Sunday, 17 June 2018
Thursday, 1 March 2018
Sunday, 28 January 2018
I've just finished upgrading this UFO. I made this dress from a tennis dress pattern in 2004/5 (specifics are faint). The fabric came from a reclaimed bedsheet and as you can see, I was more concerned with conserving fabric than matching the print.
I love this dress but I had made the hem a little short. Luckily, in my fabric conserving spirit I had made the hem very wide. So, I was able to unpick it and lengthen the dress by a good 10cm. Unfortunately, wear on the hem had left pale lines in the print. I solved that through the application of trim (which probably cost more than the original fabric). The green trim covers the original hem line and the blue covers the fold.
If I had a do-over, I'd pattern match and maybe flare the skirt a bit more. That said, I still have the other bed sheet in the set, I could make another once my UFO stack is down to a more manageable size. It'll have to wait though, my two UFO complete per one new project is going well and I'm looking forward to tackling some ceramics next.
Thursday, 18 January 2018
Cleaning up images my phone and I found this critter - a Trichiocercus sparshalli. This fuzzy caterpillar turns into a white / silver moth. Apparently they can be found across Australia but the eastern states are more likely to have the red sub-species.
With water in the Pilbara being so scarce, if the local hive finds a readily available source, they all turn up for a drink. I strongly advise capping all drinks and using sippy straws to avoid the bee-in-the-mouth issue.
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
The party was fantastic and the company delightful. I especially liked the colour-coded cocktails in their lovely teapots and the test tube glasses. The propaganda posters were also most excellent.
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Monday, 28 August 2017
Thursday, 10 August 2017
Stay tuned for experimental updates!
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
More details, and early learnings on my next update!
Monday, 24 July 2017
I wondered if changing the paint thickness might help with resolution and repetition. The results of my experiments are as follows:
Monday, 17 July 2017
As a side note, the presence of copper-gold in the area would have provided mineralise for glaze and lustre while the presence of lead-zinc provided for the transparent lead glaze that permitted the beautiful underglaze ceramics (6).
Why Kashan though?
1: A new tectonic scenario for the Sanandaj–Sirjan Zone (Iran) 2005 A. Ghasemia, C.J. Talbotb Journal of Asian Earth Sciences.
2: Porphyry Copper Deposits of the Urumieh-Dokhtar Magmatic Arc, Iran. 2005. A. Zarasvandi, M. Zentilli, S. Liaghat.
3: The Ay Qalasi deposit: An epithermal Pb-Zn (Ag) mineralisation in the Urumineh-Dokhtar Volcanic Belt of northwestern Iran. DOI: 10.1127/njma/2015/0284
4: Geology of the Sari Gunay Epithermal Gold Deposit 2006 Northwest Iran. by J.P Richards, D. Wilkinson and T. Ulrich. Economic Geology. .
5: Ore Mineralization at Qamsar Cobalt Deposit:Skarn and Metasomatism Evidences . Hadi Mohammaddoost, Majid Ghaderi, Nematollah Rashidnejad-Omran The 1st International Applied Geological Congress
6: Islamic pottery, a brief history. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
7: Soils of Iran 1961. M.L Dewan, J. Famouri. Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
Saturday, 1 July 2017
Not this blog post! Nope.
Today my criteria for a craft activity required not leaving the house and the ability to stay in my PJ's all day. So I had to come up with a project that used supplies already on hand. Rather than teach you how to block print, I'm going to discuss different methods I'm trying over the next couple of posts.
Block printing with rubber stamps.
You will need to:
1 - acquire a friend who sends you rubber stamp when she thinks you'll like them. Alternatively, head to Art Riot or your local scrapbooking store and buy up some rubber stamps sold for embossing card and whatnot.
2 - acquire some fabric. (Or save some from being thrown out). Wash, dry and iron it flat.
3 - scrounge up some paint. I'm using left over Pebeo fabric paint from a previous project. You can also blend JoSonya's fabric medium 50x50 with acrylic paint.
4 - grab a foam brush or sponge. You need to apply a thin even coat of paint to the block. Having no sponge, I cut down one of my silk painting brushes. Apparently you can use a paint roller and paint pallet too.
Place your fabric on a towel or wool blanket covered table. Back it with newspaper to prevent bleed through. Dab a thin coat of paint on the block. Press firmly to the fabric and peel off carefully. Repeat many many times. Rinse all tools. Iron as directed by your paint. Done!
Next I'll try a clear plastic stamp kit I found at Kmart to see if that fixes my alignment issues.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
|Bowl. Iran, Nishapur 10th century. Earthenware, buff slip, underglaze slip-painted,. LACMA M.73.5.289. (No direct link is possible, check out items 30 and 52 of 99)|
|The finished plate complete with a variety of personalized chickens.|
I'm really happy with how this turned out. The green/yellow/white/black contrast looks great and is appealing to modern tastes as well. I only hope Phillipa likes it as much as I do.
1) The Met at Nishapur. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/nish/hd_nish.htm
2) Sgraffito from Nishapur. http://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/ruminations/2015/production-history-of-sgraffito-ware-from-nishapur
3) The extant plate - http://islamic-arts.org/2011/ceramic-vessel-collection-at-lacma/
Friday, 9 June 2017
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
I made another test piece with a dark blue brocade (with modern roses). I designed a collar of silver silk with red and blue silk embroidery. The intent of this was to test our my patterning skills, my embroidery skills and to create a backup outfit just in case I didn't get the final one done in time. In the end, the Lovely Iglasia wore the backup and we looked fantastic!
The embroidery was a simple design based on some of the pottery I'd been working on. I started by tracing my collar pattern onto the silk using a washable marker pen. I included a seam allowance and then free-handed the design. Once I was happy with the design, I simply tensioned it using a cane hoop and split stitched my way around each of the symbols and created
Saturday, 3 June 2017
In the format of NAME, Occupation, sex, date, caste (where possible)
Out of order and not quite secondary (i.e mentioned in introductory sections)
Kalhana, author, male, 1148-49 (meaning 'happy' or 'blessed')
Canpaka, minister, male
Harsa, king, male, 1089-1101
Mukta, menial servant, ?
Kanaka, Canpakas son, male
Jonaraja, commentator, male, ~1400
Asoka, king, male
Kumarapala, king, male
Bilhana, poet, male, 1080
Bana, author of Harsacarita (historical romance)
Harsavardhana, king, male
Yasovarman, king, male
Mankha, poet, male, 1128-1144
Alamkara, poet, male (Mankha's brother)
Kalyana, poet, male (possible alternative to Kalhana)
Sussals, king, male
Alakadatta, patron and minister, male
Kalyana, queen, female
Kallana, queen, female (alternative spelling to Kalyana)
Sussala, king, male, 1121
Uccala, rebel brother to Sussala, male
Gargacandra, Lord of Lahara, male
Radda, official then King (for a day), male
Salhana, half brother to Uccala, male
Bhiksacara, grandson of Harsa, male
Jayasimha, king, son of Sussala, male
Lothana, brother of Salhana, male
Mallarjuna, nephew of Lothana, male
Bhoja, son of Salhana, male, 1143-1145
Rilhana, minister, male
Alamkara, scholar, male
Mankha, minister, male
Udaya, lord of the gate, male
Ksemendra, poet and historian, male, ~1000
Padmamihira, chronicler, male
Helaraja, ascetic and chronicler, male
Chavillakara, chronicler, male
Meghavahana, king, male
Suryamati, queen, female
Cippata-Jayapida, ?, 813
Lalitaditya, king, male
Jayapida, Brahman, male
Ghatotkaca, prince, male
Jayasimha, king, male
Rajavadana, rebel, male
Yudhisthira, Pandava hero, male, 653
Gonanda, king, male
Hiranyakula, king, male
Vasukula, king, male
Mihirakula, king, male
Baka, king, male
Ranaditya, king, male
Durlabhavardhana, Karkota king, male, 600-636 CE
As'oka, king, male
Gonanda, king(s), male
Huska, Turuska King, male
Juska, Turuska king, male
Kaniska, Turuska king, male
Kaniska, Kusana prnce, male
Huviska, Kusana prince, male
Abhimanyu, king, male
Mihirakula, king, male, ~500-550
Narendraditya, king, male
Khinkbila, king, male
Hiranya, king, male
Toramana, brother to Hiranya and regent, male
Siladitya-Pratapasila, ruler of Malava (Ujjain), male, 580 CE
Pravarasena, king, male
Toramana, ?, male
Matrgupta, king, male
Lahkhana-Udayaditya / Lahkhana-Narendraditya, king, 209-222 CE
Khinkhila-Narendraditya, king, male, 250-214 BCE
Candrapida, king, male (also known as Tchentolopili of Kasmir), 713 CE
Tarapida, king, male, brother to Candrapida, 720
Muktapida-Lalitaditya, king, male 699-735 CE
Mu-to-pi, King of Kasmir, male, 736-747 (aka Muktapida - chineese spelling)
Durlabhavardhana, King and founder of the Karkota dynasty, male, 600-636
Tu-lo-pa, King, male, 627-647 (chinese spelling)
(anything pre 7th century has dodgy dates except those above which are corrected by Chinese accounts and artifacts such as coins)
Gonanda, King of Kasmir
Jarasamdha, King of Magadha
Damodara, Son Of Gonanda I
Yasovati, Gonanda's widow, female
Lava, founder of the Agrahara of Levara, male
Kusa, founder of Kuruhura, male
Khagendra,founder of Khagi and Khonamusa
Godhara, founder of Godhara
Asoka, king, male
Sacinara, king, male
Sakuni, Asoka's great-grandfather
Jalauka, King and son of Asoka, male
Avadhuta, saint, male
Isanadevi, Jalauka's queen, female
Damondara, king, male
Huska, Turuska prince, male (Turuska - Turkish buddhist sovereigns)
Jusja, Turuska prince, male
Kaniska, Turuska prince, male
Abhimanyu, king, male
Vibhisana, king, male
Indrajit, king male
Ravana, king, male
Vibhisana, King, male
Nara, king, male
Kimnara, king (aka Nara), male
Siddha, king and son of Nara, male
Utpalaksa, king, male
Hiranyaksa, king, male
Hiranyakula, King, male
Vasukula, king, male
Mihirakula, king and son of Vasukula, male, 515 CE
Toramana, king, male
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Time / Place
Kashan 12th/13th C
13th century, Iran.
Future tiles are hiding here.