Monday, 5 July 2010

Craftanoon at the NGA

This weekend I participated in an afternoon of experimentation at the National Gallery of Australia with Sydney's guerrilla knitta Denise Litchfield, learning a variety of techniques to create jewellery from felt and knitting.

During the afternoon we learnt techniques to make felt balls using the wet felt method, needle felting, french knitting on two knitting needles (also known as Icord these days) and finger knitting to create wearable art from wool. Its always fun to learn something new, and Denise was an inspiration to us all with the amazing things she has created from wool. The images you see are the outcomes of what I learnt at the workshop.

I had so much fun learning how to make felt balls, I Cord and finger knitting that I have found some great online tutorials of the techniques to share with you:
- Felt Balls from Craft Tutorials
- I Cord by The Purl Bee
- Finger knitting by Pretty Ditty

Soft cover sketch books to collect thoughts and ideas

Printed on hemp canvas and lined with cotton these A5 sketchbooks are a perfect place to collect inspiration on your daily travels whether you are undertaking an exotic adventure overseas, curled up beside the fireside with a hot chocolate dreaming of warmer climates or struck by a brilliant idea whilst out shopping.

The sketchbooks are small enough to fit inside a handbag or held by hand and contain quality 125gsm, 100% acid free cartridge paper.

The soft cover has sleeves which hold the notebook in place and are a great place to keep momentos like tickets to galleries, movies, and ideas quickly jotted down on the back of envelopes.

The wonderful thing is once you've filled up one sketchbook full of delicious ideas, the cover is easily removed and placed on your next sketchbook to continue protect your inspiration.

Clever things made from your screen prints

Its amazing the clever things that people do with their screen prints from the 'Introduction to Screen Printing on Fabric' class I teach at Megalo Print Studio.

Kate designed the news print panel from the front pages of recent newspapers and hand printed them onto silk using a repeat print process.

The dress was made for the Press Gallery Midwinter Ball using a 1957 vogue pattern.

She was the Bell of the Ball in her beautiful dress with her unique hand printed design.


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