Category Archives: Artists and Sellers

Heart Frames Project

I found this wonderful project by Kristina from www.love.a. I got in touch with her and she told me that she got the inspiration for the frame heart from an old issue of Marie Claire Idees and she always wanted to have a heart on top of their bed. She loves photography so she named her project the Heart Frames Project. I’d love to do this project someday. It would be the perfect way to feature family photos.

Interview: Dewi-Marie from Hello Embrace

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Dewi-marie and I work as a freelance designer. I like all things vintage. I love exploring new places, walking and taking pictures and thrift shopping. I drink a lot of green tea and I can never NOT buy anything when I go to an art/craft or fabric store. I have a lot of supplies stored away waiting to be used.

2. How did you come up with your name, Hello Embrace?

I thought about the difference between hugs and embraces. Embraces are just like hugs but you can embrace things that aren’t tangible. And a common theme with my work is always somewhat related to hope and love and love in itself is a general term. So the name is, in a way saying Hello to everything I love.

3. What got you into crafting?

It was something that came naturally. I used to craft a lot when I was younger and always making gifts for friends and then I stopped. But a few years ago, I re-discovered the joy of it and how easily accomplished I felt when a project was completed. I’ve always been supportive and interested in the whole DIY scene. I like the process of being hands on and how organic it is. It’s also very therapeutic.

4. What do you make and why do you make them?

I do hand drawn quote posters. I have always been drawn to typography and always found it easier to draw words as opposed to people or still life. The posters actually started as gifts for friends and I had been posting them on the internet, eventually strangers started asking if they were for sale and so I started selling them on Etsy. The intention of these posters are that they bring some form of wisdom or inspiration into peoples lives while at the same time beautifying their surroundings. I also make hand sewn fabric posters but that’s still in its baby stages.

5. Do you have a favorite item that you created? Is it sold or still available for purchase?

Probably this big piece I did for a Nixon Art Mosh in 2011. It was a 60 x 75cm piece of wood, covered in strips of book cover fabric and I had the words “Our hands like puzzle pieces that fit” cut out of the fabric exposing the wood grain beneath. It sold on the day of the show, which was actually my first show in a very long time and to actually have someone buy my artwork was very gratifying. I actually have another one similar in the works that I have yet to cut out.

6. Are you a full time artist or crafter? If not would you like to be?

I recently left my job in advertising just so I could have more time to dedicate to my ideas. I don’t quite like calling myself an artist. I somehow prefer the term “creative”. I graduated in fine arts but ended up in design, although in between those two time periods, I worked as a photographer for a couple of years and I like doing crafty things.

As a creative, I merge all these things I’ve learnt and love to do over the years to produce a product or artwork. Ideally, I’d like to do this full-time but realistically, there are bills to pay so, I do freelance design jobs to support that.

7. Do you have any favorite blogs or resources that you can share to our readers?

Pinterest is great for quick ideas cos you’ll end up blog hopping alot from there. Then there’s designspiration and typeeverything for my typographic and design fix.

8. Do you have any discount codes or promotions that you can offer our readers?

Free shipping! Coupon Code: KATALANA0912 at my Etsy store: Hello Embrace – Etsy

Awesome Pixel People Cross Stitch

I did some cross stitch projects in school and I swore never to do another one ever again. That is, until I saw these super cool patterns from Jacqueline of weelittlestitches.

She has patterns for most of our favorite series and movies. Don’t you think this is a perfect project for the weekend?

Source: weelittlestitches

Owl Plushies

We launched our new plushies at the Public Garden Flea Market this weekend. We got a lot of customers interested in buying the sewing pattern and complete sewing kit which we will be launching this month.

It was difficult to part with two of our plushies . I guess it is so easy to get attached to something you spend hours making. The lovely ladies from irui.com.sg gave our plushies a new home. We got one of them to pose for a quick photo.

Bought by the ladies from irui.com.sg

One Million Bones Project

While we were at Tiramisuzi’s studio, she invited us to participate in the One Million Bones project which aims to raise awareness for genocide and other atrocities going on today.

Each bone created generates a $1 donation by the Bezos Family Foundation up to $500,00. There are different ways on how you can participate in this project. You create a bone, get a bone made in your name, donate, or host a bone making event.


We both created spine bones made of left over clay. Lex patterned his spine bone like the photo while I chose to create a broken spine bone. Once dried, Suzi said that these will come out pinkish and she will help us by coloring them white.

One Million Bones

Pottery with Tiramisuzi: Glazing Session

We went back to Tiramisuzi’s studio last weekend to glaze our pinch pots. Suzi gave us a quick lesson on the difference between glazes and underglazes. The most important thing beginners need to know is that underglazes, after firing, would  have a close-to-consistent color as prior to firing, while glazes, after firing, may be colored differently compared to its initial color after applying the glaze.

Pinch pots after being fired

I chose to use Malachite which is a shade of teal on the outside and a vivid orange glaze on the inside. I lined the rim of the pot with white underglaze then added a transparent glaze on top so that the white lining becomes shiny.

Glazing my pinch pot

Katrina used crackling painting China Seal, which is close to a sea foam color, as the main color of her pinch pot and she lined the rim with a bright yellow underglaze for a pop of color. She also put on a coating of transparent glaze to make the lining on the rim shiny.

Kat's Pot

The glaze was quick to dry and, before we knew it, we had put on the recommended 2-3 coats per color. We can’t wait to see the fired pots.

Tiramisuzi

Pottery with Tiramisuzi

We headed to Susan’s studio last Saturday to get a lesson on pottery. Since we didn’t have any experience handling clay, Suzi started us on a simple project  making pinch pots.

Tiramisuzi's studio at Goodman Arts Centre

We got a tour of the entire ceramics studio then she showed us how to condition the clay properly which is important before starting a clay project.

Around Suzi's Studio

I worked on a tear shaped bowl while Katrina made a flower shaped bowl. Time flew by so fast. We spent several hours molding the clay and chatting. Suzi told us that the clay needs to dry thoroughly before it can be fired in the kiln.

Pinch Pots

We’re going back for a second session where we will learn how to glaze the pinch pots. It was a fun session and we look forward to our next lesson with Suzi.

Tiramisuzi

 

Custom Paper Dolls

I just love the work of artist and illustrator Jordan Grace Owen who makes these awesome custom paper dolls. It would be great to have a unique family portrait framed near my desk for inspiration. Can’t wait to place our order.

Cool Idea for a Family Portrait

Jordan Grace Owens