So much has changed in 4 years - I am definitely poorer than I was pre-kid, and then there's that never-changing, irritating phenomenon of the South African Rand being absolutely dismal compared to the currencies of those first-world places where all these contraptions and craft supplies come from. Taken together, that makes me come to a horrible self-realisation - I no longer have the financial means to be able to splurge on just everything I desire especially those trendy crafty goods with very first-world prices that my chronically broke derriere am no longer able to afford.
But when you got to get your creative fix, you make a plan - and plans I have been (in the) making.
I got back in touch with some SOUTH AFRICAN brands/products that I used to love and I think I have actually been a little more original, creative and not fallen into that trap of (subconsciously or consciously) trying to mirror the trends and styles on the craftNet.
Then I thought it was kind of funny, because all the South African Brand Craft Products I have been buying, have evolved in terms of how they are used and I thought it would be fun to blog about how I use these products even though its not exactly what they were actually designed, created or marketed for.
My first share after my long hiatus are these notebook/journal covers. I have been a fan of Luthien Thye for years who creates the most magnificent books and jewelry and cool stuff. I always thought it was freaking awesome and I loved her notion of functional art. So I fully give her all the credit for inspiring this little avenue of craft dabbling and for inspiring the design of most of my attempts. I mean I tried really heard not to copy her too much, but the stuff she does is so amazing and I find myself kind of like subconsciously imitating her because I love he style so much. - so I do give Luthien Thye the credit for the craft/design asthetic. ALL CREDIT TO YOU Luthien Thye.
Let me start with one that I gave to my dearest Mau for Christmas.
I loved making this - it really turned out awesomely textured and chunky and antique and the glossy resin coat I treated it made me dream about finding some ancient artefact at the bottom of an Ocean.
I thought I had better pictures of this - but alas this is all I have got for now!