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Here are a few pics of my vinyl swallows installed.  Loving the shadows they make!

 

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So here’s a peek at what was in that gorgeous custom linen box I made last month :

So stoked with how they look.  Next post : Installation of the birds up on the wall!

These birds were handcut out of old vinyl records – In the process of working through this idea I found that you can’t get vinyl laser cut as its highly carcinogen and corrosive… It’ll basically fuck that expensive-as piece of machinery, as well as being really damaging to both the environment and anyone in the same space as the lasercutter.  So my swallows were painstakingly cut out and sanded all by hand.  And it really was a labour of love – Lots of time and swearing involved with getting the finishing perfect … I have a whole new found appreciation for jewellers now!

Thinking presentation boxes are def. the way to go with this new work now, fully worth the time and effort to make the whole finished piece ‘right’.

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Nice Box.

I’ve been saving this post for until I have the second part of it up and completed… However after a week of being stuck in bed w the flu, and now Tui coming down with Chicken pox I’m not sure its actually gonna happen before I run out of time in Wgtn and head back home to Melbourne.  Lame.  So I guess I will start by posting part 1:

A very dear friend of mine celebrated her 40th birthday recently.  So I made her something rather time consuming and special.  And then I decided it needed to be presented beautifully too – The whole deal.  So, we have this gorgeous book binding shop I pass every time I walk home up Elizabeth street and I remembered seeing boxes through the window. Beautiful boxes. Handmade linen boxes. From Sweden.

I thought one of these would be a perfect presentation and storage box for my new piece of artwork. Happily off I went in to buy one.  Problem : Bookbinders Design boxes only go up to A4, and my artwork needed similar size to A3. No, sorry they can’t custom make one – As they’re made in Sweden of course.  Maybe two would do?  Well yes.  Only each A4 box will set you back $195.  Damn.  Because now I have seen these boxes of boxes, all the cardboard ones I  have seen just look flimsy and tacky.  Well no other option but to make my own I guess.  Have I made a box like this before?  Well no.  Have I done any bookbinding then?  Um, no again…

Well I’m pretty pleased with the end result. Not bad for a first go. …And of course I love the linen I found, and that I was able to customise it with stunning blood red inserts.  I really wanna show you what it looks like with the artwork inside, but I also wanna wait in case I get the chance to put it up before I head home next week.  So. I’ll just have to say stay tuned for part 2. xoxo

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Just picked myself up the latest copy of Extra Curricular magazine – Issue 7 from Madame Fancy Pants store on Cuba street… How cute is Claire’s postcard !?!

Anyways its filled with all sorts of wonderful crafty and creative people and things. Plus the back cover is a double page spread of little 28 x 28mm squares of featured felt shops… Including a wee one showing a sparrow by a stack of cupcakes – mine!

Heres a close up on the image I picked – Its one from my bird and cupcake series :

http://felt.co.nz/shop/mightymouse

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So my Sacred Kingfisher painting Hey little one is featured up on Felt’s homepage at the moment. One of six from my Kotare series I was working on earlier this year.

The rest of the series can be found in my previous posts : Latest offering, Kotare continued, Saturday sweetness, Productive Saturday goodness and the initial sketches in Sketch 2.0.  Loved painting these little birds… Such pretty colours!

Oh and my Moth orchid painting’s also featured up in their Christmas gift guide : Gifts for gardeners section.  So yay – Big ups to Felt for featuring my work currently!

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