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Jess Does GRIDLOCK

As soon as I saw that Tessuti had a little fabric competition, I knew I had to give it a go!

All you had to do was create a garment using the GRIDLOCK fabric.

Gridlock Fabric

The fabric was on sale for this comp, so I purchased it, along with some Liberty Tana Lawn – Pointillism Red. I love mixing patterns with patterns.

I decided to combine two of my favourite dress styles to sew- using the top half from one and the skirt from the other.

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And here is the final product! I am really happy with how it turned out!

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What do you think? 


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All the Colours

When I look in my jewelry drawer, I often think to myself… I should make more of my own jewelry! I can lay in bed at night and think of fantastic ideas, but often run out of time to actually make what I am dreaming about.

So, I have finally gotten my act together and started to make some pieces of my own. I do have them for sale on my Etsy store, but have also given them as personalized gifts to people I care about! I love giving handmade gifts that are one-offs that no one else will have and that no one else can give.

What do you think of the necklaces that I have made so far?

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Lumi and Inkodye

I had heard about this new thing that was like screenprinting, but was much easier, so I wanted to try it!

It is called INKODYE! Instead of exposing a screen, then printing it using a squeegee onto fabric, this formula allows you to just paint it onto the fabric, expose it in the sun for 10 – 20 minutes and Ta Da! It is there!

Check it out!

I was excited because Screenprinting at school has been problematic…. exposing the screen is not always reliable. But this technique is pretty sure fire, and it is great for a one-off print which is what would happen in my classroom.

This is my first experiment, creating a little summer tote bag…. Next time I do it, I would put it in more direct sunlight, and leave it for longer! I think I just got too excited to see the final product! HAHA!

STEP ONE:

The Tote Bag…

STEP TWO:

The Inkodye

STEP THREE:

Create and invert the image using the Lumi App.

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STEP FOUR:

Mask off the area that you are going to paint the dye onto. (This is optional, but I think that it looks neater!) Then paint the dye onto the fabric surface. They recommend that you dilute the dye, but I wouldn’t dilute it next time so that the colour is richer. I also recommend putting newspaper in between the fabric, so that the dye stays on one side of your garment.

STEP FIVE:

Place your image onto the wet surface. The image needs to be made into a film negative. This is done by printing your image into an overhead transparency sheet. I held the image down with a sheet of glass, to make sure there was good contact between the film and the ink.

STEP SIX:

Once this is done, place your garment with the ink and film in the sun for 10 – 20 minutes. (Perhaps longer is better!) And then impatiently wait….

You will notice the dye start to change colour as the chemical reaction occurs.

STEP SEVEN:

Oh my goodness, time to reveal the design!

It looks soooo awesome! I am just imagining what I can do with this process!

STEP EIGHT:

No, it hasn’t ended yet, because we have to rinse it out with special detergent.

Once I did this I was a bit sad because the colour seems to have faded… I hope that next time if I leave the image in the sun for longer, it will bode a better result!

Once it is dry and ironed, I will post up another image to show you the finished product! I can’t wait to try it out some more!


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Creativity lost; Creativity found

I started this blog with the aim to extend my creativity in my everyday life and force myself to experiment with different approaches to Illustration and Art. Sadly, time has forsaken me… But as I reflect upon this, I realize that while I may not have been pro-actively creating my own Art – I am constantly surrounded by creative forces that enhance my world.

So what have I been doing over the last few months that has quenched my creative thirsts?

1. I learnt how to sew a Bra at Booby Traps.

This was a really fun day! Even though I didn’t finish the bra that I was making, it was a good experience to have!

2. I have been over-sharing on Instagram



I seem to have an array of photos of the food that I eat and the clothes that I wear…..!

3. I have gone on an #epictrip2012 to Wales, London and Paris

Seeing the sites, shopping and eating wonderful food was a creative expression in itself! I went to all the galleries that I could and admired the array of street art! It was an amazing 3 weeks!

4. I got engaged!

Hidden in my suitcase when I was overseas and engraved with “Will you Marry Me?”

5. I have been guiding my Year 12 students to HSC success

This is probably one of the things that has most taken the creativity from me! I have been giving it to others!!! But, I am very proud of them!

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So where does this leave me now?

Well…. I have decided to experiment with some Jewelry making and am quite pleased with the progress that I have made!

Here is a sample of my necklace, now available on ETSY!


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Hummingbird

I have a friend’s wedding coming up…. and while she gave us a lovely registry of gifts, I believe that a present from the heart means a lot more….

For my beautiful friend getting married

However,  posting this up may give it away to her…. HAHA
 

So, I thought what can I give her that is uniquely me? What is something that no one else can give her?

I thought the best thing would be to custom design some fabric for her, and then make this into some cushions. They may not match all her decor, but if there are a few of them, they could become a feature either on her couch or her bed.

I know the colours that my friend likes, so I created this design.

STEP ONE:

Illustration and watercolour

STEP TWO:

Align all parts in Photoshop

STEP THREE:

Recolour and load to Spoonflower

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More Cushion for the pushin….

After my exhibition I have had lots of my fabric left over. If I had time I could make a whole dress collection!!

The quirky fabrics are all a part of my ALPHABETISM collection! Each letter of the Alphabet has a matching graphic…

Since November last year I have been creating Cushions using my fabrics. I think they really work because they are bright and crazy prints, but in cushion size, they are enough to highlight a room. I have also been giving them to people as unique handmade gifts!

A is for Aeroplane

E is for Engine

V is for Vacuum and L is for Light

G is for Gnome

Z is for Zombie

P is for Peacock

B is Babushka

And finally… not a part of the previous fabric collection… a fabric that I designed for Christmas…

Wouldn’t you love one of these in your lounge room to add some colour?


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Big Day Out

A friend posted on Twitter this morning and pinged me in to a competition that she thought I should enter.

The Big Day Art Competition

run by themusic.com.au , they asked users to design the cover of their next print edition

  • All you have to do is send us your impression of an artist on the current Big Day Out schedule and upload your entry in the Festivals section of theMusic.com.au (then click onto Big Day Art page).
  • The prize? Not only will your entry appear on the front cover of Inpress/ The Drum Media/ Time Off, but the lucky winner will also win a pass to the Big Day Out plus CDs by Big Day Out artists. But it gets Bigger and Artier than that! To celebrate the BDO festival’s twentieth anniversary, we are also giving the winner exclusive prints of heritage BDO poster art.

Their suggestion was to run with the ‘handmade theme’ that is reflected in all Big Day Out Promo for 2012.

Instantly I was inspired by Frankie Magazine and their handmade aesthetic.

So I started by doing a watercolour illustration of a jar…

I love the texture and feel that watercolour can give!

  

To add the Big Day Out artist, I loaded the image into Photoshop and worked some magic….

I don’t really know what they are looking for… but I thought this was a cute idea… having the band in the jar with the label on it… Just like Jam!

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