When I started minu, one of my aims was to be sustainable – in a economical and ecological sense. I always look at ways to improve the manufacture of my little toys. Since the wool stuffing did not turn out to be feasible, I turned to the common polyester stuffing. It is washable, keeps ‘in shape’, and is easy the get and use. However it is still quite expensive and not easy to recycle.
Using your Leftovers
While cutting out parts for soft toys, a big heap of fabric scraps is left over. So rather than throwing these away (and adding to the mountains of waste), I cut the leftovers into really small pieces using a rotary cutter. These small pieces are mixed with the Polyfill and tada… Less new material, waste is recycled, money is saved!
The mixture has other advantages as well. The filling is stiffer, stays in better shape. A little weight is added as well so that the Bouses are even more cuddly and durable.
My new minu Moo Minicards arrived today! I love the new boxes.
For those of you not familiar with moo: Moo Minicards are a excellent alternative to standard business cards. The whole transaction is done online via moo.co.uk and Flickr.com. The cards come in 100 cards per pack and you can choose as many images for the front as you like, as well as adding text and logo to the back.
For us crafter in New Zealand: Use the moo.co.uk, even though the prices are in British Pounds, the shipping costs from the US (moo.com) are ridiculous. Sign up for the moo newsletter, they sent out free shipping vouchers on a regular basis!
I had a very nice day at the Thorndon Fair on Sunday! Many thanks for all of you who came by! Lucky for the stall holders – and visitors – the rain just started when we packed up.
Challenged by only one meter stall length, I decided to display my goodies vertically, using a table easel, a picture frame, a chalk board and a mdf board – all pre-used or from the second hand shop ^_^ . My prints are secured to the boards with black rubber bands so that the wind can’t blow them away! The rubber bands are very nice to display the stuffed prints, wooden boards and price tags as well, so I might use this set up for other stalls as well. Everything was secured to the table with strings and was withstanding the typical Wellingtonian wind gusts.
The only set back is that I had to stand around in front or on the side of the stall – or hide behind it – which was a bit odd…
There a million different approaches to drypoint printmaking. This post describes one approach. There are different schools and different characters. Rumour has it that you can’t print with water based colours and a book press. Actually I can ^_^…
Traditional printmaking techniques like drypoint or etching enables an artist or print maker to print a certain amount of prints (edition) from a handmade plate. The plates are inked and the ink is transfered from either the surface (relief printmaking e.g. woodcut or linocut) or the incised lines (intaglio printmaking e.g. etching or drypoint) onto paper using a printing press.
In drypoint printmaking an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed “needle”. Traditionally the plate was copper, but today plexi-glass is commonly used.
Advantages of using Perspex or Plexiglas
The Material is cheaper than copper or zinc plates.
The plates are easily cut into the right size.
You can see your sketch through the plate.
You can see the inked areas through the plate.
Intaglio printmaking processes follows three steps.
Minu will be part of the Special Xmas Craft 2.0.
Forget the ho-hum of Christmas shopping and spend an evening at a craft show like no other.
Put a little holiday cheer in your life as you browse through the best handmade gifts and indie wares,
from handbags and clothing to jewelery and essential holiday accessories to home decor and cards.
Part of Late Lounge featuring Spartacus R.
When: Thursday December 3rd from 6pm until 9pm
Where: TheNewDowse, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt
Minu joins 3 other Wellington artist for a group exhibition at Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington, Upper Cuba, 17 – 22 November 2009!
You are warmly invited to attend the opening on Tuesday 17th November 5:30 pm
Drinks and nibbles provided.
Tuesday to Sunday
10.00 am – 7:00 pm
Venture into a tale of fantasy;
Where mysteries unfold,
Illusions take hold,
Explore hidden meanings, trapped beauty,
In the depths of Escape…
Otherworldly illustration, illusionary photography, fairytale fashion and whimsical jewellery meet in a dynamic exhibition. Escapism, fantasy and an inclination towards teleportation coexist in Woven tales of Ink, Silver and Silk – an exciting showcase of new work by four Wellington-based artists: Minu, Mairi, Sarah Dalley, Sophie Lewis-Smith.
Craft2.0 is Wellington’s hottest and most fun fair devoted to all things arty and crafty. Minu joins the best in Wellington’s craft scene Saturday October 24, 2009, from 10:00am until 3:00pm, at TheNewDowse, 45 Laings, Road Lower Hutt.
Admission is free, doors open at 10:00am!
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One of the questions I often get asked is “where do you get your ideas or what inspires you?”. Usually my answer is “Every thing and everywhere ^_^ …”. I thought it might be a good idea to start the blog with an example.
I was really honored – and a little bit nervous – when Thomas from World Sweet World contacted me with the idea for an article in the Magazine. The article is part of the World Sweet World Issue #5 (March 2009). The beautiful images were made by Kate MacPherson.