People who follow me know that I have a thing for plants and flowers. These natural beauties can inform the creative process as much as providing a relaxing and calming atmosphere to work in.
You can imagine how happy I was to discover Kate's @aplayfulday hashtag, #wipsandblooms, which celebrates the moment of creating. As she puts it:
'A moment to pause. To reflect. To acknowledge the details of what we are making and crafting. To notice time is passing and enjoy process.'
So I'm honoured to announce that I will be the new co-host for this hashtag too.
As a maker I often get swept along by the need to show only my beauty shots, of my creations in their final glory. When really the most rewarding part of making can be the journey itself. I guess there is a clue in the verb to potter itself. But also I think this small pause can help with the creative process too, as it can lead to a different outcome. After I took the photo above I then realised I had a flower motif which look even better than these lace designs.
Creating any new art-form has a certain slowness attached to it. Especially with clay as you have to wait for it to dry or be fired before going on to the next stage of embellishments or decorating. For this reason I tend to have several projects on the go at any one time, which stops me getting bored but can be hard for brain to cope with too. For this reason I'm going to enjoy the chance to reflect and plan a bit more my personal work-in-progress. In the next month as well as several commissions, and an exhibition, I'm thinking about wall pieces, hanging planters, new working methods and am already looking ahead to *sshhh* a time with snowflakes and presents.
Seeing a peak of a craft room or maker space with tools is akin to having a nosey around someone's home and I think we all like to do that, don't we? So I'm really looking forward to seeing what people come up with and hope you will join in.
Joining us is simple. Take a snap of your work in progress (wip) and your seasonal bloom. Tag us both (@aplayfulday & @ceramicmagpie) and use the hashtag #wipsandblooms so we can easily find one another. We will do a little round-up of our favourites on our blogs and on instagram at the end of each month.
And whilst we are on the subject of hashtags I thought I would list a few of my favourites here, which complement #wipsandblooms.
Goodbye summer - hello autumn
August has been a funny month hasn't it? We went away to Turkey at the very beginning of the month so I felt like I got my dose of sun (and heat), but since returning, summer doesn't really seem to be living up to its name.
"That's why this month my styling the seasons is about clinging onto the vestiges of summer, but already thinking ahead to the cosy months of autumn and even winter! "
So, the tone is pared down. Lots of neutrals, whites, and wood, but some nods to August colours.
I set myself a little personal goal a couple of months ago to make-over my sofa. It has taken me a while to succeed, but I am gradually getting there...
Most people know me as a ceramacist, but before I started doing that full-time I used to do a lot of sewing. I was feeling a bit rusty, but had seen Katy, from Apartment Apothecary post a blog about simple envelope cushions, so I used that as a starting point.
I had already bought this lovely 'Spring' fabric from Emma Hardicker who is a Birmingham based print-maker and designer whose work I admire greatly. The cushions turned out pretty well, and I hope to add some handmade porcelain buttons, (which I am still making) to them in a couple of weeks.
I think we first bought this (Tomelelia) sofa around twenty years ago! And it really is the comfiest thing to sit on. We talked about getting a new one, but I read about Bemz who recover IKEA sofas, so we ordered one in a grey linen (Designers Guild espresso). It feels luxurious to sit on, without the expensive price tag of a new sofa. Win, win.
The white agapanthus and pink hydrangeas are reminders that this is the end of summer, but there are lots of snuggly items ready for some cold months ahead. The hydrangeas are still wearing yesterday's raindrops.
I must research how to preserve and dry these beautiful hydrangeas to brighten my home in the forthcoming months.
Styling the Seasons is run by Katy And Charlotte, and it involves taking a surface in your home and dressing it to represent the month and what it means to you.
What projects are you working on?
Links to items:
Wooden table - similar found at French Connection
Birmingham print and Spring fabric - Emma Hardicker
Macrame hanger - See tutorial by Allison Sadler
Feather print - The Eloise Bindery
Sheepskin rug - Cox and Cox
Grey porcelain bottle - Kt Robbins Ceramics
Heather rug - The Future Kept
White and grey vase - Habitat (discontinued)
Fluffy cushion - Rackhams (discontinued)
Sofa - Ikea
Wooden Candle - John Lewis (discontinued)