I am sorry that I have not been blogging, but the big storm in April drowned the land phone/internet line for about 7 weeks….we have had two different sets of Telstra techos trouble shooting. Each came up with different problems and solutions to work through. We are hoping that it is at last fixed and we can enjoy consistent internet without moving house.
So what have I been doing? Screen printing ‘bug’ designs and sewing a ‘travel capsule’ of course. I have always loved these little Jewel bugs living at Terrigal beach. I always thought they would make beautiful earrings and was fascinated by their iridescent colours. I photographed the living and collected a few dead ones to draw later. It is through drawing that I can familiarise myself with their shape, patterns and colours and hopefully create a nice design to print. I love channeling the inner bug.
Here is the drawing that I used for my screen printed design.
And here it is, used as a motif for placemats flags, tops, maybe even earnings. I had two stencils cut and decided to experiment….
So…with the fabric from the experiment I made this TOP (again). Cutting line Designs OOP Pure and Simple Shell. A bit concerned about the large pink bug, but it does give the garment a “crawly” balance. It was only 11c today, the coldest day of winter, hopefully, and there was no way I am wearing this outside for a photo shoot. I apologies for the ‘dummy shot’ as this is not who or how I want to wear it.
The clothing capsule I have been working on is a summer travel wardrobe for a trip to the USA , Mexico and Cuba in August and September, using grey and cream as neutrals and red as my colour. I get these crazy ideas in my head about sewing the “perfect travel wardrobe” , a collection where all tops match all bottoms and a jacket that can work with the lot. This way of approaching ‘sewing’ is the results of participating in three SWAPs and at least four 6pac threads at Artisan Square. At last, I think I am getting the hang of planning a co-ordinated capsule , and hopefully sewing one as well. And then the bugs bite and I am onto something else…
Really happy to be back posting, and plan to blog about my Travel capsule soon.
Cheryl , aka Bugalugs
PS, Would you believe I have also sewn 2x linen pants for Mr T? Post to come soon.