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Flightless Birds and Feather Children

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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.

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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/

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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. 

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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!

Bex

Rose Street Market(s)

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Hello lovely folks,

Sorry for the long gap between my last post! Ive been updating lots on my personal facebook page but need to remember to transfer that to my business page and blog =) All is well, winter is in full force here in Melbourne with its beautifully crisp clear mornings and cosy evenings next to our little gas fire. So here is a little update post with some pictures of my last 2 Rose Street Markets.

Rose Street Market is an all-year-round market in the seriously funky neighbourhood of Fitzroy, Melbourne.  It is an Artist/Handmade market which has been going for about 10 years now and is run by 2 lovely brothers from Melbourne.  Chris is the brother that I have got to know through doing the market, he is so helpful and supportive, and I love that he always comes round at the end of the day to check in and see how the day went for you.  He is very helpful and efficient, even though he is insanely busy throughout the day.  I love this market, not only for the amount of footfall that it receives, but also that the organisers are so so friendly, its super special because of this and thus has a very loyal following.  The market, espececially during the summer months, has a very festivally sort of vibe with colourful stalls and musicians playing throughout the day.  There is also an outside cafe which sells amazing tastey homemade food and drinks for stallholders and customers at reasonable prices.  At the moment the market is less packed then it usually is due to it being cold and wintery but a lot of stall holders brave it out no matter the weather.  The market is actually an olds mechanic yard just off of Brunswick street, so there is a large inside trading space as well as an outside concreted yard filled with sellers, so even on really rainy days the inside space is still totally usuable.  I love this market because there is such a large range of products on offer, and they seem to really stear clear of the ‘vintage’ stalls too, focussing on local artists and designers instead, with the occasional stall of customised vintage clothing.  There are stalls with quite high-end fashion peices that are $100 and up, as well as handmade peices for men, women and children made from recycled materials for lower prices.  There is a variety of stalls specialising in Jewellery, graphic design, candles and home decor as well as the occasional stall popping up cutting hair and painting nails….the stalls are different every week and so interesting to browse through.  I love wandering through when I get a minute and seeing how everyone lays out their space.  When you book a stall on either the saturday or the sunday slots you recieve a space, a gazebo(if you arrive early enought!) and a variety of different wooden cubes to use to create a table and display your peices.  Here are some images that I have taken in my last 2 markets, the first being early may and the second being late june.

 

Saturday Market 4/5/13

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I shared this market stall with my lovely crafty friend Millie from Makadactyl (https://www.facebook.com/Makadactyl) who creates awesome jewellery peices, crochet pins and handsewn badges etc, beautiful colourful creations!  Though the day was autumnal and a bit grey to start off with, it was a lovely first day at Rose Street, we met some lovely customers who left with some homemade goodies, and also connected with some fabulous other local artists particularly the LOVELY Jade from Tibbs and Bones who creates amazing headdresses and reworked vintage peices (https://www.facebook.com/TibbsAndBones).  I came home with a profit, which was more then I was expecting as I just wanted to cover the $70 stall charge and anything more was a major bonus.  My handmade French Knickers were a definate success, and I also ended the day with a commission for a low back brown velvet dress from a lovely local lady.

 

Sunday Market 23/6/13

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I ended up doing this market on my own, minus the lovely Millie who was poorly.  I was pretty apprehensive going solo but the day panned out to be a beautifully crisp morning with warm winter sunshine by midday bringing in lots of people off the streets after their sunday brunches.  I spent my day crocheting panels for some tops I have in the works, and chatting away to the lovely Kirri from Kirri-maDe (https://www.facebook.com/kirrimaDe) who creates beautiful funky resin jewellery, and the fabulous Miranda from MDdrawn (https://www.facebook.com/McDrawn) who is an illustrator/painter and graphics wizz and had amazing prints, clothing and cushions for sale.  Lovely ladies who you should definately check out! 

The day was warm, relaxing and flew by until about 3 30pm when the sun got a bit too low and the temperature dropped!  I sold a fair few of my recycled kids leggings (which got everyone maternal and went down a real storm) and a couple of pairs of my French Knickers.  The clothes rail got some notice, but noone seemed to want to strip of their winter layers to try anything on, a hazard of winter market selling which I WHOLEHEARTEDLY understand.  All in all a lovely day, with some very happy customers.  I came out of the market with a realisation that kids clothes SELL, especially during winter when noone wants to try anything on…so onto making a big collection of recycled kids leggings and dresses I think!

I havn’t got any more Rose Street stalls on the calendar yet, but may well be taking over some of my new friend’s unwanted stalls over the next month or so.  I love the experience of learning how to greet customers and make my stall interesting and inviting, and its a lovely feeling to see people’s excitement about my products whether they purchase something or not.

Thankyou all for your lovely comments and support, its wonderful to have some subscribers and I’ll make sure to keep this page more regularly updated with my new creations, inspiration and pictures.

Bye for now!

Bex

New Beginnings

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There’s a lot of hustle and bustle going on in this neck of the woods at the moment.  Tom and I are mid process of the big move down to Melbourne from his parents beautiful abode in countryside Victoria.  After a fair bit of drama and wrangling the Oz property market, we’ve finally managed to secure a sweet pad in the raaaaa-ther funky neighbourhood of Brunswick, Melbourne.  Im chuffed to bits that its finally sorted! Tom seems to think it was an easy feit as we managed to secure the first property I found that he went to see with me (which happened to be by far the nicest, best location, top of our budget).  I still remember the 2 weeks of constant property searching, going to estate agents and doing open house inspections with 30 other people….im trying to forget all that though 😉

So our new little pad is pretty damn awesome really.  Its a 2 bed 2nd floor apartment in a group of 30, just 20mins tram from the city centre and surrounded by fabric shops, lovely little cafes and vintage shops, great Op-Shops(*Opportunity shops or Charity shops if your English!) and a Wholefoods Organic Supermarket just up the road! We have a good amount of space, with 2 double bedrooms one of which is soon to become our study room and my Studio! There is a cute little balcony looking out onto a small communal green down below and Tons and TONS of storage space.  Here is a sneeky peek of our new pad, and more photos to come in the next few days when we move in (we’re moving in tomorrow- Wed 23rd).

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Its going to be pretty super-darn-fantastically amazing having our first Tom-Bex real home(we’ve been living together pretty much from day 1 so since july 2011 but always short term or crashing with other people), and Ive been without a real abode since Jan 2011 so I am SO unbeleivably ready to have our own place to get cosy in and get creative!

So I’ve just spent the last few days packing us up whilst Tom has being working a few days at his old job making us a little extra dosh while he still can (we’re living off our savings at the moment which are diminishing fast- renting in Melbourne is EXPENSIVE!), but i’ve had a chance to catch some yummy sunshine in the garden ❤ and look how beautiful everything looks!

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The 3rd photo shows the corn that I planted a few months ago.  Pretty amazing huh! I made 3 areas of corn planting the sections in 2 week intervals so there should be tastey corn-on-the-cob for longer.  They are loving the extra nitrogen in the soil too- Tom turned over a massive patch of Broad Beans into the soil a few months ago to give it a bit of a Nitrogen lift and it seems to be working wonders.  Here is the man himself mid Broad Bean turning (looking very embaressed about the half naked photo im making him pose for!

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So generally all is well.  Money worries as per usual, savings disappearing far to quickly and not sure were the money is going to come from etc etc etc but I wont go too much into that.  For now we are just enjoying the excitement of new beginnings, budgetting ourselves and Im concentrating on getting some new stock up on Etsy which will hopefully help, and looking for a Part time Nanny job for when we get back from the UK in March.(Oh yeh I forgot to say we’re going to the UK for a one month family visit!)

Thats all for now folks, I’ll do a quick post of what’s new on the Etsy shop and will update soon with new home photos! ❤