30.09.09

Ok, let's do something now...

I am new to Barcelona so I don't know if it is just this time of the year or here the festivals, celebrations and holidays are really non stop. Since I came one month ago I've been enjoying lots of outdoor events, the latest of them due to Barcelona's main festival, la Mercè. I don't have pictures of all the street parades, concerts and shows I've seen, but these two examples of the human castles in Plaza Sant Jaume last Sunday will give you an idea of it. Breathtaking, isn't it?Some vintage posters of this celebration from the 50's,... [Lire la suite]
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15.06.09

Screenprinting weekend #4: Collective print

Details of a collective work from latest screenprinting workshop at Liz Nilsson's studio, made by the people that took part in the workshop: Marie, Cristina, Sinead, Cliona, Cecile and me.
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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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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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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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30.05.09

Etsy Etsy Etsy

                                      After a long preparation, *akka design* is on Etsy! There aren't many things yet, and a lot of work needs to be done to improve it, but here we go!I'll be posting soon about the products and other Etsy related things.
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27.05.09

My fabric treasure

This morning, happiness in the shape of fabric. I received my latest order from Contemporary Cloth. Good price, super fast shipping. I'm looking forward to making things with it!
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26.05.09

Interdependence: the Tree Project

The International Fiber Collaborative organized this community project called Interdependence. Over 7,000 textile leaves arrived from all over the world to contribute to the making of this full size tree that was exhibited in April. You can browse pictures of the single leaves here. The idea was to represent how communities are interelated and depend on each other, as the leaves of a tree. (photo International Fiber Collaborative via Pin Tangle)
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06.05.09

Random screeprinting #2

Another experiment from Liz Nilsson's screenprinting workshop. I was trying to use in a different way the screen with circles I had prepared for this design, and somehow the mesh got blocked so I got these 'faulty' print with some not printed spots. It's one of those frequent cases when chance makes things better :-)
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