How does one join an art collective?

That's what I'd like to know! I was watching a mini series about the Bloomsbury Group (I blame it on that Grantchester binge watching session) and got thinking what it would be like to be in an art collective and if it's something that still exists in today's world. The group was not an art collective per se and I can imagine the multiple love triangles caused a lot of drama but there's something about artistic individuals creating together that intrigues me. I envision this lively but safe space where people inspire and challenge you. Where new ground is broken and minds enlightened. In the real world however, how does a rather paranoid introvert find/join/create an art collective? Scarlet by Stiina Saaristo, 2004. In my art collective fantasy, it would be the place where I would find my own painting style. Did I mention that I actually don't paint that much? Organs III by Renáta Jakowleff. I have always been fascinated by glass, so maybe in my fantasy art collective I would become a glass master! 'Cause here's the thing, every time I go to a museum, I always get really inspired and eager to create. I often find myself asking, why I'm not painting/sculpting/writing more. The most recent time I asked that…

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Stitch me another letter

Last time I was experimenting with embroidery I stitched my name on a piece of fabric. I really liked embroidering letters so when I wanted to try the chain stitch I thought I'd try different types of letters and ended up using my logo. It turned out to be a good practicing ground. It's easier to compare the different stitches and swatches when the motif is the same. Here are some of my latest embroidery experiments. One thing I need to do is find a stronger heat transfer pencil or maybe try other transfer transfer methods. I had to sit by the window in order to see these lines. For this sample i was embroidering the logo using the chain stitch. Maybe not the best stitch for letters in this size or maybe I should have made the chain stitches shorter. Another option would be to stitch something along the edges of the letters. For my next sample I used my bigger hoop and tried using several colours. I chose the three colours below because I thought they worked well together and then I just improvised my way forward. Because of my weak heat transfer pen I quickly outlined the letters. Next time I think I'll…

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The Handicraft Master plan

The end of last year was quit hectic, which you might have noticed in how late I've been about posting about trips and finished projects. The good thing is that I've been busy meeting friends, going to exhibitions and even doing a bit of travel. One thing I've decided that I'll do no matter how hectic my days get is handicrafts. Finishing my green basket weave crochet scarf took too long because I was constantly putting it aside for things that usually involved sitting infront of a computer. Once I started experimenting with embroidery and rediscovering how relaxing and therapeutic it was, I decided that I need to always have one crafty project going. But since I'm a very restless person and I easily get bored I'm gonna try to have several pieces in progress at once. So that's my master plan! Nothing revolutionary really, it's basically what I'm doing with my sewing but when I thought of it I got very excited. Unlike my sewing (which takes up almost half of my room with patterns, fabrics and machines) handicraft projects fit in my lap and I can also take them with me when I travel. So here's to a very crafty 2016! Random freestyle embroidery.…

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My favourite kind of manipulation

Back in design school, what feels like a million years ago, I found this amazing book at the library while looking for some inspiration for ruffles. Once I was done with my ruffle experiments (I have a serious thing for ruffles, I have to write about it sometime) and had returned the book I decided I should buy it and put it on my wish list.  The book is called The art of manipulating fabric by Colette Wolff and NOW I've finally bought it. Hey, better late than never! What's so great about this book you may wonder? It's like a fabric manipulation encyclopaedia. Ruffles are just a small fraction of what this book covers. There's chapters on pleats, tucks, smocking and quilting to name a few. The book might at first sight seem a bit outdated because of the cover and black and white images but they actually work well with the illustrations and make the instructions easier to follow. I'm very eager to try out all the techniques in the book so I'll probably try out some of them on some pouches and later on some garments. I'll let you know how that goes. I really recommend this…

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A year ago on this date I published my blog post. I remember how excited and nervous I was when I pressed the "publish" button. What a year it's been! Though I still have a long way to go to reach my ultimate goal with this blog I still feel I've evolved a lot during the past year. My images are slowly getting sharper and I now trust my gut more when deciding what is relevant to post.Quit often you'll hear successful people say that you have to believe in what you do in order to succeed and I'm starting to understand what they mean. I haven't magically found some confidence potion, I've just realised that there's always going to be people who think you suck and focusing on them is a complete waste of time. So I just have to keep learning, doing my own thing and evolving.One of the biggest challenges I still face is still finding time for my all creative projects, especially now that I have a full time job. However, that won't stop me, it just means I have to plan my time better. The state of the economy also makes the future look gloomy…

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Collage 2.0

The last time I wrote about collaging, I vowed to pick up the hobby again. One evening I decided to create a few spontaneous collages, to just create without thinking too much about the end result. This is what I got, what do you think?

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Learning something new

I learned to crochet as a kid but for a long time I only had a few stitches in my repertoire.  I've long wanted to learn new stitches so I can crochet something other that endless rows of treble stitches. Instead of getting lost in a new project that would end up in the "waiting to be finished" box, I chose to make small "swatches" with different stitches (see gallery below). I found a great book at the library for instructions. The book is very clear and organised with a lot of step by step images to guide you. With the help of this book I was able to even learn how to read stitch symbol diagrams. I'm no expert yet but I've started to understand the basics. I think I'm going to buy this book as it has an equally informative section on knitting, something I'm not good at. Now that I've tried these stitches my next project is to choose one and crochet a scarf. I also have a idea for a small cross body bag with flower/leaf decorations on the front. Now I just have to get started!

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Crafts kindergarten style

Last week I tried something I've been wanting to do since the beginning of autumn. Printing with leaves like kindergarten kids! I finally got around to it when I realised that there soon wouldn't be any leaves left, it's been raining a lot lately. My prints as such didn't turn out great but that's fine. It was fun and therapeutic to do something crafty and playful after a long day. I'll play around with the prints on the computer and see what I get!

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