Friday, November 21, 2014

Buzzart Happening

Freshly Found is delighted to be a part of the amazing Buzzart Exhibition at KZNSA Art Gallery opening this evening and running until the middle of January!
Crochet Leaf Bracelets abd Chunky Textile Necklaces
We've launched some new products and brought back some old favourites.
These are some of the Freshly Found goodies you will find there.
Vintage Embroidery Brooches and Solid Crochet Bracelets
 "The KZNSA shop has spent 2014 focussing on stocking great quality, locally-made product and our annual Christmas Fair in the gallery promises to be a bumper selection of the very best of KZN, South African and African made product. Prices range from loads of affordable stocking fillers to those collectible one-off finds for that someone special."
Protea Boutonnieres in brand new packaging
BUZZART 2014 opens on FRIDAY 21st November at 5.30 pm
Trading hours:
Tuesday–Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-4pm
Sunday 10am-3pm
Special trading days: Monday 15th December, Tuesday 16th December, Monday 22nd December

Friday, November 14, 2014

Shibori Shirt

The last in a 3-part series of bleaching experiments.  This t-shirt was treated in the same way as the previous experiment, but had quite a different result.  It reminded me of the Japanese technique of Shibori dyeing.  
I started with a dark brown t-shirt which had bleach stains.  That meant I either needed to throw it away or try to redeem it. I concertina folded both the body of the shirt and the sleeves, and tied them up with thick string.  
See the previous experiment for more details of the techniques I used - How I did the folding and the bleaching.    

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Taking the Colour Away.  Reverse dyeing! Welcome to part 2 of a 3-part series of experiments I did using bleach to rescue some items in my wardrobe.
This partially smocked T-shirt was a favourite of mine, and I was disappointed when it was spoilt by some bleach splashes.  
So I decided to tie-bleach it.  Once again, much like the previous bleaching project, I was pleasantly surprised by the tender tangerine under-colour that emerged

Friday, November 07, 2014

Taking The Colour Away

I have often used dye to transform or freshen up clothing in my wardrobe.  Lately I've been experimenting with bleach - and taking the colour away. This brown stripey T-shirt had a pleasant surprise in store for me.
It was a little too dark for me, so I decided to experiment on it.  
Once the colour was stripped, a gentle terracotta stripe remained ☺   

Monday, October 27, 2014

How to Whip up Some Chopstick Origami Flowers

Here's an indepth  photo tutorial on how to make the Chopstick Origami Blooms
This is a summary of the tut:  Scroll down if you would like all the steps. 
You will need:
A square of book paper
A couple of small pieces of coloured tissue paper
Blue Ink
A chopstick
Masking tape
Wood glue 

The pictures will guide you through the steps of making up the origami lily, dyeing the edges in some diluted blue ink, mounting the lily on the chopstick and then rolling the petals.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chopstick Origami

I think chopsticks make much better flower stems that eating utensils.  This is purely my personal belief because I battle to use them in any way that is significantly satiating to my hunger!
We are able to make up Freshly Found Chopstick Origami blooms for you.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beetroot Beauty

Beetroot dyeing is quite a beautiful experience.  
From Slicing the vegetable, extracting the colour and then infusing the paper petals with the pigment - it evokes a lot of visual colour-rich emotion!

Each batch of beetroot dyed paper turns out a slightly different shade of pinky red - with undertones of blue through to yellow.  
The colour fades naturally with time, so these vegetable dyed blooms have to be kept out of direct light to preserve their colour.  

If you would like some beetroot boutonnieres for your function, they are available online from the freshly found store.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Idea - To Re-use a Dish Towel

I am fascinated by the role that dish towels play in our culture.  
Some of them are used for drying hands and dishes.  Many are sold as souvenir items and cheerful gift options.  They are a blank canvas for artistic expression.  Many artists have specialised in Tea Towels! (I have a fair-sized collection of good-looking towels - and their purpose is strictly decorative!)

I decided to turn this bright dishcloth find into a pillow cover!   Once a lovely Linen London Souvenir, it caught my attention in a Pietermaritzburg charity shop a few weeks ago. 
It was a simple project. 
I folded the dishcloth in half and inserted a zip between the top and bottom edge, forming a tube.  I then made sure that the rather stern soldier was centrally positioned on the front edge, before stitching the 2 side seams.

This made for a patchwork-looking back - with 2 marching pigeons as the focal point!
The dishcloth was not damaged in any way, so it can be unpicked and used for it's original purpose any time.   I filled it with a square feather pillow, which I gently stuffed into the oblong shape cover.  It looks good on my living room  sofa :-)

So that's it - an easy 3-step process:
1 Find a suitable dish towel
2 Insert a zip closing
3. Stitch the side seams. 
Turn out the corners and stuff with a feather inner.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Novelty Wooden Goodies

I had some fun with my macro lens, while photographing this pair of coathangers for the online store.
One is labelled with Union Castle Line, and I guess that means it may have hung up a sailor's uniform.
The other one is a folding or travelling coathanger, and it has bristles towards each end, which form a clothes brush when the 2 ends are folded together.
Some of the tiny colourful fibres of brushed jackets or coats are still stuck on the bristles of the brush.

I love the simple indented black print on the wood of the coathanger.

Available online in the Freshly Found Store here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fresh Reflections

The Freshly Found Gallery/Catalogue has just been published online with Issuu.  It contains a short overview of past and present freshly found work.
It has a front cover....

and a back cover ...
and a number of colourful pages inbetween.

It's been good to put together this summary and categorsie the work we are able to produce.  Reflecting on some of the past creativity, taking note of the present and dreaming about the future! 
Pop to the 'Gallery' tab at the top of the blog and have a quick page through :-)
 “Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”
Yvonne Woon, Dead Beautiful