Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Creative Space



Today, amongst lots of low level, stressy stuff and time lurching by in giant steps, I spotted an unexpected, teeny window. A fragment of an opportunity that went against every bit of better judgement and I just went and dived in. For the sake of sanity.

No doubt one day I’ll take up therapeutic basketweaving, but in the meantime, small details like this...



and this...



and textures like this...



...help.

Ink and fabric and mischief and mess and wiping hands on trousers and a smear of white on a cheek and the soul is light and skipping through imagined florally spring fields, even if there’s still a deadline and I guess at some point we all need to eat.

There wasn’t as much mischief as there could have been. I did refrain from screenprinting directional signage all over the house, (against my own better judgement).



There’s a long-term plan for the collection of enough scrappy bits of fabric squares, layered with a learning curve of printed history, to make up something quilt-like. Although that there presents a whole ’nother learning curve.



Perhaps best aim at basketweaving.

No doubt a crafty type is doing something astonishing or Andy Goldsworthy-esque with basketweaving. Go and see Kirst and she’ll show you all sorts of creative space...

29 comments:

Kirsty said...

That finger is pointing straight at me!

Freaking love it.

One Flew Over said...

I for one will be jumping out of my skin to see those scraps turned into something quilty.

Can hardly wait xx

Umatji said...

stealing moments is one thing but stealing moments to screen print is so out of my league - you are my idol!

Bernice said...

This looks fabulous. At first glance I thought your first picture was of the amazing V8 cake that Adriano Zumbo made on Masterchef. Mmmmmm, still makes my mouth water. I love the pointing finger - very Monty Python!

Tracey said...

very good looking pointer finger you have there, glad you found you little piece of crafting zen today

clare's craftroom said...

That s the best looking pointing finger I've seen all day ! I'm glad you got some time today .

yardage girl said...

Looks fun and would make a cool quilt!

Michelle said...

I am super impressed that you can steal moments to screen print. Love the pointing finger, I can think of a million uses for it but agree that a quilt would look fabulous.

Fer said...

You want to quilt, I want to screen print. Pity we live in two different states!

Angie said...

Stolen moments are the best....you've kick-started my recurrent daydream about one day having a studio!

Love the finger, but my favourite is the last print, I've a thing for mustardy green.

gretchenmist said...

yum pictures!! looks so satisfying + rewarding. hate having to stop to eat :)

Andi said...

Are you giving me the finger?

Nikki said...

Yay for stolen screen printing moments! Frolick in that floraly field, lovey!!!!

Stomper Girl said...

Good for you. Escape that low level stress while you can.

CurlyPops said...

I'm sure crafting is the best (and cheapest) therapy of all!

Megan.K. said...

I agree with CurlyPops - best therapy ever.

Kylie said...

How wonderful! Isn't it just the most fabulous feeling (particularly when it works of course!) ;) You probably already know, but if you flood the screen before printing that drop-out of colour won't happen... unless the ink had dried on the screen? Sorry if I'm telling you things you already know. Lovely pics as always Mrs :) Kx

link for screen flooding:
http://www.screenprintingdog.info/screen-printing/the-process/screen-printing-custom-tshirt/

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I love the finger poiting. love it a lot! I always want everything you make.

Ruth said...

Oooh, stolen screenprinting moments are the best! Recently my husband popped out with the kids, and the moment they walked out, I whipped out my screenprinting supplies, printed as required, and had it almost all cleaned back up when they returned an hour later! The most well spent hour in a long time! Anyway, also want to say that Myrtle and Eunice posts are always among the first to be read in my blog reader - I love your blog!

june at noon said...

You've got to find those stolen moments, even if they're for basket weaving. Although I think I prefer your printing to the weaving. :)

Holli said...

Love the screen printing! It has me inspired! This weekend I will get out the screen printing gear! Thanks

Mel said...

Ah yes the stealing of a crafty moment is worth it's weight in gold. In fact I reckon if I had a whole day ahead of me free to craft at my leisure I'd probably freeze with fear and indecision ... actually who am I kidding I'd bloody love it.

Can't wait to see those amazing textures and prints in some sort of M&E quilty glory!

Sue said...

I cant wait to see the quilt your going to make out of your screenprinted fabrics! Always good to do a bit of craft to lower the stress levels too!

flowerpress said...

'Jump in and do it anyway' crafting is so much fun. Its so great to get those ideas out of the head and onto fabric/paper and solves many questions that have been rolling around the brain.
I love the idea of a learning curve quilt, and the vintage pointer is gorgeous!

Jodie said...

Freak , that finger is pointing at you !
We need to find time to hang out - I want some of whatever it is you are on !

Sandrine said...

HOw could you resist getting a moment of free mess, ink fabric and mischief!Now I understand your chaos talk :)I love the colours on the last pic...x

74 Lime Lane said...

it looks intriguing and a whole lot of fun!

silverpebble said...

My Granny told me it was rude to point. I'd have to contest Gran on that one. After all, without it how would others know which cake you wanted?

At first I thought you were tiling your bathroom.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I could do with someone doing the whole pointy finger thing round my kitchen . Husband might then be able to make supper unaided .... ?
There again knowing where the frying pan is isn't enough , is it ! What to do with it might need a screenprinted wall hanging or two .....
Could you perhaps branch out into educational wallpaper ?