A while ago I made some magnets (well..I'm always making magnets with little bits and pieces around the place. Renting means I can't stick things on walls, but there are a few magnetic surfaces in the place which get lots of attention.)
I enjoy drawing or stamping and sticking the picture onto those crappy magnets you sometimes get in the post - usually for plumbers or some such. Also, as there are a HEAP of bottle caps in our house, I make magnets out of the nice ones - it's really quick. I just glue a button on the inside and then glue the small round magnet on top of that (the button is to prevent the edge of the bottle cap scratching the surfaces it's stuck to - the magnet is slightly too short)
A few weeks ago I went and got a bunch of flat bottomed marbles and have been using them to make magnets with pictures underneath - it's hard to explain so the photo will have to do that...
They are all individual magnets - the pull is so strong that they arranged themselves like that...
I pick up a lot of free postcards so some of the pictures are from those, otherwise I just cut out from magazines etc. The Avant cards work well because they are stronger and the glue won't ruin them - it's probably best to stick some cardboard under anything more flimsy. They're really fun to make, you get to squidge the glue out from the centre, and they make our crappy Ikea shelves look much friendlier!
Stuck on the back of a baking tray this time!
The OnWilliam collective magnet set came out a few weeks ago to coincide with Popsicle. It's basically like a treasure hunt around Northbridge - you can collect the magnets for free from all of the different stores/bars etc. that are featured. This year the artwork was done by Sean Morris from Last Chance Studios (who are so great, they helped out with a venue during ArtsCAMP and therefore stopped me from banging my head on a brick wall for the rest of that week). I went on a magnet hunt and I have finally managed to get them all - you'd think it would be easy since I work within walking distance of all the places but you'd be surprised!
Here they are on my fridge - I was missing a few in the middle for a while and it was really getting to me!
I think it's a great idea - not least because it finally got me up to William Topp. More about that place later on!
My lovely and very talented friend Catherine is in Canada at the moment and I got a package in the post from her the other day! It contained a packet of Hello Kitty BandAids (I fall down a bit more than I'd like to so I'll probably need them!) and this little guy that she made...
He needs a name - suggestions welcome!
On a completely different topic, working in the arts has it's upside - last Friday I went to the Perth Semi-Permanent conference. (I was thinking of buying a ticket anyway so it turned out quite nicely!) The speakers I saw were awesome - it was a tad crowded though and super dark inside. I got a bit claustrophobic and didn't end up sticking around 'til the end but from what I've heard it was all good stuff!
I mentioned that I have been caught up in a crochet frenzy recently, It’s not over
yet but I thought I would show you the progress we’ve made! It’s a piece for
the City of Perth’s Art In Bloom (in the city) festival and will be going up this Thursday. Captain
Plaknit has made the beautiful centre circle and I have made the flowers – It’s
been really great to work on, I just pop on a DVD and spend my evenings with
crochet hook in hand! It was great to finally see it all together…
The finished piece will be going up on this greenwall structure in the Northbridge Piazza. I'm sure that the install will be quite a funny sight!
Lots of flowers still to be made, but it's coming together! Soon It'll be back to the circles for my uni piece and one day I might even crochet something that will actually keep me warm!
This past weekend we decided to go an a picnic. Due to the sore throats in the house we weren't able to actually go anywhere so we decided to have an indoor picnic. Despite the lack of ducks and the much loved post-picnic nap it was quite nice! Perhaps next time we'll venture outside - I might even take my bicycle along.
Strawberry plants - they will be noms
In addition to indoor picnics/television series marathons and bemoaning the untidy nature of our apartment we made our weekly visit to the community garden. This really is a community garden, everyone smiles and says hello and wants to chat about what you're planting. It's a nice peaceful atmosphere and non gardening activities include lots of mosaic making so perhaps I'll get up the nerve to join in one day. At the moment though, it's all about the seedlings and compost!
On a more crafty note, I am lucky enough to be working on an installation for the city of Perth's Art In Bloom festival which is happening in September. Captain Plaknit and myself will be crocheting up a storm in the coming weeks! Will keep you updated, the structure we are working with is a large (VERY large) greenwall in the Northbridge Piazza. I'm sure the installation day will be quite funny!
Also, am going to start working on a piece for the Beaufort Street Festival which I'm quite excited about.
Before all of this crafting happens I'm going to have to face the mountain of stuff that is currently keeping my craft area warm. I am not looking forward to it - although it'll be nice to actually be able to see my sewing machine again!
Between work and uni (I haven't forgotten) and crochet installations it looks to be a busy time ahead...