Saturday, 21 December 2013

FELTED CHRISTMASSY THINGS


Ho Ho Ho!

So I finally feel more relaxed after my new job is settled so I finally feel like updating my blog! So here is what I been busy doing for some friends, I wish I can make a lot more if I had time as but they can easily take up to 8 hours each but I think I still managed to make quite a proud collection for this year, you can never help your friends and family enough in your life so if you didn't receive one this year don't hate me! It's only because there's only so much time after work for me!!

So normally I start all my designs with a sketch but they don't always translate well to 3D and I always kind of just work it out as I sculpt it. So actually some didn't turn out as interesting as I had hoped so then I would just improvise and go crazy! But that can be quite fun! Ha!



1. Rex

He is about 10cm tall and kind of based on a Raptor dinosaur, not one of the things I draw on a regular basis so the challenge was making it my style as well as has to resemble a dinosaur! So I decided to go for a classic lime green and made sure I got a tail on his back, big teeth and claws! Would have liked to have him with his jaw open but the sketches didn't work well. After a about 10 drawings my boyfriend also helped me do about two and I liked the way he drew the teeth and the shapes I had in my sketch, so I went for it and ended up going to bed at 2am! But you know he looks pretty cute! Except everyone thinks the nostrils are eyes! Eyes on a dinosaur is on the side of their heads of course!

Little Rex should be in Montreal with my friend Ric now, good luck!:)




This is a side view with it's tail wrapping round him.
Looks like a creepy man from front ha!
2. Little Yifan Hood

She is pretty small, I think about 7cm tall, just like my friend Yifan in person, a very tiny girl! Hehe but very talented indeed. The reason I made her into little red riding hood was because it was a shame we didn't bother with Halloween this year when she had her costume ready so here it is! Halloween was a stressful time for me this year but she was there to listen and support me , so thank you Yifan and hope you have a nice deserving break back home!

Here is Yifan's work by the way!
I was most pleased when I put them in these plastic sleeve, it makes them look precious hehe!


3. Dan

Dan has been a very good team mate for a few projects we worked together on and I have a habit of doodling a graphic version of him a lot so I wanted to transform that through felting , the beard didn't come out as well as I had hoped but since it looks quite sweet I felt he would appreciate it just as much. Look at them together here hehe!

 

4.  Mr Chazman

Charlie has been an amazing friend and mentor for the very big part of my career and he is one of my favorite people to work with! People have always made Charlie into different things which were all ACE so I decided it would be interesting to make a felted version too. I am very pleased with how it turned out, I wonder if it brought a tear to his eye haha! The biggest challenge was not making a rig to begin with in its core so it was a little tricky to attach the head but I think the stabbings were quite clean so it's pretty neat. I also liked my colour scheme very much!

Here is Charlie's work as well.

5. Zoo Christmas Baubles!

Finally I wanted to make these for my bosses at my last job as they have been very very kind to me for the last five and half years, plus it's Christmas!! My aim was to make some animals and my boyfriend said I have to have elephant and giraffe as that's what make a zoo a zoo! 

But in the end I got bored and added things like wings and a Christmas hat. It just felt they needed something extra! You would have never guessed that the weird creature was meant to be giraffe to begin with haha!! The elephant took the longest, again not drawn elephant an awful lot so it took a long time to look cute and getting the proportions right! The giraffe probably turned out to have the most personality, anything weird is Awesome right!

Close ups are always cute!
And here is one ready to go!
I am actually desperately need to work on three more pieces before Christmas! Wish me luck, here is a snippet of one work in progress! Good Luck to me!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Hugglets Teddy Bear Festival

So I finally had to to share with you the fabulous Hugglets Teddy Bear Festival that was held last month. It is an event where you can buy lovely handmade teddies and supplies in one day, I actually bought myself some pink mohair and cotton faux fur, some glass eyes too. It was quite pricey but I cannot wait to play with them when I have time.

Here are some snaps of favourite stall on the day called Pussman & Co and think the lady sells them on etsy! But as I had to buy fabric and supplies I couldn't afford to buy one of them, maybe christmas!!:)




Aren't these the most colourful amazing teddies ever??!?!! I absolutely want to take them all home!! The lady has a blog about her beautiful work, she told me she dyes her fabric to get the beautifully unique and unusual colours. I admire her patience but the results are fantastic! 

Here is a few more pictures  I took at the event but for more pictures please go on my facebook here.

Enjoy~

Sunday, 20 October 2013

What I been up to?

Hello~ Speed post here~

Sorry I have neglected my crafty side for a little while again, been so busy with my 3D side that if you are interested you can check out my showreel

Also I even spared a moment to make an little favicon for my website which I think its weird and creepy but cute- YAY.


Meanwhile the kids cartoon I helped making is now online at BBC, do check it out, it's trully beautiful! In particular The Singing Valley which I did the lighting for!
:)

Oh also has everyone been participating for inktober? Here are mine

Saturday, 17 August 2013

London Markets Fun - Really long post

Hello!!

Life has been very hectic with parents visiting and refurbishment of my lounge! So I thought I would finally share some nice snaps during my tour around lovely London. 

I booked two weeks off so I can take my parents to as many interesting places as possible and I do..I hope! My parents flown in all the way from Hong Kong. Typical city people, so they don't generally appreciate chilling out at home with shops not opening on Sundays. However I tried my best to enjoy going out everyday especially when it was pretty much sunny everyday when they were here. 

The first place we went to was Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. The information people told us to go in from Lion Gate, a side entrance instead of the main one as it gets very busy! So we went in very quickly. Now so everyone goes to Kew for the green house yet my parents just want to look at big trees, grass hills and blue skies because he said the humidity and warm air is what Hong Kong is like constantly! I know it sounds crazy but Hong Kong is nicknamed "The Concrete Forest", so seeing  a blue sky and sitting on grass is a total luxury.


What a lovely day it was!



Look at the baby swan~aww. Sorry to disturb!



This was at the treetop walk. My parents was a little terrified!

The second place we went to was London Borough Market, which is fully opened Thurs-Saturday from 11-5. So we arrived at 11 on a Thursday and my parents loved the fact you can even tried vegetables! Like normally you try cheese, jams, juices but my dad noticed this silver bowl with freshly boiled asparagus. It did taste amazing but it was £4.50 per bunch so we settled for a purple carrot and a chicken in the woods mushroom.

The fish mongers were moving this scary fish head to attract customer, so random!

There was all sorts of interesting mushrooms.


And so many colours!

Love this shot with the busy bee!


It indeed has the same look and texture as chicken! We also bought some black truffle honey and french salami. Oh I also bought this interesting plant called Mind you own business. So cute!! (which I will post picture later..)

This was the purple carrot and chicken in the woods mushroom, Check it out!

After the market, it was only about 2pm, so we took the bus to spitalfield market but mum and dad decided it was too similar to Covent Garden so they decided carry onto Brick lane instead. They loved the graffiti there and all the second hand goods. My dad loves treasure hunting! I swear one day he will be in the backstreet selling all these pieces he's collecting.

Since Dad is into treasure hunting in old goods, I decided Portobello Road Market was another good spot for him but it only opens on a Saturday and gets very busy after 11. We got there just as it started to get busy but it was fine because we had so much fun there searching for silver charms, silver spoons and things. It was really interesting to hear all the stories of each items. From scrimshaw whale's tooth by sailors to a trench watch from world war II. It was hard to judge without the expert eye whether they are the real deal though. I guess it's best just to buy something you like which fits your budget!


I bought two sets, one for me, one for my sister:)

Can you see me in it?
Really love printing and really want to buy some!
I will be back when I'm getting my bathroom done!
These were my treasures of the day. Cute!

After that market I was willing to bring them to more different markets however was disappointed with Lindenhall Market as it was just full of designer shops and expensive food, however the architecture was very beautiful though but you can't really make that a day trip! 

Oh and I must share some snaps of the lovely swans that seem forever hungry at Windsor, my parents didn't realize how many swans there were so they brought only about four pieces of bread! To resolve the situation my dad just kept tricking the swans by making a throwing bread action with his arm instead, the poor birds were so confused it was looking everywhere for the invisible bread. My dad is so silly! ha!


This was on the floor.. hmm!


Swans: " Give me bread already!"



Finally I am done! Woohoo hope you enjoy my pictures!!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Making Uncovered @ Brixton East Gallery

Hello this weekend I have devoted my whole saturday to attend the "Making Uncovered" make, art & craft festival organised by makerhood at Brixton East Gallery. I was very lucky to have found out about this event just a week ago on twitter. So I was also ble to book a workshop with Andri who coaches and train people to achieve goals in life which I'd talk about in the last section of this post.

So here are some snaps of the event from different angles, I was very delighted that the event was a lot more cosy and unintimidating than I expected. I thought it was going to be a bit like lots of tents lining up next to each other type of thing however the makerhood folks have done a very nice job on the way the event was laid out. It was very welcoming and inviting! I went on my own so it was not easy to build up the courage to have a chat with people!


On the ground level with demos and workshops happening.
On the upper level with cafe.

 

The craft demos

One of the key things that attracted me to the event right at the staqrt was that there were some demos on the day such as screen printing, willow weaving, felting, drawing, sewing etc.  

Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to try everything but I madesure I tried screen printing. It's one of those crafts that have always intrigued me but I still haven't got round to it yet! So that was my chance!

Here is Kerry at her stall, her design was the fox in an army jacket (I think) and Ray Stanbrook's design too. I really liked the multi-coloured designs by Ray but obviously that was too complicated to be on offer on the day. So I chose the fox design by Mashka as I like foxes too. It was really fun to finally be screen printing after watching people do it on TV and looking at books! It was easy but the screen sounded a bit fiddly to prepare but I look forward to do a workshop at in the future just because the finished result is so incredibly neat!
Screen printing demos by Mashka and Ray Stanbrook
The two choices!


After that I was attracted to do some little postcards which poor Rachel didn't rest printing all day! You can find her work on Pricklepress 



I also really liked how she cliped her sign up just with a piece of string. I been having problems with where to put my ideas board as my workstation faces the window with just a small section of clean wall.

And this was the message I wanted!

Results! :)

P.S The willow weaving workshop I missed out on looks pretty nice!

 

Chat chat chat

So apart from me running around doing my workshops and things, I also found the opportunity to talk to some of the makerhood makers and some go along ladies like myself in the workshops. I was very grateful that they kindly took time to share their stories with me and even gave me advice!

One of the first people I spoke to was an aspiring interior designer lady in my "Making images and making meaning" workshop. She's called Lisa who was originally from Texas. Interestingly despite our industry being different she actually specialises in Lighting, like myself! haha! She said she actually has to use 3D Studio Max to visualise how the lighting would work and how her 2D concept comes alive in 3D. I wonder if there would be a chance in the future where I can help her with that. We then had a cup of tea together where she told me how she decided to pursue this career she always dreamt of. She also gave me advice on what I want to do too :)

 
Imogen at the demo for her brand, Thing and Bang

The other lady I spoke to was actually the maker/owner for Thing and Bang where she sells vibrant and fun cushions and bowties using mexican and denim fabric. I was lucky to approach Imogen near the end of the event so we could chat for a little while. I was suprised that Imogen have only started out last June! It's incredible how solid her brand has already become and she has a clear vision of what she creates in her brand. just imagine where she would be in 5 or 10 years time! She even paints as well! A true driven artist! The key advice she gave me was just enjoy it, just keep making and stop worrying! Imogen said she has never done any sewing classes! She just started making things for her children and it grew from there! So I just have to stop thinking that my skills maybe inadequate or my goods may not be marketable because she said even though her earlier creations wasn't as good as how she wanted it to be sold anyway. However it isn't just about selling and money, it's also about the love of doing this, the journey and the process of getting there. Without this difficult step, how can you feel proud and count it as an achievement?

Making images, making meaning workshop

So finally I am talking about my pre-booked workshop, I decided to write about this last as I might go on and on and people might not even want to read this! My intention of coming to this workshop was because there is so much desire in me for becoming a better artist in general. There are so many skills I feel I lacked and the crying out desperation of self-improvment in me. Andri first introduced us to a few different methods of narrowing what weant to work on. Also ask how, why, wo and where you want to get to using the methods which works for you. 

The first one was a pie chart that has different a whee of life around, you have to rate between 1-5 how satisfy you are in all of the different aspects in life such as: Career, Physical Environment, Fun Recreation, Healthy, Friends/family, Personal Growth and love romance. From this you should then find which aspect you want to work on. As a visual person I naturally went for the mind maps. But I also liked her last 5 years and next 5 years mirror timeline where you list what you learnt from the different achievements or events that has happened and then how you can apply these lessons you learnt in the future 5 years. 

On using mind maps, you would branch out how, why, where, who and what you want to achieve and then prioritise which one are most important and ergent. For me personally I think it's about feeling insecure about my skillset and I desperately want to work on it, I was worrying a lot because I always have lists and lists of endless things I want to do but through the mind map I realised that many of those things are not important at all, it's just something I fancy doing! With spilling out these list of tasks I want to do, suddenly I feel more in control and relieve. Now to moving on I would begin by setting myself two small achievable tasks for next week and then review it after by asking myself: 

What's different? 
What's better? 
What's changed? 
How did I do that? 
What's next? 

Then repeat this process, hopefully by taking these baby steps I can get to my big picture!


The nice stairs to the workshop which reminded me that quote, 

" There's no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs!"

Finally another nice lady I stumbled on was because I ran into a drawing workshop held by Pam. It was amazing because Pam happened to have spent a year in my birth place Hong Kong while the hand over was happening in 1997 to do some amazing drawings. It was really cool how she recorded my childhood memory of Hong Kong where some of the new high rise buildings didn't exist then. It almost felt like that is still the version of Hong Kong I miss the most. It didn't have as much negative energy in Hong Kong then. Now there is just so much bullying and protesting going on all the time. So it turns out Pam also coaches artist to develope their work. So she told me to write down lists of what I want to do but it doesn't matter if you change your mind tomorrow because it is a process of finding the thing you want to do. She said also write down what you want to do in 10 years, write down what you like about life and what you don't, what you like doing and what you don't. Talk to the people you admire. Organised your mind! And you know what Pam, I will!

Finally big thanks to Makerhood for organising this! Makerhood's director Kim told me that the community is all voluntary run but it is only for the locals! So it seems for now I won't be able to be part of it! :(