscreens for me, so that I could print with them tomorrow. I was completely blown away.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

love and create

with left over pieces from my love letters printing session last year, i made a knit needle kit for myself. Very pleased with the result ... i like all the red on white linework next to the pale blue. I'm quite obsessed with pale blue and deep red. I feel a little boring admitting to that ... like a little girl who only likes pink and purple. I have brief romances with greens and yellows ... but ultimately return to the comfort of my beloved red and pale blue

a work in progress shot of my raspy jersey for my beloved ... yes there is a human that must compete with my deep red and pale blue love also

a teatowel with printed teacups printed at the east london print studios

this week i had the great fortune of having an induction session at east london print studios ... i am so delighted that I can jump on a bus and 15minutes later i'm in a fully equipt printing studio ... if i was ever wondering why i love living in London so much, i only need to remind myself that there are about 4 of these kinds of printing studios in london ... now i am creating an easy carry kit that will allow me a kind of studio-on-my-back flexibility ... hence i'm pleased to present the beginnings of my reworked-ikea-bag silkscreen hold all:

I may even embellish it ... although I quite like the simple patchwork of bright blue and white.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Chinese delights

I'm working on a project where I need to combine Chinese textile traditions with New Zealand flora and fauna. So I went of to the V&A to check out their collection. It was like being in a lolly shop ... I took about 160 photos ... unfortunately without a flash, in dimly lit rooms. Not that I'm complaining, I'm so delighted to have images however rough they may be. Wonderfully inspiring.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

hello london

it was a fabulously productive and creative day ... and its not over yet ... afternoon tea shot of my ex-mental-asylum-window coffee table avec Miriam's teacup ... thanx Miriam its beautiful

A wee mending project I started ... quite fun ... extravagant colour combinations ... couldn't help myself.

Early start with a photo session on a beautifully crisp wintry morning around London city ... collecting street patterns ... fun.