Yesterday I got to my parents house to have christmas dinner, and my little bro was super insistent that I open his gift first. He told me that it was handmade and one-of-a-kind, and admitted that while he designed it, mum was the one who did all the work. So when I opened my gift, this is what I found...
DOMO!!!!! My family knows how much I love domo coz my b/f gave me a stuffed domo for our anniversary, and I took him all round Cyprus and England and Dubai.
The b/f posing with domo.
Thank you mum and liam for the combined creativity!! <3<3<3
This article was posted on the ShanaLogic blog the other day, and has been making the rounds on facebook. Basically, the jewellery and accessory store Diva (I know we have them here in Australia, not sure about other parts of the world), has been stealing and mass producing the designs from the ShanaLogic store. They are poor quality knock-offs, and they are selling them for far less than the actual artist can afford to.
Diva has always made poor quality jewellery, I've bought a few things from there that have turned my fingers green and broken in 5 minutes. But to stoop to stealing ideas from indie designers, who lets face it, are not exactly making a mint from selling their goods but are doing it for the love of making things, is pretty much the lowest of the low.
I'm going to boycott Diva from now on, and I urge anyone who cares about the indie design community to do simillar, because what they are doing is pretty much dispicable.
I have no idea if this is right catagory or what, but I just gotsta show off my buddies handi-work!
We went away for a week to Sculpture Camp, and 2 nights ago we were sitting around after dinner pretty bored, and I let my friend draw on me. It started off just on the back of my hand but I turn to talk to someone else for 1 minute and its all up my arm!
It took him about 30 minutes to do the whole thing, and none of it was planned, which I think is rather impressive considering how intricate it is! There are also words and letters and little pictures hidden in it, he didn't tell me where they are so I'm not sure if I've found them all yet! It was all done with a Sharpie pen, and when it was first done it looked a lot darker and cooler. I didn't take any pictures when it was first done, so its faded over the past 2 days.
I am seriously loving it, its awesome and intricate and bold and I'm so tempted to get an actual sleave like this! My friends name is Dave Sims, and he is seriously an amazing artist, WATCH THIS SPACE PEOPLE! He wants to be a tattoo artist, and he's gonna be big, yo!
So this year we have Moulds and Multiples first thing Monday morning, which is good, because I always feel very refreshed and eager to get to class. We've got about 2 weeks until final assessment, and I'm working my arse off to get everything finished, so this is how I spent my Saturday night;
He's just a little bigger than my palm, and quite heavy for his size! It took me about 2 hours to make, and I used a picture I found on Google as a reference. I had so much fun making him! The only problem is that he doesn't stand too good, so I think I'm going to shave off the bottom of his feet a little to make them more level.
Tomorrow morning I'm going to make a latex cast from him. I've let the clay go off so hopefully that process won't destroy him! Even if he does break while I'm getting him out, I'll have the mould, so I can just make more!
I'm going to take some more pictures of the latex stage, and the removal, to document his trials and tribulations. Something he can show the grandkids, you know?
A while back I was taking Japanese lessons with the most adorable Japanese man! He was quite old, and so funny and sweet, and a really good teacher. His name was Kozo-san, and he called my friend (double lessons were cheaper) Arashi-kun, and me Chou-chan! Chou means butterfly, and he said my concentration would sometimes flutter of to other places. He was just playing around, and I like butterflies anyway, so I thought it was cool. It was so much fun going to see him for lessons, he would make us tea and get us to sing in japanese while he played the guitar.
His visa ran out about 3 months after I started taking lessons, and he had to move back to Japan. He wasn't sure if it would only be for a while or for good, so when he told us it was so sad! He gave me a tiny little pair of geisha shoes and some origami paper as a leaving present, so I made him this!
The green is the wrong colour for the nori paper, and some of them are a little lopsided, but I was very proud of them!
I made 2 of each of my favourite sushi fillings; teriyaki chicken, crab and avocado, and salmon. I knitted green and white squares, and I-corded the different coloured fillings. For the crab, I I-corded a white tube and a pink tube, then fed the white one through the pink. Every time I showed anyone these, they would pick up a bit of sushi and go to stick it in their mouth! Idiots...
We've also got some yummy salmon nigiri sushi. They were the easiest, just a piece of pink sewn to a piece of white, stuffed, and wrapped round with a tiny little green obi! Num num!
Lastly there is a delicious piece of Inari for desert. Just a brown piece folded in half, stitched, stuffed, and a white piece sewn in the top! This one is my favourite, I just love inari. I may have to knit a whole bunch for myself.
So yeah, thats that! I would really like to make some more, maybe use moss stitch for the parts that are ment to be rice to give it more of a rice-y look, maybe also knit a plate and some chopsticks.
My favourite class of all year was most definately ceramics. I'm gonna go back next year and get my diploma in it!
So here are some pictures of the bowls I've made this year.
This one is my very first one ever. It was so cute and titchy! But I lost it. I think it might have broke in the kiln.
These are all my bowls that did survive lined up for assessment. Some of them haven't been fired or glazed yet, so they're living in a box under my bed, all wrapped up in newspaper. Most of the other bowls have been given away to people. The squat little green bottle that you can see in this one and none of the other pictures is going to Jamie, he says he can put it to good use.
These two are going to my sister in England. Mum's going to wrap them all up and take them in her carry on luggage just to make sure they're super safe. These are my favourite ones, I like the way the double dip blue glazing came out. I'm currently using he bowl as a change bowl, and the bottle is sitting on a shelf somewhere.
I gave this one to Jarrad to use as an ashtray, but he's been using it for a change bowl. Seriously, how ungrateful can you get?! Its missing a chunk out of the side by accident, I clanked it against something while it was only leather-hard and it just fell off. So I smoothed it down and sanded it, and decided that it could be used as an Asian noodle bowl, with a nice little groove for your chin to sit in!
The brown and green one in the bottom right corner is Mum's popcorn bowl. She said she can fit just the right amount of popcorn for her in there, and who am I to argue with that? Also, I didn't want it. I mean, what was I going to do with ANOTHER bowl? Now Mum can enjoy just the right amount of popcorn. Also in this pic you can see the ones that need firing next year. Some of them broke on the way home though, I can't remember which ones, but I've only got about 5 or 6 unfired ones left.
For print making last.... this.... ARRGH! 2007. We had it for both semesters, so i've got 3 different processes here, which is fun.
First semester we had to come up with a concept about "the city", and then go and take pictures to try and show our concept. I picked reflections in the city, and what I WANTED to do was have pictures of buildings reflected in the windows of other buildings, and mirrors and stuff. When I realised we had to make a print out of our pictures, I decided to just go with light reflected in the city, which wasn't as cool, but way easier.
So here we have one of the photos of the city i took, its of one of the big office buildings, I don't remember which one. The stripy bits through the middle is the sun reflected off the windows and you could see the blinds or something, I'm not sure but I like it.
Here's a picture of my wood carving. We had to put the image on with turps, then run it through the press. Someone told me the board is made out of sugar cane, but I'm not sure if they were lying, and I wasn't going to taste a bit because it had turps soaked into it. As you can see, I went a big crazy with the carving, and went all the way through. Not a big deal when it comes to printing it, but it makes it a bit fragile.
And here's my finished print! I like that the background went all dark and cloudy looking, it worked out well. The only problem was that the lamp in the front was a bit patchy too, but I just went over it with a black marker.
So that was from semester 1. In semester 2 we had to do 2 more processes. The first one was carving a picture into a sheet of plastic. I chose a picture of Dr. Who sticking his head out of the TARDIS. I've lost the finished prints of my semester 2 projects, I think they're in my folio which is somewhere in the junk room. Heres a scan of the plastic print piece. Scratching the lines into the plastic took SO long, and my fingers were killing me afterwards, I had to use a tiny little screwdriver and a nail, SUCH BAD HAND CRAMP!
The next process we had to do was acid dipping metal plates. It was really fun to do, and it ment that we could pick images that had a greater variety of tone in them. One of them had to be coloured, so for that one I did the cover of Fiest's new album 'The Reminder'. I really wish I had the finished prints!!! I did all the little lines over her shoulders in different colours.
Last of all is my other acid dipped print. I am utterly obsessed with Muse, and it was about a week before the concert, so I picked this picture off photobucket, and added some writing to the top corner (for this print there had to be text in it). This one is my most favourite one of them all, and the finished print came out really good too. I might print it on a t shirt next year.
So yep, thats all my prints from this year! I had heaps of fun doing print making, I might do it as one of my electives next year.