Deckchairs are ready to order right now.

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My new  deckchair is ready to go. The frame is current Ikea stock that I have hacked, removed their removable sling and then added my own Spotcheck version. Perfect! This means that I don’t have to reinvent the wheel and make my own frames and that means that the deckchairs can stay in an affordable price range. Jolly good.

The chair is sampled here in Spot5d and Spot5L from my new OutsideIn outdoor fabric range – waterproof, UVproof, reversible and woven in Sydney.

$155 for the chair + sling ready assembled or $88 for just the sling on its own ( if you already have a deck chair with the same removable cover arrangement). Turnaround is currently about 2 weeks ( ish) and you can choose from the following options –

Spot 5D (black ground grey spots)  Spot 5L (grey ground black spots)

Spot 4D (red ground grey spots)  Spot 4L (grey ground red spots)

Spot 2D (black ground peacock spots) Spot 2L (peacock ground black spots)

Spot 8D (navy ground white spots) Spot 8L (white spots navy ground) 

Spot 1D (teal ground white spots) and Spot 1L (white ground teal spots).

Black:grey Spot 5DGrey:black Spot 5LRed:grey Spot4DGrey:red spot 4Lblack:peacock spot 2Dpeacock:black spot 2Lnavy:white spot 8DWhite:navy spot 8L  Teal:white Spot 1D White:teal spot 1L

If you love them, hurry up, send me an email and put in your order. I’ve got the stock right now and that means you’ll get them before Christmas. And we all want that don’t we?

x Julie

 

I’ve made 215 things for my pop up shop.

I've made 215 things for my pop up shop. It opens on Friday. I'll be setting up on Thursday. That means I've got today and tomorrow to make more things. Oh I forgot to add in the wreaths. They take quite a while and I'll probably only get a couple made so let's make that 218 things by Friday. See you there. Should be good.

It opens on Friday. I’ll be setting up on Thursday. That means I’ve got today and tomorrow to make more things. Oh I forgot to add in the wreaths. They take quite a while and I’ll probably only get a couple made so let’s make that 218 things by Friday. See you there. Should be good.

Look! The Hawkesbury workshop was a hit.

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Yesterday was a LookDrawPrint Sunday class at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery. We began with a spot of mindful foraging around the ‘hood for interesting bits of plant life and then drawing what we found until lunch time, then printing with stencils and rollers on canvas all afternoon.

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Each time I run a LookDrawPrint workshop I come away with a feeling of goodwill and happiness. Not just me, but everyone in the group feels it. Being creative feels good.

And science now backs this up  – there is proof  that being creative really is good for you. It builds well being and self compassion, confidence and empathy. You feel better about yourself when you can play. Not just the colouring-in-someone-else’s-patterns kind of creative,  more like challenging-yourself-to-have-a-go-at-creating-something-that-comes-from-your-own-hand-and-your-own-eyes in a supportive environment kind of creative. Getting into a flow of looking, drawing, printing and making,  being aware of the moment, embracing imperfection and mistakes, letting the experience be all there is for a few hours. That kind of creative. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday, that’s for sure.

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I’d like to thank Adrienne and Jenny at the gallery for letting me run this class ( with their assistance on the day ) outside of the Gallery’s normal workshop schedule and for all the women who came along armed with their enthusiasm and homemade food that we all shared for lunch ( the raw courgette lasagne from Kate’s Mum in particular was knock out – please send me the recipe Kate’s Mum). It was a pleasure to spend my Sunday with you all. Let’s do it again soon Adrienne.

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Ottomans in situ at the Blue Mountains Cultural centre.

I finally got to see my special ottomans in situ in the Cultural centre today. I printed a special run of Burnt orange and charcoal on raw linen in Stoney and Scratchy to work with the charcoal and cream carpet. Someone said to me today that the ottomans lift the space. I like that idea. They do too. Thanks for the commission @bluemountainsculturalcentre

A special run of burnt orange and charcoal on raw linen in Stoney and Scratchy was printed for this job for the foyer of the Cultural centre. The charcoal cream and viridian rug and the beautiful mountain views were the two things I had to consider when making this project work. Didn’t want anything to compete with that but neither did I want the fabric to be overwhelmed. So I went for classic prints and punchy colour combos. Someone said to me today that the ottomans lift the space. I like that idea. They do too. Thanks for the commission Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Blue print.

A fresh new blue palette has just been signed off at our design meeting today. Five new shades of cool blues from  jacaranda to indigo applied to a group of classic Cloth prints. So refreshing to look at on this hot Sydney day. Lovely.

At last a fresh new blue palette has just been signed off at our design meeting today. Five new shades of cool blues from  jacaranda to indigo applied to a group of classic Cloth prints. So refreshing to look at on this hot Sydney day.

The old fashioned way.

Today's job is recutting the artwork for my Pod design. The old screen was breaking down and the original film was damaged so I got out the ruby lith  film to make a new one. It's old fashioned and laborious but I love working with ruby when I can avoid working on the computer. And the grid underneath was given to me by Tony @wellspotted about 19 years ago - an old Mambo  piece of equipment that was getting thrown away. And I'm still using it Tony. How about that eh?

Today’s job is recutting the artwork for my Pod design. The old screen was breaking down and the original film was damaged so I got out the ruby lith film to make a new one. It’s old fashioned and laborious but I love working with ruby when I can avoid working on the computer. And the grid underneath was given to me by Tony @wellspotted about 19 years ago – an old Mambo  piece of equipment that was getting thrown away. And I’m still using it, Tony. How about that eh?

MtnsMade launched last night. So glad to be part of it.

i amMtnsMade launched tonight. So glad to be part of it.

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MTNS MADE – A brand new cultural identity for the creative industries of the Blue Mountains region. There is a website mtnsmade.com.au and a newspaper and me and Cannylass are in both.

We are honest and we are strong. We are authentic and we are bold. We are MTNS MADE.

Well done Stu and Kelly and Jacqueline and the whole team. You’ve done a really great job.

I’m playing shop keeper again, for 3 days in November in Blackheath.

I can't help myself. Im playing shop keeper again but just for 3 days. And just because I've been making stuff that I'd like to sell. Bags and cushions and deck chairs and artworks and teatowels and flags and sacks and and and.... Enough to fill a very small gallery on the highway in Blackheath called Virgin Walls. And if it works I'll do it again because I do so love playing shopkeeper.

I’ve been making stuff in my shed from fabric end rolls and offcuts and bits and pieces that I have left over from recent projects. Bags and cushions and deck chairs and artworks and teatowels and flags and sacks and and and…. Enough to fill a very small gallery on the highway in Blackheath called Virgin Walls. And if it works I’ll do it again because I do so love playing shopkeeper.

27 – 29 November Virgin Walls Gallery 251 a Great Western Highway Blackheath.