There is nothing quite like hand made and even better is when that creative sole shares a few of their secrets and ideas for you to try your hand at some fab projects all by your little self…. or heaven forbid to while away the school holidays with the kids if you can prize away their ipod playing One Direction on repeat….
One such creative sharing sole is New Yorker Ann Wood who makes things, paints stuff, and draws for her “life and livelihood”. Another champion of the upcycle, Ann works with mostly found, and salvaged materials, many of them vintage or antique garments.
“Much of my inspiration comes from these materials as well as from many of the ideas I have been infatuated with my whole life : smallness, intricacies, miniaturization, collections, repetition; lost or abandoned things discovered and rescued; the idea of haunted and enchanted places, things and creatures; the setting of a tiny stage.”
Sail Boats and Shipwrecks
Your little sailboat will be handmade from recycled cardboard (mostly cereal boxes) or paper mache, vintage buttons, vintage and contemporary fabrics and piloted by a single merry wobbler or sea faring owl, other wise known as a “Gentleman Sailor”.
Owls and Birds
All dressed up and no place to go maybe. Handmade from a variety of vintage and antique garments. They have vintage button eyes and are stuffed with organic wool. They do look a little sad and in need of a good home.
My favourite has to be the character filled birds above an the bat below… how about you?
Now it is your turn…..
Are you feeling creative, well Ann shares some of her secrets on her blog, and gives step by step guides to help you create your own little master pieces. From tea cups to stampeding horses, I am sure you will find something to take your creative fancy …… If you do make let me know how you get on ( just click on the title and follow the instructions).
What better way to make use of your cereal boxes…..
On with the colourful journey…………….