Sunday, April 28, 2013

Inspiration - Cool Colours, Cool Places and Cool Things

 Love the combination of colours on the image above.  Simple cool and elegant, at least I think so.  

 The coolest place has to be the Roxy Cinema, Miramar.  The most beautiful cinema I have ever been too.  Nowhere else comes anywhere close.  We only found it by accident when walking past looking for op shops.  If you are ever going past, just drop in have lunch, drink some wine and of course see a movie.
In my opinion never mind the 3d printers and drone helicopters and digital scanning at Makertorium this weekend.  My vote for coolest project has to go to the above textile dying.  Slowly over the day the dye dripped down through the fabric and embroidery to make a willow pattern.  More photos from Makertorium soon, I promise.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Autumn Inspiration

 Autumn in Hawkes Bay is one of my favourite times of year for inspiration.
  Inside or out there is always something beautiful to inspire me.
 Whether its the fantastic colours of Autumn......................
 The shapes and forms of raindrops on the last of the roses of the year ...........................
 Or the textures of seed heads and little suprises that should not be there.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Back to Basics - Messing about with Shapes

 At the end of this month Peter and I will be involved in Makertorium, at Te Papa.  We are going to spend a whole day demo-ing what we do.  This has set me to thinking -  for the last six months or so I have been busy chasing my tail I think.  Too much focus on the sewing part and not on the printing bit.  The bit that I enjoy the most, where my creativity can really flow.    I have been so focused on end product and not on why I decided to start printing in the first place.
 So today after I finished printing orders, I had a bit of a play about with new techniques.  Ways I can produce prints with out Peter's carved blocks.  He is far to busy making furniture now (apparently) to carve anything for me and I want to keep all my fingers so no carving for me. These are not my finished fabrics, these are my note book, sketch pad, mess it up type thing.  I have been trying out using a gelli printing plate.  It is a lot of fun and produced some great results.  not sure yet how I will pull it all together but the ideas are percolating.
Almost forgot I have some great ideas for getting people involved in printing on the day with a minimum of mess, I hope.