My coverall is coloured!

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The coverall apron India Flint showed us how to make has been dyed with various eucalypts and the same liquid we used at the beginning of April. I did manage to stop myself from unwrapping too soon and have some good colour on the linen. My friend Carly Voigt called in to the gallery today and I roped her into modelling it. Carly is so much more photogenic than I am.

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Upcycling some leather

The past week I have been busily working in my studio making some leather bound journals. The leather for the covers has been claimed from some vintage leather clothing – lined with Nepalese lokta paper to stop the little bits of black leather fibres coming off onto the pages.  The accent leathers are  fish leather from the boys at Mermaid Leather in Esperance, Western Australia (if you are ever in Esperance – it is well worth a visit to their tannery, showroom/information centre – they produce a lovely product from fish skins, something that would otherwise be discarded) and a fabulous leather that I found in Melbourne on my recent trip. This lovely textured leather is from Bufo marinus (otherwise known as that invasive creature the cane toad!)

 

Leather Journals A6 landscape  $35 each - Cartridge paper pages - accent leathers are: orange and pink - fish leather; purple and teal - cane toad leather.

Leather Journals A6 landscape $35 each – Cartridge paper pages – accent leathers are: orange and pink – fish leather; purple and teal – cane toad leather.

I also unearthed some very small scraps of upholstery leather from my stash and made a little collection of “jelly bean” journals – these are tiny – approx 5cm x 7cm with different pastel coloured pages.  They are closed with elastic and decorated with vintage buttons – a little bit fanciful, but useful to keep with your mobile phone if you need to jot down any important numbers, or write mini shopping lists on!

Jelly Bean Journals! made from leather scraps - vintage buttons and various coloured papers for the pages $5 each.

Jelly Bean Journals! made from leather scraps – vintage buttons and various coloured papers for the pages $5 each.