I finally completed the #30dayjournal Challenge set by Lisa Sonora. And although I didn’t quite manage to journal everyday, I still found this process enjoyable and hugely beneficial to my artistic practise. I have rediscovered some of the ideas and techniques I used to play around with on my textiles degree (oh so many years ago now!) and I feel that I have most certainly reconnected with a type of art that I used to create and feel most at home producing.
Back in the summer I blogged about completing this hand sewn robot based on a craft project from a Craftseller Magazine, which sadly stopped being published at the end of last year.
I enjoyed making this little fella so much I had to give him another try but in a lightly different colour scheme.
I really love the character of this cloth doll and was so much fun to make and photograph, which I tried to capture in this day dreamy pose. I also discovered how real clothes can be cut, sewn and adapted to make mini versions for the cloth dolls. Her T-shirt was taken from a section of a real skater Tee and the socks and beanie were originally a pair of socks.
Her outfit is fairly simple, so I am going to let the photos speak for themselves.
The Skater T-Shirt
Detail of the Dungarees
The Beanie, Socks and Trainers
The trainers were inspired by Adidas Shell Toes using a pattern that I made from scratch. They were hand sewn using felt and embellished with eyelets and ribbon to create the laces detail.
I will be posting a tutorial on how to make the socks, beanie and trainers very soon.
As I have progressed with this challenge (which I am now utterly behind on!). I feel that these prompts have really helped me to identify and develop the visual language that I want to express as the Vaudeville Hippie aesthetic. Now I am not sure whether this is because I am more regularly creating pages, and therefore I am becoming more confident with my journal page making, or if these prompts have tapped into the necessary part of my subconscious to allow me to express my ideas. I think only time will tell.
The page above ‘When Sparks Fly’ was a real turning point in my #30dayjournal challenge journey, because the the prompt asked ‘who rekindles my creative spark?’. As mentioned in the #30dayjournal Challenge Week 1 post, I have been really inspired by the journal pages of Ingrid Dijkers, Teesha Moore and since then I have also fallen in love with Jenndalyn‘s pages, who I discovered on Pinterest. What most inspires me about all three of these artists is their use of pattern, and I therefore used pattern as my starting point. The pink background was most definitely influenced by Teesha Moore’s vibrant use of colour.
My favourite page has most definitely has to be this one above; ‘Find Your Higher Purpose’. I wanted to explore the journaling process, to help with the development of my cloth doll making. This page really reflects where I am at and where I would like to explore next. I have always been fascinated by the concept of ‘Goddess’ and the feminine devine. This is a topic which I have come back to over the years and this is probably why I am so drawn to Tribal Fusion Belly and Hoop Dance, which both seem to fit effortlessly into this area too.
With Spring just around the corner, I really like the idea of embodying the story of Spring into my next cloth doll. I will be sharing this new journey on this blog.