10/27/2011

The first buds

After soiling myself in black clay some quirky beads were born.
ceramic beads
I love them because they are uneven and unique. Also the idea to combine clay with gemstones was born and here are the first buds:
Growth - ceramic necklace with gemstones
Gemstone beads contrast with raw clay surface and make a great combination of color and texture. Pine twigs add to the necklaces even more organic look. Gray terracotta and gemstones necklace nr.1

10/26/2011

He wants to rock my world

2 weeks to go...more...or less...
I'm Off to make
I found this post card in Berlin and I fallen in love. I associate this boy with my son and with the coming one. They wanna rock my world...and they really do!
he wants to rock my world  
Post card by www.jujus-delivery.com

10/21/2011

New tote!

Let me introduce this ikat fabric I purchased last sunday. (See yesterdays post)

Roba de llegües ikat fabric
I decided to make few totes from it. I went to a local shop to find matching fabric and I found two absolutely wonderful colors: cocoa brown and khaki green. I decided to make 2 different totes. One - with brown outside and another one - with green.
new tote - making of
It's much more easier to cut fabrick for two bags together than doing it separatly. So I did so. I cut all the fabric. There is enough ikat to sew 3 totes.
new totes - making of
Combining colors new tote
Exciting moment - the first tote is here! Awww...I'll keep one for myself! :)
subtle greens
In my mind I made connections with other pieces I've made...I think they make a great combo together!

10/20/2011

Martí Vicenç museum

Last sunday we went to Pollença [poˈʎɛnsə] - town situated on the north-east of the island, settled in Serra de Tramuntana mountain chain. Pollença is considered as one of the most ancient places on the island. The name "Pollença" comes from the name of the Roman settlement of "Pollentia". Is a cozy, beautiful town with narrow streets. Love it. It's in about an hour by car from home. Arrived to Pollença we found a place to park the car (it was not easy:) and we began to climb up slowly to the center of town. We go to Martí Vicenç Museum situated on 365-step stairway north of the square; this leads up to a chapel on top of the hill known as Calvary...
There are 3 artisan workshops on Mallorca producing traditional ikat fabric - Roba de Llengües: in Pollença, in Lloseta and in Santa Maria del Camí. Roba de Llengües is probably the most characteristic visual symbol of Mallorcan art and craft traditions on Mallorca. I love this fabric because it connects me to the island, to the roots, to the magic of artisanie... I began to make things from printed fabric, but recently I discovered that Roba de Llengües is an ikat fabric and I wanted to close me up to the workshops and to put my nose in. On sunday the workshop in Pollença was closed, but I could visit the museum and to buy a piece of authentic Roba de Llengües fabric. It's beautiful and nicely heavy in my hands. I'm excited...
Well, here are some pictures...


Martí Vicenç museum, Pollença, Mallorca
Martí Vicenç Vilanova was a man who introduced Roba de Llengües in Pollença. His son Marti Vicenç Alemany was a painter and scupltor. His paitings, fiber-art, sculptures are featured in the musem. There is a showroom dedicated to fabric production and a little shop as well.
My creation
The museum is situated in a former monastery. To see the space I go downstairs, and downstairs again....old stone walls and arc shaped ceilings....I close my eyes and I try to imagine how much things have happend here...years, centures ago... Martí Vicenç Museum, Pollença Martí Vicençs Museum
Ohhhh...this floor made of ancient terracotta is ...mmm...gorgeous! terracotta. Martí Vicenç museum, Pollença, Mallorca
I go home.. with a piece of fabric nicely heavy in my hands...I'm excited!
Alcanada is the next stop on the way home. I explore beautifully textured rocks, enjoy being by the sea, I can't stop looking at pebbles... There are a lots but they are raw and ugly. Why in every place pebbles are different?
Alcanada

10/18/2011

Sewing pillow cases

I fallen in love when I saw fabric designed by Belinda Gretchenmist. sewing
I ordered a couple of designs and sewn my first pillow cases!
pillow cases

The most difficult part was to make button holes. :) pillow cases 
And here they are! pillow cases
Find Belinda's work here and her blog here

10/14/2011

Rubber stamp curving

 Finally I'm trying to carve my first rubber stamp! I used a common rubber eraser. rubber stamp curving
To transfer the image. rubber stamp curving
Am I curving? Yay! rubber stamp curving
Almost finished! rubber stamp curving
The first prove. rubber stamp curving
First prints! ready!
Check out Kozue's handcurved stamps. Her Girls are so cool! Also she shares a great tutorial in pictures on her Flickr page.
Have fun curving! :)

10/07/2011

2 days in Berlin

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These are one of the first images I saw in Berlin...
I had no idea about the city and I didn't really know where to go. I went to Alexanderplatz just because I heard this name before.
I wanted to catch the spirit of the city, to take away a feeling. It was difficult on the first day. I saw Berliner dom - the cathedral, famous touristic places, but it wasn't really what I wanted to see or it didn't provide me any special feeling.
The first thing I bought when I went out from metro - an umbrella! It began to rain.
Grey sky, rain, cold.
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I met with my friend in her cozy home with wooden floor. It was a good opportunity for me to learn new things about her, her preferencies, her tastes...

Accidentally it was Monday and every Monday Etsy people in Berlin organize Etsy Labs.
This time Kristina - the lady who organizes Etsy Labs - prepared some fun activities in a very special place - Prinzessinengärten. I recommend you to drop a peek to their web page. It's a garden in the city where volunteers plant vegetables and herbs. Where people just can come and touch the soil, to have an experience to plant, to see how vegetables grow. Nowdays very often kids don't know where from potatoe comes, how it grows, e t.c....here is the place where you can see it, touch it, try it and to do more things....I think it was a good place to organize Etsy Labs, it connects well with Etsy.
My friend was sewing for the first time and she enjoed it so much. I tried screenprinting for the first time as well.
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Etsy Labs in Prinzessinengärten.

Kristina invited me to visit the Etsy office and Etsy Labs space, where usually Etsy Labs take place every Monday.
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On the second day we walked a lot with my friend, we spoke a lot...
I began to have a feeling about the city.
A city full of bikes, hazel trees...
It is not too big, it is more small than big...Made for people to live...without pomp, simply....cozy...
Divided, united, marked with a lot of pain of the tragic past, multicultural like any modern megapolis, creative, free...

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