The kiwi mindset has always been to make do with what you've got. Everything is recycled, reused or re-purposed here and it's starting to rub off on me. I've always reused vintage resources and found items in my work - they're the items such as the scrap of fabric from a 1920's chemise, a mother of pearl button from an Edwardian high necked blouse or an old, old postcard sent to a sweetheart during the war, that really makes my heart skip a beat.
I've made a start on arranging the shop part of my studio, as we now have a date for the log burner fitting, and have found that I'm really short of display pieces. I'd been given half a dozen old wooden nail boxes and so decided to paint the outsides that French Grey that is sort of a theme in the studio, and line them with pages from a beaten up, literally falling to bits copy of Jane Eyre which also happens to be my favourite novel of all time. In fact she was my first lead in a school play and then when I went on to act professionally, I played her again so I have a real soft spot for Charlotte and her masterpiece.
image: pasting the inside of the nail boxes
image: drying in the sunshine
image: shelving on the shop wall
I'm rather pleased with the way they've turned out. I'm going to water-base polyurethane the insides to protect the script. I can also display on top the the boxes as well as inside.
image: part of the shop and workshop space taken at night
The past two weeks have been pretty full on as I've been working my way down the list of things to make for the Martinborough Fair but, I did take time out today to sit in a friend's garden and have lunch. She made the most delicious homemade lemonade with honey and ginger. So refreshing which I was so grateful for and it's another scorcher out there!
image: lemonade with ginger and honey drunk under the shade of a tree.
Thank you for last post comments you guys. Loved reading them.
Until next time...