Tinker Maker

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Nar is the Turkish name for pomegranate. And fresh pomegranate is what I used to dye the silk for the hand woven strap on this piece. Pomegranate is still my favourite source of dye and fresh pomegranate is where it’s at. I wove the strap on my little table top rigid heddle loom, I love its naïve texture. Paired with my glazed stoneware beads strung on marigold dyed silk and hammered copper.

In the shop now.

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Dhungala is the Yorta Yorta name for the Murray River, where the River Red Gums grow. When I was young (and fit) I used to take part in the Murray River Marathon paddling a kayak 400km (in a relay team) down that mighty river and past so many of these majestic trees lining its banks. The silk for this piece was dyed using red gum sawdust that has resulted in the softest shades of cream, silver and charcoal. Paired with seven of my carved stoneware beads.

In the shop now.

 

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Nar is the Turkish name for pomegranate. And fresh pomegranate is what I used to dye the silk for the hand woven strap on this piece. Pomegranate is still my favourite source of dye and fresh pomegranate is where it’s at. I wove the strap on my little table top rigid heddle loom, I love its naïve texture. Paired with my glazed stoneware beads strung on marigold dyed silk and hammered copper.

In the shop now.

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We had to make the short drive to Emerald yesterday to pick up a guitar that was being repaired. It was a good excuse to have coffee and cake at The General Food Store and a mosey ’round the vintage and op shops, I found a beautiful tweed skirt.

I grew up not far away, there was nothing to do in Emerald in my youth, except get off Puffing Billy and go to the bakery, ha listen to me “back in MY day…”.
It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the beauty of the area that I was raised in as a child, if anything it inspired me more than anything ever has, but it was just home. Now as an adult my heart aches more than a little for those green rolling hills, our farm…

Anyway (now I’m getting all wistful, it’s the weather), what more appropriate name for this piece and its copper carbonate glazed beads than Emerald. The silk was dyed with bits and bobs from the garden, which bits and bobs exactly I can’t remember but they imparted pastel greys and the softest hints of blue, rather like the colours of the Winter sky today.

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(From top to bottom: Meadowsweet, Lady’s Bedstraw, Coreopsis, Madder, Australian Indigo, Madder Buds, Tansy, Woad, St Johns Wort)

Not a lot happens in my garden at this time of year, it is cold and quiet with many plants hibernating underground. Most of the action happens in Spring and then late Summer/early Autumn when I harvest.

I took some photos in the garden this morning though and happened to notice the first tiny flower bud on the Indigofera, a sign that the days are indeed lengthening and soon the garden will be awake again.

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A tale of two indigos and five of my crackle glazed stoneware beads on hammered silver.

I’ve have Woad and Australian Indigo in my garden, they’re both so unassuming. Woad could easily be mistaken for a lawn weed and the spindly indigo is completely camouflaged growing in the bush, unless it is in flower you’d never know it was there. Secret harborers of the mysterious blue.

And I used both of them to dye the silk cord for this piece. The darker blue is the australian indigo and the lighter is woad.

Each bead is approx. 1.5cm diameter and they hang at a drop of approx. 4ocm.

In the shop now.

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Six of my glazed stoneware beads threaded on hammered copper and handmade silk cord dyed with Marigolds from my garden.

This piece has a drop of approx. 40cm. The round beads are approx. 2cm diameter and the long bead is approx. 4.5cm long.

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Two of my carved stoneware beads finished in an irregular matte glaze threaded on hammered copper and handmade silk cord dyed with Hollyhocks from my garden modified with iron.

This piece has a drop of approx 40cm. The smaller bead is 2.5cm long and the larger 4cm long.

In the shop now.

 

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Corona Australis is a horse shoe shaped constellation in the southern hemisphere, also known as the Southern Crown. Taking my inspiration from these stars in the wintry night sky I designed this piece using sparkly pyrites, gold labradorite and freshwater pearls. Wrapped with silk thread on hammered silver wire and hung on handmade silk cord dyed with coreopsis flowers from my garden.

Dyeing the silk first and then plying it by hand results in a beautiful blending of the natural pigments on the fibre, each twist is a different colour. It has definitely been worth the extra effort to make it myself that way rather than dye pre-made cord, I love watching the light playing on the coloured silk when it spins as I work it with my hands.
The stones and pearls are repurposed and I only have a small amount so this will be a very limited edition design. I think I have enough for maybe two or three more.

This piece has a drop of approx 40cm and sits at about bust level but can be shortened by knotting the silk. Will be sent by registered post.

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So of course, as soon as I announce that I’m going to open my little online shop again all hell breaks loose in this house. Anaïs decided it would be the perfect time to sprout a new tooth and stop sleeping, both children came down with one of those delightful viruses that produces hacking coughs and rivers of snot, and then the internet broke. Four days of a mexican standoff with our ISP insisting it was not a problem with the line (it was variously “the modem”, “the socket” or the fact that I’m “a blond female and not capable of understanding how it all works”) and therefore not their problem resulted in me getting out the wire strippers, a pair of pliers and fixing the corroded line (which was/is actually their problem) myself.

Anyway while all this was happening I decided it would be a good idea to make a few more things to go in the shop, but there has been some hiccups with getting necessary bits back from the kiln which has taken ages and some things needed to be refired. So rather than have everything together in one go, (which honestly might not ever happen given my poor track record of late), I’ve decided to just start releasing things one by one. Every piece is unique, so it’s a little bit more special that way don’t you think?

I am so excited to be once again making things with purpose and sharing them here. I hope you like what you see, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

First up is appropriately a design to celebrate Winter Solstice and the wintry, sparkly night sky. Two of my favourite things.

x

Myf.

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