Friday, July 31, 2009

Big love to the local press!

I was really pleased with the press support we got for last weekend's Made on the Left Market at the Hyde Park Hotel. It makes such a huge difference for a not-for-profit association like ours to get this free publicity and it makes all those volunteer hours of writing press releases worthwhile when they actually turn into a story! Here are some of the articles that I know about from The Post, The West Australian (Habitat section), Hills Gazette, Joondalup Weekender and Guardian Express:

Word is, we also got mentioned on Perth's RTR FM and ABC radio, so thumbs up to the wireless industry too!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Odd Girl Out Winter 2009 Collection

A sneak peak at some of the new collection being released at the Made on the Left market this weekend.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Made on the Left Winter 2009 Market

Only six sleeps to go until the next Made on the Left Market! We have organised two fabulous days of handmade goodness this time - Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July 10am to 4pm, back at the good old Hyde Park Hotel.

I've been running a one woman sweatshop round these here parts to get all now products ready for the market. Here is a sneak preview of my new cast necklaces, and there are plenty more goodies where those came from...oh yeah. I'll be selling there on Sunday, but will be floating around being all 'official' on the Saturday too. If you are local to the Hydey it's well worth popping in for a look on both days, as completely different stalls will be included on each.

Friday, July 3, 2009

And I finally did something with those buttons...

So I finally got around to playing with my new cast shapes, and inspired by discussions with the Lovely Liza from Lillybuds and Eclectic Elaine from Behind the Monkey (sorry - can't resist alliteration), I started playing with combining fabric with the buttons for some larger neckpieces.

I had a whole lot of silk squirrelled away from my murky past as a silk painter, so ruthlessly tore it up to fashion some small blooms, which I spent yesterday afternoon sewing and attached them to two strands of loose silk braids. There are three different types of silk in the posies: a habotoi which is a fine lightweight silk, a beautiful silk satin that I think my mum picked up for me in Vietnam years ago (figured I didn't use it for a wedding dress so safe to repurpose now!) and a stiffer, stronger dupion which forms the base for most of the flowers.

I don't think it is quite at its final stage yet (maybe a little too white...could try tea dying it to give it a more vintage look) but would be interested in feedback. It's definitely heading in the direction of a bridal neckpiece I think, next I'll probably play around with combining fabric and buttons to create some pieces for the "not getting married just want a cool necklace" market.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

All Buttoned Up

Taking vintage buttons in a new direction, here are some new pieces that I have cast from old and interesting buttons collected at various markets and antique stores.  The process involved making a silicone mold of each button, then creating a cast in resin.  In future I'll be able to use different kinds of resin and pigments to cast these in a variety of colours.

I can't wait for the findings I have ordered arrive and I can finish these into some new pieces of jewellery!  Yay for new techniques :p

Friday, January 9, 2009

An apology to koalas everywhere

Forgive me my furry marsupial friends....I besmirched your reputations by inferring in the post below that you all had syphillis. Pardon me. It's actually chlamydia that you tend to suffer from. My deepest apologies....

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Three little bears came out to play

One of my ordained roles within my family is as cakemaker for certain events - including my neice's upcoming third birthday celebrations. The chosen theme for this year: teddy bears picnic.

After much pondering on decorative techniques, I decided to use my existing skills instead of learning new sugar paste ones and created this little family out of polymer clay...

They are going to sit on a square cake iced to look like a chequered picnic rug. They did turn out looking a little more like koalas than I intended (minus the pouches and syphillis) and mamma bear does tend to fall over if not propped up (gin for lunch again) but overall I think they have worked out well. Depending on how well I managed to do the icing, I may post a picture of the final product.
The trick will be convincing my neice not to try to eat them...