Saturday, August 27, 2011

Oceans and Skulls

I just realised I hadn't posted a pic of my last assignment!  It it (loosely) based on sand dunes, and the different colours of the beach near our house.  I'm really pleased with how this turned out!

Next tapestry assignment is a miniature tapestry of our choice.  I've chosen to give myself a brief to design a logo for our radio show, Shadowplay.  Let's just say there will be a skull wearing headphones involved ;)

Our current colour scheme is black, purple, grey and white ... so I'm keeping the tapestry in these colours too.  Here's a sneak peek at the wool I've chosen:

OK, I'd better finish off my sketches and warp up the loom! 

Oh, and by the way ... the website is now up and running!  I have a few more tweaks to do, and a new banner is on its way - but I'm getting there! 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Craft for Misfits!

Heh heh - do you like my new pic?  I asked Anita to draw on my head ... but I didn't expect the lettering to be so gorgeous!!  :)

You *may* have noticed I've updated my blog theme ... I've had my website since 2005, and a lot has changed since then.  I've decided to re-brand, since I feel my website doesn't really match my personality and my work.  When I originally set it up, I wanted it to look very professional ... but now I've kinda changed my mind!  As Anita said, 'it's not very you' ... as soon as I changed this blog around she said 'now THAT'S more you!'.  Yep.

I spent a *lot* of money on my original website - so this time I'm doing it by myself using Wordpress.  I prefer Blogger, but it doesn't have the same functionality, so I'm keeping it separate.  I have a gorgeous designer working on a new Etsy banner, since all sales will be through Etsy - the ecommerce page is just getting too big and clunky!

The new site won't be up for a while yet ... but I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My First Exhibition! :O

Finally, one of my pieces is in an exhibition - YAAAY!

La Sirene is on holiday for a month or so, featuring in the SALA Festival (South Australian Living Artists), as part of the City of Holdfast Bay's Salabrate The Journey, Sea Change 175 Art Trail.  I'm listed as being displayed at Tangerine Treasures, but that's now been changed to Holdfast Walk.  I'm sure La Sirene wanted to be closer to the ocean, as well as in a busier location ;)

Anita and I will be attending the exhibition opening next Monday, so hopefully I'll have some pics to post soon.

Wool Dreads For The WIN!

Well ... after 4 1/2 years of wearing dread extensions, I've finally decided that the person who will always be there to make me dreads every 3 months ... IS ME! Yep, I'm making my own dreads from now on. My last dreads were felted wool, and my scalp (and hairdresser) are so happy, that I've decided to continue with them.

Luckily, Bella Textiles (www.bellatextiles.com.au) are just down the road, so I was able to get some gorgeous Ashford Corriedale sliver in Pansy (hot pink), Lime, Magenta and Liquorice (black). Yum, sounds good enough to eat!

And here they are installed! My hairdresser bonded them on like normal extensions, and I've attached one more on top with elastic bands (short hair install method):



My last ones were in for 3 months, and although a few of them have pilled, they are in amazingly good condition!