Craft-Related-Injuries

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It is time for me to fess up and reveal that crafty-sewing-times are not always shrouded in a mist of rainbows and valenciaga-filter-gram glows. Sometimes the DIY life has its dark side, and I feel like I need to chat about it.

Monday night started off like any other evening. We made dinner, fed the poochies, and eventually found ourselves plonked in front of the TV to watch an episode of House of Cards. As is usual in this situation, I took the opportunity to start on a new Pom Pom sculpture idea I have had (which I think is basically going to be the best thing ever). Getting right into the pom-zone, I solidly wound and trimmed wool for at least 2 episodes…ignoring the dull throb of my blistered finger (an injury incurred from an earlier pom session). When the credits finally rolled on episode 2, and I blinked my way out of my pom-induced-trance, I looked down at the coffee table and smiled: 10 beautifully sculpted pom-poms sat in front of me. All perfectly trimmed, all perfectly rounded…and bringing me one step closer to my pom-sculpture dream.

Fast-forward 45 minutes and I am tucked in bed. I will confess, that on the way to bed there was a slight mishap involving Daisy, who mustered up the gumption to take a cute, little, piss in the middle of our bed. Thanks Daisy. Ducking into my craft room (where all our fresh linen also lives), we quickly changed the bed and started up the washing machine…naturally narrating the whole event with, “Naughty Girl! Why you do this? You’re better than this Daisy!!!”

Any who, eventually I am tucked in bed and drift off to sleep UNTIL Tom wakes me up at midnight with some gentle shoulder shakes and the nervous announcement of, “Rachel…Rachel wake up…I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry the dogs have torn apart all your poms. They must have gotten into the craft room while we were changing the bed. I’m so sorry”

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Now. Had you told me earlier, pre-house-of-cards viewing…pre-delicious Mexican salad, and merry pom-pom-trancing that I would spend the upcoming time slot of 12am-1.30am HOWL CRYING HYSTERICALLY, literally curled up in the fetal position crying ‘it’s so sad! My poms! My poms…oh god! My Poms’… I may not have believed you. I honestly don’t know what came over me. I was just so upset that I could spend that much time making something…all for two cutie-little-bastards to come along and totally undo all my work…and this led me to a state of complete and utter dementedness. Seriously, I lost it. I was crying for soooooooo long and soooooo loudly, that all Tom could do was pat me on the head and say “I know, I know…those poms were more than just poms” (this is why we are getting married fyi) and me crying, “Yeahhhh-they-WERE-THE –START-OF-SOMETHING-BEAUTIFUL”.

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.36.06 PMThe next day, I felt suitably embarrassed for having a break -down over the loss of my pom poms. I mean, god help me if something actually harrowing ever happens to me or a loved one…if this was my reaction over the loss of some poms. But in general, this whole incident got me thinking about other instances where crafts had caused me pains.

What immediately came to mind was Splendour in the Craft. Last year my gal pal Patience and I ran a Swamp-Your-Sunnies workshop at the festival. It was a great success., we made loads of sunnies, everyone was merry…and I also clocked up some 2nd degree burns all over my hands from A ROGUE HOT GLUE GUN – which exploded all over my hand at the beginning of the workshop…so I spent the next 50 minutes helping people decide on their pearl > gem ratio…whilst also peeling the glue/flesh off my hands and taking little moments to hide behind the Southside Tearoom fridge…so I could have a private moment to weep.

The more I thought about it, the more I pondered on instances where I have casually sewn through a fingernail…or developed a skin irritation to pva glue, or completely compromised my mental state by sewing alone in a tiny garage for 2 months straight. And yet I continue down this hazardous road, putting my body parts and brain on the line, all in pursuit of that crafty dream! That illusive pom sculpture which better be as good as I think it’s gonna be.

Anywho. I know this has been a really length epistle but I felt like I needed to share. If you would like to share your craft woes, email me at imakeyouwearit@gmail.com I would totally love to hear them.

xx

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‘Lighten Up’ for Frankie Magazine

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I don’t know how I managed to keep it under my hat, because I have been SO pumped about it, but a couple of months ago Frankie Magazine contacted me to photograph, style, and develop a concept for a fashion editorial for their autumn/winter issue.  Obviously I was SUPER stoked to be involved and immediately hopped into mood-boarding mode, where after some serious collaging I came up with the concept for what became the ‘Light Up’ editorial in their latest issue #65.   So glad to finally be able to share these images with you all, featuring the stunning Samantha Hardgrave and garments from a range of Australian and international labels, including Marikit Knits, Elk, Princess Highway, The Whitepepper and Naomi Murrell.

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Special thanks to Alex Atanasov for assisting on the day of the shoot and Victoria Alcorn for providing me with her heavenly blooms.  Get your hands on a copy of the magazine at newsagents and zazzy magazine retailers across Australia and beyond!

Happy Reading! x

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Doodley-DO-I-EVER!

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This week I found myself with an insatiable appetite for doodling.  It started on Monday morning. Whilst I waited for my morning coffee, I began mindlessly scribbling lines in my notebook.  The lines curved and wormed together, until before I knew it, I had covered and entire page with a wiggling mass of lines.  As I stared at the page I felt like I had created the most satisfying of formations.  It looked to me like some sort of tremendous brain matter…or an endlessly repeating bowel.  When I got home that night, I parked myself at my desk and experimented with the formation, using some totally GREAT textas to colour in with, until I had filled my sketchbook with a DOUBLE RAINBOW of epic proportions.  I will confess, that I did also experiment with a bunch of green doodley lines on a drawing of a face…and can I just say, it was the worst things I have ever done.  Basically, I drew a picture of Old Greg. You can kiiiiiiind of see a little bit of this drawing in the above image, but probs best not to dwell on this for too long.

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So, after experimenting with aforementioned scribbles, it struck me at work the next day, that this squiggly business would actually look pretty zazzy on a big canvas. Literally maddened with excitement about this idea, on my lunch break I marched determinedly to the $2 shop, and bought myself a storm of acrylic paints and a worthy canvas for the project of my dreams. When home time dawned upon me, I scooted home, fed the poochies, and then parked myself on the couch, where I proceeded to paint for 9 HOURS STRAIGHT whilst watching 3 Harry potter movies and eating my weight in mint slice biscuits.  All in all, it was a good night, and I feel like a squiggly shaped weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

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Now that that’s done, I feel like I can proceed with my life again and enjoy the impending long weekend.  Hope everyone has a Happy Easter!!!

xxx

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Totally Addicted To Face

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Over the last couple of weeks, I have found myself slightly addicted to covering up my face.  It started with an earlier post, where I mentioned my keen appreciation for ‘swamping’, but in the past few weeks has escalated from bedazzled sunglasses and festive accoutrements to something of an obsession with crafted-up self portraits. I’m not entirely  sure about what the allure is, but what I do know is that the act of obscuring a face is something that has interested me since first encountering Renee Magritte’s The Lovers way back in high school art class.  I have always found these paintings to be a triumphant blend of fascinating/creepy, and whilst I must confess that I haven’t thought about them in years, recently I recalled them, and they inspired me to start putting the above images together.

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What’s in my face?  Everyday I put foundation on and cover up the imperfections in my skin.  I streak my eyelids with eyeliner and dab at my lips with colour.  I perk up my cheeks with blush, I lengthen my eyelashes with mascara, and colour in my eyebrows.  It is my endeavour to try and get my makeup looking as ‘oh-natural’ as possible…however it has occurred to me over the last few weeks that there is really nothing natural about the face I put forward into the world.  I dab, and blend each day, creating a nice little mask that protects me from looking…drab? Tired? Spotty? Sun damaged?  It struck me that my act of mask-making is a ritual that I perform everyday, with very little thought…so I have decided to start thinking about it a little more.

Each weekend I have been setting aside some time to experiment with my face and explore my own visual representations of self…or ‘selfie’, if you will.  Whilst I feel like I am only at the very beginning of my exploration, thus far I have been interested in how unsettled some of the images have made my peers.  Someone at my work specifically requested that I, “stop with the creepy faces”, which naturally, got me wondering, why?  Why does it make people uncomfortable/unsettled to not see your ‘normal’ face? What would be the reaction if I started wearing some of these pieces out into the world?  To my local coffee shop…to work?  I feel like I would be on the receiving end of some interesting reactions. Maybe it is something I will need to try.  Watch this space.

In terms of the materials I have been using to create my zazzy portraits, so far I have been using pom poms, streamers, and other crafty tid-bits to cover up my face.  Most hazardous, has been the googly-eye image (above) as I decided that it would be SO fine to stick them all onto my head with pva glue, with little regard for the fact that my skin actually hates everything…and so I broke out in a spectacular rash.  Actually a little bit bummed that I didn’t think to take some sort of photo to document this.

Anywho, stay tuned for more face business!  I also have an exciting shoot to share in the upcoming weeks that explores this concept a little further too.

xx

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Pin-yada-yada-YADA

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It seems like my newest obsession has crystallised in the form of crepe paper fringing.  It started when I fringed the base of a shoe (what a sensation) and then progressed to decorating a walk hanging for the birth of my friend’s baby.  Now the fringing obsession has gone up a notch – as was to be expected – to covering frocks in all the fringey goodness that I possibly can.  10946384_333443240194996_748357652_n

Something happens to me when I discover a new texture or making technique! I become SO obsessed with it, that I just have to explore it in every way that I can.  Right now I am having visions of whole crepe-paper bodies, and crepe-paper faces – I think I am going to try and cover my whole person in swampy paper at some point…so stay tuned for that fiasco!

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I love this paper situation.  I am thinking of exploring this further…maybe making a fun word for my house…or maybe for my wedding??? Now THERE IS A CUTIE-PIE idea!  Watch this space aha…

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The above dress and the below hat were made in a fringe frenzy…I just couldn’t stop!! I am hoping to get some time this evening to make something else, I thought a midi skirt and matching top would actually be quite cute too.

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Anyway, that is quite enough from me, and my musings on what I have covered in crepe paper…and what I am hoping to cover in crepe paper in the near future. Obviously, it is a given that this is not the last you have seen of my piñata dreams!! xx

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My Crafty Hidey Hole

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I love staying at home.  I love hiding in my craft room and gluing crap together.  I love looking over to see one of my poochies staring at me with their beady little eyes.  I love it so much that yesterday I had to take some snaps of the scenes unfurling in my crafty hidey-hole and share them with your eyeballs…

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Sunflower Fields Forever…

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On the weekend some gal pals and I gathered together and ventured off to Warwick to have a gander at the Sunflower fields *coughs, FIELDS OF DEATH*.  Upon our arrival, we were a little disappointed to see that the fields of Sunflowers had incurred the brutal wrath of the SUN…thereby becoming Sun-burnt-flowers and looking more like the bottom of those rissoles I always over-cook…and less like the blooming spheres of heaven that we had been expecting. Nonetheless, thanks to the wonderfully attentive hawk eyes of the gals in the car, we spotted some yellow blooms that were bravely clinging to their lives and  were able to trot through the blossoms and take some cute photos… (more…)

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So Swamped

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I’m not being particularly insightful by saying, “It’s a busy time of year”, however lately time seems to be  slipping away faster than usual. Everything has just been crazy lately! Work has been super busy, our new puppy has taken to wizzing EVERYWHERE (to the point where cleaning my floor has become a part time job in itself), and the silly season has left me with few  moments to just sit down and have a calm moment. Yet, as it turns out, being swamped makes me want to swamp, and in my down time I have found myself armed with a hot glue gun and a box full of junk – ready  to just squash it all together and hope for the best.

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I don’t know what it is about the process of ‘Swamping’ that makes me so happy, but there is something about clustering a bunch of colourful mess together to (sometimes) make something cohesive that really raises my spirits.  I can have had a mental day, but the minute I sit down on my couch with some pom poms, googey eyes, fake flowers and pearls, is the minute I start to feel at ease with the world.  I am sure this process is all very Freudian.  I mean, what is my subconscious trying to tell me if in order to relax, I must create chaos?

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Whatever the psychological meaning of my various crafty disasters though, I have some zazzy plans for my swampy ensembles.  I am sure my dogs Daphne and Daisy are hoping that these plans don’t concern them  again…but to that I can’t make any promises.

x

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Field Of Dreams Editorial in Peppermint Magazine

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Super pumped to finally be able to share with you my ‘Field of Dreams’ editorial that has been featured in the latest issue of Peppermint Magazine. Special thanks must go to Victoria alcorn and Chloe Musk for their floral stylings on the day, and of course Alex Atanasov for her wondrous modelling! (more…)

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