Saturday, May 31, 2014

Graffiti eating dog mural

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St David Street,
Fitzroy, Melbourne
October 2013

Speed hump with bite

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Fitzroy North, Melbourne
October 2013

Monday, May 19, 2014

Relieved like a manta ray...

'Knowing this information gives me scope and dimension; it allows my bowels to exhale relievedly like a manta ray settling on the ocean floor'
From 'Would it Kill You to Stop Doing That?' By Henry Alford

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Binary at Lord Coconut: Celebrating the Digital Age

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Stitch and Fusion were created for Binary at Lord Coconut, opening next week.


Exhibition Opening:
5:30pm - 7:30pm 20 May 2014

21 May 2014 - 7 June 2014

Lord Coconut
Suite 3, Level 4
Carlow House
289 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000
Tuesday to Friday – 11am to 6pm
Saturday – 12pm to 4pm
Other times by appointment

0450 015 263

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My little robot brooches will also be in the show.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to make a vine wreath in 6 steps.

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Wreath made of wisteria vine prunings, decorated for Christmas.

This is so easy - you don't need to be an expert florist or craftsperson to get a good result. It's a great way to utilise waste from your garden, so it's also free! I enjoy making them so much I've been making one every year since moving to this house. I will have to start giving them away. They could make a sweet gift for a loved one.

Depending on how you decorate this wreath you can use it for all sorts of occasions or as a year round piece of decor. You can also use the same technique on grapevine. That is what the commercially sold natural wreathes are made of. The advantage of the wisteria prunings is that the vines are more supple and won't snap like the grapevine does. I have successfully used a similar technique with young bamboo with the leaves on but the edges of the the leaves are like tiny serrated knives. Wear long sleeves if you go down that path.

You will need a round bucket to dry the wreath on. Preferably it has no moulded in spout - this may lead to a less round wreath - and a good slope to the sides for easy putting on and removal of your wreath.

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1. Strip vines of leaves. If you are using grapevines you can leave the tendrils on. They add interesting texture and make the wreath fuller.

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2. Starting with the thickest end, wrap a vine over itself into a circle of the size wreath you want. Pay attention to how the vine allows itself to be bent and don't push it in ways it won't yield.

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3. Keep on adding more vine lengths - preferably in one direction only but it isn't the end of the world if you don't...

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4. ...Until you have used up your prunings.

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5. Push over upturned bucket until it fits snugly. This will ensure a perfect, round shape. As you can see it is possible to dry more than one wreath at a time. Leave to dry.

6.It's ready for another wrapping session when it the vines have shrunk back and are no longer green. It takes 3 to 4 sessions of pruning and wrapping to get a sturdy, solid feeling wreath. It can not be done in one session because of the shrinkage. It loosens as it dries and you need fresh material to tighten it up.

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Dried and fresh wreathes.

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Grapevine wreath

Never double peplum

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I dislike peplums and I am not alone - just run a google search on 'peplum ugly' and get results like this. This is ridiculous. Never double peplum/ruffle. Some stylist at Myer thought this was a good idea. WTF. She looks like she's a moulting kangaroo with a prolapsed pouch.