My trip to New Zealand for the
Wearable Art Awards is getting ever so
close now and my attention has shifted
onto how I will present myself.
I am not one to fuss about my appearance these days.
In my youth I used to delight in being very
fussy about how I dressed but as I have got older
I prefer to put the effort and money into my work
rather than my appearance.
However, I do like interesting and unusual clothes
and jewellery and for an occasion like WOW
I will put a bit of an effort in to express a bit
of who I am, in how I dress.
In my mind I wanted to find a nice
fine woollen dress or shirt that I could dye in
eucalyptus and embroider to give a sense of the
landscape I live and work in.
We have some great clothes shops in the Blue Mountains
not cheap, but offering interesting designs in often
sustainable fabrics and at this time of the year it is
sometimes possible to find a bargain.
However finding something that will not look ridiculous on
my more mature, rounded form is often quite difficult
at least in combination with the sale prices.
But as luck would have it I found JUST what I was looking for.
A beautiful cream merino wool shirt in XXL,
marked down by half, and the only one in town!
It was meant to be.
I said "wrap it up!"
Then I did.
I cooked it and let it sit for a few days
on opening the bundle the colours where just what I was wanting
However I do find it disappointing when a garment
made of wonderful fabric isn't sewn together with
the same kind of thread.
If these lines of stitch had been in a natural protein
based fabric they would have taken up the dye and
not be sticking out like sore thumbs.
Only one thing to do.
Dye some of Beautiful Silks glorious
silk thread to embroider into it.
So here is a bit of my work in progress.
My style of dress up sequin like.
More photos down the track.
And add some new heals to set it all off.
I am thinking of naming my studio
' Lilli Pilli Studio '
What do you think?
We have a lot of Lilli Pillis and
a large one overhangs the studio.
'Harry Kiln' has had a make over this week
with 6 new elements, a new thermocouple
and three new rods.
Not sure how it managed as much cooking
as it did up to this point considering how
much help it needed.
I have been making some little lidded jars
as practice for my big vinegar jars that I will
be working on next week.
I do love carving in clay!
Busy busy busy
I will add this post to the Mud Colony -
a place to share clay stories from around the world.