Craft Market

2016 Craft Markets/Events:
28 August (Sunday), 10am - 3pm, Titirangi Village Market

Friday, 12 August 2016

More exciting things happening in September

I think I may have stretch myself a bit too thin, apart from making books for Etsy Make for Good fundraising campaign, I've also decided to join my friends in having a group exhibition in September. Pretty exciting, more on that later.


I made a few feather journals for Etsy Make for Good.


These will be listed in the shop later this month.


I haven't had a custom order for a while and this one was made for someone in New Zealand as a gift to her fiance. A faux leather notebook filled with eco friendly paper and a wrap around closure. I think I'll make more of these and have them in my Etsy shop.


For the next few weeks I'll be occupied in making books for the exhibition, not much I can share just yet so I thought I'll pull out my old journals and share with you some of my journal entries I did over the years. This is "yogiman" - a representation of me actually, I doodled yogiman as part of my reflection of my meditation practice :)

Right, now I have to get started on thinking what to create for the exhibition.
May you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, 5 August 2016

Etsy Make for Good 2016

Hello August! I welcome you with a happy heart :)
I think it'll be the start of a busy, creative and fun rest of the year. Second half of the year is always more buzz than the first half. I look forward to it.


Here's another collaborative journal I made using Holly's screen printed fabric, a tui bird and kowhai flower in olive green? Not sure what the colour is but it's really beautiful!


And one of my latest shibori journal with a lace wrap closure.


This year I'm participating in Etsy Make for Good fundraising campaign. Etsy is working together with Plan international Australia under Because I am A Girl initiaive, Plan's mission is to help women and girls in developing communities around the world towards promoting their rights, education and empower them to thrive, bringing them out from poverty to opportunity so that they can create a better future for themselves and those around them.

I will be creating some special notebooks and journals and donate 20% of the sales towards the cause. Campaign starts 6 September and will run till 19 December 2016. It's exciting that many Etsy sellers across New Zealand and Australia is participating. If you're looking into supporting the cause, look for #makeforgood tags on Etsy and all social media platform.


This year's campaign theme is "Creating Brighter Futrures", I'm breaking my shop muted colours theme and go for bright sunny colours for a change. Just for this.

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I was surprise to see this daffodil blooming as I didn't see them last year, I love the tiny bunch and the scent is amazing! Apart from this this happy flower, most of the garden is still sleeping for the winter. We're half way through now and I think I need to start planning for spring planting.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Collaboration journals and birds

I am delighted with the collaboration work with Holly Roach. I think we both are. Her screen printed art work is simply stunnning. So honoured to be working with Holly. Here are some of the finished books.

Tui bird and kowhai flower in teal. Coptic binding with waxed linen thread. A limited edition journal and now listed in my felt shop.

Fantail bird journal. Bound with coptic binding with waxed linen thread. Also a limited edition and listed in felt shop.

A pair of Tui birds and Pohutukawa flowers. Bound with coptic binding with waxed linen thread. This one is also listed in felt shop. 

There are a few more fabric design from Holly that I have yet to make into books, soon. 

And here are some of my new shibori journals that has joined the others in my Etsy shop. 
 
This pattern is made with a spider web binding, though the "web" is not very clear but the result is still beautiful. Bound with coptic binding with waxed linen thread. Listed here

Folding and board clamping shibori technique. Journal is bound with coptic binding with waxed linen thread. Now in my Etsy shop.

I have been interviewed by Michelle in the Wandarrah blog. It is part of the Wandarrah Road Trip series, Michelle has been road tripping across Australia and New Zealand visiting artists and makers. She stopped by and I showed her around our neighbourhood, studio and Kiki. You can have a read here.


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In the garden.....
The birds didn't know how to feed themselves from the feeder it seems, so I had to train them from ground up. placing seeds on the ground and into the feeder, hopefully they'll know that that's where the food is. I think it is working as I found bird poop inside, so I have hung the feeder back onto the tree. 

 
I enjoyed working from my little studio overlooking my little garden, I get lots of birds hopping around looking for food. This little blackbird and its mate are regular visitors. A fun litlle distractions sometimes. 

Have a wonderful weekend!