New Human Being, New Martian Creature

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My latest Martian toy for my niece Violet

My gorgeous niece Violet at 10 weeks old

My gorgeous niece Violet at 10 weeks old

The proud Aunt and Violet

The proud Aunt and Violet

 

Just a quick post before I go off to teach at Ridley Grove Community Centre again today. I made this little softie toy for my new niece Violet yesterday. She’s sooooooooo cute. A really gorgeous girl. I’ve made lots of these softies over the years but haven’t made too many lately. The first one I ever made was for my ballet teacher when I was about ten years old and it was an owl from the Woman’s Day Craft book.

I’ve got a copy of that craft book I picked up in an op-shop ( or thrift store for those of you outside Australia). Op-shop is short for “Opportunity Shop” which is what we call them here because you have the opportunity to grab a bargain!! Woo Hoo. I’m going to find that book and post you a picture of it to show how far I’ve come in crafting.

I haven’t quite finished this Martian creature. I’ve got to embroider a mouth on it and make up a little story about it’s life and where it’s from. I do this every time I make a softie a people love. it.

Speaking of embroidery, off to teach it now.
Catch you soon.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

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Hernando the Grape Vine

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It is with much excitement I introduce you to “Hernando” the grape vine. A one hundred year old vine from the South Australian Barossa Valley. Late last year, in the Australian summer, me and my friend Ilianthe of yarn-bombing.com drove out to McLaren Vale to Oliver’s Taranga Winery where we met with the lovely Hernando. We spent the afternoon covering Hernando with lots of lovely yarn and glammed him up to appear on the label of a wine appropriately named ‘Yarnbomb’. This wine has just been released here in Australia and I can’t wait to try it.

Here is the promotional video made by the winery to talk about the wine and it features (very quickly) me and Ilianthe in action along with the wine maker Corrina Wright covering Hernando.

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I’m so excited about this!!

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Sleepy Koalas

Koala bowl and spoon set

Koala bowl and spoon set

Sleepy Koala Pots

Sleepy Koala pots drying

Sleepy Koala Yellow

Sleepy Koala bowl and spoon in yellow

A real sleepy koala in a tree

A real sleepy koala in a tree

Well hello folks,
I’ve had a bit of a break from my blog…not sure what happened there! It’s not like I’ve got nothing to blog about! I’ve been obsessed with my ceramics lately and am working on a number of different collections of work. One of them is my “Sleepy Koala” pots. I make each one individually by hand and my intention is to plant succulents in some of them. I’ve also made a couple of bowl and spoon sets. I’m hoping this will be an ongoing line of mine. I really like them and each has their own individual personality.

Koalas themselves (the real ones) are pretty sleepy, mostly just eating and sleeping in trees 90% of the time. Too look at, they are pretty cute, but unless they are in a wildlife park they are not necessarily nice to be around. Just letting all you non-Aussie’s in on that fact before you come for your holiday here! They are after all a wild animal.

I was going to make a kind of woodland themed animal pot when started the first one of these but then I thought “Why not do an Australian animal??” The craft world seems to be obsessed with woodland creatures at the moment and I feel like I’m a bit over that! Also, unfortunately some woodland creatures here in Australia are actually pests and kill a lot of the local wildlife (foxes and rabbits in particular) They may be cute in their natural habitat but when you see plagues of them decimating everything in their path, it kind of takes the cuteness factor away!

I’m hoping to sell these on etsy in the future and was just wondering if anyone can tell me of their experiences buying or selling ceramic items this way? I”m a bit worried about the breakage factor.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Looking for a day job

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Panda drawing in ink

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Black bunny drawing in ink by Julian aged 4

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Seal drawing by Isabella aged 4

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Giraffes by a number of different children

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Rabbit family by Tavii aged 4

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Otters by Julian

Hiya folks. Here are some works by kindergarten children I have been working with recently. It’s all part of a larger project on “Mapping the City” through Carclew Youth arts here in South Australia.

Artists take the groups of children on walks around the city and take photographs which are then used as the basis for making artwork and a ‘map’ of the city. We got the chance to go the The Adelaide Zoo and draw lots of animals.

The examples above are done in ink on paper, texta and collage. We are working on incorporating some of the works into one large group work 1 metre by 3 metres wide.

Tommmorrow is the last day of the project and I will be getting the children to draw animals on felt so we can make our own “softies” or soft toy sculptures.
Cant wait for that!!
Then I’ll have to get back to looking for a day job to pay the bills.
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane