So this past weekend, my partner Hrafn, and I had a table a local art bazaar and street festival. This isn’t the first Rag Bag bazaar I have taken part in, and certainly won’t be the last. It reminded me that I need to start posting on here more often, because surprise! People actually want to be able to find me online, and see my new work online (or I suppose work that I have now finished). So, I’m going to try to at least update everything I have online and maintain this blog with WIP updates more often. Also, please feel free to contact me through e-mail anytime with inquiries about items you have seen at festivals or custom ordering.
Now, on to the Bazaar… It was an up and down sort of day. It was insanely windy, which meant that my display had to be very flat, and very weighted down (seeing your art get blown onto Dundas street doesn’t make your stomach feel too great as it turns out). I think it negatively affected some sales, but I just tried to be encouraging for people to pick items up. Unfortunately my always openness for people to touch resulted in disaster… even though I never suggested for this particular child to touch (he picked up some of our mini zines and alien crayons and thought they were free and tried to walk away with them..), he then proceeded to pick up my most recently finished doll (one which I haven’t properly documented) and literally rip her arm off. Jerry tried to catch up with the kid and mom, but they were quick to flee after the incident. :( I guess this means I will have to keep my dolls farther back and only allow adults to touch (with a stress on being gentle). The sad part is, is that my dolls really are not that delicate. I have dropped them at home, or have had Dante pull them off of a table (or pushed ahah), without any breaks. But I’m confident I will be able to fix her arm, luckily it is covered by clothing at the break. But in good news, I sold the last two catopi from my series, the last prints for a few designs, and most surprisingly (and most painfully) I sold Diana and Lapin. Diana and Lapin were my first finished clay doll set, and part of a larger story I have been working on for some time. It was incredibly thrilling to have someone love her enough to take her home!! I hope that wherever she is, she is being admired.
The biggest “reveal” of this show (I always try to have at least two different and new items at a show), was the hand bound book I put together. It is 24 pages long, includes one longer story, multiple fragments, bird girls with floating islands, space cat comics, and some sneak peaks for other ideas I’m working on. I learned a new binding technique, and hand stamped each cover. I received a lot of positive feedback about these and look forward to creating I am filled with ghosts vol. 2. I will be posting more about this release on my Behance page within the next week or so. My partner also created a new zine for the Rag Bag, it is called Alone. He also learned new binding techniques, and he even added belly bands. I have to admit, I’m pretty damn proud that we both finished our books on time, though it did result in us literally have two hours of sleep before!
I can’t believe that I have two bazaars this month, and currently I am sitting in between both of them. One was last Saturday, held in Delhi, a town that I haven’t literally been in, in years. The next one is on the 23rd, and in my more familiar (how strange to think) downtown London. I have been working as diligently as possible, despite that I’ve been working a lot and now, I’ve been sick for the past four days.
Going back in time a little bit, I did manage to make a new costume this year for Halloween (barely). We handed out lot of candy to kids, and my partner even made a few of them cry (he was pretty scary). I’m going to update again before the Rag Bag Bazaar next week, because I want to show off some of the new darlings I’ve made (and by darlings, I mostly mean cats!).
So for now, enjoy these shots from Halloween, my costume is Buttercup from the Powerpuff Girls and my partner is Doctor Frankenstein.
This summer certainly isn’t shaping up how we had… hoped. But we are still making the most of what we have and what there is to do. We have a long bike ride planned for Monday, involving going out to the Conservation Authority Park, and having a picnic at the Dam. I really wanted to take part in more craft fairs and events this summer, but sadly.. London just doesn’t seem to have all that many. I attended the Rag Bag Bazaar, which was part of a larger Car-Free Festival downtown in June, with my sister. She makes beautiful wire wrapped jewellery, and might remember her from my post about the amazing Sailor Moon inspired necklace she gave me for Christmas (click here to see that post).
At the Bazaar, I had Persephone on display for the first time. Plus I had made a few hand-drawn art pins and something exciting (because it was a new thing for me to do) was make nice quality, giclee prints of some of my drawings (and they sold well which thrilled me). I was so happy with how they turned out, I printed them on a very light grey linen paper, and the “Away We Go” prints were done on a series of rainbow papers. It was incredibly cold though, and I was lucky that my mom stopped by and gave me her sweater (haha). But we had a lot of fun, despite the cloudy weather. I saw a lot of great artists, which I still have a small stack of business cards waiting for me to look into, and possibly post on here. In the meantime, enjoy these few photos I got of the day!! Or if you might prefer to see some photos of fungi, check out my latest photo project on Behance!
Well, the holiday season seems to be much busier for me than usual this year. Working full time hours between my two jobs, doesn’t leave a lot of extra room for creating, or for blogging. Even my Photo Vault posts over on the VHS swap blog have started to become more sporadic. But, despite being super busy, I still found time to hand-make a few gifts for my family, and since we had our family get-together last weekend, I can finally post what I have been working on!
My sister Stacey, who makes beautiful wire wrapped jewellery, and I decided to exchange gifts and I made her this small cloth doll. She is the first of this style that I have made. I wanted to make both her legs and arms pose-able, but completely forgot when I completed the legs (derp). So her arms are pose-able and move-able with sequin details. Her hair is made out of embroidery thread, and although it was a little more difficult to work with, I love how it turned out! Her hair is in pigtails with bangs. (oh and if you’re curious about what I received from my sister in return, you will have to wait for my next post!)
I learned a completely new skill for my mom’s gift, something that I had been itching to try for years now: needle felting. I bought a small Christmas kit at a great price, and it included two needle felting needles, which made it worth it. I made this snowman ornament, but didn’t follow the directions for the face at all.. I wanted my snowman to look happy and jolly, and the kit included small black beads for the eyes and suggested a tiny smile. I can definitely see myself using this new skill with the dolls I am currently working on. Very excited! (the hat piece, and scarf were included in the kit, I still don’t know how to knit or crochet!)
The last gift I made was this small drawing of my parent’s house. It measures only 5.5″ x 3.5″. I tried to make it as accurate as possible, although I have since realized way too many errors.. which makes me want to re-do it and switch it out. (Which I might do). But I still think that it is an adorable drawing. I gave this to my dad.
Oh, and those dolls that I teased about so long ago in my last post… I’m still working on them I promise! I had to take a mini-break from them in order to these projects done on time, but I’m returning to those dolls as of today! Hurrah! I think that once Christmas is over once again, life will settle down a lot and I will get back to my regular routine. Stay warm!
Wow! I can’t believe I never posted about this baby! I thought I already had, but I must be crazy because it doesn’t seem to be anywhere. Any who, this was a large commission, and included two plushies: Haku (dragon from Spirited Away) and Chihiro (protagonist from Spirited Away). Haku is easily the largest plush I have ever made. He is approximately 3.5 feet long, and is made from an up-cycled white blanket, vintage button eyes, eco-felt for details, up-cycled cotton sheets, and stuffed with eco-fill. Chihiro is a simple doll, I made her from a modified version of my Sailor Zoisite pattern. She is made entirely of eco-felt, with vintage button eyes and eco-fill stuffing.
Thoughts and criticisms always welcome!
So today I officially finished another swap (as in, both my partner and I have received our packages). So that means I can finally post what I made and sent!
The “large” item that I made was this set of napkins/ tea towels what ever you really want to call them. I hand-dyed and stamped them. I only made two mistakes, which makes me happy.. and as far as I notice, I didn’t make any spelling errors. I really enjoyed making them, it makes me want to stamp everything in the house.
Polymer clay plant markers with chalkboard paint.
Everything all packed up into a mini burlap sac and hand-made tag.
Another swap done! Thanks for checking out what I made this time around.
I recently finished another swap, called an OTT (one tiny thing) swap. It meant that the craft I sent was not allowed to be more than 5″ in any direction. This one was an anime themed swap. My partner loves Haruka and Michiru (Sailor Uranus and Neptune) from Sailor Moon. She also mentioned that she would like earrings, and so I decided to try a new craft: jewellery making! It was fun, and I do like the results, but I don’t think it is something I would want to do too often.
Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune themed hand-made earrings
I made the planet symbol charms, and the wand icon charms out of polymer clay and mixed media. I assembled all the chain and bead pieces. I also decided to make her a small jewellery box to hold the earrings:
Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus hand drawn altered jewellery box.
I picked up the small box (about 3″ long and 1 1/2″ tall) at a second-hand store. The wood was in nice condition, and the inside was lined in nice blue velvet. I used two stickers that I had from my childhood (note: that the stickers are definitely not official Sailor Moon merchandise, another sticker from the same pack says “Sailor Moorery” and other silly misspellings).
Currently, I’m working on a garden/ recycling swap. Send outs are mid this month so I better get working…. Thanks for checking out my latest work!