Friday, 12 February 2010

Ideas overload has caused a halt in production



Ive finally finished the tapestry for the mask, OK, i actually finished it about two weeks ago. But due to my Guerrilla style of stitching, it has warped, it always does but still i keep doing it the same way. I have put it aside for now until i become wired enough to go and sit in my icy living room to battle with it and stitch it up. Meanwhile i have been doing a few other things:

*in the middle of stitching an owl tapestry, nothing original just a pre-printed canvas that i may turn into a cushion.

*Finally finished all my cushion covers, made a patchwork and tapestry cover with a field mouse and toadstool design.

*Making some clothes and trying to correct the deformed body of a secondhand doll i got for my daughter.

* Researching and becoming totally obsessed with Playsack's. Designed in 1968 by Fredun Shapur. These printed paper sacks have a beautiful range of different animals printed on them. Pop one on and you have a complete costume! I salivate just thinking about them. I think the idea is absolutely genius. They would be such a big seller these days, I'm surprised no one has considered re-producing them. The illustrated characters are so in tune with current trends in the children's clothing/lifestyle market that they would feel very much at home, alongside contemporary Scandinavian designs. I may think about making a smaller version from a calico which i could applique on to. My daughter is too young for costumes now as she's only just walking but maybe in the future. Meanwhile i just want one of these to put on my wall. But it would be like finding a needle in a haystack i fear. So for now i shall just dream about them.

*I'm also cutting out more fabric for another sit on elephant. Just from some scrap i had already. Again its a bit 'techno', print wise but i cant afford a single penny on fabrics and luxury items at the moment. I have this cheap duvet, that although not very old keeps clumping and is incredibly uncomfortable to sleep under, so i think that will form most of the stuffing.

*Another project I'm thinking about is a cardboard playhouse. I want to create a little house in the living room that my daughter can play in. I will get lots of old boxes from local shops and start taping them together. It could be really good fun as you can keep adding extra rooms, turrets and windows whenever you want. Plus you can draw on it or paint it to make it more exciting. All you need is parcel or gaffer tape (a huge amount of floor space!) and the cardboard boxes you can get for free. When its really old and bashed up you can just put it out for recycling. How Eco can you get!

Be back when ive actually got something to show for myself!

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