2 days and all the work I've been doing over the last few months will reach a point of culmination. In the best kind of way. All my pieces for the Finders Keepers 'Winterland' markets are done, and the whole collection looks beautiful - soft, subdued, tones of violet and grey against naturals. The collection is based around the skies of winter - those low lying grey clouds, the soft light grey clouds announcing rain and a cold wind, brooding landscapes, desolate trees and bare branched silhouettes, and horizons which are all of a sudden visible. It's a fluid collection - both it's process, inception, and completion. Hand dyed fabrics, hand screen printed fabrics with simple linework, textured crochet and knitted inserts, and stark natural fabrics as a base to offset everything. An assortment of crocheted wristwarmers in soft deep charcoals, greys, and some natural ones as well. An assortment of sewn wristwarmers in knit jerseys. Scarves dip dyed in violets and greys. And cushion covers tying the whole thing together. We spent part of the weekend making stands for everything, and they in themselves are a beautiful ode to the landscape - timber weathered and planed back, grooved, etched, defined by simple lines. Also on sale will be some gift tags with the same theme [these I'm really happy with - soft and restrained on recycled card], and a few of my knitted patterns, plus the real items to see in the flesh.
On Thursday a wonderful magazine article comes out in The (Sydney) Magazine [Sydney Morning Herald] featuring the blog, and me, and my life, and the things I do and make. Last time I saw it, there were a lot of photos of Pia looking very, well, very Pia. She had a great time at the shoot, as did I, and I can't wait to see the end result. The magazine are also doing a giveaway in conjunction with the article, so worth getting a hold of! Pia is wearing a few pieces which I have made, and because I liked them so much, I decided to make some more pieces, and so there will also be a shop update on Thursday as well. Just a few pieces. It's been such a long time since I updated the Etsy shop, and I'd like to put more things in there. I'm hoping that this little push at the markets and this update, will give me the confidence to start back with all that again.
It would be nice to see some friendly faces over the weekend at the markets, so stop by and say hello!
[There's a mottled patch on that black wall that looks like a goat. All I can see is a goat. A goat eating grass]