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Oh, another week gone by at breakneck speed! Some deadlines met, others still looming… but that tune’s getting old so I’m not going to hum it here.

Instead I thought I’d take a bit of time out to get up close and personal with two of my handsome neighbours

[an aldabra tortoise and a pink pelican]

P.S. While on the subject of beasties, last weekend I went to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2009) exhibition at the Museon in Den Haag – it’s a really stunning collection of very beautiful and fascinating images and if it’s on in your town do go and check it out. I have no doubt in my mind that you’ll be glad you did.
[@ the Natural History Museum London UK | @ Iziko Cape Town ZA (exhibition ends tomorrow, 13 March!) | @ Australian Museum Sydney AU | … and possibly lots of other places too?]

P.P.S. To all you lovely folk who have left such nice comments on recent posts – thank you! Ordinarily I’d like to try and respond properly & individually and I’m sorry I haven’t been able to do that recently. But it doesn’t mean your visits & comments don’t mean a lot to me… in fact, when the old nose is rubbed raw by the grindstone that ‘connection’ probably means even more. Thanks :)

papercut trees against a dark winter sky

At this time of year in the cold, dark Northern Hemisphere light is at a premium. So it’s always a bit of a thrill when it shows itself! Today is not one of those days but there have been plenty of them, and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come. Perhaps it’s the fleeting and transient nature of winter light that makes it so beautiful…

Thanks very much to all of you who visited in 2009, for your positive energy, and for all your encouraging comments… each one like a little ray of warm light (cheesy, I know, but true nonetheless :)

Wishing you all a great new decade, and a happy, peaceful & fun-filled 2010!

bounding on an icy Somerset beach

Briefly popping in here to say hello after a very busy week-and-a-half, filled with lots of work (I thought it was supposed to get quiet this time of year?) and (even better) lots of fun! I’ve turned a year older, and we’ve spent several excellent days on England’s chilly west coast helping the greatest music festival on the planet (… nay, in the universe! :) celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Getting older really isn’t all that bad – especially when one is thoroughly spoilt by wonderful, thoughtful, generous friends and family near and far. Thank you all!

reflections from a birthday dinner

Amidst all these festivities I haven’t really given this Christmas lark much thought. But yesterday, on my walk home, I took a minor detour along the Staalstraat (good for a bit of eye-candy window shopping) and I was thoroughly charmed by the festive bike theme the shops and businesses along the street have adopted. It’s near impossible not to catch a touch of the festive bug when encountering things like this…

Have a good weekend!

negative shape

I’ve been doing a bit of papercutting and, as is so often the case, cannot decide which I prefer – the intended cut shape or the ‘negative’ shape offcuts. Both have their appeal, but the negative shapes are somehow more intriguing and mysterious. No doubt because their form always comes as an unexpected surprise to me when cutting is complete (and I like the shadows they cast!).

negative shape

positive shapes

Positive is obviously good too, and I wanted to take this opportunity to say ‘thanks’.

I was thrilled to sell all of the prints and cards I’d put into my new Etsy shop within 10 days of listing them, so if you bought one of them or you’ve left me encouraging comments and you’re reading this – thank you! Your support is much appreciated and has given me some much needed confidence to continue to pursue this art-lark and to make more stuff! (In the meantime, while I get on with making more stuff, I have listed a few more of the Curiosity Cabinet limited edition screenprints and cards on Etsy).

Now, back to those negative-positive shapes…

negative shape

positive shape

positive shape

Thanks again, and have a fun weekend!

A long overdue shout-out to a fellow blogger (and talented fibre artist, Melanie Testa) who, on reading my post about my first attempts at block printing fabric a while back, suggested a swap and offered to send me some pens she has found useful for temporarily marking dark fabrics. I enthusiastically agreed (who could resist the lure of fun and interesting mail to look forward to!) and was thrilled to receive the following in the post a couple of weeks ago:

lovely stuff in the mail

In addition to the very useful pens Melanie sent a beautiful piece of her own rice paste resist, indigo dyed fabric. It’s a stunning colour – a deep, intense indigo blue (the pics below are a more accurate representation of the colour than the pic above). I love the lively, fragmented ‘starburst’ motif (and Melanie’s journal page bird drawings and mixed-media/collaged envelope).

rice paste resist, indigo dyed fabric by Melanie Testa

The interweb is populated by so many talented, generous people. Thanks so much Melanie!

While in Japan a couple of years ago I bought two pieces of fabric found in a ‘bargain bin’ on the Nara shotengai (they were a steal at a couple of hundred Yen!). I think they were produced using a similar method of stencilled rice paste resist and indigo over-dyeing (katazome). I have been um-ing and ah-ing about what to do with them, not wanting to destroy them through ineptitude, and so have done nothing! The arrival of Melanie’s piece of fabric has inspired me to haul them out of their storage box and give their application some serious thought. Don’t they all look lovely together?

rice paste resist, indigo dyed fabrics

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