Monday, 22 August 2011

Wearable Art!

I have been planning a super secret project recently... secret because generally when I announce my intentions I usually fail to see it thru!
It's an idea I have been working on for a while, a way of making my designs wearable... I can't get a consistently good print with the gocco to do T-shirts or other clothing (good enough for me anyway... blame the perfectionist in me) so I decided to start small with Brooches.
I used my new feather designs which I made specially for this project and sewed them to felt with interfacing between them to strengthen and stiffen the fabric. I wanted to make something quite big so it could be wearable art... but I made some little ones too!
I'll be listing them on etsy very soon, they are all unique and the buttons on them are all collected over the last 10 years from various places. It's nice to be able to use them for something, normally I just hoard them!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

New Designs, Feathers and Neglectful Blogging

Oh Dear... It's been a while since my last blog so I should probably fill you in on the last months happening. I haven't had much time for Inky things and have been really busy with my other felty business, Feltmeupdesigns... I booked my first fair, and while some inky things are coming with me it's the Wool Weekend in Harrogate so I can only take a few and the rest needs to be wooly things.
I have managed to make time for a couple of new designs the Little Owl prints you may have already seen in my shops and some new feather designs. I got a new riso fountain pen which has the ink that is required to make gocco screens in it so have been experimenting with that, it's lovely and makes the most beautiful fluid mark... the fibretip pens I have been using are great but they don't quite feel right to draw with when you are used to dip pens.I have also been working on a secret project... secret because I wasn't sure if I would mess it up so I am keeping it quiet for now... let just say it involves sewing... and is quite pretty! I might unveil it later in the week but I want to make a few new things before I do.I have been slowly building up my folksy shop... I'm aiming for 100 items in it by early september and I'm getting there... it involves a lot of going thru stock and listing, which can be painfully slow but very necessary.I'm looking forward to getting this fair out of the way so I can focus on more Ink based projects! I have so many ideas my head may explode!!!