Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Needs Must

I needed a pencil case for an art class I am doing next week - so I made one. My quickly whipped up pattern needs a bit of tweaking and perhaps be a little bigger, but it does fit everything and will do the job for now. I've been thinking about making pencil cases/ glasses cases for ages but never got around to it. Suddenly I needed one myself and it all happened....

(fan palm print in rich red on unbleached linen)

Monday, February 20, 2012

And Now to Screen Printing in South Africa

My very first Etsy purchase was from the interestingly named Skinny laMinx way back in late 2009. Two screenprinted tea towels no less, in a lovely 100% cotton - "Waiting" and "Summer Weeds". Of course I don't use them but have added to my tea towel collection! I remember there was a personalised thank you note and a little Skinny laMinx badge in the parcel as well.

I had two purposes in purchasing - one to own a tea towel from such a successful seller and two to explore the brave new world of Etsy with the idea of becoming a seller. Skinny laMinx (aka Heather Moore) is based in Capetown  and describes herself as an illustrator and designer. Much of her work is screenprinted fabric featuring strong colours and bold, often South African inspired designs of local animals and plants. She must have been one of the earlier Etsy sellers, opening in January 2007. Her shop statistics are staggering - 5,480 sales, 23,676 admirers (I have 151 :-)), 1389 circles (you need to be an Etsy enthusiast to know what that means), 5676 Twitter followers (I don't even have a Twitter account :-().

A very busy lady and committed blogger (since 2006), you can read about her interesting life and the blossoming of her business at .

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Another Lovely Exhibition

This is one not to miss if you are in the vicinity of Redcliffe. The exhibition consists of three (actually four) artists working in different media but inspired by a common theme - the coastal environment. There are textile art and wood sculptures by Fran Robinson (Beachcomber), ceramic installations by Susan Mullen (Edge) and my favourite Swamp Cartography; Notes in Silver and Clay by Rebecca Ward and Shannon Garson - featuring silver and glass jewellery and delicate ceramics.

This is a description of the project from their blog
"In August 2009 ceramicist Shannon Garson and jeweller Rebecca Ward were awarded an Arts Queensland grant to research the wallum swamps of South East Qld and produce a collaborative body of work illuminating this beautiful and fast disappearing eco system.
We started this blog as a record of the collaborative process and a record of the lovely wallum of South East Queensland".

I remember large tracts of wallum north of Caloundra from my childhood, and many happy hours looking for the wildflowers in spring during our Sunday drives to the beach. Sadly all replaced by housing now.
Leptospermum trinervium

Plants that have inspired the artists and feature in their work include scribbly gums, leptospermum (flower above), coral ferns, vanilla orchids and banksia 
(inspired by scribbly gums. Photo from the swampcartography blog)
The progress of the project (including the background behind the name of the exhibition) is documented on their blog . The exhibition closes on the 25 February.