Category Archives: Crafts
The Paper-making Introduction
Making your own paper is highly satisfying. A little time must be spent beforehead to prepare the mould and deckle and to gather equipment, but once everything is assembled, paper can be made time and again.
Anthony Theakston’s Ceramic Birds
There are at least four bird-feeders swinging from the cherry tree outside Anthony Theakston‘s studio in Lincolnshire, and a couple of pairs of binoculars hang at arm’s reach, ready to spy on whatever feathered creature passes by. Despite the evidence to the contrary, ceramists Anthony insists he is ‘no twitcher’, proving his point by muddling through a few of the species that visit the garden.
A Short Story About Cufflinks
Having cufflinks have always been connected men who are dressed with style and elegancy. Before the cufflinks and clothes in general started to be the result of mass production, in the late 20th century, the shirts were tailor made and tailors created the cufflinks and process allowed them to be very creative.
Kirsty Elson’s Design
Kirsty Elson studied illustration, specialising in printmaking, at Cambridge School of Art, and her work is deeply inspired by the county of Cornwall.
After moving back to the South West, and becoming mum to two boys, Kirsty couldn’t restrain her creativity any longer and she began making cards from local driftwood.
The Scrapbooking material: Put Your Memories on the Paper
The Scrapbook is not meant just collecting and arranging your photos. If you kept movie ticket stubs, concert ticket stubs, love letters, a test with an A+ on it and many other items from your childhood, you can make lovely record of the times that passed, the times you remember with nostalgia. That’s what the scrapbook really mean to be!
Choose the Right Corporate Gift Basket
The gift baskets are a great choice for most holidays – Christmas, Easter, birthday, anniversary or Thanksgiving. You can make a gift for your friends and loved ones really special, packing them in beautiful and unique gift baskets. Some of them you can make by yourself, if you are keen on making things, and you can find the suitable gift basket in specialized shops.
Jun Kaneko: An Artist’s Portrait
Born and raised in Japan, Jun Kaneko moved to the United States to study ceramics. Not able to speak the language, he was forced to focus purely on the visual. His painting background is evident in his work, where his monolithic ceramic “dangos” (the Japanese word for dumpling) become three-dimensional, inflated canvases. Working primarily with graphic, yet painterly, lines and dots, his rhythmic designs are analogous with the Japanese Shinto concept of the “Ma”, which loosely translates into “attachment through space”. He proceeded to study with Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, and Jerry Rothman in California during the time now defined as The Contemporary Ceramics Movement in America. The following decade, Jun Kaneko taught at some of the nation’s leading art schools, including Scripps College, Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Easter decorating: Easy & Quick to Make Ideas
The Easter is coming soon! It’s time to think how to make it different this year. Here are some ideas for Easter decorations – Easter eggs, Easter baskets, egg stands… Try to bring the fresh breeze of springtime in your home, and make it special for you and your family.
What is Marbling Technique?
Like many craft forms, though roots of marbling techniques was not precisely known, although we have evidence that the Japanese were marbling paper some 700 years ago. According to Japanese legend, marbling was a divine gift, bestowed upon an individual to reward scheme for his devotion at the Katsuga Shrine.
The Art of Quilling
Quilling is the art of rolling long, narrow strips of paper into one of a number of basic shapes, including coils, scrolls and teardrops – some of which are squashed and creased – and applying them to a background to create abstract or figurative designs.