Tag: ART

Crafty Christmas Presents

p1040208Just a few crafty bits and bobs I got for Christmas. A new copy of Selvedge magazine which is stupidly expensive, but has pretty pictures and articles on artisanal* crafty things.  A book of 20 different fabric flowers for me to try making, and some pretty silver tape. Continue reading “Crafty Christmas Presents”

Inspiration- Tibor Reich

I went to visit the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester where there was an exhibition on of Tibor Reich.  (January- August 2016)  Reich was an Hungarian textile designer, he came to the UK in 1937 after Europe became a little too hot for Jews.

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How To Make Stamps From Foam and Cardboard

I’ve seen stuff about making stamps from foam by attaching it to wooden blocks.  I don’t understand why these people have some many wooden blocks just lying around their homes, maybe I will one day…anyway I opted to use cardboard instead.

I had some thick cardboard and I cut it into 4 pieces which turned out to be around 6 x 7.5cm and glued them on top of each other to make a cardboard block I could hold easily.

I cut some strips of foam out and glued them onto the cardboard block- half horizontally and half vertically. And that’s the stamp.  I made some others with arrows, hearts, and holly.

Foam Stamps

To ink up the stamp you dab the ink pad onto the stamp and not the other way around.  You should also store your ink pad upside down to stop it from drying out.

Helen Friel

Cool Find- Helen Friel Paper Artist

Helen Friel is a London based paper engineer which is one of those made-up sounding careers that I totally should have taken up.  It does seem that her job is just to make paper things for photo shoots for magazines to accompany articles but what she makes is quite cool.

IntotheVoid Helen Friel

This image was for the Time Magazine article ‘Into the Void’. 

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This was a piece from a solo show she did at Coningsby Gallery in 2013

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Cool Find- Martin and Paloma Munoz

Traveler 266, 2009 ©Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz
Traveler 266, 2009 ©Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz

I was looking for snow globe inspiration for some Christmas ones I was planning to make and I stumbled upon these cool ones by Martin and Paloma Munoz famous for their sculptures and photographs of sculptures that contrast pristine settings and grisly scenes.

Traveler 270, 2011 ©Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz
Traveler 270, 2011 ©Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz
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How To Make An Origami Crane- Pt 2 Making the Crane

This is the second part of my origami crane blog post, part one introduced the Inside Reverse fold which is the tricky part of making an origami crane.  In this part I’m going to actually make the crane 🙂

Origami Crane
Take a square of paper and fold it in half horizontally, vertically, and diagonally both ways. Then unfold it and you should have creases in your paper as above.
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Refold the paper in half diagonally, then in half again.
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Open out the first layer slightly, and slide you finger inside.
This origami has become unintentionally naughty sounding, I apologise.
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Continue to open out this top layer.
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Continue…
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Press down and flatten it.
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Turn over and repeat on the other side.
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You should end up with this.
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Position the folded square so that the open end is pointing down, while the folded edges are all at the top. Fold the top left and right sides into the centre.
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Fold the top point down, then unfold again. Turn over and repeat on the other side.
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Unfold and this is what you should have.
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Open out the top layer, pull the point at the bottom of the square to meet the point at the top.
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As you do that you you should gently flatten the left and right sides along the creases created earlier- and you wondered why we were doing all that folding and unfolding!
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Position the diamond so that the open ends are at the bottom and the folded edges are all at the top. Then fold the left and right points into the middle.
Origami Crane
Now it’s time for that Inside Reverse fold in Part One, do an inside reverse fold on the ‘legs’ folding them upwards but inside the rest of the origami.
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Do the same for both ‘legs’
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Do the same thing again but this time fold the right point down to create the crane’s head.
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Look at the crane from above like this, and gently pull it’s wings.
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And you’re done!
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The finish product.
Origami Crane and Swan
My growing paper aviary.