Dirty Girl Granny Skills

Dirty Girl Kitchen

 

Hello peeps,

Happening this Friday and Saturday until late in the evening in Adelaide is the Dirty Girl Kitchen – Artisan Christmas Markets. Should be amazing, with live music, lots of food stalls, arty crafty goodness and styling and retail stalls like mine!!

Come along and enjoy the vibe and buy something original and handmade for Christmas.

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Lovely “Maureen Margaret Alice” handmade ceramic plates with crochet – named after my Granny.

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Crochet goodies will be there. Perfect for storing all your stuff and great for pressies.

 

I’ll be there so drop by and say hi. I’m quite excited about the gin bars myself!! Quite partial to a nice G & T on a hot day.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Baby Yarn Bomb

Lace bombed Virgin

Lace bombed Virgin

Remember last week myself and yarn-bombing.com lace bombed this statue at The Art Gallery of South Australia?

Well, the second part of the project was to run an activity day at The Gallery for the monthly kids art club. We made pom-pom’s and did tomboy stitch (or some call it French knitting). We had 550 children through!! Oh My!! No wonder we were exhausted after that!

My sister, brother-in law, nephew and niece all came along and my nephew Odin surprised me with his amazing creativity. Of course I’m not biased in any way….. but he is a little genius!

My nephew Odin deep in concentration

My nephew Odin deep in concentration

Yarn bombing is a serious business!

Yarn bombing is a serious business!

Odin decided to yarn bomb his toy bear instead of make pom-pom’s or do toyboy stitch. I was so impressed. Of course it probably helped having an Aunt who is a famous yarn bomber!

Yarn bombed bear

Yarn bombed bear

 

Odin and his yarn bombed bear

Odin and his yarn bombed bear

 

I was amazed that at four years old Odin has his own creative vision and is incredibly artistic and devoted to making and doing his own thing. I must add that he has wonderful parents who are also both very creative and foster this in both their children. Maybe I’ll have an assistant in a couple of years who can out bomb me! I can only imagine.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

The Virgin Awaits

My lovely assistant Illy (aka yarnbomb.com)

My lovely assistant Illy (aka yarn-bombing.com)

View through the gallery window

View through the gallery window

Yarn bombing at a height

Yarn bombing at a height

Detail of the Virgin

Detail of the Virgin

At the beginning

At the beginning

Lace bombed Virgin

Lace bombed Virgin

 

Howdy folks,
I’ve been yarnbombing a plenty this week at The Art Gallery of South Australia! Woo Hoo!! What a great gig. Myself and my lovely assistant Illy (aka yarn-bombing.com) covered the Bourdelle sculpture in the courtyard of the gallery with hoardes of collected lace doilies. The gallery is currently displaying a lace exhibition and this project references this exhibition. The yarn bombing itself was done earlier in the week and required a large scaffold be erected around the sculpture. I’ve yarnbombed quite a lot of things but never working at such a height. It was quite scary to start off with but we got used to it. Luckily, it was a beautiful day and we had great views. The sculpture is located in the rear courtyard of the gallery near the gallery cafe, so we had quite an audience of people walking by and admiring our work over their lunch break. It took most of the day to cover the sculpture and it looked fabulous at completion.

I’ve never yarnbombed anything that was figurative or that had a face. All the objects I’ve covered have been inanimate objects so this was really different in that regard. We decided to leave the faces of the sculptures showing which created a lot of comments. Some viewers thought the virgin was wearing a hijab, others thought it had a Russian flavour. I know the Russian women do amazing lace crochet. Anyway, it was all interesting to hear and to discuss with everyone. Unfortunately, It was only left in place for about four days, but with an approximate audience of about three hundred kids coming to participate in the monthly kids art club at the gallery there was a lot of viewers. Kids came and make pompoms and did tomboy stitch to add to the base of the sculpture. We went through 300 balls of wool and many, many toilet rolls and pop sticks!!

A great project to be involved with.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

 

Raw

Quilt blocks

Quilt blocks cut out and ready to sew

Quilt blocks

Pink Overload

Quilt block

Raw edges are it!

Quilting

Finished raw edged quilt number one

 

It’s winter here…well not officially but it feels like it. I’ve been quilting up a storm. I’ve decided my fabric hoard needs reducing or I’m going to suffocate in fabric one day. I’ve been making quilts. As my partner says “How many quilts do we need?” yes, well, they’re not all for us. I’m making them for friends and family. I’m not the kind of person that makes fiddly, particular and perfect quilts so I’ve been making raw edged quilts at the moment. The last two images above are of a square block quilt I’ve just finished for my cousin’s son Jasper. If you want the details on how to make it check out this bloglink www.goodhomesdesign.com

The first two images are for Jasper’s two sisters Scarlett and Elodie. What is it with girls and pink???? O.M.G!! It’s so full on I can hardly stand it. Every little girl is obsessed with it. I wonder if it’s just marketing or if it’s something else. If you go to any toy shop and look for the girls aisle you can see it glowing neon pink from afar. I’m not overly happy with this conditioning for girls and as an adult I had a real abhorrence for pink. I think because I was scarred from all the pink stuff from my childhood. My parents even went out of their way to not condition us based on gender and I still somehow picked up that pink ‘was a girls colour’ and blue was for boys. Actually, my favourite¬† colour has been blue for a long time. Anyway, regardless of the reason the girls favourite colour is pink so I’ve gone with total pink on pink for Scarlett and blue on pink for Elodie. I’m just finished the cutting out stage of these two quilts which I am going to make smaller than Jasper’s. For all the information on how to make these raw edged circle quilts check out this link to Bijoulovelydesigns.com where she explains how to do it better than I ever could.

Love and art

Sarah-Jane

Art, Gardening and Thrifting Mega-Centre

Mosaic Sign

Ridley Grove Community Garden

Mosaic Tree

One of the many mosaics at Ridley Grove Community Garden

Ceramic Urn

Centrepiece in the Garden

Artist at work

Lyn designing her lino cut inspired by Australian Native Tree

Lino Print

Lyn’s Lino Print

 

Hello! Second post of the day!! I’ve been meaning to take some photos of the Ridley Grove Community Garden where I’ve been working on an arts project. The centre has a garden, church hall, art and craft activities and a thrift shop. Is this the ideal place to work or what??? We’ve been working on finishing off the printing phase of our project. I love this print by Lyn that was inspired by the Australia artist Margaret Preston and is based on an Australian Native flower. We mixed up a eucalyptus green colour and next session Lyn plans to add some red embroidery to the flowers. Finally, we will make these into pillows. Cant wait to see how they all turn out. It’s not often you can go to work and make and teach art, go thrift shopping and get given a huge bunch of organic silverbeet for dinner too. Yum! Spinach and fetta pie here we come!

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

New Human Being, New Martian Creature

Softie toy

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

Printing The Day Away

Printmaking Butterflies

Printmaking on Fabric using two different stamps

Printmaking Heart

Printmaking Heart Design by Geeta

Indian Printmaking Design

Printmaking design by Vaishali

 

PrintmakingClouds

Random pattern placement using cloud design

Printmaking on Fabric

Random overlapping print placement using this design

 

Hi folks,

How’s your artlife going?? We’ve just heard about the new budget here in Australia and everything is being slashed including the Arts. It’s not a surprise but it does make you wonder what is going to happen to this country and all the ordinary people in it.

Following on from my last post where I was working with children at The Ridley Grove Community Centre on a School Holiday Program, I am now working with women at the same centre doing a three week art program. Many of the women at the centre are new immigrants to Australia and there is a large Indian and African community. I love how this can influence the designs they come up with. Pictured above is a design by Vaishali who has only been in Australia for about one month. I love her design. It’s also amazing how quickly people take on new culture as one of the other Indian women carved a “Peppa Pig” design for her son based on a cartoon here on kids t.v.

We started off doing some design and are now in the process of using our designs to create stamps to print on to fabric with.

We have been using something called Ezy-Carve Rubber instead of lino to do the printing. It’s kind of the thickness and texture of an eraser but you can buy it in much larger pieces.¬† I’ve used this before and it works well with kids as young as about eight years old as it’s a lot easier to carve than lino. It’s much softer and kind of has the consistency of butter as you carve it using traditional lino carving tools. I haven’t been able to find out much more about this product as there aren’t many details on the packet but if’ you are interested in using it have a look at your local art supply store.

Pictured above are some of the prints we’ve made on to fabric using stamps carved from Ezy-Carve. In the next sessions we will add some hand embroidery to our fabric designs and then sew up our fabric to create a cushion. The images above that aren’t credited were made by me as examples for the women to have a look at. I can’t wait to show you some of the other designs and prints the women created. Stay tuned for that over the next few weeks.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane