In the interests of keeping this blog alive, here's a bit of a round up from the last few weeks.
If you've seen it in the news; the haze has been horrendous. My poor pups have been walked maybe 2 times in the last month! It seems like forever since we've seen blue sky. Some days are better than others, but it can change in just an hour from being ok to being "unhealthy" or "hazardous".
Our shortcut to the MRT station
This lovely lady and her daughter came and stayed for 2 nights on their way to Bali. I'm so lucky to have met Em online years ago, and find out (in one of those quirks of my life) that she knew 2 of my brother in laws. Then she moved to NH; an hours drive from our house in VT and I get to see her when I go home...my Aussie friend in New England. Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to have just a few days on her Soulful Escape to Bali trips. Unfortunately these just don't coincide with when we have school holidays at our school...but I was so happy to have her and Ivy stay for just 2 nights.
We spent a day exploring Arab St and Little India..
We stopped for some henna (I'm so in love with this on my foot!)
Ivy and Ella- their birthdays are a week apart, and they did the caving camp over summer together. And apparently they dress the same.
Love this girl.
Last Saturday, Matt and I went to a MUSE concert which was fabulous. 3rd time for me, and I'd see them again in a flash.
I'm working on some set designs for the music department's production of Mulan. I love the way these transperancies look over the original ink calligraphy that I did (yeah, I know- what do I know about that!) . Old school layering.
Here's my image I'm working on for our screen printing after school CCA. 4 layers...can't wait to print this.
Meanwhile, at home, I've been on a bit of a stitched bowl blitz...hand stitching...
And machine stitching...
The machine stitching one required a trip into the heartlands of Singapore with Matt to buy a new machine...
I call her "Bertha" after "Big Boobied Bertha" from the How to Train your Dragon series.
I'm going through an active phase in my creative endeavours at the moment. Totally inspired by my new studio (and the Haze that's plagued us here for the last few weeks and means dog walking is out of rotation), I come home from work and go straight upstairs to "work" on my art. I finished this piece within days of the studio move and have sold it already. It's waiting to go to it's new home. I'm totally in love with the colours.
The dogs were very interested in my attempts to photograph it before it goes.
This piece hasn't made it into Matt's work (for which it was intended) yet and I'm loving it where it hangs right now; it catches the light really well.
Meanwhile I have finished painting the background for this piece today, but I'm still working on assembling the collaged part. I used my Indian woodblock stamps to stamp some papers. One of the stamps is a peacock and it inspired these tiny slivers of paper cut up and assembled into a peacock feather. Lots of gluey fingers, but I'm enjoying the process.
Here's the background; purple is a notoriously difficult colour.
I'm on a bit of a roll at the moment- as it always tends to happen. Above is the beginnings of a new art piece that I'm working on. I bundled up the paper tiles I made to keep them flat and I really liked how they looked like that. Below is a series of other makings I have going on at the moment...
I bought myself a little fixed weaving loom a few weeks ago and I have discovered a new creative outlet!
I'm loving how my dyed and spun wool from a few years ago comes out woven.
I'm glad I got a picture of the green one, as the dogs got into it!
Another with my wool.
We had a long weekend this weekend due to Singapore election day so I used my time wisely and moved my studio upstairs to Remi's old room/the man cave/Max our border who has just moved out's room. This room has lovely light and when the boys were up here they kept the curtains closed for gaming. I liked my little studio downstairs, but it was always so dark. Matt was still in London, so I dangled some money in front of Kit and Ella and got them to help me.
I love love LOVE this room.
I also hung my latest artwork and moved this lovely indian block print that used to be in my studio.
And it was a good weekend to be inside due to this: HAZE. It's been bad lately. And it's only because the wind is blowing it this way... in Indonesia it must be like this a lot.
And a gratuitous photo of 4 of my babies...
We have a no dogs on the couch rule...this is how the kids try to bend it!