#30dayjournal - Day 27

#30dayjournal Challenge Week 4

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.

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#30dayjournal – Day 22: ‘Love the Moment (Right Now)

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#30dayjournal – Day 23: Accessing Your Genius

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#30dayjournal – Day 24: Is Your Life shrinking or Expanding?

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#30dayjournal – Day 25: Dare to be Powerful

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#30dayjournal – Day 26: Focus on What Excites You

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#30dayjournal – Day 27: Make Your Own Mantra

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#30dayjournal – Day 28: Warrior Training: Focus to See the Light

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#30dayjournal – Day 29: Passing the Torch

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#30dayjournal – Day 30: Remember How the Sun Does it

Sparks the Robot 2

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.

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Skater Girl Cloth Doll for Olive

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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.

The Outfit

Her outfit is fairly simple, so I am going to let the photos speak for themselves.

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The Skater T-Shirt

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Detail of the Dungarees

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The Beanie, Socks and Trainers

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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.

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#30dayjournal Challenge Week 3

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.

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#30dayjournal – Day 15: The Art of Resting

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#30dayjournal – Day 16: If You Are Going Through Hell

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#30dayjournal – Day 17: When Sparks Fly

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.

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#30dayjournal – Day 18: Don’t Give Up

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#30dayjournal – Day 19: Use Whatever You Have Got

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#30dayjournal – Day 20: What’s Right With You?

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#30dayjournal – Day 21: – Find your Higher Purpose

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.