Februllage was an iniative by the Edinburgh Collage Collective and The Scandinavian Collage Museum in which collages are submitted to the open Instagram exhibition using the hashtags #februllage and #februllage2019.
I have found it to be a good exercise in getting out of my comfort zone, exploring as many ways possible in how I’d normally manipulate paper and colours. In addition to the word prompts as creative guides, I added a couple of personal challenges:
1. to work within the page(s) of the paper bag accordion book,
2. incorporate the yoga cats from a yoga cat calendar, and
3. limiting the use of extra new material, i.e. working with what I have on hand.
It was cathartic to see all the “special” scraps of magazine images I’ve set aside being put to use!
In my first-world-problem feeling of having nothing nice to wear to Seattle Frocktails (Oct 20th 2018), I decided to punish myself with the challenge of sewing an outfit for the Saturday’s event. One week is plenty of time, I thought. Perfect opportunity to dig into my stash of pretty Japanese fabrics from past travels. This sewing misadventure did end up like the Goldilocks tale of ‘Too big! Too small!’ and then ‘This is just nice.’ Maybe.
But there were winning milestones with this dress: my first properly-installed invisible zipper (albeit after a few attempts) and getting the seams matched up as tidily as possible.
So I dropped this Too Big dress on the floor to let Mia roll on it. At least one of us will enjoy it.
It was midweek. Do I deconstruct this dress because I so love the fabric and resize the dress pattern, or make a whole new one by revisiting cut patterns of dresses I once enjoyed constructing? The a-ha moment came when my inner voice reminded me of this particular pattern –that I first dipped my toes into bodice dress with– and the handful of versions I made: first (2011), second (2012), third (2012), fourth (2012), and fifth (2014)!
Burda Magazine Spring/Summer 2009, E988 dress 5A
I was bold enough to widen the bodice waist to accommodate my larger girth since my spring chicken days are long gone. No fitting issues this time! But alas, the contrasting fabric choices with this second dress might have been made it ‘Meh’ and ‘Yeah nah’…
Deciding that Thursday evening was no better time to start on ANOTHER dress, plus I really loved the pleated effect, I hunkered down to resize the armscye and back of Butterick 5490. And as a bonus treat, I added inseam pockets! Third time’s the charm, right?
The bodice waist might have been zealously wide, but we can remedy that with a belt?
I am happy to report that I survived the Seattle Frocktails evening, assisted by a couple of glasses of rosé. And met a few friendly faces.
Whatever happened to the first green dress? I made it my mission to rescue it.
After this dress was resized to my satisfaction, I never once saw the seam ripper again. Until the next dressmaking adventure beckons!
Riding the current paper collage enthusiasm and trawling the relevant hashtags on Instagram, I landed myself on a postcard swap, http://www.ihanna.nu/postcard-swap/ (tagging and nudging fellow postcard-making enthusiasts, haha). We each deserve a prize for guessing when the last time was that I took part in a blog-initiated swap, but here I am, late in 2018, signing up for a postcard swap.
Could be fun! Any excuse to craft! Happy mail! All win-win-win.
Collage and painting is a progressive process–I spent a few days working, upcycling material into these quirky ONE OF A KIND mixed media postcards. Safe to say, Fall and Halloween being around the corner might have influenced the choice of colours and overall theme of these 12 cards.
One of these cards could have your name on it! (video)
Paper and glue always felt like a messy idea to me; I preferred collaging textiles. When I saw the first Collage Garden‘s open call in Oct 2017 on Instagram, I could not help but give it a go. In the then magazine-less household, I used supermarket brochures and tourism reading material to come up with these three teeny tiny dogs. They evidently did not show any flex in my creativity. Off they went to The Netherlands!
Since then, my eyes saw reading material differently and I’d keep an eye out on garden-themed images and general pretty things.
Feeling bold the second time round in the next Collage Garden’s open call for New York City in March 2018, I scaled up!
And then we packed our belongings and moved out of Australia.
In the 10 weeks of twiddling my thumbs –hashtag ‘makers gotta make’– in Seattle, I decided that junk mail was as good a material to work with as pretty magazine photography. Yes, junk mail glued on to junk mail. All I needed was paper glue and a pair of scissors. So simple and satisfying.
Paper collage is fun! This beetroot-themed is my latest humble submission to The Collage Garden’s Nepal edition in KATHMANDU, 23 NOVEMBER – 7 DECEMBER 2018.
This new crafty endeavour has undoubtedly made me view paper as an enjoyable and creative medium, but oh boy, this means I am starting to hoard magazines!