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Print Block... before printing...

Art Wednesday… and I very nearly didn’t make it… buildings in Saigon get demolished, renovated and reconstructed on an almost daily basis and i wasn’t entirely certain the studio would still be there… however… hiding down a side street beside an abandoned cinema and tucked behind a thousand motorbikes is the Out-2 Saigon studio… actually… it isn’t that hard to find… I just missed the bloody enormous sign…

A small but lovely studio with super friendly people… projects nearing completion and stunning pieces hang on the wall, filling up the space as well as serving as inspiration… the course will run over the next 8 weeks… just long enough to get me through the last term with my sanity intact…

Printing… cut glue stamp stamp roller stamp… actually… as you can see from the photo above I got as far as the cut and glue stage… a cathartic process… selecting pieces for their texture and the negative shapes they will create… I chose circles… I wasn’t sure where I was going… to be honest I still have no idea how it will turn out… but I liked the idea of diminishing circles using everything from hessian & ridged paper to coins & buttons… I know it may not look like much yet (although i think it is a little bit pop arty and kitsch)… but when it has all dried the fun part will come next… rollering on the acrylic paint and seeing how it turns out on paper!

….Let’s hope it turns out as well as I imagine it in my head…

2 hours disappeared… but at the end I had made something… something not for work… something not for another person… and something that on Tuesday I didn’t know how to do at all… how awesome is that…

Sarah, the Out 2 Saigon chapette in charge of us budding artistes was really supportive and encouraging – exactly what you would hope for in fact – and made sense of some of my odd ideas to incorporate my print block with fabric or photographs… mission for this weekend… find a photocopy and print place… oh and learn all about terps transfer technique…

…As I suspected… Highlight of my week…

…Oh… a few pretty Hoi An lantern photographs added here

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21 months… nearly two years I have been a resident of Saigon and with only 89 days to go I discover an art class in Saigon… I have been looking… there are language courses… sports clubs… wine tasting… but no art… and now one has appeared… better late than never… you are looking at the newest student on the Expressive Mixed Media course specialising in experimental painting techniques and print making… Wow… not cheap at $255 dollars… but it will be amazing to learn from professional teachers rather than my current “botch up, trial then error” method plus it will also  get me through the remaining couple of months with something super to look forward to each week.

I can’t wait to get started… what will I do… will there be lots of lovely artsy folks… so excited!

…Here is one of my latest crafty fiddles…

Brown cord tote bag with felt lining and applique detail… commission piece for a friend… not my original design… based on an image found on a google image search… amazing what you can come up with if you type in I Heart Tea…

...Tea Bag...

As for the rest of the week… I have been breathing in toxic rainbows of acrylic spray paint… graffiti is harder than I imagined… but the finished results are kind of cool… will post a photo when completed!

Nearly the weekend chaps!

…Happy Easter all you lovely folks out there…

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Hello World… A week of calamity, cooking, field trips, embroidery and glue gun burns… Following our field trip to visit the dinosaurs in Saigon’s Dam Sen Park in District 10 we found ourselves with a surfeit of bananas… when life hands you bunches of bananas what else is there to do but make Banana Crumble Muffins… the recipe is absolutely fabulous, especially the crunchy cinnamon crumble top and easy to make even if you are only 4!

Banana Muffiny Goodness!

...Om nom nom...

I have also started a couple of projects… a small patchwork piece of embroidery as part of a giant mural for the school Environment Week… every child and adult in the school will be creating a square that reflects what taking care of the environment means to us… with over 900 patches to put together it will be an immense task but will result in the most glorious piece of artwork!

Feather hairbands… shockingly expensive to buy but simple and cheap to make if you have a little patience, a glue gun and asbestos fingers… so off I went to one of my favourite places in Saigon… the haberdashery market… I have stocked up on beautiful natural pearls… i love the odd shapes that you find in imperfect pearls… also seemed to come home with a bag full of feathers, glitter, chenille sticks and felt…

Here goes… one hour  later and slightly singed finger tips… turned out quite nicely i think!

Feathers for my birds nest of hair!

Much to do today… finishing off a birthday present for a friend… no pictures until after her birthday though… don’t want to spoil the surprise! Perhaps I will use the last of the bananas and make banana bread this time… yes… i still have some left… perhaps I will just go and see Alice in Wonderland instead…

Have  lovely Sunday all!

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I am not planning on giving up teaching, nor am i planning to spend every night and weekend hunched over pieces of fabric sewing until the light dims and my eyesight fades… however… I have been asked to make a few pieces for friends and I have actually sold one… I made the above… a door decoration… butterfly wreath? Call it what you will… a few hours spent with silk, pearls, ribbon and a glue gun and voila… a fancy knick knack for your apartment door…  I think it turned out quite sweet and simple…

I have made a few more…

https://livvly.wordpress.com/textiles/ribbons-buttons-and-all-the-pretty-things/

Now i have a few more kitschy stitches to whip up… With every piece I make i get just a little bit more inspired, creative and more accomplished… As with everything… practice makes perfect…

It certainly distracts from the daily grind… although admittedly today’s daily grind was mostly playing with lego, reading stories and building train tracks… and somehow i still managed to get covered in glitter… how does this happen?

Tomorrow in class we have another hard task… making rainbow cupcakes…

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/rainbow_cupcakes

What could be more fun? Playing in the splash pool, reading Mr Pusskins and then baking fabulous rainbow cakes?

…Somedays I really love my job…

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A Cloud of Butterflies

I have been asked to make a few of these as gifts for people… I figured that since it was so darn easy I thought i would just take a few photos of the process so you can do it yourself!

…Follow the idiots guide below if you like…

https://livvly.wordpress.com/textiles/cloud-of-butterflies-tutorial-of-sorts/

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Saigon resident for the past 18 months, yet, it is only since January that I have discovered the treasure trove that is the haberdashery market in Cho Lon… China Town… Piled high with every kind of twinkle, knick knack and embellishment that you could ever dream of… and a few beyond even Liberace’s wildest dreams…

This weekend has been spent zapping through the tiny overcrowded streets on my clunky, battered little motorbike (and on the back of my friend’s very swish and not at all clunky motorbike)… from the grungy to the twinkly…

Laden with all kinds of fabulous bits and pieces and partially inspired by this lovely little blog…

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/12/diy-project-emilys-ornament-wreath.html

…and by this one…

http://nostalgiaatthestonehouse.blogspot.com/2006/12/bauble-wreath.html

…I went a little nuts with sparkles and a glue gun… have a look on the textiles page for the glittery result!

https://livvly.wordpress.com/textiles/sparkle/

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