Saturday, November 30, 2013

breathe ... and weave!

The 'breathe' is a sigh of relief, as I have now finished my studies for the year and can just relax and concentrate of my weaving and my own tapestry practice - yippee!!

For my first weekend of being a 'free agent', I visited Bowerbird Bazaar, my favourite design market in Adelaide!  I bought a few little things, like this fantastic ceramic bones necklace from Meow Girl, and a gorgeous all-natural perfume from One Seed - it was a 'make your own blend' special, and I chose patchouli, triple jasmine accord and blood orange - yummm!!!  I think she will be having that option on her website shortly, so I will definitely be getting that one again (maybe with a touch more patchouli, as it tends to get lost amongst the other two).

Of course, I have been weaving more loop scarves ... my aim is to weave one from every pattern in every colour - I'll get there!  Since the weather is warming up here, I don't expect any Australian orders for a while - so I'm taking the opportunity to weave as much stock as I can.  Everything I weave will go up on my Etsy and Storenvy stores, so I might sell a few to people overseas ;)

Here's the Geometric design woven in bright pink!

And the finished scarves - a long one in Guava, and the short Pink:

Warping up for the next one ...

... which is the Art Deco design in Charcoal + Black - subtle, huh?

And to finish this post, here's my little baby Frankie ... I call her 'the cutest cat in the world', Anita calls her 'the face of evil'.  To be fair, both are pretty accurate ;)

Tonight we are heading into the city to see/listen to a noise event - our friend David Tonkin aka Isomer, performing as Rope Society.  Something different, which is always a good thing ;)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

instagram competition!

OK, it's competition time!  Wanna win this medium length loop scarf in Plum?  If it's not your thing, it would make a great pressie!!

Head over to Instagram, follow the instructions, and a winner will be randomly drawn in a week – good luck!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Well, we just got back from Robe today ... and this was the view from our holiday house's window!

And here's a close-up of that jetty that you can only *just* see in the above pic:

It's been a lovely few days, very relaxing ... full of food, socialising and chilling out :D  But of course I still had my tapestry homework to do in between:

I also wanted to take some product shots of my loop scarves in Robe - but it was super-windy ... Anita could hardly stand in one place, and I couldn't hold the camera steady!

So we decided to visit an old ruin called Kangaroo Inn, where we visited a couple of years ago ... it made the perfect spot for photos!  It started to rain, but luckily one of the buildings had a (dodgy) tin roof!

And check this out, as a perfect example!!


I'm going to start listing these scarves on Etsy and Storenvy, first as 'ready to ship' items, then as customs so you can choose your pattern, colour and length.  

So yes, an absolutely wonderful (and productive) little holiday!  I will leave you with a couple of road signs that always make me laugh when we drive in the country, heh heh :P

Sunday, November 10, 2013

last tapestry sampler

Here's where it's at right now ... it's due next week, so I'm cutting it a bit fine.  Story of this year, seriously!  (I'll be taking this to Robe with me!)

This year has been very weird study-wise - after an explosively fabulous Year 3, this year has in contrast been very boring, full of samplers and zero creativity and scope.  Since I'm doing the 'old' Year 4, I'm wondering whether the new course has been re-jigged to counteract this, as I've heard that many students of the course drop out at this stage.  To be honest, I'm not surprised.  Year 3 - design a large tapestry completely of your own choice.  Year 4 - you're back to doing samplers, within specific design parameters.  Blah.

So here I am learning how to do shaped tapestry.  Of course the design is boring (I just can't get excited about landscapes, sorry!), but I am learning something which I'm sure I will use in the future - bat or skull-shaped tapestry, anyone??

I have 2 more subjects next year to get my 'Diploma Of Visual Arts - Tapestry' (the new name of the course) - they will be Printmaking and Presenting A Body of Creative Work ... I think they are going to be far more interesting!

The new course is only 4 years part time (I have split Year 4 over 2 years), even though the original Diploma Of Tapestry was 6 years.  Students have the option to complete the other 2 years to get an Advanced Diploma, but I've decided that I just need to get on and weave in order to get better and better.

The attention my first Goth Deathrock Subculture tapestry has been getting is spurring me on to want to create more and more - I have so many ideas in my head!  Plus the weaving, which I think is going to be the main activity for Threefold Designs from now on ... my cross stitch kits don't seem to interest many people, unfortunately, whereas my weaving does.  I think people are more interested in ready-made rather than DIY these days.

And yes, Anita and I will be visiting Robe for a few days for a bit of relaxation, product photography - oh, and finishing off this bloody assignment.  But that's for another blog post ;)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

american tapestry alliance - coda 2013

I'm *SUPER* honoured that my 'Goth Deathrock Subculture No. 1' tapestry has been included on the front cover of the American Tapestry Alliance's 'CODA 2013 - Tapestry Art Today' publication!

Download from the above link, and check out all the other awesome tapestry artists from all over the world!

Woohoo!  I'm so motivated to get started on more in this series - just have to finished my boring sampler assignments for TAFE first :/