Thursday, July 16, 2009

My Creative Space - Paper brooches






All other projects were dropped this week as I became obsessed with layering and playing with contrasting materials, and these little babies are the result. They're basically just paper and felt with machine and hand stitching. What I love about them, though, is the contrast in textures. The paper is a bin-find from an architect's office - super high quality archival tracing paper that won't yellow or go brittle with age. It has this incredibly smooth almost plastic texture and was gorgeous to sew because it didn't split. The felt is so furry in comparison and softens the hard-edge feel I think. The big challenge for me, though, was just letting spontaneous shapes emerge. I actually concentrated on not planning them... (but yeah, I know, they still look anal-retentive!) Anyway, I don't care - I had fun! Hope you like them :) More Creative Spaces can be found at Kirsty's here.

Oh, and this gorgeous linen I bought from Thea here (I do plan to actually make something with it, Thea, but it's such a lovely background too, I couldn't resist!)

36 comments:

caramela said...

Go girl!!!woohoo!They are so inventive and original...I adore them!!
Annamaria

Kylie said...

Thanks Annamaria! You are soooo good for my confidence levels! :) K

edward and lilly said...

Oh my heavens, these are amaaaaaazing! I love them, well done!

Thea's linen is great isn't it, I used it as my market table cloth for the BrisStyle market, it's sooooo divine.

Bird Bath said...

wow! these are amazing....I love the contrast, the abstract design and the delicate quality of your latest creations.

june at noon said...

I love the idea of mixing your media some, and I like the stitching. Bonus that you're having so much fun!

Leonie Guld said...

They are gorgeous. I bet they are fantastic to touch and feel. Beautiful

handmaiden said...

Kylie, your space is getting better and better. Gorgeous

blue moss said...

more great brooches!!!!!
(you really need to start selling them one day!)
michelle

Selina said...

wow Kylie. That's all I can say really, wow. love them. love to know if you plan on selling these.

Christina Lowry said...

Great job! They all look so gorgeous, like something you would find in a gallery store.

I want the last one. Please, please, please. How much?

:)

Kirsty said...

Aren't they effective. Lovely job!

Fine Little Day said...

How nice with the contrasting material and the shapes.

Cravings Frocks said...

Those are amazing!

woollywotnots said...

I loved this line... "All other projects were dropped this week as I became obsessed with layering and playing..." Isn't it great when art and craft does this to you! Great work. Thanks for sharing :-)

Mads said...

beautiful!

Linda said...

these are stunning I love the textures and the muted colours are gorgeous

Tania said...

Well done you, on making yourself let it flow! I, too, am master of the anal retentive...

muchlove said...

these are great! I really like the contrasting materials. Great find with the tracing paper too. Stuff like that should not go to waste!

P.S. thank you for the encouraging comment! I was actually a bit nervous to show my artwork on my blog, but I'm glad I did :)

Cassandra Allen said...

I am intrigued, how tiny are they? I can see from the weave of the fabric that they are small enough for little elves, no? Delicate and pretty.

E L K said...

around the world from you enjoying your space and feeling the inspiration

chili said...

Beautiful blog you have:) What is your favorite cookie?

nath said...

so much fun to be consumed with a project. they look very good, love the contrasts. bravo!

Amanda Nicole said...

I looove the shapes! I'm all about controlled chaos.

Blueberry Park said...

They are so utterly beautiful, Kylie and glad to see it's not just me taking time out to have a little creative play! I particularly love the flower at the end. (And thank you for your lovely words of praise and encouragement - I'll report back on the show x)

Kylie said...

Love your creative play ans space. Oh and another Kylie. Looks like we are moving to Brisbane at the end of the year. Might have to meet up.

Kim Wallace :: Udessi said...

Absolutely stunning! My favourites are the ones in the last 2 pictures :)

angelique said...

they have turned out fabulously. I like the ones with a touch of green in them.

ArtMind said...

I love them! THey are aboslutely clever and unique!!! They make me wish I could sew *sigh*
Will have to get my hands on a sewing machine as I have been wanting to learn for ages.
The last one is SUPER WOW! :)

mieke willems said...

hi kylie, you did a great job, they look very special!!

Thea said...

I am so impressed with how multi-talented you are. It really does make a difference when you have time to play around with ideas. Are you ever planning to sell any of your wonderful creations?

Monica said...

beautiful! love the layering of the different materials...

Tim said...

Cool stuff.

SHHH MY DARLING said...

Hi! Nice blog, I'm glade to found you :-)
If you have time come and visit our website: we are two illustrators making nice stuff and screenprintings!
Bye!
Jenny+Gra

http://www.shhhmydarling.com/

krisha said...

OHhh so beautiful!

staklene bombone said...

I love it! I used to make some paper brooches for myself, liked the fact that they were not perminent.
beautiful things you've got here, congrats:)

staklene bombone

sallgood said...

Love them!