Last year at this this I was ill,very ill and it has taken some time for me to begin to recover.During this time my online shop delightworthyn ART/wares suffered from lack of attention and I sort of lost focus.It is amazing how fast you can be hurled into oblivion.I began making hats styled like the hats I love because the ones I owned were getting too fragile to wear.It seemed natural and I always made things from all of the stuff that I ended up collecting at thrift stores and junk shops.I added a few other things here and there and slowly I was selling.Then fairly regularly,but life had other ideas and since I was always hearing how much people loved my hats…but they didn’t wear hats and I felt this was limiting for me too a new year was a good time to try out some new products.
First I did some lavender sachets that sold quite well locally around the holiday period.
But I thought It might be fun to make some arty throw pillows.That is what I have been doing.I think being made from patchworks of Art Deco Fabrics and Sari Silks has made for some interesting combos.I love all the colors and the fabrics are still all repurposed.I am hoping they will have a broader appeal because the job hunt is been pretty dismal and change is good.(I say this over and over and one day I may even believe it).I do have loads of ideas but a chronic illness sometimes decides how much you are doing each day.And of course,the check book…
This is off topic for my blog but can’t really go without mention.A couple of years ago or so I made the leap to open source and installed UBUNTU distro. I had used Firefox and Gimp for years and although not exactly a full fledged computer nerd I decided to go all the way.Not a fan of either Apple or Microsoft I really loved the entire open source concept.I would never go back.
Now a leading voice in the open source community is silenced apparently, it seems, by suicide.
“Then she told herself to stop her nonsense. If you looked for things to make you feel hurt and wretched and unnecessary, you were certain to find them, more easily each time, so easily, soon, that you did not even realize you had gone out searching.”
― Dorothy Parker, The Portable Dorothy Parker
Things are pretty slow these days but I spend time painting and fiddling around with ideas.First I made some lavender sachets from vintage linens and then I made some using vintage velvets and upholstery fabrics.
So for fun I made a patchwork cat with a little heart of lavender tucked inside.
We had always had the traditional once live,now dying tree when I was growing up and this tradition remained when my daughter was growing up.I was never a big fan and longed for doing something different,even,dare I say,tacky.At the point that I decided I was going to do things my way now (my daughter was living at home but in college) I was greeted with cries of her telling me ‘I had ruined Christmas’.
I found this one at a thrift store years ago and it was a tough call whether or not to go with this or the pink one.I had found these tintypes and they are in rough shape so I edged them with the silver tape used for stained glass and put a whole in the corner.I like it…I am going to be on the look out for more.The balls are Styrofoam that I covered in some sari silk scrap but it it really the photos that are the star.
I could have ruined Christmas and your whole life so much sooner,couldn’t I, honey.
As a person with bipolar disorder a lot of my family has decided to not be a part of my life and so I try to stay busy making things.This year I was thinking a lot about doves of peace, seems we could use some of that now more than ever. A while back I had purchased this vintage appliance wire roll atUrban Miners LLC .It looked cool but I really had no idea at the time what I might do with it but then this wire becomes these birds.
If fact, what I was trying to do was to make a template that I could emboss some scraps of velvet with the bird design.I needed something that could withstand the heat involved in the process.I think the birds look great as they are but the embossed velvet looks pretty good too.
But back to the wire.
Can you imagine doing a whole school of fish filling a blue wall?
Never been one for contests but I have been trying to finish this dress and was having some trouble with motivation.Since there was a time limit I decided this would push me to finish .It worked!I finished and posted it on time.It is so hard to photograph anything black and you just loose so much detail.You just have to live with it.The top is all soutache,which you can’t see and the silks range from thrift to antique Edwardian.I am anxious to see it on a person because with the layers and tatters and uneven hemline it should be amazing.
I have never won a contest in my life but I am happy to have finished it.I am pleased with the work I have done and looking forward to what my favorite photographers will come up with for a shoot.
Admittedly the thumb thing is problematic but considering my typing that probably isn’t that much of a deterrent.There is some method behind this madness,I think, but I will leave that until later.For now it is just antics that all of us that share our home with furry critters can relate too from the devious little brain of the dastardly Boris.
I made this dress a while ago.I have even shown it walking down a runway twice and it looked great but I have never gotten photos to do it justice.
Every artist or maker has pieces that are their personal favorites.Interestingly they often don’t speak to others in quite the same way.This,for me is one of those dresses. It always brought to mind bathing costumes of a bygone era which was what I envisioned the second I saw the striped top at the thrift store.I spent hours hand stitching little pieces of lace that I cut out and dyed to achieve a defined waist.The skirt is layers of silk chiffon pulled up here and there to expose the layer underneath.
It is hard to believe but it is July 15 and I haven’t had to use the A/C yet.I do realize I just jinxed it but I am not sure the last time this happened.I am sure the electric company is none too happy and will probably put in for a rate increase ;)
Here are some lovely flapper types enjoying a day at the beach with military helicopters in the back ground.It’s art,I can do what I want. You can see more of my digital art,mostly done on my phone here.