Whilst training in carpentry Ernst Gamperl turned to the lathe rather by chance, and embarked on his lifelong love affair with wood. Starting out an autodidact with no previous knowledge of the art, Gamperl was unhampered by convention in his approach to turnery. From the outset he devoted his energies to the same artistic issues he was to toil at ever after.
London Glassblowing Studio was set up by Peter Layton as a hot glass studio in 1976, and it remains one of the few places in the UK where hand-blown glass is created. All work is free-blown, ensuring the individuality of each piece. The glass artists that have worked here include Anna Dickinson, Candice-Elena Evans, David Flower, Yoshiko Okada and Siddy Langley – many setting up later their own workshops.
Layered corsages are little stacks of different fabric circles, sewn together to form a layered flower. They can be made from tiny scraps of leftover fabric and transformed into lovely gifts with all sorts of uses. Once you start making these flowers, you will not want to stop. As you only need tiny circles of each different fabric it is often worth making several flowers at a time.
Leafcutter Designs is a creative studio in Oakland, CA run by artist Lea Redmond and her brother Devin. They seek to create a more playful, peaceful world by offering curious goods, surprising services, and participatory projects. Many of their goods started out as handmade gifts for family and friends. After seeing lots of people enjoy what they made, they decided to make bigger batches.
The Renegade Craft Fair (RCF) is a large scale marketplace event, showcasing the work of contemporary indie-craft artists. Featuring hundreds of artists at a time, vendors travel from all over to sell their handmade goods and original artwork. RCF is held in urban epicenters of creative indie-entrepreneurship throughout the US and abroad – including Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, and London (UK). Join the London RCF on September 15th and 16th 2012 from 11am-6pm both days at the Old Truman Brewery for the very best in indie crafts from the UK
Old baggage comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Many bags and cases still have shipping labels from their last journeys and some interesting clues as to whom they belonged. They were built to withstand robust handling as they were portered between boat, railway luggage car, cart or carriage, stacked high and packed full.
All of you who do some sewing know that to have a needlecase is a great thing to keep sewing tools tidy and organized. So, this project is a good way to make an order in your craft box or drawer, as much as the nice way to use up your fabric and felt scraps (even the smallest!).
Beaded door hanger is an item that has almost childlike simplicity which looks very effective. It is a sort of charm bracelet for your door or anywhere else you would like to hang it. It is a great fun to do all preparations for this project – collecting lovely beads, buttons, old keys and different trinkets that you can use. Spend some time to collect interesting stuff and organize them by shapes and colours.
Garden twine has a lovely natural texture and is great to use in this simple and costless yet effective project. By dyeing batches of the twine with special textile dyes (Dylon, Rit Dye, iDye, Tulip® Permanent Fabric Dye…) you can create colour combinations to suit your home interior. This project is very easy to realize that you can also involved your children or it can be a great school art class project.
Many of you might be having an artistic approach towards life and would love to make use of this art during your leisure time. A craft book is a great way to improve your skills with all the innovative ideas and steps at your fingertips. Transferring patterns is also a craft work that requires your time and skills.