Tuesday, March 24, 2009

My Sewing Space Exposed (Quite Shocking, May Need Warning)

Recently members of the Brisstyle Street Team have been blogging to share their work space. I have been amazed and astonished by the clean organised spaces on show. I have told people that I may not be quite this organised in my space. They did not believe it. So here is the evidence.

On show are some of the highlights of the workspace including the cutting and design centre (that's the floor really - its the only bit you can see a surface for and it doubles as a play area). I also have a carefully thought out filing system based on Mother Natures model . I like to call it sedimentary storage. You just keep piling stuff on top of other stuff until the weight on top squishes what is underneath. In the shot above you can see my dress dummy. She carefully camoflaged by my daughter to survive the dangers of my sewing space.

You can actually see my sewing machine in the shot below. Look carefully it is under the sewing machine cover (handmade in a moment of trying to get organised). I do also have an overlocker but I could not sight it. I may have to get the model with the built in GPS next time!

Below is actually my cutting table and I even bought a table that can be tilted up for drawing at. Like it will ever leave the vertical state! I think if I did try and clear it and then attempt to adjust the angle of the top, I would have WWO Wildlife Warriers turn up to rescue the spider colonies that have evolved in isolation beneath the surface.
I find that you can do you best art at the kitchen table anyway. The sewing room must be left to another day (or week possibly) when I feel stronger. I may have to go into training to build up to the cleaning job.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I Need a Hero

A friend of mine wanted a romantic companion for her paper dolls but was unhappy with the boys available out there. So I created some new Hero style male paper dolls. The images are from retro sources - old kids adventure books, maps, etc, and the styles are based on the hero concept. As always I have made them interchangable: Heads, accessories, body parts can swap around so that are literally dozens of variations on the Hero theme.

A Space Adventurer
Prince Charming
Pirate King

Monday, March 2, 2009

Brisstyle's March Featured Artists

Love this Bubba Chenile Purse:http://bubbachenille.etsy.com/ - You could win it, or...

This is wonderful apron from http://littledivacrafts.etsy.com/.

I just checked out what the girls have as giveaways on the Brisstyle blog (http://brisstyle.blogspot.com) this month and as usual I am blown away by the talent of other members of the group. I just love the retro fabrics and funky designs and I learnt so much about how the other girls work and create - now I am feeling inspired! But don't take my word for it. Go and comment at Brisstyle and you could be an awesome winner.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Inside Page

I was looking for some nice backgrounds for a paper doll photoshoot.

I discovered the sensational inside flaps of some old kids books.

Aren't these lovely!!