August 27th, 2013 | Comments Off

I’m taking a bit of a break this week, and since I haven’t yet had the chance to document some recent works of my own I’ve decided to share a few interesting pieces by other artists. The theme to my selection is paper sculpture.

Valeria Burgoa creates large installation work from tea bags. She has more lovely work on Flickr.

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ETAPA II

Sarah Bridgland creates intricate three dimensional assemblages from vintage papers. View more work on her website.

Matemaatika by Sarah Bridgland

Etiquettes Adhesives by Sarah Bridgland

Joell Baxter creates large scale woven sculptures from screen printed paper. Visit his website to view more of his work.

Untitled (Rolled) by Joell Baxter

Untitled (Rolled) by Joell Baxter

Reclining Figure by Joell Baxter

Reclining Figure by Joell Baxter

For more inspiring work in paper, check out my Paper Inspiration board on Pinterest.

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August 22nd, 2013 | 4 Comments »

As a thank you to those who support my art and follow my progress on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr, I’ve decided to do a giveaway contest. I’ve put together a collection of some of the small items I sell on Etsy, and all you have to do to win it is leave a comment on this blog post.

contest-swag

The prize package includes:

A 5″ x 7″ portfolio of recent paper cut work.
Snapfish book
Snapfish book-2

Two postcard sets; one of the Imaginary Girl series, and one of the Collage postcards.
Postcards!!!!!!
Imaginary Girl postcards

One 6″ x 6″ bird collage made from recycled paper.
Mixed media collage

If you’d like to win, please leave a comment and include your email address. That’s all you have to do.

The contest closes on Monday August 25th at 10am. I will do a random draw to choose the winner from amongst the comments. Good luck!

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August 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Over the summer months I’ve gotten into sewing, purely out of a desire to spruce up our apartment. I’ve had a few little projects in mind for ages but until recently I didn’t have my own sewing machine.

For home improvement project number one I wanted to make new slip covers for the throw pillows that came with our couch. I’ve always disliked the fabric, but rather than buying new pillows I decided to sew covers and choose a fabric to add more colour to the room. Dressew was my source for the bold yellow fabric I came away with.

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Slip covers for the throw pillows on our couch

I sewed them without a pattern but found some ideas online to use as reference. Anne advised and assisted me with the sewing as it’s been a really long time since I’ve used a sewing machine. We finished them in about an hour and a half.

The slip covers were the gateway project that led me to buying a sewing machine of my own, because I knew I wanted to make more things. I went with the tiny and inexpensive SY sewing machine from Ikea because I’d read a review that recommended it as a good starter machine.

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And the next thing I knew I was sewing curtains for the bedroom, once again using fabric sourced from Dressew. As with the pillow cases I did not use a pattern. I kept things simple with minimal detail, and sewed together the patterned fabric with a white backing to block out light. My hanging solution was to purchase curtain rings to clip to the top and not have to fuss about with something more complicated.

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Bedroom curtains

I still have so much to learn about sewing, but at least I am learning as I go. I have another project in mind, still sticking with simple straight lines, but eventually I hope to tackle making my own clothes.