July, 2010

Heidi Brooch Series – an online exhibition

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The Heidi Brooch Series is part of the work that I showed in the recent fräuleins orchard exhibition at Urban Cow Studio.

The fräuleins show might be over but Heidi is not going away so easily, in fact let’s call this an online mini Kitty exhibition, for those who didn’t make it to the show or who missed seeing the intricate details of the Heidi’s amongst the big gallery setting.

This is one of the six Heidi Brooches. Cut from a branch of an Apricot tree with my Japanese wood saw, I then sanded a nice smooth surface & stamped the image on. My dear friend Holly gave me this vintage set of rubber ink stamps a few years ago.

They are ladies from different regions of Italy

Take a look at the original ink tin that came with the set

Once I had stamped the Italian ladies onto the wood I felt that they needed some colour. This is the part where I called upon the expertise of my neighbour Christine McCormack, a brilliant artist & lovely lady, who said to me when I showed her this work in progress “oh they remind me of Heidi”, referring to a children’s book by Johanna Spyri, called Heidi

Oddly enough I found this copy of Heidi in at Salvo’s store just yesterday, which inspired me to make this post. Somehow I managed to skip this classic book through my childhood so I will begin reading it as my next bed time story.

Special thanks to Christine who hand painted each brooch with acrylic paints which we then sealed with layers of varnish.

Riveted & glued in from a second secret layer of wood on the reverse of each brooch is my carefully crafted brooch pin. The spring loaded steel pin is finished to perfection & will remain secure without leaving any gaping holes in the garment you wear it on.

So now I hear you wondering where can I buy one of these 6 treasures? Please snap them up here if you would love one!

Confessions of a clutch-aholic

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I confess, it has been 366 days since since my last kitty clutch upgrade. Since this post where I snatched up the jewellery bling clutch, I have been using & loving it every day since.

Stuffing around 20 cards, cash, coin & receipts in there, throwing it in my bag & fishing it out again, for 366 days without it’s original good looks fading much at all is, I think, a testament to the longevity of the Kitty Came Home clutch!

Today the jewellery bling clutch goes into early semi-retirement (her services no doubt be called on again) and I finally gave in to the temptation of this amazing geometric black & cream clutch as an absolute must have!

This fabric came from a box of sewing scraps I found in a northern suburbs charity opp-shop. There was only enough fabric to make 2 clutches, one for me & one for you potentially…

Enough to get you excited about washing the dishes!

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Yesterday I was op-shopping with my friend and fellow jeweller, Ewa Card Trinket Maker and just as we were about to leave empty handed & a wee bit disappointed, my eyes caught a sideways glimpse of something special! A beautiful stack of never been used vintage, pure Irish linen tea towels, each with a different kitschy cute animal design. Of course I couldn’t help myself and purchased six of them, Ewa took one & the volunteer lady behind the counter who failed to notice them earlier took the rest.

At first I thought I would keep them all to my greedy little self but have since decided to share the love & list one tea towel per day for the next six days on my Etsy shop.

Day 1 – giddy up horses

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