Thursday, December 4, 2008
Let me introduce you to my latest new pieces to be unleashed on the unsuspecting public at the Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar this weekend. They are vintage wallpaper, polymer clay and resin brooches and although you can't quite see it from this angle they are a little bit liquorice allsort-y as the backs of the brooches are black. Yum yum yum. And they will be available in three different sizes for varying appetites...
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Speaking of bloggers, An9ie is a girl who gets out and about for her own blog and the one she does for the Community News Group - check out her very comprehensive summary of Made on the Left here.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I've been itching the use the vintage wallpaper I gathered on my last trip to Melbourne and yesterday I worked out a new item that I'm very happy with. I sewed the vinyl wallpaper to handpainted silk using circles and circles of stitching, attached a loop of fabric to the back and threaded them on to two strands of ribbon.
I had flexibility in mind, so they can be worn as a necklace, headpiece/fascinator (I was thinking Melbourne Cup actually, dahhhlings), wrist corsage and they could even be pinned to wear as a brooch or decorate a belt. Because they are ultralight they are really versatile and a bit of a step away from my usual chunky polymer ways. I'm quite excited about them actually!
This is the only blue/green version, and there are two different orange/pink/yellow ones made from some delightful 70s wallpaper and silk. The other fun thing is you can scrunch the flowers up to make them more 'closed' than they are here - love interactive features!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Here I am at Perth Upmarket on Sunday...in my wonderful new apron made by the lovely Sam of Fatty DeMonsey Delightful Designs. I always look worried in photos...not quite sure why. Squinty eyes maybe? Thanks to all the lovely customers who came down, and well done to Justine for her organisation of the event. Special thank to my mum for sewing my groovy wallpaper like backstand cover and tablecloth and covering my pinboards, and to Moz for jigsawing my great new display stands xxx.
Given the feedback from customers, I'll definitely be making some more of the red rose and black necklace I am modelling in time for my next market - Distracted in Leederville on October 26.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Inspired by some of the other clever polymer clay artists on Etsy including J2aney and Polyclarific, I thought I'd take a step away from my customary BIG designs and try my hand at something little and delicate (yep, definitely playing against type there!).
I'm thinking these cute little Matryoshka pendants will make nice necklaces for younger girls. Moz and I were in St Petersburg almost exactly a year ago and went to the market where we bought a beautiful handpainted set of dolls which now adorn our office mantlepiece.
Friday, August 8, 2008
...part two of my adventures in resin. These are going to become brooches very shortly.
At last count, I have four confirmed markets and two possible ones (and perhaps more) coming up between now and Christmas, so I'm going to need to build up a lot more stock. These are just a start...
Sunday, August 3, 2008
This is the result of my latest adventure in resin - vintage wallpaper set underneath a shiny coating. The finetuning continues, but I'm pretty happy with the result.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I am officially declaring that DaraArt is the Etsy front page queen!
Here is another of her nifty treasuries featuring yours truely and some of the other Made on the Left gang.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
It's also been confirmed that I will have a stall at the North Perth Festival, which will be held for the first time in groovy Angove Street North Perth on November 30. In the meantime, the other Made on the Left committee members and I are trying to lock away the date and location for the second Made on the Left Market, which we are also aiming to do in the next few months. Good Times...!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wow - what a good night's sleep I had after the Made on the Left Market yesterday. The Hydey was packed to the rafters from about 10.30am to just after 3pm when it quietened down just a little, but it was almost at the stage where you couldn't move at lunchtime.
All the sellers had great products and a fantastic range, and the reaction from everyone was so positive it made all the hard work worth it. As an added bonus, the Odd Girl Out stall did really well too and I think we've finally worked out the best setup.
The other founders and I will be getting together in the next couple of weeks to talk about....gasp for air...planning the next market!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
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Saturday, June 14, 2008
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And if you are a WA based crafty type don't forget to visit the Made on the Left website where you can download the application form to take part in the launch event market at the Hyde Park Hotel North Perth on July 12!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Our first event will be a market on July 12 at the Hyde Park Hotel in North Perth, and the application form has been loaded up on the website. So if you live in WA and have some great handmade goods to showcase, get onto it!
Made on the left will also have a blog at http://madeontheleft.blogspot.com/ which will hopefully be much less neglected than this one sometimes is...so please leave a comment.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
I'm going to be loading new stock to my Etsy store over the next few days so that the lovely people who visited the Odd Girl Out stall at Unwrapped can find the pieces they saw there.
In the meantime, here's a photo of me holding down the fort at the market.
Friday, March 14, 2008
And as for me...the unwrapped market is drawing ever closer and I've just edited over 100 images of the new jewellery I have created, ready to create a catalogue tomorrow. The wonderful Moz is creating a banner as we speak and with any luck we will be ready to go on Sunday.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
I HAVE A 84% RESEMBLENCE TO CHRISTOPHER WALKEN!!!
Try it yourself at My Heritage .
P.S. It is some kind of consolation that my lovely partner Moz looks 55% like Denise Richards...but not really.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I rushed home from an intensive marketing workshop that I conducted with a new client on Thursday morning (both businesses booming at once!) and spent the next five hours rolling, cutting, stamping, brushing, piercing and baking the individual beads to make up the necklaces. The first image shows some of the finished beads arranged on my table ready for stringing.
Unfortunately, in my dedication to the task at hand I neglected to do something very simple - drink enough water - and ended up feeling very ill by the time the beads were ready to be strung. It can be very hot here in Perth and it's pretty important to do something as basic as keep your fluids up, but I tend to become extremely focussed when I am making jewellery and forget basic things like eating and drinking. Believe me - it's about the only time I do forget to eat!! So, the upshot of all this is on Thursday night I went to bed feeling rather ill, necklace unstrung, and my partner ended up eating leftovers instead of the nice Valentine's meal I was going to cook him. I finished my commission the next day after recovering- and here it is, ready to be gift wrapped and packed off to Melbourne. I hope Sandra's friend likes it!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Anyhoo, back onto stuff I do know how to do, I rushed home and made some of these these bright jade - coloured earrings the other day after a long day at business school and made a little dragonfly from the left overs.
I've been experimenting with a new kind of translucent polymer clay and I'm really happy with the glass-like finish I can get. I've also been experimenting with making rings from this material, as the new clay is much stronger than the old kinds I used to work with, which would just break when used on items like rings that get a fair bit of handling. I'll update you on the experiment when I've reached my conclusions!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I'm pretty pleased with the pieces I created today, which are quite different from my usual style. I'm going to be asking for some feedback on them and if they get the general thumbs up, I'll be going into superproduction mode to produce them in a few colours. I loaded the bluebird into my etsy shop oddgirlout.etsy.com this evening and will see if it gets many views.
I think my favourite from today is the bow necklace, although I have to do some work on making the design a little sturdier, as the first one I made broke when I tried to buff it. I made this necklace in blue and black, but haven't photographed the blue version yet.
All the kneading, rolling and buffing has plain tuckerd me out, and I'm off to bed soon - as soon as the fireworks stop (must be for Chinese New Year - Gung hei fat choi! Happy to be a rat).
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Ahem, well, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls - I'd like to warmly welcome you to the opening of my new blog. I'm sorry it's a bit cold and echoey in here at the moment, we're still in the process of fitting it all out, but once we do I promise you it will be really cozy in here. There will be Odd Girl Out jewellery news (or even jewelry for our North American spelling friends), rants about the weather, random postings on the latest dishes I've been cooking - yes, a little something for everyone.
Now, I do hope you'll bear with with me, I haven't worked one of these things before and it will take me a while to figure out the gears, but I'm sure we'll get there soon.
In the meantime, please help yourself to the fairy bread and cordial in the corner, and do check back soon.
Odd Girl Out