I have recently handed over a project that I'm pretty excited to see the full roll out of. I can't show much except some preliminary ink (and far too much highlighter) drawings I did at the start of the threaded journey.
Ive been making a few little things here and there, and sort of a way to play with colour, and palette cleansers, between bigger jobs. My most recent one was this 4" hoop pet portrait of a dog called Lichee who has a glass eye and a cleft palette, and I think Im obsessed with him now. Proves that love doesn't have to be beautiful to be perfect.
I just finished running my first night workshops with a really special group of people through the CCDI. It ran every Wednesday in April, and its quite sad saying goodbye to all my students! Last night ended with a very special gift from Alex, one of the 'Charlys Angels' from Charlys bakery... these embroidery inspired, punny cookies! Look at the little silver icing hoop details. So amazing!
Now.. how do I bring myself to eat mine?
Over the past few months scattered between jobs free time I have been filmed by the Beautiful News project to showcase a bit about what I do and why. I love this initiative, because its about having something positive in your news feed for a change. I had a ton of fun and you can see a little more about my space and process.
Every now and then you have an idea that sits at the back of your mind annoying you. Kind of like the kid at the back of the class room, throwing paper at you as soon as you are not looking. Reminding you that its there, but you cant quite do anything about it. I finally got to feed that feeling this week when I brought out a monoprint I made about 18 months ago while doing a class at Pangolin Prints in Newlands. I had been working with paper and was curious at how the ink would translate onto fabric. I rustled up so scrap cotton and created a simple monoprint onto it. Turns out it translates just fine, and is a happy host for some embroidery too. This is just my first, but I'm excited to continue this relationship between ink, fabric and thread.
Often I create new pieces and I'm not sure where to put them on this site (besides Instagram) to showcase them. They go into their folders and I wonder if they will ever be seen. I created this ring recently and put it in the 'skulls' album and felt a twinge of guilt. Almost like when you get given something new, like a mug, and then put it with your collection and it all of a sudden looks lost and never has its moment to be new. Im not sure if that makes any sense. Anyway, my point is more is it worth while to blog about it? Im not crazy about Facebook either. Does anyone have any suggestions? Does anyone even come here?
I took my underwater camera that we found in a backwards town for R100 on a hike up to the reservoir on the mountains above Constantia Nek. With 3 dogs in tow I snapped away and when I got the film developed, I thought that the camera had leaked and blessed me with pink skys and green thighs. In hindsight I think I accidentally cross-processed slide film that was in the camera (which is a relief to know the camera can still come skinny dipping with me).
Vulture (New York Magazine) did this really sweet recap video of me and my work. I cant seem to embed the video... so heres a link
It was only just over a year ago that I created the website to apply for Design Indaba, and since then so SO much has happened. I had one of those 'wow' moments yesterday when my friend Jono came around to help me document a project I am working on. Part of what he does is take a Polaroid when he is working on a new project. I realised that I have 3 from various projects this year. One from the United Nations piece, one from the Gucci video and now, one from the most recent secret project. It was such a wonderful moment for me to have this look back, and I'd like to thank whoever is here, on the website and reading this. Non of this would be possible without the incredible, relentless kindness of all of you. So, just so you know.. I appreciate it.
Just over a year ago I attempted to make pendant hoops similar to Dandelyne because I loved them but the postal service was on strike. I also thought I could salvage embroideries and sell them at markets. I wasn't sure how, but I clearly remember saying I want to turn embroidery into a sustainable hobby / job / career. The hoops fell away but I did end up finding my feet with fibre art in a ton of other ways. Testament that sometimes you cant plan these things! I digress.. I made this little snakelet and put it in one of the sample hoops with a gradient of felt circles to create the 3D. Nothing you do goes to waste!
Sometimes if I get a small gap between projects I'll look through old references that I printed, curious to see what projects I started and completely forgot about. This little Princess Leia was one of them. Im glad I got to start and finish her.