Its starting to feel a bit like Christmas

This time of the year I rejoice in our native trees coming in to flower, and it is these that start to invoke a feeling of Christmas, rather than the green plastic trees and baubles that have been in the shops for the past 3 months.  The first one to begin flowering is the Banksia attenuata which produces lovely slim yellow/lime green flower spikes that look like candles. Closer to Christmas the Nuytsia floribunda starts to present us with its glorious show of bright orange flowers – I can’t help but be delighted by the sight of these parasitic trees in full flower in the middle of a paddock or on the side of the road.

I am going to be working at home in the air conditioned studio over the Christmas period, rather than in the gallery but all you have to do is phone if you would like to look through the gallery – I am only 2 minutes away!  Normal hours will resume from January 3rd.

Being a dinosaur I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas – hoping it brings you peace and joy.

Nuytsia floribunda - West Australian Christmas Tree

Nuytsia floribunda – West Australian Christmas Tree

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A little project going on in the background

I was selected to exhibit at next year’s South Western Times Survey at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries and have been slowly making pages for an artists book.  I don’t yet know how it is going to be bound – must make a couple of samples. Work has to be submitted mid way through January so I will be beavering away in order to get it finished in time. A little taster of work in progress.

paper weaving

paper weaving

New work

Loved making this journal – A5 – coptic sewn – coptic sewing is my meditation!

Cover is Eco dyed silk – 3 different fabrics and prints collaged with a little machine embroidery – that’s another of my meditations!

Got to have a bit of gentle meditation at this time of the year when everyone is rushing around getting organised for Christmas (which by the way I am not).

A5 Journal, coptic sewn - opens flat at any page - Cover is Eco dyed silk collage with machine stitching. $45

A5 Journal, coptic sewn – opens flat at any page – Cover is Eco dyed silk collage with machine stitching. $45

Shops for the technically challenged.

This past couple of weeks I have been challenging myself by opening an Etsy store.  It takes such a long time for me to work out the technical stuff – I am nearly there though!   FoliosAndFibre is now up and running on Etsy with a few items for sale. I have even managed to put a link in the blog sidebar (it works for me anyway!) please let me know if it doesn’t work and I will have to consult a teenager who no doubt will be able to point me in the right direction!  One of the items in the shop is this gorgeous little up cycled wool blanket covered notebook.

Upcycled wool blanket - eco dyed silk and wool notebook with kraft paper and cartridge paper pages

Upcycled wool blanket – eco dyed silk and wool notebook with kraft paper and cartridge paper pages- in my Etsy store

Published!

Recently Folios and Fibre has had an ad in a lovely online magazine called Tickle the Imagination – it is free to view on their website – subscriptions are also available.  Tickle the Imagination is published in Western Australia – there have been a couple of print issues that have proved very popular and next year they are to be printed on a quarterly basis.  The styling and imagery is wonderful and of course they are full of handmade goodness. http://www.tickletheimagination.com.au

I have also had the most wonderful write up on Jo Castro’s Zigazag blog http://zigazag.com in a post on buying local and handmade this Christmas.  Jo writes zigazag and her other blog http://lifestylefifty.com which is for “fun and funky” women of a certain age (although of course it is more than appropriate for everyone!).  Thank you so much for the lovely promotion Jo.

An unexpected surprise

When I first started attending the Margaret River Makers Markets as a stall holder I met Debbie from Margaret River Stompers  and delighted in the gorgeous soft shoes she makes for children. Debbie said she had some leather that she could not use for her shoes and asked if I would like it – I love making use of discarded items and said yes please!  At the last market Debbie came up and handed me a bag with the 3 of the most gorgeous leather pieces – they were much more than the scraps I had expected. Unfortunately my camera doesn’t like the light available and the colours of the leather are not “true” one hide is a lovely rich brown, another a beautiful burgundy and the final one is a lovely forest green.  I have backed two of the hides with handmade paper and so far made one journal.

Thanks so much Debbie – Please go and check out http://www.margaretriverstompers.com.au – the latest style is the prettiest floral in yellows and oranges, and if you are looking for a gift for a young footy fan there are shoes in the local teams colours!

Three beautiful leather pieces gifted by Margaret River Stompers

Three beautiful leather pieces gifted by Margaret River Stompers

Leather covered journal with cartridge paper pages handmade ceramic button and waxed linen thread closure

Leather covered journal with cartridge paper pages handmade ceramic button and waxed linen thread closure