This week I managed to get on with a massive new collection of notebooks. I’ve had a huge stash of recycled paper building up for the past year and now’s the time to use it!
The books are all made with 22 pages of folded a4 paper, mostly old documents and photocopies that would have otherwise ended up in the recycling bin (i haven’t thrown away a blank sheet of paper in literally YEARS).
I use waxed linen thread which is a really strong thread that can withstand a lot of pulling and knotting, I can actually split the thread into thinner strands and it still works just as well.
There are loads of really beautiful and intricate ways to bind, (just look at all the amazing work on Pinterest) but as I always cover the thread with double sided tape, I just use a really simple method which is similar to Japanese Stab binding.
I’ve also been working on some new cushion cover designs this week, and had another go with my sewing machines free-hand foot. I find it so difficult, but I thought I could at least manage to colour in the hedges in my latest map of Victorian era London.
Featuring a cloth map of the Lake District, a super old Bartholemew map of Fort Augustus in Scotland, and an awesome road map of France (with bits of surrounding countries too)! They will start being uploaded for sale on Etsy in July.
Bit of recent messy sketching, all a bit random but I’m just trying stuff out (and using promarkers as much as possible!)
Also! a new craft company in Cardiff, The Made Project have featured me on their brand new website! Take a look here.
My new little collection of books to fill for the new project (The LAST project!)
Plain/lined notebook from the lovely Sukie
Tiny Jotter from The Black Apple
Book i got in Hong Kong
Diary i covered myself!
I made loads of visual diaries as part of research before but i thought this time it might be interesting to make the journal the focus of the entire project. So I plan to make some kind of patchworked piece documenting the next three/ four months. A patch for everyday? Possibly….
Alongside this idea im going to be working a lot on my Stitch City notebooks and bags etc and hopefully coming up with plenty of new ideas for products to place in the shop. Woo.
Found these on the Anthropologie website. I want them all.
STILL we dont have internet at our flat, so i am having to drag my laptop into uni each day to work/go on etsy/buy stuff…
Some new things up in the shop! A few new notebooks made from recycled paper and road maps:
And new tote bag with cross stitch map of the southbank:
These photos were taken by my matey/graphic design type Lydia, who let us sneak into her unis photography studio for the day, it was fun times!
^ An embroidered bag i made for my mums birthday.
^New cross stitch bag bit, in the shop soon…
^ and one of many new handmade books…
^ ANOTHER bag, im not sure what to do with this one, the whole thing says “Arbed Y Broch” (Welsh for “Save the Badgers”) This is for the actual summer project i should be working on right now for uni…..
For this project we were asked to create illustrations for an issue (political, social, environmental, etc) that we feel passionate about. Mine is about badger culling. It’s a pretty big issue right now, especially in Wales where plans for a cull of all the badgers in North Pembrokeshire have been called off recently. However badgers are still gassed, snared or shot by farmers on a regular basis, and culling is still considered to be a good prevention of the spread of bovine TB in cattle.
I think it is a terrible solution to the problem. Not only has it been proven that badger culling doesn’t prevent anything, it’s a cruel practice that should have died out decades ago. I am shocked that it is even considered an option in a society in which animal cruelty is a criminal offence. RANT.
There is also this strange perception that badgers are very aggressive and vicious animals, in fact whenever I talk to people about my opposition to the cull it is the first thing they say, as if this somehow makes it acceptable! This is also ridiculous. They are very shy of people but will understandably become aggressive if anyone invades their sets. Well, wouldn’t you be angry if an intruder came into your home?