Over the years I have come to the conclusion that focus is the key. I find that it is a constant battle to do that. As an artist who is familiar with many techniques I have many ideas racing around in my head. Taking a walk and window shopping or browsing on pinterest I am inundated with ideas. I can make most of the things that I see and find it very easy to learn new techniques for those that I don't yet know how to do. It is exciting and challenging to do that. But it is
This year she decided to go as Totoro. The first thing the students have to do before they even speak to me is to create a sketch of their design. I tell them that I am not a mind reader, even though some of them call me a magician. I need for them to visualize their idea, and once it is in sketch form they begin to understand whether the construction is feasible or whether they have to make adjustments. This was easy. An A line dress, making a pattern based on a loose t shir
"And in the deepest black of night she found her soul and touched the magic that she needed . . ." G. Bella The Witches Gothic Garden - February 2021 Silk, tulle, satin, lace remnants recreated into flora with a scattering of jet Victorian buttons strewn over a pleated black background.
I have a student whom I think, in another life, would have been a runway fashion designer. Once a month she brings a new project. Every time something original and innovative and challenging. Innovative and original because I have never seen her ideas anywhere else. Challenging for me, because she always has "interesting " combinations of fabric and angles of sewing. This time she brought a grey woollen sweater and grey wool plaid fabric. 2 fabrics that I would normally neve
I walked through my garden last night under the dark and dusky sky. I wanted to bring it indoors. So I picked some black and grey roses, some dark sharp leaves and some spiny curved stems. To be dried and matted and framed to be kept forever. The sequence of my creation is noted in my shadow book where I keep all my magic craft. First, collect the mix. Cut and stir Separarate the roses from their stems Gather up the brambles And lay them down on the black satin
"Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals nature's mysteries and could help save the planet...today" Fantastic Fungi - The Mushroom Movie https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8258074/ The Mycology Adventures of Beatrix Potter Most people remember Beatrix Potter as the author of beloved children’s books like The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but she had a lesser-known, but important career as a mushroom hunter and amateur mycologist! In the new children’s book, Beatrix Potter
"Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom" Thomas Carlyle The terms "mushroom" and "toadstool" go back centuries and were never precisely defined, nor was there consensus on application. During the 15th and 16th centuries, the terms mushrom, mushrum, muscheron, mousheroms, mussheron, or musserouns were used. The term "mushroom" and its variations may have been derived from the French word mousseron in reference to moss (mousse). Delineation between edible a
I purchased this t shirt from Carol Kinney from Highhopesdyesandgift in one of her sales. It is a Gildan 5 xl. I always purchase them large as I can recreate to my specifications and still have lots of pieces left over for either art or fashion accessory projects. I had originally thought of creating another tunic like this one https://www.priganart.com/post/t-shirt-tunic but I decided that this time I wanted it to be longer. I measured and narrowed the sides. And then starte