WoW 2016 – Squarecrow the unsuccessful

I created two entries for the world of Wearableart this year. Luckily I did too as I received my first unsuccessful notification for one of the entries Squarecrow. Thank goodness I had received the successful notification for my Bizarre Bra entry – look out for the big reveal at the completion of the 2016 Awards Show on Friday 23rd September.

At first I was ok with the news. It quickly became sheer and utter disappointment. I was even somewhat embarrassed about it. I think I sulked for almost a week. I am part of a WoW designer forum. Other unsuccessful designers started to share their entries. The ones I saw were very impressive. It only makes me ponder at just how flipping incredible this year’s show promises to be! And seeing these amazing pieces that also were unsuccessful really helped me to feel better about poor old Squarecrow. Now I look at the images my friend Benjamin Nicols of Big Fry captured I can see things that I could have made better or different. I can also see that it is rather impressive. I think I tried to step out of the box I was starting to put myself in with my garment designs. For WoW 2017 I aim to get back in that box. Iterated and am that box. Design phase has commenced. I have been tinkering away with developing patterns for pattern elements and streamlining a concept. As soon as the entry kit is released I’m certain that there’ll be several hundred additional concepts swirling through my brain. I can’t wait!

The utterly gut wrenching news of an unsuccessful entry serves only serves to provide me with the drive, determination and positivity to push on and create garments with my WoW factor style. It has given me a better understanding of what I need to do; of what I can do to make it through next year. I guess it has enforced my belief in my style and ability.

Jumpers and Jazz 2016 – WoW at AOK

This year for Jumpers and Jazz in July I was asked if I would exhibit my World of Wearableart entries in a shop window on the main street of Warwick for the duration of the festival. Of course I said yes! On tree jumper installation day (the hottest in the history of the festival) I also helped Anna and Fay Cox from womens fashion store AOK Clothing with setting up the WoW display.

The feedback I received from Anna was really positive. Anna said that she ‘wished I could see the look of joy on people’s faces.’

Anna also related to me a story. One of her assistant’s was looking at the tree jumpers along Palmer Street. While stopping to look at one of the entries someone said to her “if you think this is good, you should see the display at AOK!”

Sounds like overall the exhibition was well received. It was certainly a delight to see my work all together for the first time. It was like getting the family together for the first time in a long time.

 

Getting cosy

tea-cozy_zombie      tea-cozy_voodooo

I love in.cube8r. I sell my pieces exclusively through in.cube8r Gallery in Fitzroy. Isy and Clare have been very supportive of my craft. Clare takes care of all of the interstate artists. Clare makes sure all our cubes look great and provides advice on what is and isn’t doing well in store. She told me that someone was in looking for a tea cosy and asked if had considered making creepy cute tea cosys? I hadn’t. I’ve made a few tea cosys in my crochet past; mainly when I was learning. At first I couldn’t fathom how to make them. I let the idea wash away as I thought it was too hard and that I couldn’t do it. Clare was persistent though. I made one that I hated and then two more that were a little better. I sent them off. They sold within a week. Shock. And of course the one Ihated was the first find a new home.

egg-cozy_zombie     tea-cozy_frankie

Beer cosys have been a regular in my cube space for about 12 months. Now that I think about it it makes perfect sense that I should have a tree cosy or two in my repertoire. I have also recently included a couple of egg cosys to the range. Each cosy is unique. I make and replace as they sell. Check out my cube space at in.cube8r or contact me for custom orders.

Hobart the White is in fact the 3rd! …the inside story

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Oh. My. Goodness.

Just completing an entry by the start of April was the target I set myself when I first conceived to enter in the World of Wearableart. The 25th Anniversary Show in 2013 saw my first attempt at putting together an entry. Gary was the product of my imagination. He made it to the stage as a finalist in the Weta Workshop: Crazy curiosities of the creature carnival section. Placing third in my section in this year’s show is almost too beyond my expectations I can barely fathom what just happened!

WoW 2014. This year I completed two entries in two separate sections: Children’s (one colour) and Bizarre Bra. A designer I met last year at WoW, and have since claimed as my friend, suggested submitting a bra to help with the chances of selection for judging.

I had a rough idea in my head how I wanted my creature to end up looking. I start with feet. The feet determined the character and kinda set the mood for the rest of the body. It was while I was working out the first foot that I thought they looked rather like Hobbit feet. I came up with the garment’s name “Hobart” from this. Shhh! Please don’t tell Sir Richard Taylor though!

toes foot-plan

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The hands and arms were created next along the creation path. The head and face were next. I’ll be honest. Hobart looks much more alienesque than I had anticipated. My original sketches had him looking far more ancient, mystical and peaceful. It came to be that I was creating a teenage yeti, not the old wise sage as I intended out to make. Which as I type this I realise it was pretty silly of me. It is the children’s section after all!

The body. The back flowed easily down from the head. Including all the scales which I had made separately proved challenging. In the end I was thrilled with how they looked. He has to have a tail and a chubby belly. I had designed the costume to be in 2 parts for ease of access for the performer. As I progressed I worked him out to be just a one piece dude.

Fast forward to current day. I arrived home from Wellington last night. Hobart would have been bouncing about the stage at TSB Arena as the plane’s wheels hit the tarmac. My WoW journey is nearly at an end for this year. Hobart and the WoW show have a few more performances yet to perform though. I bring home the joy of having placed in my section. I was on the stage and accepted my award from the Dame Susie Moncrieff. I have interacted with all the designers from New Zealand and the rest of the world. I fan grrrled out and met the wonderfully talented designers I admire David Walker (Lady of the Wood), Lynn Christiansen, Shaun Purucker, Svenja and Michelle Yeager & Tim Merz. My head is swirling with possible concepts for 2015. I’m tired but happy, thrilled in fact!

Hobart-the-White_stuff.co.nzAnd! Hobart made it in to the 2015 WoW Entry Kit booklet! Holy moly!

 

WoW 2014 >>> The Big Reveal!

As a designer entering in the World of Wearableart you have two great big waits.

Entries must be uploaded by the cut off date at the start of April. A quick week goes by before you learn your fate. You are either unsuccessful and keep your entry, or you’re in the next round of judging so you ship it to Nelson in New Zealand. This is the start of the first wait. The results are sent mid July. It’s a good 3 months until you receive the notification on whether your entry will be in the WoW show or not.

The second and bigger, longer wait is until the completion of the Awards Show ceremony at the end of September. It’s another 2 and half months later ( 5 and half all up) before Designers can publicly share their creations with the world. An it is not a moment before the Awards show has completed with prizes and announcements issued. At the post-show supper aka party an “official” announcement was made, “Designers! You can now share your images!”.

Wow-waiting flow chart

It is with great anticipation and pride that I can finally reveal my two entries in the 2014 World of Wearableart. I have tinkered with the images which I used to enter the competition. I am very, very grateful to my friend Ben Nichols for capturing the stunning photos. And to my equally stunning friend Rocky Reed for agreeing to model my crochet brain eating zombie bra.

Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you

Section: BIZARRE BRA :: Title: BRA_AAAAINSBra-aaains, Bizarre Bra, zombieBra-aaains, Bizarre Bra, ZombieSection: CHILDREN – one colour :: Title: HOBART THE WHITE

WoW, Crochet Yeti

WoW, Crochet Yeti

 

Voodoo in FNQ

A chance error in posting images to the wrong Facebook page has lead to a few of my pieces now haunting L’Artté in Port Douglas, Far North Queensland.

The initial delivery consisted of a small contingent of Ritual de la Voodoo dolls and a 5 man team of Skulkas. Hopefully they’ll be snapped up quickly ready for another batch to follow in their footsteps.

5 crochet skulls, skulkas

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Going GaGa

crochet Lady Gaga dollFor those playing along at home you have probably thought “this isn’t what she normally does”! And you are 100% correct! I have made a mess of reproducing people previously. But this Lady is one turned out wa-ay better than I could’ve dreamt, drawn or hoped!

Crochet Gaga was a custom order for a friend’s daughter. Allie lurves Lady Gaga. Just quietly I have been delaying making her as I didn’t have 100% faith in my abilities. I think it’s the eyes that I struggle to get right. Monster eyes are a cinch! The devil is in the details. Getting human eyes correct is something that I will continue to work on and improve. Gaga wearing sunnies sure helped.

The lips are another “part” I have botched up before. I worked out a different technique this time around. I am super happy with how they look and will certainly be replicating them in future projects.

As for a pattern… well, I started writing as I went. There are ones for the arms, legs and about half the body. Once I got into the swing of it I stopped writing as I went. Oh well. Guess that makes her a one off piece.

A suggestion filtered through to me about making a Kylie. In a former life I was a super huge fan of Kylie Minogue. I still love her, but not as hard as I once did. Thinking about making her has made me feel all warm. Think I’ll be streaming Kylie tunes today. It’ll be a nice break from my rockabilly infatuation for the past few months…

A quick Google search for crochet Kylie Minogue dolls revealed only Kyles in crochet outfits. Not a amigurumi doll to be seen. Hmmmmm niche market? As a wise gal once sang “Better the devil you know”

Hope you love her Allie xxx

Close Encounters WINNER!!

images of 2013 tree jumper

‘Tis Jumpers and Jazz in July season. The tree jumpers are installed and the winners have been announced. This week was simply INCREDIBLE for me. On Tuesday I was informed that my entry into the World of Wearableart (WOW) 2013 has made it in to the show. Friday night brought the announcement that my tree jumper entry was named the winner of the Excellence in Knitting/Crochet section for Jumpers and Jazz in July. I can only express my complete and utter shock on hearing my named called. The standard of work this year is absolutely incredible. There are some simply stunning entries. With both my phone and camera batteries both drained, I struggled to capture all the beauty. I did snap two of my faves. Follow the link to the Warwick Daily News tree jumper gallery to see more

These are 3 of my favourites….

Chickens-Day-OutA gorgeous ode to her little darlings in Chickens Day Out by Karina Devine

LichenSue Bauer’s lichen inspired beautifulness (image sourced from Warwick Daily News)

Misty-HillsAnd the sheer expertise and excellence in execution of craft by Helen Gross with her representation of her family’s property “Misty Hills”

Thank you Jumpers and Jazz for filling my heart and confidence with warmth. I am humbled and grateful for the recognition.

I have absolutely NO IDEA what to do for next year. The cogs are turning and I will start work on it in a couple of months…

 

 

Zombie apocalypse hits Monster lab!

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It’s true.

I have become completely obsessed with zombies, and Voodoo Dolls for that matter. I have a selection available to adopt within my in.cube8r space.

If you can’t get in to in.cube8r please let me make one especially for you. Click here for a Zombino and here a Voodoo Baby.

Each of these pretties are in my cube RIGHT NOW!!

3 zombinos and a voodoo king           Voodoo King      |  Silver Fox Zombino  |           Frankie            |  Rockfotze Zombino

Voodoo Baby

Voodoo Baby

I have also developed a reversible range. You get a Zombie on one side. Flip it inside out and you get a Voodoo skull, or a Braaain, or a human, or several other surprises!

Human to zombie Brains to Zombie