Thursday, 30 June 2011

30 days of creativity: Day 30!

Those of you good with numbers will realise I've skipped a few days in this 30 day challenge. 
I have loved being a part of this and seeing everyone's creations. I promise to be more committed next year (I figure I have a whole year to train for it!). So for now it's not goodbye, just see you soon. x

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

30 days of creativity: Day 28

It seems I'm going down a foody path for the last few days of this challenge. I think it's a mixture of too much freelance sucking up my creativity and my tummy telling me I'm hungry! 
This rosemary and garlic pizza was insanely good - and insanely easy to make:
Plain flour in a bowl mixed with some non-fat pot set natural yoghurt (just enough to make the flour doughy). Knead it out on a board sprinkled with plain flour. Pop it on a tray lined with baking paper. Add some crushed gralic, sprinkle of salt and fresh rosemary sprigs and then pop it in a 180°C oven for about 15-20 minutes. Once out drizzle a teeny bit of olive oil on top.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

30 days of creativity: Day 21

I needed a little direction today, so I've gone with today's theme of cheese. Not much to it - but it does make me think I'd quite enjoy a rich, creamy french brie with a nice glass of vino tonight!

Monday, 20 June 2011

30 days of creativity: Day 20

Feeling like you've seen this before? No, you're not going mad... the centre piece of this necklace was the ring I showed you how to create here. Struggling to think of something to create for today (amidst brainstorming a freelance job) I looked at the ring sitting on my desk and thought, "you'd make a nice necklace". Searching through my jewellery kit I found this beautiful big wooden bead, some silver voila - the ring is now a necklace! 

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Saturday, 18 June 2011

30 days of creativity: Day 18

Sunday's a lazy day. It's also a day I like to dream. This is my Make A Wish card.

Friday, 17 June 2011

30 days of creativity: Day 17

Today's creation is my Paper Dance mobile. 
I simply cut three imperfect circles from watercolour paper, painted them with silver on top and a deep green underneath, folded them four ways to get them to 'dance' and then ran a piece of string through the centre. 
I love the subtlety of the end result. They also remind me of the beautiful dancing flowers in the Disney film Fantasia.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

30 days of creativity: Day 16

I sort of lost a day yesterday (although technically it's still day 16 in the northern hemisphere). I started a different project to what you see above, but it required a bit of painting and drying time...and by the time it was ready to photograph the light was all but gone. I'll photograph it today and it'll become my day 17 contribution. 
Luckily I was also working on another addition to my Animal Words prints yesterday so thought I'd share that as my day 16 effort. And it sure took some effort trying to work out how to spell the noise an elephant makes!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Happy birthday The Big Issue!

The Big Issue Australia turns 15 today... and this makes me feel old. You see, way back in January 1997, having just finished my BA in Graphic Design, I saw an ad for an Art Director for The Big Issue. As soon as I saw it I knew it was the role for me. So I photographed my folio onto transparencies (yes, it was what we did back then), sent them off (in the post) and waited for a call. 
   I worked at The Big Issue for close to six years and it was an amazing experience. Each day was filled with hard work and challenges (the sort you wouldn't have to face in big corporations), but we knew that what we were doing was creating and building something good, and helping people who needed it. 
   By far the most rewarding experiences for me were hearing the vendor's personal stories. The hardships they'd faced and crises they'd been through were often heart breaking, but seeing their optimism and the purpose and sense of community The Big Issue gave them gave me hope.
   It also taught me that we are all vulnerable. When not one, but two or three (or more) unfortunate things happen in somebody's life it's tough. Take away the support of family and friends and your world can crumble. Quickly. Having personally experienced a very tough last five years I think of this every day. I am lucky to have had a great support network, but some aren't so lucky. So I thank you The Big Issue, not only for a great start to my career, but for teaching me so much about life. 
This was our winning entry for The International Network of Street Papers cover design competition way back in 2000. The idea was that we are all in need of support, and when those support networks are torn we become vulnerable and at risk. 

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

15 days of creativity

It's true I've never been an early adopter of technology, so it was no surprise last night when I stumbled across a great social initiative I hadn't heard of before: 30 days of creativity. Basically, the aim is to create something, each day, for 30 days. Only problem for me is that it started June 1. This year. 

Despite my being a little (ok, 50%) behind schedule I'm jumping on the bandwagon. 
I'll call it 15 days of creativity. So my first contribution is this digital and hand sewn print of a girl with balloons (with BIG respect to Banksy). Reckon it'll be perfect for Malie's room. She loves balloons (and I love street art).

Monday, 13 June 2011

If I say it out loud it has to happen

This is one of my Animal Words prints. So far there are three in the series. I need to make more. I've been meaning to do so for, well, a long time. Too long. So today, in an effort to create, I am using an advanced psychological technique: Tell the world (via this blog) that I am designing more prints and that they will be up on my etsy store very soon. So now I've said it out loud, I had better get to work!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

How To: JuJu hat from Rosa at flutter flutter

Like most interiors-obsessed people I have long admired the beauty of JuJu hats as decorating pieces. They're the Bamileke Feather Headdresses. I love the burst of colour and texture they add to a space. What I don't love is their price tag (not that they're not worth the money, being handmade and all, just way out of my league right now!). 

So you can imagine my excitement last week when designsponge featured an amazing JuJu hat tutorial by Rosa from flutter flutter. It looked absolutely beautiful. I would love to say I spent the weekend making my own, but I didn't! 

Good for us then that the lovely Rosa has kindly given me permission to run a few shots of her beautiful creations right here. For the full tutorial you'll have to pop over to her site here
It's well worth a visit. 
Look - they can even be used as cushions!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

I love to give!

I'm a big believer in what goes around comes around. 
If you read yesterday's post you'll know I lost one of my favourite earrings from Sydney label Polli (pictured here alone). In the hope of finding a replacement pair I contacted (the lovely girls at) Polli to see if they had any stock left. Unfortunately they'd sold out of that earring...but had taken the time to check their seconds box, found one and have offered to send it to me for nix! I am seriously excited. 
So, in the spirit of giving I think it's only fair 
offer up a pair of the earrings featured 
in my How To from yesterday (pictured above). 
Of course I will be making a fresh pair.
To win all you need to do is join up as a follower 
or leave a comment under this post. 
Please make sure you include your email address (not to be published) so I can let you know if you're the lucky winner!
Entry is open to all readers as I can ship internationally.
You have until 10pm Tuesday 7 June 2011 (Australian EST) to enter. 

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

How to: One pair of earrings, two ways

I lost ONE of my favourite pair of earrings yesterday. This is the second time it's happened in two months... and now I'm left with one of each just to tease me...
Therefore, this How To wasn't exactly what I had planned today, but seems timely and in theme with last week's ring tutorial. Of course my camera also decided not to save the How To steps I photographed this morning so I'm a little light on visuals. I hope you can follow!
What you'll need:
• 24 gauge beading wire
• Pair of hoops earrings in the size of your choice. You just need to make sure they meet at both ends so your bead won't fall off. You could use the ones shown above from Sportsgirl
• Two beads of your choice with a centre hole large enough to fit on and off the hoops. Again I've used the beads from last week's ring tutorial, using the unmarked underside.

What to do:
• Choose your starting point for the wire. I wanted mine to start half way down the hoop. 
• Wind a small amount of wire around the hoop a few times, overlapping it so it stays in place. • Keep winding the wire all the way around - don't do it neatly - overlap the wire so it looks messy. This also helps to make it stay in place. I chose to wind mine all the way around the bottom half of the hoop. 
• Make sure the end piece is tucked under a loop to hide it and fasten it.
• Do the same on the other hoop.

Ready to wear!
So now you have your first pair of earrings - as shown in image top left!
For a different look you can slide a bead onto each hoop - as shown in image top right.

So there you go - one pair of earrings, two ways. They might just make up for the two I've lost.