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Archive for March, 2010

Design for Fragrance of rain

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More design work for fabrics based on Pollinators

Beegirl is progressing

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Here is another snippet of the fabric design process work, The motif for the pollinator fabric has the Forest Ringlet or Silver Streak butterfly; a Beech forest butterfly, I chose it because it is  lovely, then I discovered its in decline, its gone from the  Orongorongo Valley and the Waitakere Ranges, west of Auckland, too. It’s very hard to find one unless you go into the mountains. Apparently an introduced wasp is its downfall.

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'Bee girl' ink work and favourite tools

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Today it was one of those magical Autumn days sunny and calm, always a bonus because you know it wont last. I had a supply of dark organic chocolate, delicious left over tea for lunch, after tidying up my website using flash catalyst, I still had a longer working day than usual because my girlie had a play date after school.  I was able to rework the images for one of the pollinator fabrics, here are some pictures of the hand crafted part of Bee girl and my favourite tools; fountain pen, and ink, Chinese and sword stripper brushes and a stick grabbed from the garden and lots of big, lightweight paper.

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Hello this is the first post for Ecofabric. This week I am experimenting with using my Organic hemp canvas as a planter. Since I’ve done more sewing than woodwork its much quicker for me to sew than to hammer,  or wait for a pot to dry to fire. The hemp is UV resistant and mildew resistant, and much stronger than cotton so should work well as a planter. This pot made from scraps took a whole (40) bag of compost, so plenty of room for roots to grow, plus I don’t want the Loganberry to spread so a planter will keep its roots confined. I found it useful that when I poured in the water I could see where the water was reaching because it beaded a little where the water was.

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