Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Vintage ladies were badass too

I love the idea of prayer flags and I have admired many in the past but yet when I try to make them, more times than not I sit with a pile of fabrics and trims, feeling overwhelmed with the choices and underwhelmed with my results. But some sort of magic was in the air when I made this one. It was for a personal swap with a very talented lady who said she liked vintage styles so I took that idea and ran with it. I had an inkodye print of a vintage tattooed lady that I love but didn't do anything with yet. I started with that base and just started adding things. I just love how it all came together and how each element feel like something that could have come from her world, the buttons, the ripped lace, pearls, key...and the look on her face just said "strength" to me so I had to add that too. Kind of funny how appropriate it is considering how prevalent feminism has been lately.

Friday, February 13, 2015

A two inch square of home

When I was still in the throws of love with twinchies (don't worry, I still am, just taking a needed break) I decided to tackle recreating the look of bracket fungi that can be found in my homeland, the Pacific Northwest. I'm sure they can be found elsewhere too, but this was supposed to be a slice from home. I did the fungi in a stumpwork technique and set about to try and mimic the moss through french knots and the like which totally didn't work. I decided to try incorporating real moss which actually ended up looking great. But then the whole thing felt like it was missing something.....so I decided to do more fungi! I tried to do the tiny white mushrooms in stumpwork but oh man, I cannot work that tiny. It was an utter failure, so poly clay came out, and the mushrooms took shape through that. I'm still amazed at how harmonious all the materials are with each other. A little piece of home.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mini altoid tins and what you might do with them

Here are a couple of projects I made recently using some mini altoid tins. I purposely didn't cover them up or try to disguise them...for some reason, I love the juxtaposition of an altoid tin with what they might mysteriously be housing.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ticker tape quilts done my way

I am not a great quilter. Maybe I'll get better with practice but I don't think I have enough patience for it. But that being said, I found a method of quilting that I have fallen in love with: ticker tape quilts! I've made two different ones so far and it is an awesome project for using up scraps. Now I'm compelled to keep every scrap an inch or bigger!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tentacle critters!

He's a little shy, but loves to cuddle when he warms up to you.

Made from poly clay, with a real shell, rocks, moss, and covered with a good helping of resin. I'm loving resin lately.

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