Bleach Drawing: Flower of Life Sweater

Having done my first flower of Life sweater with the embroidery technique Sashiko, Thought I would try my hand at bleach drawing with the flower of life design on denim. Rather than buying bleach pens I tried a diy one by using an old dried out pen taking out the inner part and soaking this in bleach, There you go! you have a “bleach pen”. I did still want to have a little embroidery on the design so I just highlighted one of the flowers. I Will definitely try bleach drawing again soon!Monique b1

Sweater modeled by my beautiful daughter Monique can be purchased from my up and coming Etsy store TheBrightLite.

 

Up-Cycled Dress

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This is my most recent clothing up-cycle project and it is a craft that I really enjoy, The feeling  from creating a new item from something old and adding your own twist is really satisfying. The bottom of the dress was made from spare black denim that I had floating around the house  and the top was taken from a vintage Monsoon dress that I found in the fabulous vintage shop Baklash in Nottingham. The original dress was long with long sleeves with the odd moth hole so I felt like I breathed new life into this dress.

Print Resist

After making a flower of life design using the Japanese stitching technique Sashiko I was wondering about other ways to incorporate and learn ancient craft techniques and transfer them into new modern designs.After having a good search on Pinterest I was pleasantly surprised about the amount of techniques that I knew nothing about that are out there.

But one in particular that caught my eye was a Resist-dyed technique using indigo dye called Ndop from Cameroon which is similar to Shibori) . The fabric is stitched into before dying with indigo dye to reveal a pattern. In Mali “Mud Cloth” which is also known as bògòlanfinior a paste of mud or cassava which is used to draw on the fabric which is then left to dry in the sun and then submerged in to a dye.

Well my take on the  bògòlanfinior for now was to try a flour paste

I was just giving this a go so I did not have any fabric dye so opted for bleach which I am surprised had quite an interesting result..It worked well as the material used was denim and I bleached out most of the colour.

I will have a bit more of a play with the flour paste resist but will probably try different material, a fabric dye and a more of an intricate design, So watch this space…20160425_162414.jpg Flour Paste Resist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sashiko

There are so many different methods of needlecraft and whilst trying to pick up some new skills I came across the Japanese sewing technique Sashiko which translates to”little stabs”

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I decided on The Flower of Life design which I then added to a sweater for my boyfriend.

He may not look like it but I think he was a little impressed!

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Mosaic Birds

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I very rarely consider doing anything animal based so this Mosaic is a first for me. I went to a local stained glass business and brought some amazing colours to experiment with.

I find working on mesh rather than directly onto the chosen surface  gives me the option of where it will be placed. 2015-11-10 15.01.50

This is the finished bird design, I have taken inspiration from Mexican folk art..Now I need the slate!

 

 

 

Life Drawing

I do a multitude of different crafts and I thought it was time to revisit my true love.. Art! especially life drawing.  I love the quickness in which you have to work due to having a model and the tones cast from natural light, Everyone’s interpretation is unique.

These were produced a while back but having looked on these pictures with fresh eyes I am excited at the thought of producing some new work so watch this space.

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Charcoal and Pastel

water colour nude

Water Colour

brown umber cycle

Brown Umber Water Colour

bicycle final

Conte Crayon and Pastel

long curly hair

Conte Crayon

charcoal sitting

Charcoal

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Charcoal

House Number

After making my own House Number I was asked to make my first commission piece this was a little daunting initially, I really felt the pressure of wanting to do my best and please the customer. So I set about buying the glass with a brief of a simplistic design of natural glass Roman Numerals on slate.

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The chosen glass that I purchased online was alot darker in colour than I had hoped for so I literally had to select the lighter areas of the glass.

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I find working on mesh a good way to work and it allows for mistakes rather than working directly onto the slate.

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A Happy customer! Goes quite well with the style of house I think?