By spotogspindel | May 6, 2013
My Sunday-fun-project was making this necklace. In the States, I managed to squeeze in a visit to Michael´s, where I found a couple of “beads” from Susan Lenart Kazmer. I really like her style, the maximalistic, overloaded steampunk, or maybe we can call it “junkpunk”. She uses all sorts of found object, and gives them a new life in a new setting.
In this particular piece there are the four little lightbulbs grounded in ice-resin. And the little blue ticket-book. These are of course mass-produced to be sold at Michael´s, but I´ve taken her class, I know her (she´s is a try delight and a wonderful inspiration!), I´ve seen her original jewelry, and it´s fantastic! So in order for this to be a true Susan-necklace, I´ll need to add at least twice as much on it, as I´ve done so far. I´ll be on the lookout!
By the way, the little blue bead is enameled; I made that at At n´Soul.
I really loved her class, and would like to take more classes with her, to be honest. There is a ice-resin-world just waiting to be discovered out there!
By spotogspindel | May 4, 2013
Spindelmaker´s goody give-away for May is 5 brand new postcards. Since I have my big exhibition this month, I thought it might be appropriate to have a give-away related to it. You are all welcome to the opening, of course! But one of you can get these postcards, made of pictures to be presented at the exhibition. (you can only see part of them in the photo)
Want to win?
Here’s 3 ways to Enter:
1. Leave a comment on any of my posts in January, and get an entry.
2. Leaving a comment on this post, letting me know how you plan to celebrate life on ordinary days during these dark winter-months, and get 2 entries.
3. Promote my giveaway on your blog and get 3 entries! Feel free to pull this image to use on your blog. And don’t forget to leave me a comment so I know you did.
In April I was away on a family-holiday, so I didn´t pick a winner for March. You thought perhaps I´d totally forgotten about April, but I haven´t. So today, instead of just picking a random winner for March, I´ve added another pair of earrings for the April-winner. But first thing´s first. March. And the winner is….
Gail of Shedding the Wolf
Moving on to April, and the Indian bead, metal earrings. The winner is: Katy of kt40
So then all that remains is to wish you a wonderful month of May!
By spotogspindel | May 3, 2013
About a decade ago I designed a summer uniform for the local guide company. It was loosley based on a viking pattern. With a belt with the text from the nearby church. (One of the oldest in Norway) The text is the old latin “Ave Maria, Gracia Plena, Dominus Sanctus” written old-style.
The dresses have been worn a lot, and some of them needed replacing. So today´s task was to make a new belt for one of the dresses. First I freestyle machine-embroider the letters onto water-soluable fabric.
Dissolving the fabric in warm water, and I´m left with only the lacy letters. I then appliqué them onto the real fabric, which is a raw, natural silk. This makes the letters more 3-D than if I had just sewn them directly onto the fabric.
All done! It looks better with the dress under though
By spotogspindel | May 2, 2013
May is filled with budding leaves, the sun is warming, nature is coming alive… or at least I hope this is what will happen. The calendar sheet for May is with a picture called “Dreaming of getting to sea”. The naked rock-faces are from the islands north-west on Bømlo. Nothing can compare with a warm, sunny summer day, out in boat, in between the small islands. Nothing. Summer, you are dearly missed and most welcome!
By spotogspindel | May 2, 2013
The seat has once again been reunited with the chair, this time with a brand new girly-girl. Photo: Vibeke Rogne
By spotogspindel | April 30, 2013
I just had to share this
By spotogspindel | April 30, 2013
A couple of pictures of Kristine dancing “The Camel”.
A woman on the red carpet, striking poses. More and more strange poses.
The powder pink color is chosen to give an association to vulnerability.
The event is outside in the botanical garden in Bergen. Freezing cold, but with such high artistic quality it left us all inspired!
By spotogspindel | April 28, 2013
For a danceshow in June, I have an assignment to make a seer and costumes. But tomorrow is World Dance Day, and one of the costumes need to be ready by tomorrow´s preview.
So I found my powder pink silk chiffon and rayon, and got started.
The underdress is here almost finished. My bust has different measurements than my dancer. So the whole thing seems all twisted here, hopefully it´s not in real life.
I wanted the dress to be inspired by deconstuction, so I´ve made all the seams on the outside. The length I´ll cut when she tries it on tomorrow.
There will come another dress made in the silk chiffon on top, in a different pattern. I wanted to make this an improvised draped thing…
Now of course, anyone remotely sensible, would make a draped pattern in say cheap cotton fabric. Especially if you´re working with crinkled silk chiffon. It´s more alive than a happy puppy! But not me.
The result is putting it up on the stand/bust, pinning one part, taking it down, sewing it, putting it back up, doing the next part. It is truly a textile improvisation. I changes many times during the process.
Of course I COULD plan it all, but part of the fun, is seeing how it evolves.
The last seam makes it to small to put back on the bust, so now I can only see it on a hanger. It looks a bit funny, asymmetrical as it is. Hopefully it will look absolutely smashing on my dancer.
By spotogspindel | April 25, 2013
Finished! Missy here is commissioned. A friend of mine had an antique chair and wanted to give it some color. Instead of painting it, I made her a new cover for the seat. I only have the seat, so she´ll have to send me a photo of the “new” chair.
By spotogspindel | April 23, 2013
Look at this amazing painting! Isn´t it gorgeous?!
I commissioned a painting by my friend Brian this fall, as a celebration, or marking of the event when I was given membership in the Norwegian Visual Artists Association.
He made several paintings, and I got to borrow them home to see which one looked like it belonged.
If you want to see more of his work, you can find him on Facebook and on his website. He´s also going to have a sales-exhibition in Skudesnes under the summer-festival in the beginning of July. See you there?