Category Archives: Crafts

Lukas Mjartan glass art

Lukas Mjartan glass art

Born in 1975, Slovakian artist Lukas Mjartan  studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava in the Department of Industrial Design from 1994 to 2000. His major interest lies in kiln-formed glass, especially in cast glass. After his apprenticeship with renowned slovakian glass artists Zora and Stephan Pala, he began his own artistic practise. He has since developed distinctive sculptural language.

Christine Alvarado and Du Buh Du Design

Christine Alvarado and Du Buh Du Design

Christine Alvarado is an artist and doll maker originally from the Monterey Peninsula and she currently resides in Bend,  Oregon with her husband and son. Her background is in fine art, sculpture, printmaking, etc.. She earned an AA in Graphic Design at Monterey Peninsula College and her BA in Art at San Jose State University’s School of Art & Design.

How to Make a Chevron Friendship Bracelet?

How to Make a Chevron Friendship Bracelet?

Way back when we could make friendship bracelets with our eyes closed. Here is a reminder for the older generations and something very new for today’s teenagers. The friendship bracelets are amazing fun to make and it is a great gift to your BFF or siblings.

Patchwork Noticeboard

Patchwork Noticeboard

Here is an interesting project on how to make a decorative patchwork  noticeboard for your kitchen or study, or children’s room.  You can try to make the kind of patchwork that you would like to own on a number of occasions. But not the simple machined squares; you can go for other shapes, too. Also, you can cheat. Paper can be just effective as chintz or flannel scraps. Try to make it – it’s a real fun!

Shoko Teruyama’s Pottery

Shoko Teruyama’s Pottery

Growing up in Japan, Shoko Teruyama remembers tradition being part of daily life.  Temples and shrines were everywhere, even inside her home.  She was drawn to these sacred spaces and ceremonial objects because they were decorated with texture and pattern contrasted by areas of calm and stillness.

How to Make a Pretty Lamp

How to Make a Pretty Lamp

Handmade housewarming gifts that are really useful are always well received.These lovely lamps and colourful shades can be created to match existing colour schemes or as stand-alone pieces. Lamps, odd shades and the fabric to cover them can all be picked up for very little at markets and thrift shops. Make sure that the electrics and fittings are of the modern type and take them to a lighting shop to be checked if you are in any doubt.

Create Unique Passport or Notebook Covers

Create Unique Passport or Notebook Covers

In this project you will learn how to protect and personalise a passport or notebook with a removable and reusable cover. With a few minor adjustments, you could adapt this cover for your passport, diary or notebook of any size and personalise it as much as you wish. In this version we have made the cover to fit a standard paperback novel and reused a skinny belt to create a book fastener and to join the front cover to the back.

Yas – Ming Ceramics

Yas – Ming Ceramics

Yas-Ming Ceramics is a collaboration between Yasmin Dilekkaya and Ming Wai Sun. The pair have been working together since they graduated. Their products are fun and functional with animal heads and bums going in and out of ceramic tableware in place of conventional handles. Their process involves slip casting, press moulding and hand building techniques. All work is designed by Ming Wai and Yasmin and handmade in England. All Yas-Ming Ceramics are made in their Kent studio and in a small factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

All colours of Angie Wiggins

All colours of Angie Wiggins

Angie Wiggins is an American artist who obtained her BFA in fine crafts from James Madison University and has been an artist for over 30 years. Over those years, she has taken workshops in many different media from internationally known craftspeople such as Kathleen Dustin, Celie Fago, Tim McCreight, Layne Goldsmith, Robert Dancik,and Gwen Gibson. With all that wealth of influence, Angie herself has taught workshops at the Virginia Museum and at the Handworkshop (now known as the Visual Arts Center).

Katrin Moye’s Ceramic Art

Katrin Moye’s Ceramic Art

Katrin Moye is a ceramic artist and she specialises in making tableware using the traditional technique of slip painting on earthenware.  Her pattern designs are based on memories of her childhood in the 1970′s. She is inspired by everyday items she remember from the time such as wallpaper, picture books and cushions.  Katrin has developed her patterns on the simplified natural motifs found in design from this period as well as in the 1950s and 1960s.