I wanted to share with you all a couple of amazing artists, one of which I have just stumbled upon and the other who I follow avidly and have done for a few months now. The first is an amazing sculptural artist called Lucy Glendinning who creates the most phenominal sculptural peices, usually depicting small children, with fur or feathers covering their whole bodies. They remind me of hibernation, of coccoons, and winters evenings. They make me think of sadness, stillness and softness. Im just completely in love and wanted to share Lucy’s amazing work with you all so here are some of my favourite works of hers. Please check out her website http://www.lucyglendinning.com/ for more amazing images and her biography.
Another insanely talented textiles sculptor who I have fallen madly for these last few months has been the uber talented Mister Finch. His work is like magic to me and I think he must see the world as a young child does, picking up the perfect feather from the ground, staring at the smallest things in wonder. Mister Finch creates mainly birds and insects from recycled embroidered textiles, wire and anything that catches his eye. His work often reminds me of dark fairytales, Sometimes Grimm, sometimes stunningly beautiful. Im in love and here are so of my fav’s of his but definately go check out his awesome work for yourself! http://www.mister-finch.com/
At the moment, I seem to be hardly sewing myself, I have a feeling because its the most wintery month so far here in Melbourne and my sewing room is absolutely FREEZING and far to far from our little cosy gas fire. Recently I can be found perched on a giant cushion pile with a birdsnest of wool surrounding me, the click-clack of knitting needles and the hum of our gas stove making my heart smile. Im working on this project at the moment, my first knitting project in a long while, and I am LOVING every warm fuzzy moment of it.
Im knitting this beauty in 100% Merino Wool in a beautiful teal blue. I really want to track down this beautiful mustard wool by Brooklyn Tweed pictured above as this colour is just STUNNING. Once the project is complete Ill put up some photos, and if anyone is interested in this pattern please just comment below with your email and ill send it on to you in PDF form.
Until next time!
As my last post said I bought a Janome Overlocker a few days ago, I bought it secondhand from a lady just round the corner from me who has hardly ever used it. Its a Janome Mylock 204D and it’s a real beauty!
I’m super happy with it so far! It took me about an hour, some long tweezers and some serious swear words to get it threaded up, but I got there eventually, and the last 2 days have been *rather(!)* productive! Here are some of my new prototypes I’ve been working on! All the material that I’ve been using are remnents from the fabric factories close to my house… they are all the last few metres from the end of fabric bolts and thus are being saved from being chucked in the landfill!
This badboy is called the Cowl Neck Pencil Dress, is a backless halter number which hugs those curves tightly down to the knee creating a booty-ful sillouette! (I’ve got leggings under it in these photos but you get the general gist)
Next peice that I’ve been working on is this awesome basic dress design, a low plunge tank dress that I’m calling the Shake-It Dress…for bloomin’ ovbious reasons! I mean, LOOK AT IT?!
And finally, I’ve just finished making a prototype pair of leggings out of the yummies 4-way stretch fabric in a yummy Ocean-y Blue. They have a thick elastic waistband, that is super soft and won’t dig in.
I’m so excited to be able to work with stretch fabrics! It’s taking some serious effort to master the art, and is TOTALLY different to sewing non-stretch fabrics, but its so exciting. I live in leggings and long tops and jersey skirts and I’ve been dying to be able to make myself some new things and be completely self suffucient so I dont need to really buy anything now from highstreet stores! YAY!
I’ve been dying to make a dress like this one shown below, that my beautiful friends Miriam and Gabby bought in Goa in 2011…I didnt buy one and I’ve regretted it for the last 2 years! They are a really simple design, so feminine and flattering, but I havn’t been able to have a go making them because it just wasn’t even worth trying to use stretch fabrics with my normal sewing machine. So I’m so excited I’ve finally got a chance to play around with making my own version of this beautiful dress and can’t wait to make some more versions!!
Until next time beautiful people,
A beautiful new friend brought me this for my 25th Birthday that just passed a couple of days ago. I am on the first page entitled ”Singing over the Bones” and this is an excert:
”It’s not by accident that the pristine wilderness of our planet dissappears as the understanding of our own inner wild natures fades. It is not so difficult to comprehend why old foests and old women are viewed as not very implortant resources. It is not such a mystery. It is not so coincidental that wolves and coyotes, bears and wildish women have similar reputations. They all share related instinctual archaetypes, and as such, both are erroneously reputed to be ingracious, wholly and innately dangerous, and ravenous.”
Hmmm i think im delving into an interesting read!
This book also comes at a time of new starts, new cycles and saying good bye to the old. The old being my beautiful Great Grandmother Phyllis who passes away this new year just shy of her 102nd birthday. She was a funny, wonderful and amazing woman who mothered 4 children, buryed one, lived through 2 world wars, danced well into her 90’s and lived in the house she was born in all her life. May she dance on, reunited with her daughter my wonderful grandmother Cynthia, forever more. These women chose me as their kin, I am unrelated by blood, but they chose to love me so strongly that that fact was forgotten. Such wonderful and inspirational women and mothers. ❤