Firing on all fronts

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Green oval tray with pinkround blue with blue

Koala planters

Swallow platesWord planters

Well, its been a massive few months and I’ve been firing on all fronts, literally and creatively speaking that is. I’ve been concentrating for the last 10 months…that’s all of this year!!! on developing a couple of ranges of ceramic wares.

I’ve posted about the process before, but now I’m reaching the end of the development stage. I’ve had a little pop-up shop for one day and it went really well, Now I”m working on doing more selling and more making.

Above are my “Maureen Margaret Alice” range of wares inspired by my Nanna and named after her. These use doilies, ceramics and crochet in combination to create¬† practical, decorative and nostalgic items. Other stuff I have been working on are my “Sleepy Koala” pots, my “Murmuration” series inspired by Greece featuring the swallow design and just for a bit of fun, some wheel thrown ceramic planters with text. I hope to have them all in shops locally and online on my etsy shop.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Turkish Blue

Worshippers at The Blue Mosque

Praying at The Blue Mosque

Tourist Madness at The Blue Mosque

Tourist Madness at The Blue Mosque

Ceiling in The Blue Mosque

Ceiling in The Blue Mosque

Tile Detail in The Blue Mosque

Tile Detail in The Blue Mosque

 

Turkish Tile Detail

Turkish Tile Detail

Turkish Tile Detail

Turkish Tile Detail

This time last year we were still in Turkey enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful Turkish people, cuisine and amazing architecture and arts. Above are some images of ‘The Blue Mosque’ we visited on our very last day in Turkey. It wasn’t even the height of the season and was still madness. The amount of tourists was insane. Inside, the Mosque it is divided so the those who go to pray there have one part and tourists the other. I don’t know how anyone can pray with a thousand tourists behind them, but they do. I almost felt rude being there. I always try and be respectful in places of religious significance but some tourists were disgraceful. If you go traveling try and remember that you are just a visitor and people actually live in the places where you visit.

That said, the tiles and mosaics were amazing, once you looked past all the cameras, ipads and phones talking photos, and all the tour guides trying to wrangle their groups. I’m still inspired by the colour and designs of everything I saw in Turkey.

One more thing…even if you are madly in love it’s not O.K to have a big¬† ‘pash’ session in the one of the most significant religious buildings of Islam. (That’s for the couple we saw)

Love and art (and respect)

Sarah-Jane

Crochet Turkish style

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These crochet necklaces and earrings were made in Turkey and I bought them on my recent travels. The women use a very fine crochet hook. Crochet is traditionally used to make lace edgings for scarves and home wares.
Those shown above were bought in Istanbul but I also saw these being made by an old lady near Pigeon Valley in Capadoccia, central Turkey. I’m kicking myself I didn’t buy more! This woman had lots and was selling them for a mere 5 Turkish lira each, which is the equivalent of about $2.50 Australian or U.S dollars!!!!!
She was selling a lot of touristy wares as well and doing the crochet for some extra money. It was one of the few times in my six weeks away I was on a tour with a group and although it was good I really find tours frustrating. We were so rushed I couldn’t stop and chat to this lady or even think about what I wanted to buy properly. I also felt like it would have meant a lot financially to this woman if I had had the time to think about buying a few more necklaces with what was small change for me….and I loved her work. On the positive side, its always an excuse to go back again and spend more time there next time though.
Love and art
Sarah-Jane