Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Birthday Giveaway


It was my birthday last week, so join in the celebrations, leave a comment  and  be automatically included in the draw to win this giveaway. The gift is a plaited wool scarf  and a pair of earrings. The scarf is handmade.  I bought the earrings to support a charity, so am very happy to include them in the gift  as a charity has also enjoyed some benefit. 


 I will randomly choose a winner on Wednesday 7 August,  5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.
This is not a condition of entering this giveaway ,  but I would really appreciate it
if you visited and  liked my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Empress.Wu.Designs ;
or followed me on Pinterest  http://pinterest.com/empresswu/
or  occasionally visited my photostream on  Flickr   http://www.flickr.com/photos/empresswu/
Good luck!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wise Words Wednesday 2



 “Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.” 

Image : Collage Tag for Tag Tuesday, Theme - Italy. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Seeing Red


This last week, I have been seeing red ...  No, I am not angry at all , quite the opposite. I am happy with my work but it  is  all red! Little red felted projects like the red character brooch above - a red jester? a  red king? and the red doll, I've called  Red Poppies. These were amongst the samples I made for a workshop last weekend at ATASDA Australian Textile Art and Surface Decoration Association.



I have also been very lucky to have been given an embroidery sewing machine which is amazing - it requires no creative input from me. All I do is thread the machine up and press a button. I have always loved red work and decided this was a good place to start using this machine. Here are the beginnings of some little gift bags - am I really thinking of Christmas ? 


Hope your week brings you a special "red letter' day. (Red letter day: a memorable, joyful day) 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wise Words Wednesday 1

"Wise Words Wednesday" is a new idea for my blog... I will still be posting my regular updates about my art work, but this will be a little extra post now and then.  I have been collecting wise sayings for a few years and wondered why I haven't shared them. Many of them have been included on wooden tags on my message stick dolls, but most of them are just written in a notebook. Here are today's wise words featured on this message stick doll, designed for Christmas. '

“Peace is always beautiful.”  ― Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass    tags: peacepoetry

Read more quotes from Walt Whitman  (from www.goodreads.com) 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Felt Better

red felt carnelian wrap - close up 
 In May I had a wonderful opportunity to do a workshop with Sachiko Kotaka, renowned felt maker, origami and performance artist. www.sachkokotaka.com

Sachiko Kotaka workshop 
 I learnt a lot from Sachiko – her unique origami/kirigami and weaving felting techniques  as well as the virtue of patience in creating art and repeatedly practising techniques to develop competence. This last week I think the winter blues got the better of me, so I practised some of Sachiko’s techniques and “felt” a lot better. I was really happy with the wrap I made during the week – so happy,  I wore it to a function on Saturday night.
red felt carnelian wrap 
It is a nuno felted wrap, using beautiful merino wool, a scrap of sheer fabric ( I cannot remember  what it is or where it came from) and some disks of carnelian from my bead stash. I really like carnelian, not only for its colour but also for its properties which some sources claim are close to magical.
A stabilising stone, Carnelian restores vitality and motivation, and stimulates creativity.  It gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy and motivates for success…It helps in trusting yourself and your perceptions.  It overcomes negative conditioning and encourages steadfastness.  Carnelian improves analytic abilities and clarifies perception.  It sharpens concentration and dispels mental lethargy…

One of the other works in progress from the workshop is a funky little bag. One of the pieces I made in the workshop included very bright almost fluoro green dyed wool, so I soaked it in tea to soften it and although I can’t say I ‘love’ it, it has become acceptable and I am making it into a little bag and am currently stitching into the surface.
workshop felt 
work in progress - bag - close up  
work in progress - bag
I do enjoy working with wool in winter and have been creating some smaller projects in the last month. I am not sure if it has been documented anywhere that the process of felting is restorative, but it certainly  makes me feel better. 
felt and clay brooches
felted bowls 2013

felt redhead - wool, silk, clay, beads