Monday, 28 May 2012

I want an Egg Basket chair!

Almost June – amazing! The hectic start of 2012 is hopefully going to slow down to a more moderate pace – not too many deadlines left now! This is me a few weeks ago having breakfast with The Brains Trust after the markets, feeling very happy and creative in my little egg basket – I WANT one!! So nurturing, so good!

With Mirror Mirror safely in the hands of Bernina for the Art U Wear competition (wouldn’t I just love to win, the cash or the machine – either would be great!) oh wow, I just checked the website, and the prizes have grown this year – last year viewers choice was $500! Prizes this year are:
1st prize: $3,000 cash
Runner Up: $1,000 cash
Viewers’ Choice: Bernina 215 sewing machine, RRP $1,199.
Judging for that one is on June 13th. June I’ll be spending working on my nuno felted bridal collection for the Fashion Flair competition. On Friday I posted 3 preliminary outfits down to Tasmania for the fashion parade at the Campbell Town Show. Made using superfine wool from White Gum Wool, they continue my experiments with the felting process taught to me by Vilte. The white one is the original workshop sample, and to make it more substantial, I tacked on the other 2 sample pieces! The boa was made for my Morphology Exhibition last year, as was the slate coloured one.

The pink wrap was the first piece I made like this in my own studio, and turned out to be quite a substantial piece! I incorporated some embroidered silk organza and beaded chiffon from garments found at op shops and markets into both dress and wrap so they truly match! 

Another beautiful beaded dress was cut up for the slate/purple dress, and some pieces were only felted in at the top edge, so they hang as little frills. When I finished this piece, I saw that I had managed to leave the derriere completely undecorated – it was a layer of very fine silk only! So I created the lovely little draped piece for a bit of modesty, and am very pleased with it! The original silk dress had 2 rouleau straps with lovely beaded ends – I have used these for the halter straps, and the ends look lovely hanging down.
I hope they like my work at the show! 

Photos were required and I suddenly realised that I might not get the chance again if someone was interested in buying them! I try not to model my own gear as I am so appallingly bad at it, and decided to wear a more natural coloured wig for the shoot. Not a good idea. After I was showed the first few shots, I castigated myself, I totally looked like a MAN IN DRAG!!! Sheeesh!! So out came the pink hair! 

More photos next week when I check the files – we got some fantastic ones last night at Cloudland as we celebrated…May your lives be full of wooly goodness……

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