Tuesday, September 29, 2009


I'm struggling to find good pictures from the night. I think this is better.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Redeye Report

I'm loving more and more, fashion shows, that don't involve me organizing in any way. I think that's the way of the future. I now know that is not what i like to do. I may have to do it again for my end of year exhibition. But I older and wiser so I'll look at getting help from others. The earrings worked well.They had everyone commenting even me. Jewellery looks different to me on the ramp. I think because I have been looking at the piece (close up) for a long time, while making it, it has an impact once I see it where it's supposed to be.

The Redeye event was what I needed on a Friday night, walking around Smith Street at night watching fashion down the runway. The museum show cased some local artists.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Red Eye : Ready...I think!!

These earrings are made for the Red Eye Fashion show that will take place on the 25th of this month. They are based on an earring I made a week ago. wanted to created something that is bold and makes a statement. I wanted to create something big, that could be seen from the ramp. I don't know how large the ramp will be. I also wanted to play with the volume that the circles create without the weight on the ear. The earrings are big without weighing big.

I used silver wire and enamelled copper to introduce colour. I used a floral pattern, I think they are more feminie that way.I will be trying them in a smaller scale though because these would head turners on the street.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Red Eye: Ready?

It's Tuesday and I'm nowhere near being ready! I have 6 days till I submit my body jewellery entry for the Red Eye design festival. Being a procrastinator is not working for me right now.
Looking at the line up of the evening it should be a good time. Can't wait!!

Amy Tavern

I've been following Amy Tavern's blog and have found it rather interesting. She is a busy lady, always reporting on the exhibitions and fairs that she is involved in. She also sells to independent stores and clothing boutiques. In her work, she seems really sure of what she is about. The clean lines, playing with geometry, she seems to be comfortable there and it works for her. Because I appreciate her experimentation. Like these colourful badges.

I think I want some of this surety in my work. Maybe I should just take the plunge and setup an etsyshop. I think I'm afraid that I'll start something I won't keep up.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hanna Hedman

I'm drawn to Hanna Hedman's work because of the piercing and organic messy feel to it. It might be a bit too messy for me. But I'm loving the movement in her work. I also like the photography. It's simple looking. But from experience I'm thinking it wont be as simple to pull off. I might have to try that anyway.

Blue....Red Eye

I was looking for something light, forged and could be on a ramp. But It didn't go the way I saw it in my head. I might have to change the shape of the enamel because this doesn't look right. It's not balanced. I wanted something that is symmetrical so the earring look balanced. Maybe I'll try a circle or oval. They might need to be bigger for the show. That is possible to do because they can be light in weight.

maybe Red Eye!

Red eye is happening again this year. I heard so much about the RED EYE but I never made it to there. Its an event for art and design. It happens on the street at the City Hall in Durban, South Africa. I'll be making a body piece based on the drawings above for a fashion show. I'm making the piece to be able to fit onto any garment because i don't know what the garment will look like. It will be based on the found object that has bee predominant in mt designs this year. I work on a trial and error method so I will try making an element too, to see what looks good and works with the proportions. I need the body piece to be bold and that means big enough to be seen from the ramp. There will be forging and chain to get the look I want.

Monday, September 7, 2009

My jewellery at the show!

Azanian Love Songs

I was invited to style clothing for a fashion show last friday. This fashion show was part of an initiative by Encore event managment company to promote women in the arts. The evening included poetry, song and fashion. Poetry by Don Mattera, a South African poet, most ofwho's work was composed during the apartheid era. This poerty was then turned into song.

The fashion part of the evening featured Controlled Chaos and Suzy Q. My jewellery was worn with Controlled Chaos clothing. It was fun to just do my part. No worries about the management of the event.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


I used the fabric into pillowcases for my bed. I remembered to iron it so the colour doesn't wash out when it is washed. It was good to just go for it and make something. It's simple but I like the look.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Screen printing woked out better then the stamping. It was more crisp and the colours we used were great. They were surprisingly bright in the container but dried beautifully. I'll make something and show and tell.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Printing Supplies

Went to Spectrum, an art supply shop on Umgeni road in Durban. They also screen printing supplies. So we are on our way to screen printing. Got some paints and screens. So watch this space,

Fabric Printing by hand

These are the results of my first attempt at fabric printing by hand. I know it would be easier to screen print right away, but I want go through all the different ways and the affects the methods could have on the fabric. I might do some cut outs in metal again. Or try the same affect in anodizing aluminium.

This stamping method left smudges of paint on the outside of the pattern. Which when repeated too look like part of pattern. I'll be making a dress for myself.