Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Creative Space: Show and Not Telling



“A grapefruit is a lemon that had a chance and took advantage of it.”
Oscar Wilde

There are five swap partners who, in the first week of March, will NOT be receiving a tea towel emblazoned with the above quote. Partly, because none of them live with citrus-flavoured kitchen walls or co-ordinates. Mostly, because every time I read it, I do a snort-out-chortle-chuckle thing and this rings alarm bells: my instinct seems to be off AWOL, having it’s own little Hawaiian shirt, pina colada-style holiday.

So, I’ve been working on something altogether different: something possibly, sort of, maybe, kid-interesting, but with a dash of mild intrigue to entertain the older-than-kids – at least insofar as it is possible to be mildly intrigued when dish drying is involved. Oh, and along the way, I’ve stumbled upon one or two visual gags which made me grin, (because I do like a bit o’ wit), which made up for missing out on further snort-out-chortle-chuckling when Mr Wilde was sadly shelved.

This is what I’m tinkering with...



...only less blurrily.



There are not five, but fifty linen tea towel blanks in waiting, because once in every second blue moon, I am startlingly intelligent:

1. The Screenprinting Gods may not deign to shine.
2. Regardless of divine intervention there will be the disaster involving ink.
3. Toasty brown burning of linen will happen to varying degrees during heat setting.
4. I live in hope that a couple make it to the spare pressie box.
5. Fifty attempts is the number it takes me to become so sick of the sight of ’em (just like these). After that, I can clean my screen and make way for other matters of urgency – just as soon as ‘His Nibs’ (the instinct) returns from Hawaii, with a bag full of dirty laundry and a cocktail umbrella stuck jauntily behind the ear.

Pop over to Kirsty’s for lots more ‘creative space’ telling AND showing...

38 comments:

Kirsty said...

I love you...that is all.

Gingini said...

You're good! I didn't see a thing! ;)

elk said...

oh this is so mysterious and beautiful wrapped into one...

Rosalind said...

I hope you will show us the finished product too - I love that pile of blank tea towells - Like a fresh pad of un-used paper - yummy

yardage girl said...

Nice stack - you'll do them all perfectly, I know!

Penny said...

Ooh I love the Oscar Wilde quote, and good luck with your blue moon tea towel printing!

Thea said...

Hee hee, now you know why I only print on natural (unbleached) linen tea-towels. Tip: if necessary, you can wash out slight "toasting" of white tea-towels. Obviously another step that is best avoided though...

M* (Melanie) said...

I really admire the way you always find the right amount of 'tease' with your projects. I'm hooked (oh and in so many ways). Waiting for the next chapter.

Cherry said...

excellent quote - I giggled too.

Still loving the Wash the dishes one that arrived just after Christmas x

Kylie said...

Oh Tania! You make a problem into fun! Ditto what Kirsty said :)
The same intrigue is here too with my tea towel swaps... except it's in my brain as well! I can't seem to decide on any design... I keep trying to channel your mum "Design for the bin!". Help! I bought 20 to cover mistakes and now thinking I'll next a lot more ;)
It's not easy, is it?
Good luck with yours. K xx

Becky said...

I like the quote, I would citrus up my kitchen to fit around that tea towel :)

Little Ted Canvas said...

Love your tea towels, can't wait to see what you are hiding...

june at noon said...

I do so love reading your blog! That seems like quite a lot of tea towels--and quite a lot of fun.

urban craft said...

oh, what will they be! I can't wait to see.

Leonie Guld said...

I thought it was only me that stuffed every "first" up. Hey I bet your looking forward to that 'umbrella" walking into the room!! x

One Flew Over said...

I bought 15 and only have 2 patterns and am not screenprinting. Go figure?!?

Looking forward to seeing the un-blurred towel.

Mel said...

oh you tease you! Hey and I totally dig the grapefruit quote on tea towel! Do it do it!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

perfect teaser ... i'm intrigued

Umatji said...

aah - almost like you are fishing for compliments but you just aren't that type of woman! I found a great line on a poster for a walking group - there was no pun intended though - it said: walk safely: walk with a club!!

Michelle said...

I love the grapefruit quote. Can't wait to see what you cone up with next

Nycole said...

pfft! I don't think your instinct is off at all!
but what does it really say? A grapefruit is a lemon that s... is all I can see ;-)
ps I always, always love your photos!

Nikki Cardigan said...

Oo, oo, oo... no I am not acting like a monkey to get my children to eat their bananas. I am oo, oo, oo-ing at wanting to see it with a little less blur. I am SOOO happy to see some printing goin' on at your place. I am smiling at the thought, in fact! Can't wait to see it... soon.

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh I love Oscar Wilde, that quote is so fab! I can't wait to see the other one, its all very mysterious and that picture of all those tea towels is just lovely.
Sophie x

craftschmaft said...

Oh I do love a bit of Oscar Wilde but now I am panicking that I only bought 10 tea towels.

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

PottyMouthMama said...

I want to be you.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Love it. The Importance of Being Ernest was on tv last weekend, the 1952 film with Edith Evans and Michael Redgrave. I'd forgotten just how good it was. So we ordered the complete works of Wilde from Amazon. I may trip over your quote! (I haven't read it yet, don't be too impressed at our high brow household!!)

I'm sure you would only need 50 tea towels if you had 5. Colonel Muphy operates like that.

Cheers,
AJ

michelle said...

i tried squinting my eyes really tightly like you do for magic eye puzzles but it didn't help much. love the quote and the colour, can't wait to see the surprise design

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

You are such a tease - can't wait for the big reveal!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I agree - what a tease!

Love that Grapefruit quote...

PS: loved that comment about cheese dishcloth....

Angus in Northcote said...

not wanting to spoil the surprise but would I be right in thinking that the images on the towel would be things a person would need a light source to re-create if they were using a wall as their medium?

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Its like when I buy new fabric- I am absolutely bound to stuff up the first thing I make- which then goes into the dead toy pile and Busy can play with it. The thought of me going near ink at all is terrifying- there is no way I would not spill it all over the finished ones. Good luck brave soldier!

Meagan @ecoMILF said...

I love the grapefruit quote. Now I have a question for you= do you have a screenprint at your home or do you go somewhere to di it? Because I am also involved in the swap and have a large number of unmarked teatowels and I would love to screenprint but I have no idea how and if it's even possible without my own equipment. Thoughts? THANK YOU!! xo

Stomper Girl said...

I can see yours are going to be fabulous. I'm feeling deeply insecure already. And slightly panicky that I haven't started yet.

Jenifir said...

What delicious linen blanks -how inspiring! Love the Wilde quote.

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

Tease! 'here kids look at the lolly shop but ye canne have any'....Hmmm I'll await further. Peta

Aussie-waffler said...

I thought the Oscar Wilde quote was an absolute pearler, I did a chuckle and snort too. Can't wait to see what you settled on in the end.

Cindy said...

And did the lime turn green with envy? - boom tish.
Love the goodness - as always. Banned Glen from using 'the good tea towel'

Kate said...

I'm back again trying to guess what the shapes are - a bunny? A dinosaur! Hand puppets! Sign language? I kitteh!!

I WANT TO KNOW.