Showing posts with label Print Gocco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Print Gocco. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

the pink edition: handmade

We've had a new arrival in the family - bet you can't guess it was a girl!  I've just sent a parcel of handmade goodies off to the little bundle, her sister and mother.  It was lovely to be able to crack open my vintage suitcase of things I've made and put together bit and bobs for each of them - a Gocco printed dinosaur, gingham kangaroo, Christmas stocking, brooches and gift tags.  A quick sewing job to close off the dinosaur where the stuffing went in and I was done.  Sadly, though, my supplies are running low…  Time to get back to making - but when will I find the time?!

Thursday, 28 February 2013

the sophies - from photo, to print gocco, to machine embroidery

As well as a real, live, kicking and screaming Sophie, we have many other Sophies around the house, courtesy of my Print Gocco.  This is a home screen printing kit for smaller print runs.  I bought it a few years ago as eventually we'd like to produce transfers on it to put on to Joe's pots.  The pots, unfortunately, as still non-existent as we wait for a break in our budget to purchase a small electric kiln -  one day!  In the meantime, I've used the screens to print fabric for cushions, dinosaur softies... and Sophies!
This picture - a rare, still moment of my girl over four years ago - was traced over, then photocopied on to paper using a laser printer.  This contains carbon, which you need to produce the Print Gocco screen.
As you'll notice, this Sophie's pointing in the other direction to the original photo.  I must have had the screen upside down when I did this one!  Yesterday, to get the outline for my machine embroidery, I stuck this to the window...
...  then traced it on to a piece of recycled white linen (thanks for your old trousers mum!)...
... made an outline in black then slowly, but surely, worked the sewing machine to embroider the detail.  Much of this was done by winding the machine on by hand, as some of the details were so small.  I wondered whether it would have been quicker to just sew the whole thing by hand, but I've been wanting to do something like this on my sewing machine (Bernina Activa 220) for a long time.  I then sewed on the bias - very wonky, but lovingly handmade.

I stuck it up on Sophie's wall, but I don't consider it finished yet.  I would like to keep going with a cushion top perhaps, or something else.  I had to stop yesterday to do the school run (or walk, as we do!), so it was a swift tidy up.  It was such a lovely afternoon though - some self-imposed creativity to have a break from the list of 100 million things to do!

PS Walking in to Sophie's room this morning, I found this piece upside down - she knows it's not facing the right way, but hasn't worked out the image is reversed rather facing up rather than down...  I will have to explain it when she gets home!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

the handmade bed

We picked up yet more boxes from mum's yesterday and I was delighted to find the rest of my fabric collection.  Included in the box was a beautiful white sheet decorated with large, hot pink flowers I'd found at the op shop years ago.  I bought it with patchwork in mind, but looking at it yesterday I couldn't bear to think of cutting it in to pieces.  The sheet is very much handmade, who knows by whom, but I thought of all the work that had gone in to it and just knew I couldn't repurpose it in to something else.  Instead, it seemed perfect for a little girl's bedroom - and I know just the girl!  Sophie's bed is now a glorious riot of colour - and nearly all handmade.

In a kind of spirally, clockwise direction from top left:

  • Thrifted floral pillowcase (this and the white sheet are the only machine made items on the bed)
  • Orange and pink stripe and patchwork cushion with Gocco printed grasses (me)
  • Pink Ken Done doona cover (mum - which was made for me when I was about 14!)
  • Strip sewn quilt (me)
  • Cream and pink crochet rug (unknown maker, bought by a family friend from a market)
  • Hand printed quilt with fruit trees and more (Kate - made as a present for Sophie)
  • Sleeping girl cushion (me)
  • Thrifted white sheet with hot pink flowers (unknown maker)

All so delicious it makes me want to curl up in there and have a nap!

See you later!

PS I had to edit this to add in a couple of things I forgot - that's what you get for listening to someone doing their school reading at the same time...  must not multi-task, it is very over-rated!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

(Re)introducing myself - a creative rediscovery

Creativity is innate within us - in the way we prepare a meal or file a report, solve arguments between children, communicate with loved ones or plant our gardens.  I've heard people say they don't have a creative bone in the bodies, but I disagree - we may have been put off because our art teacher said we couldn't draw or someone laughed at our painting.  It doesn't mean we're not creative, it just means we need to try something else.
In 2008 I entered the world of blogging, one I had observed from afar for a couple of years before I entered the fray.  I loved making things but I wasn't sure I had the confidence to share my creative life with the world.  I tentatively took the step - and jumped straight in!  It was a time of immense creativity in which I handcrafted wares and set out to live a creative life.  I sold cards to a couple of local shops and started a Madeit Store - neither of which would make me rich any time soon!  
It was great fun though - I indulged my love of photography and bought a Nikon D80 digital SLR (which I have never regretted - it takes beautiful images), fed the graphic designer's soul with an Imac computer (later purchasing Adobe InDesign - fantastic for work and home) and bought a Print Gocco for home screen printing.
These sweet images of Sophie were made then - I traced over a photo of her, created a screen and printed a run in red and then yellow.  When we are in our new house I will frame some for her room - she wants to use them in her crafting and I keep having to say no - they are just too precious!  It was a very rare, still moment in a busy toddler's life - it reminds me how like Jono is to Sophie, always going at 100 miles an hour.
I loved blogging and made connections to other creative souls around Australia and the world.  My sister Kate, from Greedy for Colour, started her blog at the same time and it was a terrific way for us to keep in touch with what we were doing.  Instead of just emailing photos between ourselves, we were sharing them with everyone else!  It made living in separate countries just that little bit easier.
I indulged my whimsy and let myself play around with many different media - painting, sewing, crochet, knitting, embroidery, digital collages and more.  I combined my writing with my creativity - short, fun captions (as seen in the image above) or longer, reflective blog posts about the nature of creativity and parenting.
 I learnt many new skills - felting is one that I particularly loved.  I loved laying out tufts of bright, soft, fluffy wool, pouring over detergent and hot water and matting them into a firm, piece of cloth.  The kitchen tiles would be dripping with water, my biceps muscled and bulging!
There were pressures, though, from the real world.  Money was tight - we had to decide between maintaining our internet connection or paying for Tom and Sophie's swimming lessons.  It was an easy choice - in a hot country like Australia, swimming is essential, not only for the lifesaving aspects (!), but the sheer pleasure gained from days spent in the water, splashing with friends or floating peacefully on your back, looking up to the sky.
I decided instead to become a mobile blogger and use the computer at the library, mum's, wherever I could get an internet connection.  It became too hard though and I hadn't yet been introduced to the concept of a 'blog break' - where now they are quite commonplace, I wasn't keen on leaving my blog languishing in the ether, while I did my thing.
Instead, I took drastic action and pressed the 'delete' button - all that writing, all those images, gone!  I honestly wasn't too worried by it and I'm not now, either.  It just helps me to start over and re-enter the lovely world of blogging.  It is familiar and exciting.  I have a place for my writing and photography.  A place to connect with fellow creative people from all over the world.  A place to reignite my creativity - a place to reconnect with my passions.