Sunday, 26 October 2008

Feathery Goodness

Still in progress, but this is going to be part of my Halloween costume. I love dressing up (I once worked in a fancy dress shop) and this year I've been invited to a Halloween party. A Halloween Costume Party. God, I am so excited!

I've decided on a Voodoo sort of a vibe, and after seeing a wonderful feather headdress on Etsy, I decided to have a go at making my own. The base is a wide black Alice band with chunks of polystyrene painted black and hot glue gunned to it. Then I cannibalised a masquerade mask for the feathers and added a few peacock feathers (they might need to be trimmed down a bit). There will be something covering the polystyrene, probably black card with some sort of decoration, and the roses may stay or not, I'm not sure yet.

The whole thing is very in-authentic and not really anything to do with real Voodoo at all, but I think every good costume has something enormous on your head. I may go with skull makeup, or just some OTT eyemakeup, but whichever I choose, I'm sure looking forward to answering the door to trick-or-treaters in this outfit!

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Leafy Biscornu

I had to make a Halloween themed biscornu for a swap, but I wasn't sure what to do. Eventually I settled on this pattern, which is a combination of a leaf pattern I found here, and skull and crossbones from a knitting pattern. The skulls are done in glow-in-the-dark thread for added spookiness!

Yesterday I had a stall at the Rose Street Artist Market with my friend Georgia. She was selling her dichromic glass jewellery, and I was selling my magnetic dolls, some cards, zippered purses and some needle felted earrings and pins. It was incredibly hot, we were inside but it got up to about 32 degrees according to my phone (which is totally nerdy and has a themometer on it, as well as a compass and other useful things). It was a bit slow, I sold two magnetic doll sets, two cards, and a pair of little mushroom earrings. I suppose it will get better closer to Christmas.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Let Them Eat Cake

I'm fairly sure that Marie Antoinette never said that, but it was too tempting add a little cupcake to this picture! I used a dip pen with black Quink ink to go over a pencil sketch, and then coloured it with a combination of watercolour and coloured pencil. I haven't done a coloured-in ink drawing for years, so it was a bit challenging, but turned out rather nicely I think. It may become a card in my Etsy shop.

Below is my new ring, a present from my uncle Peter who used to make jewellery in the 60s. My three cousins all have one too, and I've wanted one for years. It was too big for one finger and too small for the other, but the Wolf resized it (it took three goes to get it small enough, he kept saying 'your finger can't be that skinny!') and now it's perfect. There's something sort of Art Nouveau-ish about it I think.

It was my birthday a couple of days ago, I can't believe I'm 27. Good god, where did all the time go? The Wolf gave me an iPod Nano, one of the new purple ones, and I'm delighted. My old one weighs a ton and has a battery life of about 3 hours, so I hardly ever use it.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Piroska is on Etsy!

I now have an Etsy shop, as you can see on the right hand side. How exciting! At the moment it is only little zippered purses, but I'm planning on putting some of my needle-felted eyeball earrings on there, my magnetic paper dolls, and some Blythe clothing very soon (ie. as soon as I can take some decent photos of them). Cards, drawings, and other sundries will follow shortly.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

I Am Satan

Who would have thought that I could live there for 18 years and not know that I Am Satan is an anagram for Tasmania?! I just went down for a visit last week to see my parents, which was lovely. The weather was awful the whole time, lashing rain and howling winds, but on my last day it was quite pleasant and I managed to take this photo of a bird's nest, I think it was a blackbird or a starling. It was only about half a meter off the ground, and tipped at a rakish angle, so it looked as if the eggs were about to fall out! Perhaps a first time nest builder?

While I was there I went to visit my sister Zsuzsa is Hobart. She has a wonderful corner room as her studio, and this is the painting she was working on at the time. I love the red walls and the Virgin Mary statue in the corner.

I couldn't help but be crafty with parents like mine, they are always making things. My father's passion is weapons, he has a whole army of minature, working brass cannons, a few crossbows, and a small mortar, all made from scratch. This is a rather wonderful flintlock pistol that he has just finished, I didn't get a chance to fire it, but it is incredibly heavy, and rather elegant.

It's quite a complicated firing mechanism, and it strikes off sparks when you fire it, even if there is no bullet or powder in it at the time.

And last, but by no means least, the Wolf had his birthday yesterday! Happy Birthday! You can see the rather splendid Where the Wild Things Are card my mother sent him, and also my present, The Skull. Apparently a man can never have too many skulls and skeletons, and this one is a rather nice German medical reproduction with a cranium that opens. The eyeballs are my added touch, they are the same felt ones as on our Christmas tree last year, and they make me giggle because the skull looks so excited!