Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Creative Space

Earlier this week, I was having a little connipt. Scrap that. Earlier this week, it was big time, all-over-the-place, connipting. This weekend I am off to craft camp. Everyone knows that craft camp is a fabulous opportunity to get a huge amount of unfettered, throw-scraps-on-floor, potentially mischief-making crafting done. One thing I have learned, is that craft camp is not about finishing projects (yawn). Heck no, craft camp is for big, juicy, stay-up-late, NEW projects – ones wholly unlikely to see the light of day on my kitchen table at home. ’Course, this could just be my take on craft camp.

The family have been nothing less than rivoted and intrigued by the seven per hour WHAT AM I GOING TO MAKE?! outbursts from moi. There was some effort at a helpful suggestion: Gee, Mum, if you’re really desperate, you could knit me a wristwarmer. I would probably wear it when it is the coldest day in 100 year recorded weather history and hell has frozen over. But I wouldn’t bother knitting a second one...

At one point, I was moseying about over at Cath’s and she pointed me in the direction of the Rainbow House. I was fixated on the weirdy floorboards. Even though the weirdy floorboards are not my default aesthetic, I quite unexpectedly thought they would look rather striking on a quilt. I whipped up a sort-of mock-up, sort-of test:



It’s still twelve light years away from that default aesthetic. But if I slept in a bedroom that could do justice to such a quilt, (complete with a quilted homage to wood grain), I would give this little number a whirl – even if it would be like sleeping under a floor. Or under a Mondrian painting with a limited colour palette.

Since then, it’s been a week of feigning interest in work stuff for the Mr and scribbling bits on paper that have nothing to do with work stuff for the Mr. Somewhere inbetween I spotted some breathtaking quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji. Wow. A while later, I scribbled this:



Everything made exciting sense! Well, to me.

After a little brainstorming with an excellent brainstormy-type person at Amitié, I now have a plan of craft camp attack.



I’m aiming for texture and delicate wonk,



and nuance and subtlety.



And (preventatively pre-washed) non-subtlety:



Course, after all this talking up of the quilt thing, it’s best you note the usual hit and miss, change-my-mind disclaimer. If it all goes to the dogs, next Monday I shall show you a beautifully knitted wristwarmer.

For a Thursday-worth of My Creative Space action, drop by here.

31 comments:

Nikki said...

SQUEEEEEE....... it's tomorrow, is't it????

I plan to run about in the morning, throwing bits of fabric in a suitcase with NO IDEA WHATSOEVER about what I'll be making. And I'll be stopping off at the supermarket before hitting the freeway.

jolijou said...

Holymoly! Looks like a masterplan!! I'm holding my breath 'til Monday to see what you come up with, that's for sure.
x Andrea

Lola Nova said...

Oh I'm envious, I want to go to craft camp too (said in my best whine and sulk)!
When I saw those floors I immediately thought of a quilty thing too. I am really excited to see what you have up your sleeve if you don't change your mind that is. If you do, I look forward to the alternative showing itself as well.

Meant to tell you that your tarty cardi made me a bit swoony and I am impressed as can be!

Have a grand time at camp!

The Handmaden said...

Looks like a lot of fun, maybe you can rope another desperate crafter into helping you with the quilt! I hope it does work out though - I'd love to see it.

Andi said...

A quilt it is then!!

Angel.Pearls said...

Really like your 'attack'!! Eva

angus In Northcote said...

You know what would be great? A cardigan. Probably in rusty ochre and sized to fit a Medium with a slight bulge around his middle.

**Anne** said...

Lucky you! Have the most wonderful time at craft camp. Whatever you come up with will be wonderful 'cos you got to make something in the company of friends and like minded people.
Anne xx

Bugalugs aka Jacqui said...

Craft camp sounds like fun, enjoy! I too was fixated on the floor of the rainbow house, I did however love them!

Mel said...

Oh WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! I'm not going to craft camp!!!! Waaaaaahhhhhhh! Bugger my bloody brother in law and his need to get married on MY craft camp weekend. I would have loved to see that bit of wonder come together before my very eyes. Sigh.

teddybearswednesday said...

WOHOO, have a great time.
And I can't wait to see what you bring back xo
PS I have a book of scribblings that make only sense to me

My Bearded Pigeon said...

I am so jealous over craft camp I can barely cope!!! Dying to see what you make!!! So far that is my type of quilt!!!!!

Kylie said...

Hmm, Mondrian... lovely idea - so graphic and totally perfect for a quilt. Loving the poetry of your texture, delicacy, nuances and subtlety too... japanese Mondrian? Can't wait - have fun! :) Kx

Stomper Girl said...

Ooh have fun! Looking forward to seeing what you do come back with. I'm supposed to be getting organised for Craft Camp in 2 weeks' time, I haven't actually come up with anything but at least part of my mind is tossing up ideas.

Sarah said...

Wow, craft camp sounds awesome I'm very envious. I shall also be waiting to see a delicately nuanced and most beautifully sublime quilt on your return, as I know you can do it, oh yes you can. Have a fun!

Christina said...

Sounds like camp is a powerful motivator indeed! I hope it all turns out wonderfully and if in doubt, you will be surrounded by lovely crafty ladies only too happy to lend a hand I'm sure.

Also seething with jealousy about the fact that you are going to a crafty camp...

Michelle said...

Hope you have a usper time at craft camp! The quilt sounds amazing.

Posie Patchwork said...

Have a brilliant time, you've used all your fancy words, sounds fantastic, expecting fancy inspired work. Love Posie

mel @ loved said...

Craft camp sounds brilliant! I love the sound of texture & delicate wonk, can't wait to see what eventuates! Also LOVING your red cardi below, so very lovely..

Leonie said...

Geee I would love to be a fly on the wall at craft camp. I bet you lot get up to all sorts of mischief!! xx

june at noon said...

Oh, I can't wait. Bring on the nuance ... or the wonk!

Suse said...

Aiming for subtlety.

*snort*

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Fer said...

"delicate wonk".... somehow that makes so much sense.

Wishing you girls a super whizzy time!

JoeyNomad said...

chances of wonk will increase with amount of wine consumed *hic*
looking great so far colour-wise!

Sarah said...

Have a great time ; o )

Gaby said...

What's craft camp? I'm intrigued...

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

you've described the icky but addictive unfolding of an idea process perfectly! and yay for reaching that point. fingers crossed for it working out :)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

that's not all you are taking though? what about FBAs? chuck in some old sheets and some pattern paper and some rulers and drawing stuff - and sticky tape.

Quilt looks gooood.

Do try to have fun won't you? Craft Camp. Sigh.

tea with lucy said...

even your scribbles look so pretty and creative!

Turning Japanese said...

Hi there lovely lady... I was looking and looking for this quilt the other day. I was also wondering if it has made it to the finished pile yet?
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