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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11.06.09

The crafty library grows

Two new acquisitions for the craft manuals section of my library: Fabric Jewellery by Teresa Searle and Sew What! Skirts by Francesca DenHartog and Carol Ann Camp. I know I should keep my library as reduced as possible, considering that I'm probably moving soon (and internationally) but I love useful, pretty books I can refer to many times, and I think these two are definitely of that kind. A peek into Sew What! Skirts: And into Fabric Jewellery:
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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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08.06.09

Cuban film posters

        Sunrise of Judo, State's Holidays, The Goat Horn, I am Cuba Posters of Cuban films at Stony Hill Antiques and Gallery, click here for more.
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06.06.09

Botanic Gardens #3: Van Gogh's Delirium

It's iris season, and at the Botanic Gardens they take it seriously.By the pond, in a more relaxed way...
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06.06.09

Botanic Gardens #4: The Weirdos and The Beauties

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03.06.09

Art Fair at the RDS

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Interior Design and Art Fair at RDS Dublin. I came home with two artist in my mind. This is what I saw in the exhibition:Flying Souls and a Cross, 2009, gesso/oil on board, 30.5x28cm, by Fionnuala D'Arcy exhibiting with the Fenderesky Gallery from Belfast. I totally loved the contrast of the bright greens against the background and the marks on the painted  surfaces (that you cannot see in the photographs, unfortunately) Another one by Fionnuala D'Arcy:Birds' Trails, 2009, gesso/oil on board,... [Lire la suite]
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01.06.09

Caucasian Folk Costumes

Azerbaijani woman from Baku. The Azerbaijani. Photographer F. Orden. 1897.Girls wearing traditional head dressings. Village of Tubenel. Balkaria. The Balkar. Beginning of the 20th century. Photographer N.A.Bush. Nogai women. Dagestan. The Nogai. Photographer D.A. Nikitin. 1881.Total eye candy: I can't stop browsing the whole collection of pictures at this online exhibition at Kunstkamera.
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01.06.09

IF: Adapt

Adapting sewing patterns for a perfect fit.'Adapt' for Illustration Friday. Pencil on paper.
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01.06.09

Dorset Buttons

One of my latest crafty adventures is Dorset button making. If you visit my Etsy shop you'll see a series of hair clips decorated with these buttons. Dorset button making was a flourishing industry before the button making machines took over around 1850. Originally they were made with sheep horn rings but now a curtain ring will do very well. The type I've been producing is known as 'Cartwheel' but there are many other types, as you can see in the gallery of the British Button Society. More information can be find in Marion... [Lire la suite]
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