Monday, April 29, 2013

watermarking images

I've learnt something today - all artists should watermark their images!

It's weird, but because my artwork is quite left-of-centre, I haven't ever thought about it ... until I saw a cool YouTube clip of deathrock songs with my tapestry as the main image! Luckily, it's been credited now - but it really made me think about protecting all images that are online.

Then there's the problem of how to watermark - is my tapestry part of the Goth Deathrock Art Project, or is it part of Threefold Designs?

It's quite flattering that my work is seen as a good representation of the Deathrock subculture ... which is why I started this project in the first place.  It's also good for woven tapestry in general, which doesn't get enough credit.  Saying that, I took 6 months to weave this thing, so crediting me as the artist is VERY important!

Now to face the daunting task of slowly going through my blog and main website to watermark images - this is going to be a sloooow process!

Do any other artists reading this watermark their images?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

'shadowplay do dragonfly'

Anita and I had an awesome time DJing at the gorgeous Dragonfly Bar last night!

Unintentionally, I ended up looking very 80s ;)

Fishnet top:  Lip Service, customised by me
Lace top:  Metalicus
Corset:  Drac In A Box (my favourite corset!)
Skirt (which you can't really see):  Punk Rave
Necklace:  Borrowed from Anita

We keep forgetting to take photos when we're out, but I snapped one of Anita DJing:

And she snapped one of me at 2.00am, looking a bit worse for wear ;)

We had a fantastic night!  I didn't write down what I played, but here's what I remember (not necessarily in the correct order):

-  'Sahara' by Stimmen Der Stille
-  'Religion' by Ascetic
-  'Sarah' by Cabaret Grey
-  'Incubus Succubus II' by X-Mal Deutschland
-  'Liquid Sensation Display' by Il Giardino Violetto
-  'Communion' by Ikon
-  'In Her House' by Screams For Tina
-  'Masquerade' by Vendemmian
-  ' Rebecca' by Big Electric Cat
-  'Skin Trade' by Disjecta Membra
-  'Death Disco' by Exedra
-  'Hey Ho Armageddon!' by Bloody Dead And Sexy
-  'Blood On The Bats' by Tot Licht
-  'No More Moon' by Rule Of Thirds
-  'Sleeping Screams' by The Cemetary Girlz
-  'Release The Bats' by The Birthday Party

-  'Waves Of Sorrow' by Jerusalem Syndrome
-  'The Judas In Me' by Subterfuge
-  'Metropolis' by Droserae
-  'Cauldren Of Cerridwen' by Disjecta Membra
-  'Sleepwalk' by Christian Death
-  'Dust In The Cathedral' by Eat Your Make-Up
-  'Le Vene Di Lucretia' by Le Vene Di Lucretia
-  'Before I Wake (London Mix)' by Seraphim en Pleurs
-  'La Parata Del Circo' by Bohemien
-  'Children Of Tomorrow' by Deadchovsky
-  'Stuck' by Rule Of Thirds
-  'Broken Pieces' by Black Ice
-  'She Cries Alone' by Skeletal Family
-  'Death Valley '69' by Lydia Lunch & Sonic Youth

Saturday, April 27, 2013

vintage knitting pattern: 'pretty and cool'

I love this pattern so much ... pity high necklines don't suit me at all!  Such a beautiful design, and I love the nipped-in waist.  This is from 'Stitchcraft 188', probably from the 50s?

Cute advertisements on the last page too ;)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

'retro stitch' @ carclew youth arts centre - the aftermath

I survived!!!

Here was my half of the ballroom all set up and ready for my first class:

Let's just say it got messier and messier as the day went on, ha! 

I think it all went really well - the kids were great and my assistant Jodie was amazing (she's a Graphic Designer, so had some fantastic ideas that really helped to engage the kids).  I was so exhausted by the end of the day - luckily Anita had pain killers on hand at the end for my headache :P.

That night I attended an unofficial Yelp event at Steven ter Horst Chocolatier - oh my, chocolate comas for everyone!!  Highlight was definitely the salted caramel chocolate tart, paired with my choice of chocolate ... salted caramel, of course!  Hey, I like to be consistent ;)  If you're in Adelaide, make sure you visit his shop/cafe/dessert bar on Unley Road.

I have an (enforced) annual leave day Friday, so will be spending time looking at my next tapestry homework assignment and finishing off a couple of infinity scarves.  More about those later (when I've taken decent pictures!).

Oh, and Bella from Bellatextiles has asked if I could join her giving weaving demonstrations at the next Bowerbird Bazaar on Sunday May 5 - it's all go around here!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

tomorrow ... teaching kids @ carclew

So this is where I am going to be all day tomorrow (Tuesday):

And this is what I'll be doing:

Yep, I'm pretty nervous - it's booked out (that means 15 kids per class) and there are 3 classes for the day, with 15 minutes clean-up in between.  PHEW!  I'm exhausted just thinking about it ;)

This time kids are aged between 5 and 12 - since it may be a struggle teaching 5-6 year olds how to cross stitch, I might get them onto long stitch instead.

Wish me luck!!  ;)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

vintage knitting pattern: 'carefree sloppy sue sweater'

Isn't that just the most AWFUL name for a jumper pattern??  EEEEP! 
I know what they're thinking, but to my (modern) ears that sounds terrible ;)

Be that as it may ... it's a great, simple design.  Actually, I might have to convince Anita to knit me this one (if she can stop laughing!) ;)

Tip:  To view full size, right click to open in new tab so you can zoom ;) 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

not so hidden bats!

I don't normally do themes (I'm not a fan of conforming, HA!), but I had to laugh when I saw this one on This Is CorpGoth. A work-friendly outfit that includes bats? Hmm, that seems to be my outfit every day ;) So while sitting in my office, I took a quick snapshot (excuse lack of photo editing):

My usual bat necklace ... and I realised that I'm still wearing my jacket (it's very cold in my office!) with my brooch of a Victorian woman dressed as a bat - AS YOU DO!!

Even though I work in a pretty high-end corporate office, I tend to get away with more than most - probably because I can't hide my hair, and because I always dress neatly and don't wear anything too ridiculous.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

vintage knitting patterns - 'short sleeved simplicity'

About 10-15 years ago, I used to collect vintage knitting patterns. Not as a serious collector, but so I could knit them!

Since then, I've realised that as much as I love knitting, I am just not very good at it ... tapestry weaving, handweaving and cross stitching are what I really love doing, and I don't really have the time to devote to getting better at knitting. I'm not sure why, but whenever I knitted, the pieces themselves were fantastic but they just didn't fit together, or look good on me :\ To be honest, most 30s and 40s designs are high-necked, and that's a look I avoid these days (unless I want to look like Dolly Parton :P).

Anyway, I've been reading some vintage knitting blogs (just for sentimentality - I wish I had internet back then!), and thought there may be knitters out there who would get some use out of these. Knitting vintage patterns seems to be trendy now!

I'll post them every now and then - let's start with one from 'The Lux Book 1939' called 'Short-sleeved Simplicity':


Enjoy!  And please let me know if you end up using the pattern - I'd love to see it!

Oh, and big thanks to Bex from Subversive Lesbian Anarchic Femme! blog for suggesting I watermark the patterns, due to some dodgy types who may steal them to make a profit on Ebay ;)  Go and check out Bex's blog - she does some amazing work with vintage patterns!

more weaving ...

I must confess, out of all the social media I'm loving Instagram the most - it's quick and easy, and made up of pretty pictures!  So if you're on there, please follow me ... and if you're not - why not?? ;) Anita resisted for so long, but now she's as addicted as me!

Anyway - here's a pic of the finished tea towel, though it hasn't been wet finished yet:

I love both the back and the front!  I'm using this same pattern for an infinity scarf for Anita's mum - black warp and red weft - though because the wool is so soft, it's 'squashing' the pattern!  She loves it though, which is good ;)

Another double-length infinity scarf which has found a new home is one in black and dark purple - such a gorgeous combination, I'll definitely have to do another!  Sorry about the bad pics, I only just bought a bust form for proper display purposes ;)

And on my daylight lamp!

And here's the aforementioned non-gender-specific calico bust form - I love it!!

And what a difference it makes! 

In fact, I have been inspired to take a few pics and start up a separate page on my main website ;)

I'm quite liking having commissions and selling pieces before I need to list them 'officially'!  Hopefully my good luck continues ;)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

tea towel / dish cloth adventures

What to call them?  They are 'tea towels' in Australia, but I think 'dish cloths' elsewhere?  Anyway ... I wanted to weave one for Anita, since we have difficulty finding tea towels in the colours of our kitchen (turquoise, black & white).  So I bought some Cottolin in turquoise and black - also because I wanted to learn how to weave with a material other than wool.

This is what I have done so far:

And here's the sad story behind it (which will probably be incredibly boring to non-weavers - sorry!) ... I majorly stuffed up when warping up the loom!  Instead of weaving with the usual 70 ends, a tea towel requires a massive 312 ends (ends are the amount of warp threads on the loom).  Guess what I completely forgot to do?  COUNT THE HEDDLES BEFORE STARTING TO WARP UP - aaaaarrrgghh!!!

Now I googled and googled, and couldn't find anyone online who had done this (apart from a brief mention) ... does that mean I'm a complete idiot, or that this is something weavers do not blog about?  Anyway, I'm blogging about it here, just in case there is someone as dumb as me who has made this mistake is googling like I was ;)

Firstly - I wasn't going to undo 6 hours (yes - 6 HOURS!!) worth of warping time, so after wrestling with my loom and figuring out that I couldn't take apart the shafts to add extra texsolv heddles while the loom was half-warped, I decided to make my own out of cotton seine twine.

All I did was measure 66 lengths of twine (yes, that's how much I under-counted - not just one or two!), double the height of the shaft and a bit more (they ended up being 60cm each). 

Then I made 2 loose reef knots in the middle to form an 'eye'. 

Then I tied to the top of the shaft.  Voila!

Pretty dodgy, but hey it works!  Only problem I've had was that a couple of heddles came untied while weaving, which I didn't notice until the pattern was looking wrong - woops!

Anyway, more pics when it comes off the loom (hopefully soon!).  Lets just say I *won't* be selling tea towels as part of my range - I mean, there's no profit in the infinity cowls, but there's even less in tea towels!!  And even though I quite like warping up the loom, I don't like warping up for 7 hours (that's how long it took in total - seriously!).

Come on, someone tell me I'm not the only one who has done this!!  Anybody?  ;)

Monday, April 8, 2013

no dreads!


Yes, it was finally time to stop getting my dread extensions put in ... it's been 7 years now of continuous dread changeovers every 3 months, and my scalp definitely needs a rest!

So I decided to grow my own dreads instead, and extend them with wool when they're long enough.  I think my hairdresser was even sadder than me ;)  I must say, I feel weird without them on the back of my head - today I'm feeling decidedly naked and a bit vulnerable!  Pathetic :P

But I made her slightly happier by changing the colour in my fringe to Peacock ;)

In other news, I finished off these infinity scarves/cowls last weekend (I think I need to start calling them 'infinity scarves' rather than 'cowls', because the latter is confusing some people!). 

I was meant to weave 2 in purple and black - one double-length for sale, and the other a single length for myself.  Well, I ran out of purple and didn't have another other suitable wool - so the red is in scratchy Hunters Of Brora wool.  Looks gorgeous, but will be worn purely for marketing purposes.  Of course, I have had a lot of interest in the red, so I've ordered some (softer) red from Bendigo Woollen Mills.  The purple has already been sold - and I haven't even finished it off yet! 

And this has been my weekend project - a dish cloth for Anita.  I've never woven with so many ends before (311) with anything so fine (Cottolin 22/2), so it's been a different experience.  I stuffed up the number of heddles too, but that will be the subject of a separate post ;)

Happy Monday!