Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The next phase

Yes, I know.. it's very unlike me to fill sketchbooks or write notes and lists....
But the usual, "let's see what we can make from this chaos of ideas and half-started projects" attitude doesn't cut it with craft book publishers... and there have been talks with publishers (nothing is set in stone).  We're at the pre-aquisitions planning and list-writing stage, so there's no way this free-forming non-list-writing chick can avoid it. 

And the funny thing is, I'm enjoying it.  It means endless hours spent watching slideshows on Style.com, playing with design ideas, playing cutting-and-pasting, and calling it "work".
Today, since the wee girl has a little friend over to play, I'm hoping to steal odd moments to play with fabric and patterns, too.   I'm breaking out of the usual mold and about to explore a wider range of fabrics for bag-making....

I have a very interesting roll of all sorts of millinery fabrics from Torb&Reiner to play with.  Collaboration and fun times ahead... I love the opportunity to branch out and learn new things.  New materials and a lack of comfort-zone habits present new curve balls, and usually result in Great Leaps Forward.  I love Great Leaps Forward.

Rather serendipitously, I've also been invited to teach at next year's Grampians Texture retreat, where I'll get to put all the above "work" into practise in some workshops.  My workshops will have a focus on bag-making techniques, using unconventional or handmade textiles...
Looking at the programme of events and the callibre of the tutors, I'm actually wishing I was able to go as a paying guest... It looks like Textile Heaven!
And quite aside from all this overlapping of skills and note-writing and whatnot, I can't stop thinking about something completely unrelated.
I've borrowed my sewing buddie's (Japanese) Pattern Drafting Vol III book (borrowed, because I can't seem to find my own copy for less than $150, these days!).  It was published in 1972, so the silhouettes are inspiring a healthy dose of nostalgia for the things that I wore as a kid, and the illustrations are an absolute delight.

Also inspired to make clothing patterns, is the smallest designer in the building.  Here's her nightie design and related pattern pieces... to inspire me.... (I love those collar pieces..).
Right at this moment, the playdate that's going on here is involving one little girl teaching another to sew (super-cute), using my machine.  I guess that means that my opportunity to sew was spent writing this blog post, and I'll have to get back to my lists and sketchbooks for a bit longer.

9 comments:

Katrina Reed said...

Nikki,

I love following your blog and am always inspired by your creativity. I've purchased your book and am dying to find the time to actually make something from it so that I can learn some of your techniques that everyone raves about.

I see that you are running all over the country holding classes. There is another artist blog that I follow and she has these amazing online classes. She does these fantastic video tutorials for sketching, painting, learning about colour. I thought your teaching techniques may also be really cool in video format so I though I would share her blog and classes with you: http://www.alisaburke.com/onlineworkshops.html

As if we all need another "idea" but I would definitely love to see you in action so thought this may be a possibility for your business too.

Margaret said...

How exciting, I love the pre-proposal phase of gathering ideas. Looks very exciting! Can't wait!

Breakfast jo said...

I am loving the handbag sketch bottom rhs on the first pic. I will say nothing more.... oh except that Katrina's comment felt like dejas vu, and I'm not allowed to say any more about that either lol hahahaha...luv ya work :O)

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

I would also LOVE a copy of that kids book. Maybe they could reprint it for us because at $150 I'll admire the pics on your blog!
Looking forward to your next one!

clare's craftroom said...

How good another book ! Congratulations x

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I'm not so much with the Great Leaps Forward, but of the Great Jumping Up and Down on the Spot - consolidation.

so you do the leaping and I'll just watch ;-)

Amy Grant said...

How exciting on your news :) I love those nightie collar pieces too. Wonderful that your little one likes to sew also :)

Posie Patchwork said...

OH that pattern book is stunning, i hope you find a copy one day, with a $2 sticker on it, not knowing what gold it is. Love Posie

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, if you need a list written, I'm your girl ;o) (but you already knew that lol) It all looks very exciting anyway :o)

As for the pattern drafting, love the look of that book. I'm starting a course on Sunday, and can't wait!