If you’re a fan of ceramics, mid-century aesthetics and Melbourne history, I’d highly recommend a trip to the Art Gallery at Deakin University, Burwood, to see the exhibition John Nixon's Australian Ceramics. On display are around 200 pieces of functional ceramic wares - mugs, plates, jugs, bowls and similar domestic pieces - produced by artisans who lived and worked in Melbourne in the … If you’re a fan of ceramics, mid-century aesthetics and Melbourne history, I’d highly recommend a trip to the Art Gallery at Deakin University, Burwood, to see the exhibition John Nixon's Australian Ceramics. On display are around 200 pieces of functional ceramic wares - mugs, plates, jugs, bowls and similar domestic pieces - produced by artisans who lived and worked in Melbourne in the…Read More
Spending a bit of time each day making patterns is the best meditation I’ve ever tried, though getting the repeat right can ruin the zen vibe! And sometimes it’s best to just keep things simple, right? This is today’s new pattern, developed from India ink brush strokes on paper.
I’m looking forward to getting some new patterns printed onto fabric, which I’ll then sew into clothes for myself. I’m thinking this, in black and on linen, would look good as a dress.
Today is all about…rain and chilling out and endless cups of tea. And another pattern.
More pattern! Happy Friday.
I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I’m working on at the moment, because who doesn’t like a bit of a sticky beak at what others are doing?
I loved geography at school, mainly because I got to trace and colour-in maps, and if schoolkid me knew I’d get to create maps as an adult it would no doubt have blown my mind. And sure, while the maps I make now usually have very little to do with tracing paper and textas, they’re still fun to make. Here’s a sneak peek of a super simple map I’m working on for a great local not-for-profit (can you guess which?!), that will soon end up on the back of a postcard.
Lots of spring pattern making going on around here. I need some new clothes and figure maybe they should involve my own designs. Bring on summer!
Spring’s here in Melbourne and change is in the air. Along with a lot of pollen. And cleaning, lots of spring cleaning. On warmer days it also means you might be able to go out with just a T-shirt and no jacket, wow.
I’ve been working on some new patterns lately, inspired by the change in weather, and here’s the first, Spring Days. It still needs a few tweaks but the colours are just how I wanted them. I’d quite like to wear this pattern as a T-shirt, so maybe it’s time to think about some digital printing…we’ll see.
Hope your October is going great!
Here’s a little corner of my workspace, ie: where I spend all my life :)
Highlights include a laser printer that’s so old it’s also a fax (shame there’s no landline to connect it to), my cassette player/radio from the ‘80s (still works), an I Heart NY mug I bought on my last trip to the US, and a bird’s nest fern I received as a KK gift nearly two years ago. What does your workspace look like? I would LOOOVE to see!
Things got busy around here in winter, but some new fabric panels have just been listed in the shop. I've been wanting to work with bigger and bolder shapes lately, and do some more two-colour screen printing, and these are the first batch of prints. Hope you love them as much as I do. Plus happy spring if you live in the Southern Hemisphere...finally!
I held a little art class yesterday, based on an idea I had a little while back - paint your favourite animal (or fruit or whatever you want) onto some fabric, and then we'll turn it into a cushion. It was soRead More
OK, now you know too much about me, even down to my moisturiser of choice (Aesop Mandarin Facial Cream, so good!) and my favourite nail polish (Kester Black is the biz), because I drew them all and then turned that drawing into an art print. Is that weird? It feels a tiny bit weird. Oh well. The packaging of these objects are burnt into my brain, cos I use them all the time. And some of these things are sentimental, like the Mason Pearson hairbrush my mum got me for my birthday when I was a kid (thanks mum!) and the comb my friend gave me for my most recent birthday (thanks Em!) Oh, and my tip for nail clippers? Go to Muji.
And a little heads up that all art prints are now available in A4 and *new* A3 size. They're all archival quality giclee prints, using the highest quality pigment inks, printed on fade resistant canvas paper (I just love that texture!) Hope you like.
I had a lot of fun organising and coordinating which fabric colours/patterns to put together for July's fabric scrap packs. And as an added bonusRead More
A little while back, in the school holidays, I held some art classes for kids. We worked from my tiny studio and covered the basics of working with clay, did some painting and stamping on fabric and also…Read More
It's already OVER halfway through May, so probably about time to mention the May fabric packs! There's a 3-fat quarter panel pack and a scrap pack, both in bright colours (in an attempt to counter the dull weather here in Melbourne). And fabric packs now come in cute little fabric pouches, because I love cute little fabric pouches.
Stocks of the packs are limited and there are only a handful of each left, in case you've been thinking about getting one. Happy sewing :)
This weekend, for the first time in ages, I didn't have much on, which meant I finally had time to finish the quilt I started last month. I'd forgotten how fun they are to design and make, and how the little details, like making your own binding, can be so rewarding.
For this quilt I had a few aims - I wanted to make it small and lap-sized (perfect for the cooling weather here in Melbourne), to test out a simple pattern I had in mind, and also show the size of a quilt made using five panels of my fabric (which are around the size of a fat quarter).
I'd already cut and started sewing up the pieces for the front, and finishing this off didn't take too much time. Then I dug deep into my stash to find some fabric for the binding and the backing - pieces that fit in with the overall colour palette but also provide a bit of contrast.
For the binding I chose some fabric I printed in my old studio in Kensington in around 2009 (which is horrifyingly nearly 10 years ago!) It's a small brown dot on a beige cotton linen and mixed in well with the other basecloth fabrics. For the backing I chose some of my yardage fabric from around the same time - Akzidenz alphabet printed on a sturdy organic cotton, in a mushroom grey ink. I recently found a small bolt of this hidden under a bunch of other fabric, which was a nice surprise discovery!
For the actual quilting part I simply sewed across the front in long lines - kind of boring but I'm not into facing quilting stitch patterns. This part is quite meditative, and makes me appreciate how good it is having the right tools, like a proper walking foot (a bit of an investment but totally worth it!).
The pattern for the quilt is super simple - squares and rectangles made by cutting up five different panels of Spin Spin fabric (including one plain unprinted panel, the charcoal coloured pieces), then arranging them into a grid. I used a super generous 1cm seam allowance, which I'd probably reduce a bit next time - this would also mean the quilt would be a bit bigger, as there are so many pieces! For the homemade binding I made strips of fabric 2.5" wide but next time I think I'll make the strips a bit wider, so you can see more of it. It would also make sewing it on a bit easier, as there's more room to move. The overall size of this finished quilt is just what I wanted - around 90cm x 100cm (35" x 39.5").
I'd love to know what you think of the look of this quilt and also if you'd be interested in a pattern - please comment if you do/don't like it or if you've got any suggestions. If you'd prefer to send me a message that'd be great too.
Below are some images to give you more of a look and if you keep an eye on my shop, in the next day or so you'll find the April fabric special, a pack of five pieces :) And did I mention that next time I want to make an 8- or 10-panel quilt? I might need a bit more time to sew that one up, hmm.