I dropped into a local home furnishing fabric shop this week and rifled through their bolt end bins for some inspiration. I’m not into formulaic handmade bags and although I often make a series of bags with the same basic form I like to mix it up with different fabrics, patterns and accents. So a bin of odds and ends of fabric is a great kick starter for ideas.
Surprisingly it was a $3 sample swatch of faux leather that got my creative ideas flowing.
I loved the colours and the fabric had a lovely suppleness to it that meant it would sew well but the swatches where only a couple of inches so what could I do with them??
I was sorting through my handmade stamps later that day when I hit on the idea of combining the two as an accent patch on some of my little black bags.
So here’s the result
You can check them out in my Etsy shop for more pics.
I read a book on mud brick houses, go out and do a weekend workshop and plan on building my own ….one day. Actually it will have to wait until The Writer heads off to the next life as any mention of building has him muttering about the “divorce house”. I can’t help it – I just see something I love that hits my creative g spot and I want to try it for myself. Once I’ve tried it I want to share how easy, satisfying, frustrating, energising, fun, rewarding or just plain crazy it was to tackle the project.
Most of the stuff I create comes from a deeply internalised belief that if I think hard enough about how to do something, read up on it, seek the wisdom of those who do it well and then just jump in and try something good will result. That’s not to say it will be good the first attempt but every artistic endeavor adds to my store of knowledge and the next attempt is incrementally better.
I mull things over, I dream of new projects, I buy supplies and lay them up for when the mulling bears fruit. I want to try EVERYTHING! I know I should probably settle for a few things and do them really well but I’m fascinated by others artistic and creative outpourings and I start down a new path before I know it.
Right now it’s bookbinding. I’ve never done it before or been to a class but I saw a simple concertina sketchbook in my art store and decided I could make one. So I did – and then some more adding little windows, then a travel book with a fold over cover and I just interrupted my first attempt at a leather covered book to write this! In between I’ve been googling images and reading blogs and tutorials and have ammasssed a good understanding of some basic techniques. It’s never been so easy to get good information for new ideas.
So this blog started because I’ve been amazed at, and grateful for, what’s out there on the interweb – I wanted to add my slim store of knowledge and experience. I’m interested in what inspires others to blog , this simple mantra inspires me. See it, Make it, Share it!
Hand covered book
New Zealand sketches
New Zealand sketch book