Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Heart Mirror

This new little one, 
I have just released into the shop this morning.
And while I was writing this, 
it sold!

Outside - 
the sky is wild, 
thunder & lightening earlier; 
now wind & rain. 

I lit the fire, 
made an espresso
 & feel cosy - 
but short lived, 
as one must start the day....

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rustic Reverie

A new journal in store, Rustic Reverie.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Thought Circle

More stripes, and a sneak peak at a new book.......


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Stripes & Starry Nights

It happened while I was having one of those 'cleaning attacks' - when suddenly you realise you're knee deep in bits of leather, fabric, thread and some forest pieces that came inside from underfoot.

There it was, peaking out of one of my storage tubs - that delightful textured ticking fabric I have had stored for a couple of years. It just said, 'ME.'

And before I knew it, after the cleaning was complete, I was again immersed in bits of leather, fabric & thread, minus the forest pieces that stayed outside.

Here is one of the results.

And the next one, this is a piece I have been working on for a few days, 
and will be releasing into the store very soon.

I'm feeling stripey.

Amidst all of this, I saw some mist,

and a beautiful starry night outside my cabin.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dreaming of Teal in June

June already; it sure sneaks up on you.

Strewn remnants of wet bush find their way again, into my cabin from underfoot. Trickling remnants of black sand shores and bush - I find them in sporadic places. I sweep, and they return. 

There is nothing I can do but smile, and love this nature life.

Last week the tree tops were covered in frost, and mist blanketed the forest. This week the sky was clear, and the temperatures momentarily seem to have risen once again. Another layer to take off. Perhaps next week, I'll add the layer again.

I dug into some vessels in the studio and found more of my vintage canvas money bags. I cut some more up and tied them into knots, before soaking them in a bath of secrets ingredients. This was last week.

They stayed tied in knots, wet, until suddenly they seemed dry enough to wrestle with and untie again, which was a little more difficult than I had imagined. Envisage a miniature tent, in a knot...

But I am pleased with the results, and may try different methods at this process. I love to start with something blank, cream or white, and see what can be made with it. Change it into an unrecognizable state. Work with it. See what it wants to become.

These things seem to give themselves over to me in trust. And I feel a degree of responsibility to make them beautiful. Sometimes to me, the oldest, rustiest most weathered thing with all the imperfections I can find, is the most beautiful. 

The wisest piece.

The one.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Medieval Moments

A new journal in store. 

Rugged, awaiting words and scribbles, 
or mini masterpieces.

I reprinted this marvelous antique print below,
and hand-aged it to feature in the journal.

Pineapple & Cockroach Metamorphosis 
by Maria Sibylla Merian, circa 1705

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Gardener


     "I am like a gardener, sorting the weeds from the flowers, 
and I have the problem common to all gardeners.  
Sometimes it is not only the weeds that need to go, 
some flowers must be sacrificed
 in order to allow those that remain to flourish. 

It has always interested me,
 that as one travels the plants that one has come to know as weeds, 
are favoured flowers in another place,
 and vice versa. 

The classifications are subjective.

The process of selection continues 
as the crises of identity presents each new challenge."

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blowin' in the Wind

Just finished, 
this large leather journal with tea-stained pages, 
rustic reclaimed dark brown leather & beads. 

For the end-papers, 
I finally made use of some vintage sheet music
which I have been carting around for quite some years; 
from 'Blowin' in the Wind' by Bob Dylan. 

I loved creating this journal.

Get it here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Pocketful of Words

Just completed, this large vintage / reclaimed leather journal - 
it was a feat, and it's delicious, if I might say so myself. 

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