It has been quite a year! Whew, when I go through my photo library I often feel like I’m on an extremely fast roller coaster and queasy in my stomach… Have I really taken that many pictures and made that many things?!
It has been quite a year of making! This is my brain sometimes… ideas just exploding in my head! Learning how to allow yourself to consider all kinds of ideas is a great thing! Before you know it… boom!
What I have learnt about myself…
As you may have noticed I tend to have in many projects that are connected to nature. I am old enough now to realize that I am unique in my own way. Yes, there may be modern ideas that are all the rage now but they are so ‘on trend’ and in no time will also become ‘old fashioned’. You need to be true to yourself and admit what you like in life. If you do, then you are more likely to be happy with it and not have to ‘change’ with each fad. You will then also not be the same as everyone else…
I am foremost an artist; of a few decades I admit. That means my projects may seem a slight bit more unique than the copy-bloggers out there. I do put much effort to developing my own designs. Personally I need to stay true to my artist-self.
I am also a teacher, formal and not so formal. The ‘blog management thing’ is just a part of my journey that I need to partake in so to be able to share with you all.
Truly, my heart lies in the ‘making’ and inspiring others to enjoy the happy accomplishment of making as well. I may not be able to post on instagram a million times a day, or make fancy videos but I am putting much of my effort to the designs and am very excited at how my fan base is growing!
Natures’s Eco printing:
I have made quite the strides in the last year of printing with botanicals. It is so much fun and keeps you on your toes but can be so shockingly surprising!
Paper Eco printing has been another new & mind-bogglingly beautiful way to create absolute unique art!
Printing leads to sewing… So why not make a ‘body-double’?! Don’t be intimidated as I am not a seamstress but do enjoy basic sewing projects.
Concrete of course:
I may seem odd since this art form is not the typical blogger kind. There’s many reasons for my love of concrete, come join me.
Is it nature made? Or is it hand made? Does it matter as long as it’s beautiful?! You know I love orbs especially geode ones!
I’m starting to be known as the ‘crazy concrete lady’ but I am perfectly fine with it! Who else gets such satisfaction from a cabbage leaf? This is my all-time favourite orb.
We all need a sense of Humour:
Inspired by the best designer; Nature:
Even furniture became it’s best own geode. Who would have thought?!
Small or large, the principles are the same. I enjoy being able to take a piece along with me.
The world is better with Colour:
Imagine that making folds can produce such great design! Still loving Shibori and Dyeing with Icehttps://www.madebybarb.com/2018/08/09/diy-easy-dyeing-with-ice/
Tied by hand but magic by dye; taking character from rock forms. Alright, blue is my favourite…https://www.madebybarb.com/2018/09/16/the-new-modern-tie-dye/
That’s me hiding in my cozy cashmere dyed scarf. Winters in Canada and brilliant blues; perfect!
Happy New year! I hope you will join me in 2019 and discover that you can surprise yourself. If you would like to make any suggestions please feel free to contact me!