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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Daisies in the Grass - DIY

The Rose has but a Summer reign, The daisy never dies.

 The daisy's for simplicity and unaffected air.

I'd like to introduce you to a freshly found paper batch of those simple long lasting flowers that the quotations above describe so beautifully.  
Quick to make, cheerful and fresh as a daisy - these paper pretties are ideal for outdoor occasion decor.  They could lead you along a pathway, brighten a garden patch,  or add importance to an entrance.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Studio Love

A studio is an artist's or worker's workroom. 
The word studio is derived from the Italian: studio
from Latin: studium, from studere, meaning to study or zeal. Wikipedia

I love my studio space - but I adore it all that much more when it's tidy.  Putting our house on the market has made me have a thorough clean-out and tidy up - and its looking so good. 
Even though work in there carries on, I am trying my best to tidy up and pack away often!
There's a great debate about levels of creativity and tidiness or messiness of work space.  It seems the messier the better for many, and that often applies to my work space too.  So I am enjoying this season of forced tidiness while it lasts ☺

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Zig Zags In the Kitchen

I am not a fan of the average dishcloth.  Partly because it means hard work is happening in the kitchen, but also because I find them not nearly absorbent enough for my liking. 
I don't like coping with a soggy dishcloth after drying 3 dishes! So I've taken to making my own.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Truth in a Moving Rumour {Bright Leafiness for a Dreary Outdoor Wall}

I can verify the truth of rumour I've heard. Putting your house on the market suddenly means that you make time to do so many of the tweaks that you've been meaning to do for years. 
That's us for sure.  
It's been fun.  
It's been HARD work. 
It's been so satisfying!

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Window on 2015

 We have made a huge decision - to put our house on the market.  With that has come a mix of emotions  -  the heartache of leaving a much loved home full of memories behind and the excitement of the adventure of finding something new.  

It has also resulted in action, action, action - cleaning, tidying, throwing out and decorating.  
My goal is to make the most of this 30-something year old lady abode.  There are some bits of her that could do with a makeover, but basically she's clean, solidly built and well maintained.

Monday, December 15, 2014

3D Still Life - Painted Gondwana Blooms

Proteas from a couple of gift bouquets I received were left to dry for a few weeks.... - and then brought back to life again with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Batch Satisfaction

There's something immensely satisfying foir a handcrafter - to see a huge batch of their handwork all together.  
This is the feeling I had yesterday just before taking another load of vintage brooches to the KZNSA art gallery Buzzart Christmas Fair.