Thursday, 29 August 2013

Bayside Emporium!

14th September is the date set to open the Bayside Emporium on the main street of Huskisson, very exciting news! I'll have a permanent stand downstairs alongside other fabulous market people including From Nepal and Kan I Keep It. Open 7 days 10 - 5. So in preparation I've been making lots of lovely things and sourcing recyclable items from op shops and even the tip, to add as much texture, warmth and natural goodness as possible. These some of the things that came out of the workshop this week.


Recycled doily sections, bangles and beads.

Doily art. This reminds me so much of a sand dollar or sea cookie.
Recycled doily and embroidery hoop.

Gift tags. Recycled cereal packet and vintage sheet music,
chlorophyll stamped with native ferns.

Wall art from recycled toilet rolls.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Driftwood Birds

There's so much texture in nature. I've become a bit obsessed with weathered paint textures, and weathered timber, scouring the beaches for lovely pieces smoothed and bleached by the sun and sea. The little wrens in the picture are actually made from Andy's old bed slats, but wire-brushed, bleached and rust-stained in mock-driftwood-style. Their tails are timber venetian blind slats.  

Thursday, 15 August 2013

The last days of winter...

These last days of winter are hope and plans and potential. My community care roster is filling up and I buzz around the local area like trainee bee with my id badge jingling, making a very satisfying - if bumbling - hands-on difference in my community. Additionally I support a few businesses by creating artwork and helping define their public image. This work often means long stints at the workstation, suspended in the cold quiet of nights and early mornings, grumbling as I enter and emerging with elation. And then there are the times of making things...

Mock weaver bird nest made from cotton
twine and acrylic yarn.

Production line of nests resting on the Nowra News 

Tissue paper and wire earrings

Salt-dough eggs - lovingly hand-moulded but baked a little too hot


Lavender-filled fish with button-eyes

Soft birds from recycled denim & recycled fancy jam-jar tops.
The doily they're standing on has been dyed with tea.

Hand-made galvanised wire egg-basket.
*not guaranteed to hold extra small eggs

Tealight lanterns made from jars. 'Antiqued' with Elmer's glue
and food colouring, embellished with beads, ribbon and shells.