Saturday, 25 July 2009

hanabi print tea towel

Screen printed by hand on cotton/linen blend fabric in bone. I even made the tea towel! Now that was a lot of fun. It didn't take long for my teenage memory of sewing to kick in again once I put my hands on a sewing machine. The tea cup in the first pic is one of my favourite pieces from a pottery village called Shigaraki near Kyoto.

Hanabi means fireworks in Japanese. Thanks to hiki-san for the name suggestion.

Friday, 24 July 2009

blossoms and dragonflies

There was a good frost on the ground this morning but despite the cold wattle trees everywhere are still managing to push out their lovely yellow blossoms. At this time of winter there is nothing more cheerful than seeing this piercing yellow colour all over trees in the streets. I think they're getting ready for spring. Or maybe they're just a little early?
Like these dragonflies. They're definitely early. All sketched up on drafting film and waiting to be cut out for screen printing on fabric. Which will happen this weekend with a bit of planning and luck.

Friday, 17 July 2009

in the grey

I love the subtlety of working with grey. When I look over my work I realise I incorporate a far bit of it into my printmaking. It's such a gentle, shy colour and that's what I like when working with organic forms and botanical shapes. I've never been a shocking pink kind of girl. Speaking of greys check out what Jesse is doing with these prints of hers.

Design Made Trade is on in Melbourne at the moment and I think I might go tomorrow. I'm particularly curious to check out the work of in-sync design who make jewellry inspired by botanical and geometric drawings.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

illustration + animation = pure loveliness

If you enjoy illustration and animation you'll really love watching this clip to Sarah Blasko's song 'no turning back'. Such sweet illustration talent flows from the fingers of Melbourne based artist Celeste Potter. Oh and the music is pretty amazing too! Thanks to Frankie for reminding me her new album was released yesterday.

If you get sick of the way blogger chops off part of the clip (the right hand side) go watch it here.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

chocolate and teal

While I was printing particles in chocolate brown on fabric last weekend I decided to also print some cards for the shop. I printed some in single colours and others with two colours: chocolate and teal.
My beloved favours the single coloured teal ones whereas I prefer the cards with two colours. What do you think?

I plan to print on fabric again this weekend but this time with a different design. I picked up some small fabric samples during the week which should be perfect to use. And I'm so so so tempted to buy a second hand sewing machine.