Friday, 23 October 2015

Porcelain Wares

 Here are some images from my ever growing number of photo shoots I'm doing to get the shop ready for launch in November.
Styling the wares and getting the imagery right is the fun bit but I've been edtiting HTML and Photoshopping too.

I'm trying to get across what I'm about?... with trying to figure that out for myself too??
I like my pottery to be clean and crisp, so working in the porcelain has been an absolute joy!!
 I'm looking forward to creating my next collection and I've not even finished with this collection first, just got itchy clay fingers!

.....and I cant wait to create more 'white' works for my 'white on white' exhibition. 

That's right I'm going to create a body of work for exhibition looking into the fragility and strength of materials. 
I plan on using paper, porcelain and rope.

 I don't have a gallery organised yet but that will come?


Monday, 28 September 2015

The Woven Rope Necklace Collection.

One day I was playing with rope and I made a necklace....before I knew it, they became a collection!

All are different and unique. 
Some have porcelain marbled beads.
Made from a variety of fibres, Habu, Raffia, Gima, Cotton and Embroidery Thread.

....and all will soon be for sale in the online shop.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

How to Dip Dye your Macrame and Tassels, sucessfully!


I know its been ages!

I've been busy working on my new collection.......which is coming along really well and I'm really excited to be working on my shop opening!

.....But I had a query about how I use to dye my tassel and macrame works from a few interested folk and I thought HEY?
I'll share some tips?
Dip dyeing your tassels and twine is still hugely popular now....but I created these works ages ago!

Firstly buy good quality cotton rope?
Avoid hardware and craft shops!  TOO expensive!
Goggle search cotton twine, or cotton sash cord and you come up with online shops in Australia, who sell rope!

Cut up the required amount of twine you need for your project them add some more, better to have too much then not enough!

BIG TIP here!
Soak your twine in water!

Then dip your twine into your dye pot you have prepared.
If you use commerical dyes, dont use the whole dye packet. Just use 5-10 grams. 
Save some cash and not waste your dye powder.
If your twine is not the desired colour then add in 5 gram lots, till it is.

Hang your twine up to dry.

Now create your piece.
Using pre-dyed twine in your macrame work will result in a cleaner more refined look...anything else will look like an amateur. 
The colour will be consistent and the process of macrame knotting will integrate the colour in a subtle way rather than have an uneven dye line, detracting from your knot work.

I hope this helps your next dip dye project!

Tag me on instagram if these tips resulted in some improved dip dyeing results!!




Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Woven Rope Jewellery Collection.

Whilst waiting to see all my pottery pieces through the making and firing process, I started making these as well!

I think I missed weaving the baskets and they just came to me.

 I like the clean modernist shapes, the curves and the colours!

...then I added a tassel fringe with old tassel twine!

....blame the baby! 
ahhh too cute, 10 months old!

Once the pottery is finished, then the shop will be opened! 
Who knows? 
Blame the baby.....ahh too cute! really, blame the baby! 


The Ouch Flower & Zillpa Collaboration- 2nd edition.

A year in the making!
Yes its taken nearly a year to complete this latest edition!

I like to take my time, get it right, faff about etc (tend children)
These beauties are with Clare in Brisbane. They are heading out to the Finders Keepers market, then down to Melbourne for FK, then online.

I hope they find happy homes.
They are each unique and the concept is original.......combining traditional and contemporary basket weaving techniques.

I entered them into the Craft Vic 'Craft Awards' but no bites? 
I was a little disheartened but then I figured that experience should not devalue the work?
There is a time and place for everything and I'm forever the optimist.....they will find their audience! 

I hope I have pushed my ideas, use of material and technique.....and proven myself as a skilled artisan. 

My favourite would have to be the yellow ones.

I hope your well, thanks for reading!
Pippa x