Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Stars and floods



With the town about to go under again there's a fair chance we wont make it to the markets on the weekend (which is a small sacrifice considering all the loss others are bearing).

So i thought i'd post the pics of the MilkyMerino wool wrapped in the rusty star.

It was too big for all my pots so i took a leaf out of India Flint's book and wrapped it up with leaves in between layers, bound it with string and left it out in the rain.

Sometimes there was sun. Other times i steamed it on top of other pots i was cooking. But mostly it just had it's way.

I love the way it ended up...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010



I will be dragging my treasures and myself to "The Muddi Boutique Markets" in Wagga Wagga, NSW next weekend, 11th and 12th of December.

http://www.muddiboutiquemarkets.com/p/childrens-blog.html

Come by say hello and see how this Milky Merino Wool wrapped in a rusty star turns out (i don't know yet either....

I will have a full range of bush dyed clothing, scarves and bags for Women, boys and girls...

Lets all collectively pray that the rain holds off for just a few days, although we have been collecting rain water for use in my dye pots.

Moses here decided to take off his clothes and wash them in one (i suppose he's used to seeing me sticking clothes in pots...).

Hand stitched flowers....




There is something beautiful and ancient about creating and in the making of things...

Stitching, tying, dyeing, wrapping, drawing, painting and printing.

I feel a sense of connectedness to the traditions of my sisters, mother, Grandmothers and Aunts as far back as i can imagine.

Even just the simple act of pushing needle through fabric. The tools have evolved somewhat but the sentiment is the same...


This is a quilt i've started piecing together using my beautiful Grandmother's hand embroidered cottons and handmade lace... She was an Estonian woman, strong, loving and the most wonderful seamstress....I dream of sitting and sewing with her in a cloud somewhere..She would sing me Estonian songs about little ships in harbours...

I mix it with some of my own and we all unite in stitch as family..

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Eucalyptus and plant dyed Milky Merino Wool




I am completely smitten with this fibre, Merino wool is so incredible to work with from a natural dye point of view...

These pieces have been shibori prepared and dyed with leaves and water and nothing else...



The way it falls in garments and scarves and the thirsty quality is has for plant dyes makes Milky Merino wool a national treasure...

You should check out this link to see the beautiful way it is produced which makes it all the more scrumptious.


Back in The Valley...

So we're back in Tumut and enjoying this lovely wet weather. Rain - who would've thought a year ago that Blowering Dam would be full and overflowing - amazing.

I have opted out of my etsy shop for a while as it was taking up too much real time, plus i tended to get sidetracked and oggle all the other amazing handmade goodies on there a bit too much...

I am now selling in a few shops as well as privately (ie. you see somethin you like just contact me via my blog or email).

I have Hum and Rattle Creations products available locally at "The Black Cat Gallery" in the Connection, Tumut NSW

Scooters Flowers (Best St, Wagga Wagga NSW) and Ajanta (Coolamon NSW).

I am also planning on doing a few markets around the traps so stay tuned...

My collection has moved to more women's clothing and accessories, but i still do children's a little bit too...

Escape to the top end....








So we packed up our babies and took off on a massive trip to Darwin for 3 months in June. So amazing for the children to see and smell it all, so many new sights, sounds and tastes.

My Lulu dyed her first wool scarf with onion skins and loved helping me at my market stall at Nightcliff markets each sunday.

I never thought i'd be selling woollen scarves in the tropics, but wool is such an amazing fibre that i suppose it really is perfect for our climate top to bottom.

Here's just a few pics to show off our Darwin adventure...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Children rob you of your identity."..

A woman said this to me once.
I was at an art opening with my honey daughter then 4 and my beautiful newborn son. I was talking to her as she was the mother of an old school friend when another lady came up and said "Oh hi Jemima i remember you, you're an artist too." I said "ha in a past life" and that's when it came out, my friend's mum said "Oh children rob you of your identity"
My daughter got into strife with some juice and i had to run off so didn't get a chance to reply, but at about 2am that morning i sat up in bed absolutely fuming.
How dare she! What! Aaaaarghh!
All this and she is a mother of two....
I seethed for weeks, everytime i thought of it i got madder, but it did make me think - what is my identity.
Children rob you of sleep, of disposable incomes, of the luxury to go to the bathroom with the door shut but not identity.
I really searched within myself and what i have come up with at this stage is that before i had children i had no idea who i was. They are a part of my identity as i am a part of theirs. My children add richness and character and laughter and have given me more inspiration for art works and creativity than i had previously known existed.
Of course i now have zero spare time, but if you love something and it is a part of you and creating is a part of mine then you find ways to wedge it in. Turn off the tube, do craft with your children, whatever you have to do...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

It's coat time again...



Winter is fast approaching, i can feel the chill in my bones already. Must be time for more coats... Well that's what i'm feeling this week.