Friday, 23 January 2015

Etsy Shop!

I did it! I finally opened an Etsy shop! You can check it out here if you fancy, and I've also put a handy link on the side of my blog! So far I've made 7 headscarves, and I have fabric left to make a few more, and plans for a few different designs and patterns! They were super fun to make, I did lots of experimenting first, but then kind of played around with colours and layers for each one, seeing what worked. So each scarf is completely unique! Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Some Instagram Faves.

I was thinking of doing a round-up of some of some awesome Etsy sellers, since I am hoping to set up my own shop soon! But then I realised that I have found most of my favourite handmade businesses through Instagram. There are some really awesome people on there, which is great for a quick dose of inspiration, kinda like Pinterest but for awesome businesses rather than dream homes or travel ideas!

 This woven art piece is by Alchemy, an awesome label by Belinda Evans, in Melbourne. Belinda creates some really cool pieces, working with textiles, jewellery and ceramics, the work is inspired by nature and landscapes, and all has a really calming colour palette. I love these botanically dyed tea towels (I experimented with natural dyeing at uni, and found it super tricky with lots of experimenting). There is an interesting story behind each product with everything being designed and created with sustainability in mind. You can find out more about Alchemy on their website, or check out their instagram!

I have seen a lot of makers working with concrete popping up lately, and I love Concrete Geometric, especially this plant holder octahedron. The marbled effect of the concrete is gorgeous! Based in L.A, Concrete Geometric have some really clean designs, using clever geometric (obviously!) designs. You can find out more on their website or follow along with instagram.

 Leah Duncan is always creating something new and amazing! I love the hand-drawn pattern on this screen printed cushion, Leah has a great style, and I love all the colour palettes she chooses! She has done some really cool collaborations, including these bedding sets with Schoolhouse Electric and this amazing jewellery range created by New Zealand jeweller Ash Hilton. Her website is here and she also has a super colourful instagram!

Do you have Instagram or any cool businesses to share? I love finding awesome new people! I have an account here if you are interested in seeing a lot of doodles and NZ beaches and adventures!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sketchbook Sunday.

I feel like I haven't done much sketchbook messing about this week! I have been busy dyeing and patterning fabrics getting ready to try and sell a few things online, and I started some part-time work at a pub nearby which is pretty crazy busy work! Oh, and Auckland has been lovely and summery and hot, so lots of melting in a heap in my room, or going out for sunshine walks!
I have done a few more Moroccan drawings though, ready to scan in and play about with for the competition I mentioned last week. Have you done any drawing lately?


Thursday, 15 January 2015


I have been busy being all '2015 is the year for stuff happening' motivated these past few days, so lots of doodling, dyeing, sewing and generally messing about doing fabric sampling has been going on! I've actually gotten some pretty exciting results in between lots of weird colour messes! And I've started making a few things which I want to put up in an online shop by the end of the month (my new plan is that if I say it enough times and make a deadline, I'll actually get it done, so fingers crossed!).

1. Tiny pattern doodles! I have been playing around with layering my drawings with dyed fabrics, its fun to see them peeking through the colours!
2&3. So many layers! Lots of random dye experimentation, with a resist pattern layered over the top of it all.
4&5. I've found that if you flick dry dye pigment onto fabric it dissolves into all the colours used to make up that dye! This is black dye - so many colours that go into it!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Studio Spaces.

I'm always finding new studio spaces to dream of working from on Pinterest. I kinda feel like if I had one of those pegboards I would miraculously become the world's most organised person! Probably not true, but its a nice dream to have. And obviously I'd have an awesome colour scheme with everything matches. But for now I'm happy sewing on my tiny school table in my room, and using various corners of the house to lay out my fabrics!

Both images can be found on my studio pinterest board!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sketchbook Sunday.

I have been doodling a few patterns this week, taking part in Joanna Fowles #2015patternaday on instagram. However 1 pattern a day for 365 days seemed a bit too ambitious for me, and I was worried about getting repetitive, so I'm keeping it casual and joining in when I can, keeping it stressfree! You should definitely check it out though, a lot of cool patterns about!
I've also been looking back over my photos from the Alhambra (over a year ago!) because Printed Village is running a cool pattern design contest, and the theme is Moroccan doorways. I really want to enter, so fingers crossed I  can get over my computer using hopelessness and create something for the competition!
This week I have been busy dyeing fabrics because (eek!) I want to open a little Etsy shop by the end of the month with some hand dyed and patterned fabrics! Super scary trying to make something that is finished and I don't feel to awkward to charge money for, but it's something I've been wanting to do for a while super long time now! So yay for 2015 being the year of getting things done!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sketchbook Sunday.

Happy 2015! First sketchbook pages of the new year! One of my goals for the year is to keep drawing and use my drawings to create patterns and inspiration for textile designs. I also want to get better at photographing my sketchbook so it doesn't look like a blurry, wonky mess! Did you make any goals for 2015, anything creative?

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Miji Lee

I came across Miji Lee's work on Pinterest a while ago and immediately went to look through her incredible portfolio of patterns and designs. I love the watercolour effects she has created, and the gorgeous colour palettes that she uses. You can see more of Miji's work on her website, she has created so many awesome collections, I love her jewellery range and she has created some really inspiring patterns!

All images can be found on Miji Lee's website.