Sunday Reflections 2

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I enjoyed cycling on my lunch break down to the local high street and I am definitely making this a regular feature in my week. A breath of fresh air and escaping from the computer screen is just what I need in the middle of the day.

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Spent an evening at Sop’s flat, she cooked me a lovely dinner and showed me all her crafty goodies including her weaving! So easy and unique, another project has found it’s way onto my to-do list.

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Finding inspiration wherever I go! Loved these decorative lamps, did a little sketch and busted out some ideas.

 

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Escaping the city.

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Appreciating nature.

Reflecting on Sunday.

WIP Wednesday 

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70s stripes

Rainbow

Pride flag

WIP wednesday is always a time that I stop, look around and think “oh wow, I have far too many unfinished projects”. It’s also a time where I can checkstep my progress and see where I’m at. 

It’s all crochet this week! The first image is my actual WIP. I’m working on a crochet pouffe for my living room, which at the minute is distinctly lacking in homemade goodness. The second image was of the first attempt at a pouffe but I stopped because I really disliked the colour choice. It looked like something out of That 70s Show… And I just couldn’t be having that – maybe something to do with the yellow and green combo. So I left it, didn’t weave in the ends and now it’s a plant pot coaster with a fringe. 

I took a bit more time to choose the next colour palette and as my living room has a couple of pops of blue and yellow I thought I should vaguely match that. I prefer the grey/yellow/blue theme it feels a bit more…. Contemporary. So that’s my big scale project at the moment and I’ll update that when I get a little further with it. 

Now you may have seen some of my rainbow stripes on Instagram…. And that is now not a WIP. It’s finished! Yay! I hooked up a very simple Pride flag as it LGBT month here in the UK and I wanted a little flag to hang on my desk. 

I must say looking at these images makes me realize they’re all very similar… And stripey…. Must do something about that, must get out of comfort zone, must experiment! Ideas bubbling. 

So for this WIP Wednesday that’s it. I don’t have too many ongoing projects, in fact I only have one! Mainly because I’m busy with the 9-5 and also currently coordinating two exhibitions at Surface (more on those later) so crafting has had to take a backseat for now. 

How are your WIPs? How is your Wednesday? How is your week? 

Dominique 

Sunday Reflections

Sundays are often a day we like to prepare for the week ahead. The end of a week has rolledaround and we gear ourselves up to take on another one. 

Sundays are also a day to look back over the week gone by and remember time with friends, family and one’s self. 

I’ll be (attempting) to do a simple Sunday post of my reflections.

This is me and E! He’d worked a late shift and I went to meet him afterwards so we could spend some time together. 

We love cooking and cooking for friends is something we try to do on a semi regular basis. Last Sunday we had Mexican! 

Working on a little stash bust! Yet to be revealed. 

I was at Surface Gallery a lot last week. I’m co-coordinator of the next two exhibitions, a Jane Walker show and the NTU festival. The flyer above is a call for submissions for an exhibition in April. 

Writing group!! One of the creative highlights of my month. I’ve got lots to be working on for March so I’ve been setting time aside to write over the last few days and have scheduled some time in next week . 

More stash busting! 

Even more stash busting….. 
So there was a little glimpse of my week. 

How did your week go and what do you have planned for the week ahead? 
Dominique 

February Spotlight:: An Interview with Charlie Blackman

Welcome to my new monthly feature – Spotlight!

 Spotlight will be an interview with an artist whose work I admire. It could be a knitter, a crocheter, a carver, a painter – anyone! I want to shine the light on amazing crafters/artists/creatives all over the world.

First up is Charlie Blackman, a knitter from Australia. I fell in love with her knitted movie scenes when I stumbled across her on Instagram. Her dynamic use of composition, fun bright colours and pop culture caught my eye and I couldn’t resist getting in touch.

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– Please introduce yourself and your work
I’m a crafty girl from Melbourne, Australia. I’m currently living in Montreal with my boyfriend who is working as an acrobat in Cirque du Soleil’s new show. I’ve always loved to knit and make things and have taken advantage of this time living in a cold, snowy winter where I’m indoors all the time to create worlds out of wool – Woolly Worlds.
– What inspired you to create these amazing scenes?
I’ve always loved knitting and crafting, particularly making smaller things by hand that I can give personalities to and create stories around. I began years ago by focusing on knitting toys that I would give away as gifts, but then found it more creatively satisfying to work on more intricate projects, such as movie sets. Discovering stop motion was the next natural progression in my attempt to bring what I make “to life” and to tell stories through my craft.
– How do you develop/choose the ideas for scenes?
To be honest I don’t have a systematic approach, instead I have a list that I update constantly, adding and re-prioritising ideas based on what I’m most excited about in any given week. I absolutely love pop culture, film and music, so find inspiration in what I watch and listen to. I also find this an effective starting point, as people can usually look at something I’ve made and relate to what I’m referencing.
– What kind of preparation goes into a scene?
Everything you see has been entirely made by hand. I predominantly knit, however also dabble in clay, papier mache and paints. Before I start to make anything I brainstorm the idea and sketch out how it might look, then find a way to translate this into original knitting patterns. This and the stop motion element are extremely time consuming, but also very satisfying.
– I think my favourite image of yours is Fear and Loathing 1 – there’s such movement in the image – I feel like I’m along for the ride! Which one is your favourite?
My favourite is probably “Sandra in Space”, based on the film Gravity. It’s sentimental as it was one of my first scenes and I love how much expression I was able to convey given the lack of detail.
– Apart from creating awesome little knitted scenes what else do you like to get up to?
I’m a juggler in my spare time so have been enjoying living at Cirque du Soleil and having access to their training facilities.
– What are you planning for 2017?
I’m hoping to publish a book with some of my knitted patterns so that other people can create their own Woolly Worlds!
Thanks so much for that Charlie!
Instagram:: @woolly_worlds

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Saturday Finds

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Musician:: I’m listening to Maggie Rogers this week, a little obsessed! I saw the youtube video of her and Pharrell a few months ago and looked forward to what sort of work she would produce! Loving it!

 

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Reading:: I’m trying to start up a book club with some friends, I choose the first book of Atwood’s Handmaid Tale as I haven’t read it in ages and I thought it was about time for a re-read! Also a few of my friends haven’t read it either.

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Admiring:: The millions of women (and people) around the world standing up for what they beleive in. What a powerful moment the marches were, I’m keeping up to date with it as I couldn’t go on a march -I had a sister who had her 7th birthday party at the same time – but I do want to get involved with anything that’s coming up! Watch this space.

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Artist:: I’ve got my eyes on Jennifer Cronin this year! Her realistic oil painting of everyday intimate moments are awesome.

 

Have an awesome weekend!

 

2016:: Year in Review

 

2016 got off to a shaky start. I arrived back from an amazing five month trip around Europe to a gloomy England and living with parents again. It was a long stretch of not really being creative because I didn’t have the space or motivation and struggling to find what I wanted to sink my teeth into. But after lots of hard work October rolled around and everything changed. I got a flat with E. It had room for my own creative corner (a lovely huge desk where I have everything I need to be creative to hand). I began volunteering at an art gallery which really fuelled my desire to not only continue to be creative (ramping it up tenfold) and experiment with art but also my ambition to work within the arts. One of the best experiences at the gallery was the opportunity I got to organise, plan and curate an exhibition featuring over 13 artists (which I also got to exhibit in and be interviewed for!)

Slowly but surely my friends are creeping back to this city and it feels good to be surrounded by such a wonderful bunch of people (though there are one or two around the world who I miss dearly)

I’m knitting and hooking ferociously, trying to actualise all my different ideas and projects as they come to mind so quickly.

I’m writing short fiction still and attending my writing group, developing and improving my pieces and hoping to enter more competitions this year!

2017 has so much in store that I’m looking forward to and 2016 was such a good step in a positive direction for me!

 

Happy New Year!