08.07.09

Today my Dorset Button hair clips from my Esty shop have been featured on One Day, One Item, a blog by Etsy seller Choumie7 dedicated to handmade items. Have a look here!
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04.07.09

Thinking origami #2: The Coot

More patterns developed from origami shapes. See what happened to the little boat here.
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29.06.09

On Kumihimo experiments and creativity

Every time I start learning a new craft technique I always have the intention of beginning with the basics and following the instructions step by step to increase the difficulty of the projects. But I never get too far doing this. As soon as I can produce something similar to what is proposed in 'lesson 1' I start dreaming the most ambitious projects and I walk away from the academic path and start exploring the technique on my own. The latest example of this are my kumihimo experiments: on day 1 I learnt how to cast on and make the... [Lire la suite]
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27.06.09

Works in progress

These days I am working on a series of fabric brooches for my Esty shop and writing down notes for new accessories I'd like to make soon. At the same time I am putting together a Google map with nice shops I visited in my recent holiday in Freiburg, Germany, that will be posted here next week. Stay tunned!
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26.06.09

Kumihimo

The young crafter has a new toy brought from her recent trip to Germany: a kumihimo tool :-) Since all the instructions in the kit were in German I had to browse the internet for some help to get me started. I learned the very basics with this video and kept myself busy during the holidays experimenting with the different results obtained by putting the colours in a different order in the beginning. Now I have to keep researching the technique. I'll keep you updated!
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25.06.09

*akka design* is on Facebook

*akka design* has now a business page on Facebook. If you become a fan you can keep up with shop updates and other news related to the Etsy shop.
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14.06.09

Screenprinting weekend #3: A work in progress

As I mentioned in this post, in the latest screenprinting workshop at Liz Nilsson's I had very ambitious project in mind, and this was the printing of a square tablecloth (160x160 cm) with a border of my own design (see planned layout in the last picture here). But with less than one quarter of the project completed I had to give up because my stencil was worn out. Too many repetitions! Now my tablecloth patiently waits the moment I have a photographic exposed screen so it can be completed.
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12.06.09

Thinking origami #1: The Boat

Let me introduce a series of posts where I'll present some of the patterns I've been creating lately. They are all based on origami shapes and are intended as ideas for future screenprints. The boat is one of my favourites and I really enjoyed playing around with it. Here it is the original shape:                                Then the boat starts swinging around... and creates patterns like these: ... [Lire la suite]
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11.06.09

Screenprinting weekend #2: Making holes

Some images of effects obtained with newspaper and a paper punch during the latest screenprinting workshop at Liz Nilsson's studio.
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10.06.09

Screenprinting weekend #1: the Japanese paper

You might wonder what I'm doing in the pictures above, and if you had asked me on the spot I would had told you 'I don't know!'I was again at Liz Nilsson's studio for another wonderful 2-day screenprinting workshop and the stencil I have prepared for my very ambitious project had let me down (I'll talk about this in another post). So I was experimenting with a piece of Japanese paper I had bought at Daintree paper shop in Dublin. I put it on my cotton fabric and printed with an open screen over it, mixing drops of yellow and... [Lire la suite]
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