Archive for March, 2010

Drawing

I love textiles and patterns. I sew when I have the time…or the need for a new skirt! I decided to start playing with drawing on clothes patterns. The pattern was an old white one so I stained it with coffee and ink, then cut it up and hand-sewed it back together to make the ‘canvas’. I then did the potrait with charcoal and pastels. A friend suggested pinning it onto a fabric backing…I only had off-white and will try other colours later. I’m currently making up another canvas but I’m going to the leave the threads longer and more rough. I also need to get a good fixer…hairspray doesn’t really work on pattern paper! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Droplets

I’m gradually going through a heapย  of photos I have taken recently and seeing what is good…maybe another post this evening.ย  I’m entranced by the reflections and magnifications that happen with droplets of water. Soft autumn mornings are great for finding dew/droplets in my back garden. I always love looking at the reflections in puddles and water on skin…another photo project ๐Ÿ™‚ If there is water involved I will take a photo!


Abstract

Two posts today! Busy morning. Most of the above images are experiments again. The second image reminds me of the rabbit in Donnie Darko, though it is a piece of barbed wire, as is the first image. Unfortunately the colours on the first photo haven’t replicated here…I upped the saturation and the copy I have is a brighter green and quite stunning. I like how the fourth (I really need to start naming my images!) has captured some of the fence details from round North cemetary.ย  I don’t like the large white patch to the left and I tried to crop it out but the cross looks good as central point. I’m going to hunt for a Photoshop trick to sort that out. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚


Distortion and Crosses

I went for a walk around the gardens and North cemetary on Friday and started playing with lens distortion.ย  Basically I was zooming the lens in and out on a slow shutter speed. Bit hit and miss at times, though was good for me as I had to control both aperture and shutter speed on my camera. I’m feeling more confident with the manual settings on the Canon now.ย  Few things I need to work on but love the effect … in moderation ๐Ÿ™‚


And now for something completely different…

I haven’t managed to do any photo taking this week but I did finish a cross-stitch! My Aunty taught me how to cross-stitch when I was a kid. However, I hated the patterns so stopped stitching as a teenager. Last year I started again after finding the joyous world of geek cross-stitch.ย  I make my own skirts and decided to start decorating them with cross-stitch geekery. My first cross-stitch foray was Pac-Man (pic below). The skirt is getting alittle worn so will redo the design on new skirt…which will take months!ย  I have also done some space invaders and Alice in Wonderland characters on skirts.

Last night I finally finished my rainbow robots on a jacket I brought second-hand. I’m generally not a fan of denim jackets but this one was too cute…and robots are cool!

My next stitching project will be another skirt with the sexy librarian pattern from Sublime stitching done in french knots and cross-stitch.

Hopefully there will be new photos next week!


washing…

University is back and last week was frantic as I got used to being back tutoring etc … faster pace of life. I have less time for photography ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m aiming to take photos once a week and update here on Sundays. I now have a flash unit to play with for awhile …more fun things to learn. Yay!

I brought an awesome second-hand book full of 60s pulp covers (the books not the awesome Brit band!). I’m going to try make some of my own. I love retro goodness.

These four images are from the washing line this morning…playing again ๐Ÿ™‚