oh i do so love to make things. create and craft. it calms me and challenges me and lets me express myself. i love to customise and make things unique and special… to start with just some basic materials… and then, with some thought and time and effort and love, i’ve created something.
(a photo of me screen printing some bags at Cow-Studio)
another things i love to do is teach people. there’s nothing like the feeling of sharing a skill with someone. it’s like letting someone in on a secret. and to witness the “oh i get it!” moment when someone learns something new… and you taught it to them! i don’t know if you know this, but i teach people to knit. well, it’s more like i get to hang out with people and talk and laugh while we knit together. it’s why i call my knitting group Close-Knit… because not only do you weave yarn together, but friendships are also woven together as well. it’s a special thing.
i really wanted to try something different for this Bearwood Handmade fair. i wanted to put together kits for people to pick up so that they can create and craft themselves! i wanted to be able to give people an opportunity to make things unique and special. so i thought i would make 2 types of kits, based on the workshops that i teach at Creative Open Workshops in the Jewellery Quarter.
the first kit is to Knit Your Own Bunting! it will include all the materials you’ll need to knit up 5 little triangles: a pattern, a set of bamboo knitting needles, and 5 little bundles of yarn. all in a cute little muslin bag, screen printed by Your’s Truly!
The second kit features something that is very close to my heart… photography. especially lo-fi low tech experimental photography. I’m putting together a Matchbox Pinhole Camera Kit.
(a photograph i took with my matchbox pinhole camera)
in the kit you’ll find everything you need to make your own pinhole camera out of a matchbox. Believe It Or Not! i have written up a tutorial that was featured in Handmade Living magazine a couple of months ago that i’m putting in the kit that will guide you through the nitty gritty.
again, i’ve screen printed up some muslin bags to put all the materials in… i think i’m addicted to screen printing!
okay, this blog post is getting long winded. i’m going to wind things up and just publish this sucker! come see me at Bearwood Handmade on March 10th! i’m sharing a stall with the lovely mutha Jennie Sandford. i’m also going to give a little Cow-Studio workshop discount to anyone that buys a kit off me… now, there’s a great incentive!