Saturday, February 28, 2015

He seems a bit warm


Always a little strange after the Christmas rush has settled down & I change feet to think of other things....
However work continues to arrive for Christmas painting...
I get to play with Christmas buttons & decorations all of the year...


This time I also needed to work on my small felt santa for a workshop in Christmas in July...
He turned out well..... 
maybe he needs some small plastic buttons down his coat ???
&
I also want to try him with a wool beard.
He was easy to sew 
will be a fun guy for the workshop....
It is a bit hard to think of Christmas in anytime just after we have had the last one...

In my days working under The Woodcutter's Daughter label so many cloth Santas were designed into patterns  & I hear every so often that my craft friends have these santas still in their decorating stash.
I did love each Santa I designed 
&
After revisiting this again...
Maybe I will do another couple....
What I enjoyed when making santas ..putting a different trim on the coat...
a different beard...
different decorations on or holding on to 
recreate the santas.....


This came early in my craft days ... 
when patterns coming out of America where the craft industry was alive, strong & fascinating..but so rare in Australia.
(This was Pre internet times ..it is 20 years in pattern designs but I began what 5 years or so before in markets..
so 25 + years have now gone by LOL)


Lucky for me, I had Berrima Patchwork 2 hrs up the road & Lynne back then, would come back from America with spoils of different hair & beards for dolls, she also stocked  a few designers doll patterns that always called out...take me sew me  
Making a doll back then for my market stall ..having only one pattern..
I soon began to change the look by selecting different fabrics for the dress, different decor items to smother it in, a different hair 
all just changed it's appearance.


It was good to learn this way as now I can see through a design 
look at other potentials for the one design to be made..or painted. 

 The wood when I painted back then was kind of limited too to one doll I would buy from a stall  so she was painted into so many ways... I cringe to think how that went now.....lol

But 
it was part of the creating process.....
to see beyond what is presented to you 
and to know,
 that 
these designers always see stuff in this way...
the disconcerting eye I think one called it once..


I am forever seeing the potential of my designs 
or 
I want to try it in these colours etc 
or perhaps moving a flower into a different base ..


Because we draw these things with pencils & place bits of fabric here & there..
 ...they begin from inside the mind ....
in that space others use for different stuff ( who knows )
Then they become a something...
It is a wonderful experience....to just create....not copy what someone else does or wants....

Just from within...a little village is always there..
but it takes a certain way of disassociating from all that surrounds us...
in this world of craft...
to begin this authentic process..


Just like the red flowers in the last post
They came first in pastels...then I added some brighter flowers...now of course the red & I could do a lemon colour etc pink would look ok  etc for certain projects.  
Well santa the day needs to begin so I will leave you sweltering in your red coat to wait for the winter...


2 comments:

shez said...

Hi barb love your santa and I found your post very interesting,Thankyou for sharing xx

theodora said...

My pleasure Shez.... when I have time I love to write....& I think....
Gotta do something I guess.
Have a great day where ever that finds you today !!!
Barb xxx