I love quirky ideas, the concept of “paying it forward” and using recycled materials. A germ of an idea has been growing for a while to send out a little good karma into the area where I live.
Most of the journals I make are metric sizes where I fold and cut larger sheets of paper into smaller folios – as a result there is no wastage, occasionally though I do end up with odd sized sheets of paper on my bench. I turn these into smaller books where I might practise different sewings. One of my favourite notebooks is a Moleskine cahier notebook copy where the covers are old cardboard cereal boxes, and the demonstration books from my workshops soon grow in number.
I have now started packaging these books up with a little note explaining that they are gifts and include my business card. I was out and about in Busselton on Wednesday delivering my artist’s book for the Signature South West exhibition and left a few journals and notebooks around town.
On Thursday morning I had a phone call from a lady who had picked up one of the notebooks – she had a particularly trying morning and could not quite believe that it was a purely philanthropic gesture. Her happiness and pleasure in such a small gesture and that she took the trouble to phone and thank me, has made my week and reinforced my will to carry on with this project.
If you are out and about in my little corner of the world – keep your eyes open – you may find your own little package. It helps if you know my habits!!!!!!
A dwindling paper supply (for book covers) and some upcoming workshops sent me on a little road trip the other day. We are very fortunate to have a couple not too far away (about 100klms) who import papers direct from India. They travel around the craft fairs and markets in their old school minibus and sell a selection of papers cut down to manageable size for those who enjoy scrap booking and also a treasure trove of braids, yarns, decorations and blingy bits. Look them up at http://www.halcyonsteppe.com. After a very pleasant chat and comparatively restrained selection of paper I set off home on a slightly different route and stopped off at Glen Mervyn Dam – a local ski spot that I have never visited before. It was very peaceful yesterday and I had a mooch around the shoreline and a chat with a couple of ducks who were playing at the water’s edge. The leaves and debris at the waterline struck me as being very similar to the colours and patterns on the eco printed paper from my last post. On the way back to the car I nearly trod on this little treasure – a fungi that has long since given up its spores to the environment – loving the texture and colours.
debris at the shoreline – Glen Mervyn Dam
Glen Mervyn Dam
fungi – I think this is what is commonly known as a puffball – that has expressed its spores leaving the weathered shell
I am working on an artist’s book at the moment and having the dyepot fired up for the garments in the previous post I threw in some Nepalese Lokta paper bundled up with some eucalyptus leaves.
When I unwrapped the bundle i was so pleased with the depth of colour and the prints from E. nicholii.
Eco dyed lokta paper
detail of eco dyed lokta paper
Last year I experimented with autumn leaves from my neighbours deciduous trees on merino garments and got some fabulous results. This year I was inEurope during our Australian autumn and missed the array of beautiful leaves particular to that time of the year.
So here is a little collection of one off, beautifully soft and comfortable to wear merino wool garments. They are ideal for layering and also that period where the weather really can’t make up it’s mind whether it’s cool, cold or warm!
Sleeveless merino top $50
Merino leggings $65
Long sleeved merino top $65
Here in the South West of Australia the weather has been very wet and stormy for the past couple of weeks. We really need the rainfall here as the last few winters have been very dry – just down the paddock from our house there is a creek which used to flow every winter but it has been dry for the past 5 years. Last weekend it flowed – hurray!! Unfortunately for some though there were streams and rivers that broke their banks and friends have lost pumps, newly planted trees and some infrastructure. One bridge a little further south from here can’t be fixed until the spring weather comes along and that means very long road trips for residents in that area to get to town.
These wet, winter days are a great opportunity to take a little time to pamper yourself – read a book, take up that knitting, crochet or paintbrush – take care of yourself with a long soak in the bath. Folios and Fibre has teamed up with Handmade and Marina – these little spa pamper kits consist of a beautifully soft cotton crocheted wash cloth and a bar of lovingly created handmade soap. Enjoy!
Pamper kit – Hand crocheted soft cotton spa wash cloth teamed with handmade soap $18
I really enjoy working on commissioned books, discussing what form the book will take and letting it evolve during the making is a pleasurable task. Over the past couple of weeks I have been reflecting on the life of a friend and neighbour who sadly lost his battle with that insidious disease, cancer, recently. I have been remembering fondly his generous nature, always welcoming people to his home, quick to help anyone in need. I never heard him say a bad thing about anyone. He was truly a gentle man. He will be remembered by his friends and family without any need for prompts, but his wife requested a book to hold tangible memories and written tributes. I tried to pay homage to his love of his bush home by using snippets of eco dyed fabrics and commercially printed cottons with australian native plants printed on them and added vintage crochet doily snippets and vintage buttons and lace because I knew it would be something his wife would appreciate. Nothing can ease the pain of losing someone so important, but I hope this will go a little way to show how much we appreciated knowing this special person.
Memory book for a special man
I have been having such fun this week making these fun books.
They are side bound books with orphaned teaspoons sourced from Ebay. I love how they have turned out. With so many budding master chefs around these days I thought they would be fun with kitchen/baking themed papers for the covers.
Here are just a couple of them – what do you think?
Cupcake book with vintage teaspoon spoon
Kitchen/baking themed book with vintage jam spoon