Friday, May 29, 2015

Creative Collab Durban

Creative Collab Durban
Freshly Found has exhibited at the Design Indaba in Cape Town before and so is delighted to be part of the exciting upcoming Creative Collab Durban.

These Puzzle Bowls are part of the stand decor.  Look out for some new designs as well as the ones you know well.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Constructed by hand in KZN from a puzzle (with 3 pieces missing) .  Painted with locally produced Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Inspired by the work of Claire Norden.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALook forward to seeing you at the KZNSA art gallery next week!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Delicate Daisy Chain

Delicate Daisy Chain Daisy garlands bring to mind images of freedom,  fun and dancing in a summer field.  The design of these light paper daisies hopefully evokes the same feelings, and can be made any time of the year.
The design is made from paper squares cut from sheets of tissue paper –   An ideal way of using up saved tissue paper from shoe boxes, gift bags or wrapping.
Daisies in the windowThey are simple to make.   Follow the picture tutorial if you would like to make these yourself.
You will need:
  • White and coloured sheets of tissue paper to cut into squares approximately 10 X 10cm
  • Wood glue to attach the coloured centre to the white petals
  • Strong cotton string to thread through the backs of the daisies to form a chain or garland.
Special notes:
  • The white paper squares are folded into 16ths before cutting the rounded petal shapes out.  The coloured paper squares are used for making the flower centres and are rolled in on themselves to form balls.
  • For the white petals, I used Cap tissue paper that I bought from a packaging supply company.  It was quite thin, so I used a double layer for each daisy.  White tissue paper bought from stationery supply shops is usually thicker – and a single layer of that would be fine.
  • When you attach the centre balls onto the white petals with wood glue, scrunch the centre of the circle around the ball and hold in position for a few seconds for the glue to set.
  • When finished making the daisies – turn them upside down and thread cotton string through a needle, and thread this through the backs of the daisies.

There are so many ways of using these daisy delights:
  • A group wedding decor project with friends and family.
  • Make a garland for a friend’s birthday . (I made a chain of 50 for friend’s 50th recently)
  • Decorate a wall in a girl’s bedroom with looped chains
  • Make a small head garland to wear to a picnic.
  • Use as a window treatment. Daisy Chain Wall Decor Wihite paper daisy chain

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Crafted Book Vase

Crafted Book Vase
This week, I am going to show you how to fashion a vase – not from clay, but from a book!  A bibliographic vessel!
It’s a fairly quick to make, and quite attractive.  Good for storing water-less flora like dried grasses and flowers.   These autumn twigs work rather well too.
This is how it is done:
You will need:
An old book of about 75- 100 physical pages (150-200 numbered pages – as book pages are numbered on both sides)
If the book has too many pages, you can use a sharp craft knife and slice the spine down the back to get the right number.
  1. Remove the cover from the book.  Lay it down on the table, and fold the top right hand corner of the first page down toward the centre of the book.  (Like a giant dog-ear).  Fold the second page of the book in half lengthwise towards the centre of the book. Make sure that the folds are firm and sharp.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  2. Keep on folding like this through the whole book, alternating these 2 folds.  Eventually the book will look something like this from the side … and  … the top.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  3. Turn the book, so that the narrow part is close to you, and begin re-folding the pages.  The vertically folded page will be folded in the same direction again.  The previously folded edge will be folded into the centre.  These folds should not be crisp like the previous ones, but more rounded. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  4. Roll-fold the edge of the obliquely folded page in the same direction towards the centre again.  Work your way through the book, alternating the folds as before.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  5. Eventually you will work your way round, and you will see the vase shape appearing as you work.  Once you are finished you will see all the gaps from the top, where you can place stems of flowers.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  6. The finished product – a stable and versatile vase.  Use fewer pages if you have thicker stems or thick book pages.
   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you remember this rose display from a while ago?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Beautiful and Botanical

Beautiful and Botanical
Just recently, a few of us creatives visited the Durban Botanical Gardens.  It was a beautiful day and we had a hugely satisfying time snapping away at the photogenic surroundings.  What a privilege to visit this haven with like-minded Durbanites.
These large significant gardens were developed in 1849 as a station for growing trial agricultural crops and are the oldest surviving Botanical Gardens in Africa.
The plant life is breath-taking, and so many of the other elements of this, Durban’s well-run and oldest public institution are intriguing.
Here is some of what I saw:
This bright banana petal seems to be pointing the way…
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Pure White Proteas

I just had to share this latest order with you.  What a delight to work on a huge order of pure white proteas!
 Made mostly from recycled materials - especially the pure white paper
Once a large order is made up, I find it personally so satisfying to see the mass effect of all the hard work together.  


 Chat to us if you would like a bespoke order made up.
Visit our gallery or portfolio to see other options.

Monday, April 06, 2015

New Home

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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Turned Wood, Painted Eggs and Easter Songs

I have a sweet fledgling vintage wooden egg cup collection and Easter seemed like a good time to fill them .  I  was inspired by these beauties -  gradient painted eggs  from the Annie Sloane inspirational post for EasterOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
I am enjoying this collection of cups.  Does anyone actually use wooden egg cups? I guess they are a lovely way to express woodworking design and skills.

The visually soothing repetiton of similar elements in this set along with vibrant variation from different grains, shades and shapes make my heart sing!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis Easter weekend has seen my heart singing along with music that is meaningful to me:
This is Amazing Grace

And if this celebration is relevant to you too , I'd like to wish you the Happiest of Easters!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Intellectual Property 2015

Thanks so much to Vivian Attwood and The Sunday Tribune for the great article on the upcoming Intellectual Property 2015 Exhibition in Durban.  Freshly Found is delighted to be taking part in this event at the KZNSA Art Gallery in July.   

The well known Durban Creative Director, Robin Opperman, along with Ujala (Jackie) Sewpersad of Umcebo are responsible for this amazing event - in collaboration with the Woza Moya Craft Centre at the Hillcrest Aids Trust.  
If you visit their blog, you'll see some progress pics of the impressive chandeliers they are making up for the exhibition.    

Intellectual Property Exhibition
Park Gallery
KZNSA Art Gallery
1 July - 31 July 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Very Quick Gift Bag

Today's quick picture post shows how to make a batch of gift bags
Here we used ink-dyed paper from the previous post, but you can use any pretty paper.  
The paper is wrapped around a soft-cover book as a form.  You could use other solid rectangular shapes like milk cartons or small boxes.
The back overlap seam and the folded base of the packet are glued in position with wood glue. You may want to punch holes in the top and thread some ribbon through.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Paper Plaid

I've been keen to get into some Japanese Shibori work.  So as a very first step in that direction, I decided to make some blue paper plaid ☺ 
Traditional plaid is a pattern on cloth of stripes with different widths that cross each other to form squares (Merriam Webster)
The stripes for this paper project were created by both 
dyeing blue ink stripes 
bleaching out white stripes 
on light blue craft paper.