Archive for March, 2009

A Love Story

March 21, 2009


I am slowly developing a disturbing fascination, adoration and total obsession. Most girls my age love two things: Shoes and Johnny Depp. I, however have set my sights elsewhere. I love eggs. I’m not talking about eating them, they’re not so special- although they do help cakes along somewhat. I just love how they look and what they are and how they feel and their perfect weight sitting in your hand. They are utterly delightful.

I’ve been harbouring this love for a while, not wanting to spill- but yesterday I bought a box of eggs from Sainsburys and I couldn’t hold it in any longer. These eggs are totally beautiful. They’re Clarence Court’s Burford Browns. And boy, are they ever brown.

clarence court

I picked them up because they were free range, and then when I opened up the box and saw the little crown stamp each egg displays proudly I popped them into my basket instantly. It wasn’t till I opened them up this morning to make a cake that I suddenly realised the quality of the eggs themselves.

And the yolk! Oh the yolk. Such a very deep orange colour. I popped one into my cake batter, which at that point was a virginal white- and after a few mixes it became a pastel orange. I’ve never noticed eggs depart their colour in that way.

Now, all this egg-love is leading somewhere, don’t worry. It’s not just an egg review. It brings me to a project I completed a long time ago now- in late September/October I think. It was for our two week introduction to textiles at Swindon College, which is not an experience I’d gladly repeat. We were asked to bring in a vessel that we found interesting as a starting point. So I bought an egg in. We then had to incorporate another vessel into it, and create a textile version of it. And so.

An egg box with an embroidered hand made felt label, stating “Four Free Range Embryos.”

That’s not it.

Four little felt eggs nestled inside… with a decoration?

A decoration indeed. Embroidered with one strand of DMC in a chain stitch onto each egg is a foetus. This one’s an elephant.

This one’s a bird (you’ve got to trust me on this one. That’s what the science books say they look like…)

A frog spawn (Cop out, I know…)

And lastly, a carelessly unstranded human foetus. I’m planning on redoing this one, maybe.

It ended up being a total waste of time. We didn’t get marked on it properly and I didn’t need to prove myself to get into textiles. I could’ve done hardly anything and waltzed in (not because I’m super talented, but because nobody cared.) Although, it is proving to excite a few university people at interviews- so maybe it hasn’t been a total waste of time?

Anyway. Eggs. Yeah. Eggs.


Pretty Things

March 14, 2009

I love charity shops. You never know when you’re going to find something truly magical in them.

Earlier in the week, I popped into my local, in the hope of finding a nice hat or cardy, and instead I found a stunning vanity mirror. It’s a beautiful shape and has lovely stitch detail for decoration. Yum!

Then this morning I found myself in a Sue Ryder care, and I happened across these two needlepoint pieces in octagonal frames. There’s a lady in pink, and then her counterpart, a gentleman in blue. Can’t wait to hang these on my wall!

In that same shop, I also found a perfectly simple clear glass cake stand. It’s been put to good use already, of course, supporting a vegan crumb cake.

In other news, I’ve been offered a place at London College of Communication to study Surface Design in September, provided I get a merit in my foundation year. I’m going to be such a small little fish in a huge pond.

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Wings of Desire

March 9, 2009

Has anybody seen that film? It’s based in Berlin and it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s about angels watching over people and making them feel better when they’re down. I found myself, whilst in Berlin, looking out for the things that were in the film. Every so often I’d gasp and be filled with glee at the sight of it, and remember that there were angels all around me*, and I’d feel quite content.

For example, this section of the Berlin Wall was in the film:

I don’t want to spoil the film for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but a person in the film who was suddenly able to see colour for the first time, stopped a stranger and asked what colour bits of the wall were.

Now, you’re going to have to squint here, but can you see that small line inbetween the aisle of trees at the end?

Well, it’s the Berlin Victory Column. I couldn’t quite face walking there in the cold, rain and little time I had, which is why the photograph merely hints at it. In the film it’s where an angel sits atop and looks down at Berlin.

For the week, we’d been set a little postcard project, whereby we just had to make a little postcard. Simple as that, no sketchbooks (although, because I’m a geek I did one anyway). I decided to make mine based on my personal experience with Berlin, where I walked around on my own and dreamt of Wings of Desire. So I did a drawing of myself, with angels wings. I then padded it out with a white rose and some dome tops. But then I decided that it needed some text. I thought about “Ich Bin Eine Berliner” but eventually settled on “Ich Bin Eine Kind” Or, “I am a child” in reference to the poem used throughout the film, ‘Song of Childhood’ by Peter Handke. Because I did, I felt exactly like a child, lost and in awe of everything there. I then made a stupid decision to do a woodblock print of the postcard, rather than just draw it on. What an absolute trial.

At least it looks nice.

Viva La Vulva!

March 7, 2009

I wasn’t going to show this off here due to the whole twee reason I gave last post, but I’m quite proud of it so I can hardly help it.

I’m not going to explain it, partly because I can barely remember the reason for reaching this point but I embroidered a labia.

This was successful, to the point of Mr X Stitch choosing it for his craftster pick of the week... shucks!

Then I decided to make a fabric banner/flag/thing embroidered with that wonderful slogan “viva la vulva!” and I used this wonderful font free from allsorts. It took a long time but now I’ve got another thing to put in my portfolio. Yay!

I also experimented with some tinting… which I can’t say I’d do again.

I’ve got plenty more to do for my portfolio before rest comes… so you can look forward to that. In the meantime, there’s a new theme over at Tie One On!

All quiet on the posting front

March 2, 2009

At the moment I’m undergoing the grueling process of applying for art universities. This means I am doing sewing work constantly, and therefore have no time for making things for my little blog. On this blog I like to think I come across as cutesy and sweet. In my work at college I have no time for such tweeness and make extremely different things. I embroider embryos onto felt eggs, screenprint faces of dead racist politicians and decorate pigs trotters.

Last week I went with the college to Berlin. For your viewing pleasure, here are some photographs taken on extremely cheap disposable cameras:

I’ll be back soon, with any luck.