Saturday, 28 April 2012

Saturday Snapshots- searching the sunshine







It's raining here. again. urgh. I'm wondering the possibilities of building a boat house.....
These are some of my captures from the week - searching the sunshine; we did have some glorious sunshine this week, if you can remember it!
These are all from around our garden. Do you know, despite all the rain - how can anyone be upset with living in a place with all these flowers and new growth happening, even in Autumn and Winter there are so many flowers around here. (though we are dreaming about having a ride on instead of a push lawn mower!).

Enjoy your week - what are you up too?
E xx

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Find out about the girls behind Hey Maker!

Here's Belinda Smith's interview.

Tell us a little about your creative life.
I am an artist and designer. My work is usually inspired by craft practices and the natural environment whether it is a public artwork or a small artwork for a gallery or for home. I love working with textiles, clay, yarn, timber and paper. At the moment, though, my kids (2 1/2 and 4 months) are taking up a lot of creative time. I also love working with other artists; talking about their work and assiting in finding them creative opportunities. I hope Hey Maker! can become a hub for creative opportunity for many artists and craftspeople in our area.

Where do you live and why?
I live in Murwillumbah with my landscape architect husband and we have had our two daughters here. We feel very much at home here with the mountain ranges out of our kitchen window and the myriad of birds that come to our garden to sing.


 
What is it you make?
Mostly I design public artworks but I also turn my hand at lots of domestic crafts such as knitting, crochet and sewing. I always love the opportunity to work with clay too.


Where did you learn these skills?
Formally, I studied design at QCA and learnt a lot on the job as a designer for Urban Art Projects. My practical skills are self taught or learned from family and friends, especially my mum and dad.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everyday life, my surroundings, landscape and culture (mine and other cultures too.)

What is your fondest childhood memory of making something?
Sewing was always a regular activity at home but I always loved pottering in the shed with my dad. We would make stuff from wood and he’d show me how to use his tools.

Do you find time to be creative every day?
Sort of…..a lot of creative energy goes into mothering but I try to crochet, sew or garden every day. Cooking is a creative outlet too.

When did you know you wanted to pursue a creative career?
After a year studying farming business at uni I failed. I moved to Melbourne to study interior design and this was the beginning of my creative career. I have I have been fortunate to have worked in London in a designer furniture store, in Melbourne selling beautiful textiles and Brisbane as a designer in the fields of landscape architecture and public art.

Who is your creative hero?
Ceramacists Lucie Rie, Marea Gazzard and Gwyn Hansson Pigott to name a few.

birthday presents from some local heros! Nikki Shippard of Birchseed and the basket by Julia Barron

 
What would you love to learn to do within the next year or so? What creative skill / talent?
I have been thinking a bit about leather lately and growing plants for natural dyeing.

Please share some of your favourite web wanderings.
I regularly look at these ones

and sometimes check on these ones and love what I find
http://textileartscenterblog.com/

A new discovery this week is
http://sweatshopparis.blogspot.com.au/
I am inspired to teach sewing to kids!

Follow a link to Belinda's blog to see more of her work.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

10 things I'm loving on a Sunday

Right now I'm being highly influenced by all the colours around me. It's Autumn here and that means some glorious yellows, oranges, and reds. The persimmon tree in our yard is in full colour - soon the branches will be bare, but right now it's endless variations of firey hues are glowing in the sunshine. The eucalypt trees are dropping red leaves simply everywhere.
Somehow, with all this intense bright colour, I am finding myself drawn to the deeper tones of indigo, mid-night blue.....


1) the indigo and blue hues of this quilt by Folk Fibers. Also - I love that she is growing her own indigo plants for natural dyeing. One day, perhaps I may have an indigo or woad patch....

2) These pages of indigo colour swatches from Tinctory's journal.

3) These eggs. Oh these eggs. Just imagine, if you will, visiting your hen house and finding this beautiful, marvelous, spectacular collection of blues and greens nestled warmly amongst the fresh straw. Oh yes. We are still planning our chook house, but Ameraucana chooks are on the list

4) This inkblot top from Rachel Rose.  Like a watercolour of deliciousness.....

5) This wall is perfect combined with these red beads. I love this colour combination best of all!

6) Oh, anything, simply everything from Elephant Ceramics.

7) And this vibrant collection of colour swatches. Don't you just want to see that on your wall every day! From French Marie Claire Idees via stephmodo.

8) These indigo shibori pieces from Australian company Shibori. (Many years ago my mum dyed some beautiful indigo shibori fabric; we had giant floor cushions around our house....)

9) Some silk yarn that I dyed using red cabbage. It's faded to a beautiful variegated purple. Makes for lovely crochet stones!


10) My own screen printed lacework:leafwork design in the deepest of smoked teal colour. Still wet from the printing ink.






*With thanks for all the images used, linked with love

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Friday, 20 April 2012

Next Pop Up - Make n' Take Paper


Hi There! Our next Pop Up is super super soon.


We'll be doing some fun paper creating, with these specially designed paper bunting, using all sorts of recycled paper goodness.


Come along on Wednesday 25th (ANZAC day) at Hosanna in Stokers Siding. It's a FREE family fun day - so we expect to see all of you there. We'll be calling the sunshine to come and play too!


Do you follow us on facebook? We have regular updates there on all our upcoming events, and lots of other news and stuff. Do say 'Hey' won't you!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Make the most of a creative opportunity!




The Hey Maker! Collective wants to hear from you!
If you think you'd like to be part of a really inspiring
studio/retail space and live around the 
Murwillumbah area, get in contact we'd love to chat!

need it bigger? click on the pic xoxo



Wednesday, 11 April 2012

POTATOPRINTS ARE AMAZING!

Our potatoprintpopup had an amazing response! Over 200 people turned up to carve a spud and add their print to our wall installation. We were amazed at the creativity and enthusiasm for our first pop up event.

I have posted a few shots of our favourites here but you can also have a look at more photos of the event or our facebook page

Thanks Verge for the use of their space.