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40 and Lotta’s Surface Printing Workshop

First off – this is a picture heavy post. Today, I am turning 40 and decided to embrace it!! I am celebrating it with a trip to New York to attend Lotta Jansdotter Surface Printing Workshop. We (I took the family along) started the trip out with delays from Tropical Storm Andrea, but thankfully we got to the hotel, even though it was midnight (4 hours late).

This morning, I couldn’t wait to get in that yellow cab and be driven to Brooklyn to Lotta’s workshop. One of those cab’s below will be mine!!

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The workshop was held in an amazing space that included the shop, workspace and office.  And yes, in the photo below those are shelves of fabric bolts. I made a purchase while I was there, of course – a strawberry journal, a table runner and the 1 yard of the dandelion fabric from her Echo line.

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The course, itself, was run by Lotta. I shared the experience with 11 other great people who helped me celebrate. The course took you through working with potatoes, rubber blocks and stencils on both paper and fabric.

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I loved Lotta’s teaching style. She made sure that the main goal of the course was just to experiment and go with the creative flow, which was very liberating and stress-free. The four hours flew by….I so wished the course was a weekend course (2 days) – I enjoyed it that much. I would highly recommend anyone coming to New York, to check out her shop at the very least, and if possible sign-up for a class. You will love it.

Potato printing

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Block Printing 

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Inspiration – Pohutukawa flower, the New Zealand Christmas Tree:PohutukawaRed PohutukawaOrangeRedPink

Inspiration – Pacific Island tapa clothes. Designs which are typically painted on woven flax sheets:TapaOrangeSilver BlackTapaPrint

Fabric Printing
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Final Products of Work
Stationary – Pohutukawa and Tapa Cloth Card Sets.
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Tote to carry all the goodies home with 🙂
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Celebrating 100th day of Kindergarten

It has been a few months since I posted a craft/art project my son (whose 5 1/2) and I have worked on together. The objective of this project was to complete the homework assignment for the 100th day in Kindergarten (due Tuesday 12th Feb).

Objective:

  • To complete the project your child will need to collect 100 items
    Sean has been collecting beer bottle tops for a while now. He counted out 100 tops (all on his own).
  • After collecting the items they will decide how they will display them. Your child should bring their project to school to share with the class.
    Sean decided we could make a spaceship out of recycled materials (he was given several options to choose from 😉 )
  • Have fun and be creative
    I think Sean did a great job, don’t you think so !!

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Materials:

  • 100 x beer bottle caps
  • 1×1.25L Coke Bottle (for the rocket body)
  • 1 x large laundry detergent bottle (for the wings)
  • 100 x Craft Glue dots (for the body) and some Glue stripes (for the nose)
  • 4 x 1/8 rivets (to adhere the wings)
  • 1 x can of white spray paint (for body)
  • 1 x can of black spray paint (for nose)
  • Stickers (Sean choose his flags and 100 stickers)

Surprisingly enough, Sean stuck on most of the beer bottle tops and with supervision we spray painted the bottle, once dried he stuck on the stickers.

As parents, we cut the shapes of the wings and the bottle, so the wings hold, with a blade and then used rivets to hold the wings in place.

We are still thinking of adding flames out of paper, so it can launch 🙂