Freddie Mercury Amigurumi - Free Pattern

I was thrilled to run across this free pattern on the interwebs provided by Moji Moji Designs. The pattern is a free printable and is quite easy to follow if you know your crochet. So generous to provide such a great pattern for free. You can also stalk her on Instagram if you so desire.
The Freddie Mercury Amigurumi did take me quite sometime to finish but that was more due to the time of year and having to follow a pattern rather than free form crochet.

I just adore the outcome - his yellow jacket - his ears - his tiny tash -his tuft of man hair and stripes on his trousers and shoes.

I do recommend keeping this doll to yourself and away from little hands - the whiteness of the doll makes it for easy staining - especially if the little hands have been eating BBQ shapes and those awful red dots prior to the touching - just saying.

Next amigurumi project will be Frank Furter. I haven't been able to fins a pattern I like yet so I think I will be winging the next doll, so exciting, and hopefully a hell of a lot faster.

Draw Through Sixteen

So draw through December 2015 is over but I would love to invite you to join in with #drawthroughsixteen. It is not too late to start. I am playing catch up as well.

It's as simple as one drawing a week through the year of 2016. Use the prompts to inspire you. Add your work to you favorite social media to keep you accountable or to simply share in the fun. If you don't want to do the social/public thing that's OK too. 

I can't tell you how much I need the #drawthroughdecember  (see the below post). I totally bounced on the prompts to inspire me, to draw without thinking and to get back into the traditional arts that I had been neglecting for years. It's been a bit like writers block for me - wanting to create but not knowing where to start.

With draw through sixteen I want to work on my journal skills but I also want to work on my illustration and typography work. I'll show you my start of Draw Through Sixteen

Week 1: Wild
This piece I first used a background scraping of gold and gesso to create some texture. I had been saving this circle from a dictionary illustration. I used it as my inspiration for the final drawing. I used pencil, paint and watercolour to finish it off.

I would have liked to add more layers to the final picture but I ran out of time and then moved on.
Week 2: Can you see me.

Completed in my square moleskine I first worked up a grid to center the typography. I worked on getting the letters flowing before I added the plant background. I wanted to lay the words amongst the foliage so I bought one of the leaves in front of the word so it was hiding (Can you see me?).

The foliage was then weaved in behind and around the wording. I used an old illustration for inspiration but made the design to fit in around the design and balance the composition. Lastly I used a fine liner before I rubbed out the pencil marks. I filled in the design with sepia water colour and using the botanical idea of no background shading, just shading on the plant itself.

I would love for someone to want this design reworked to fit their new logo...just sayin.

Draw Through December

I joined in (and completed) this drawing challenge in December.
It was extremely fabulous to have a prompt to guide you and a group of fellow sketching types to play along with (not to mention the extra push to keep up).
I didn't know how much I needed boost my confidence and reinvigorate with pens, paper and paints. It was the best.

The challenge:

For full descriptions of each drawing please have a look at my insta account ....rockmyroll. See all the other contributors by typing in the hashtag #drawthroughdecember.

There is also a 2016 drawing experience that has just started. It's not too late to join in. It's also a little easier as it is only one per week. The hash tag is #drawthroughsixteen . I'm playing catch up as well so defiantly not too late!

TMAG - Make Your Mark Exhibition Opening

This is (probably) the last you will hear of this project (maybe).

The opening happened last week at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. The program consisted of five areas of Tasmania pulling together digital media projects based around the theme of Respect. All projects were so unique and I was happy to say ours fitted in but also stood out amoungst the art works.

I am super thrilled that my name is on display at this amazing gallery. I have a feeling this may be my one chance to be on display there. An honour.

To view the full projection or read more on the lighthouse event you can go here.

To view it in real life please head on down to the basement of the Bond Store at TMAG.

In January I will be exhibiting it locally at ArtsCape.

I would like to think that projection art will be something I can do again in the future. Now to wait and look for inspiration ...or perhaps opportunity. Being in between projects is never easy for me. I hope it comes soon.

Frida Kahlo - Amigurumi Crochet

  I have been hooking again... its been a while.

I think I must be avoiding the great big knitting bag with a half finished sausage dog cardigan in it. 

I have wanted to make a Frida Doll for quite sometime. I spent a good while looking for the perfect pattern on the net. One that seemed just right for me. Sadly I couldn't find the right fit - happily I attempted my own original version. 

I'm fairly new to amigurumi crochet (don't even ask me to attempt to pronounce it out loud) but crochet was one of my first textile pleasures. In my woman cave I rummaged out an amigurumi magazine with a doll pattern in it. That doll pattern I used as my guide for the body and changed it as I went. Under her iconic long skirt there is some proper legs with the cutest pair of shoes. I had to interpret her hair design and imagined some flowers for her hair. 

The most intimidating part was to get her eyebrows just right.  I completed it with some embroidery floss and decided to leave off the lips.
I also added a little shawl to complete the ensemble.

I adore her.

P.S. I made this little rabbit with pearls for the little girl so I could get to keep my Frida Doll all to myself. It worked.

Branding Package - Health Food Store

The brief:

Store: Health Food Store
Look: Natural and Modern
Concept: A stamp from a wooden box used to hold vegetables etc.
Outcomes: Logo and a shop front signage

This little package was created a few months ago for the local health food store. The old design was dated and the new owner wanted to transform it to modern times. I was hoping to put up this post with a photo of the new shop front but that may be a bit away and I wanted to share this design with you guys. 

I have been picking up a bit of Graphic work here and there. It seems to come at times where I can commit to the job and my usual logo stress hasn't happened. Maybe I have had just great clients to work with lately...maybe.

This was fun.

Tulip time - Wynyard Bloomin Tulips

As some of you may be aware - Tulips are kind of a big deal round here.
It was a busy time for us with my TMAG projection project wrapping up, visiting the tulips and I had applied to hold a stall at the Festival in the Gardens for the first time.

In previous years I had been running my hand made market at the Art Center but this year, with the market being handed over to someone else I thought I would give it a go in the gardens. I am phasing out doing markets and generally sewing for other people . This was the one time I would be doing a market with my craft for this year.

The festival was very well populated, the weather was amazing, the music awesome and the food was fantastic. Unfortunately I didn't get out much to enjoy it or take photos but we did have a great time in the craft area.

My favorite new thing was a 'Make your own badge' making station that I set up outside of our marque. I populated it with paper craft, pencils, washi tape and most importantly the type writer.

The type writer was a huge crowd talking point. All of the left over word on the bits of paper I used to make a Zine. So appealing to all ages as was the old skool badge making machine.

I think I will do it again one day. Please excuse the following Insta photos from the day.

Thanks tulips - you have been amazing as usual. Till next year.

TMAG - Make Your Mark - Youth Projection Art

It is over the official launch at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in November. Phew - what a ride.

Personal achievments from the project:

*Successfully managed a group of young people for ten weeks of creativity
*Learned how to do stop motion
*Learned how to use iMovie, its layers and sound
*Projected onto our areas iconic Lighthouse
*Created a traffic jam in the turning circle of lighthouse (for an art event! in Wynyard!!)
*Handed over all the material ready for the launch, on time and nice and neatly
*Completed the project with actual days to spare (never in my life!)

If you would like to view the actual video that we projected then please pop over to vimeo or view it here:
Up from Michelle Walker on Vimeo.

And you can also view the projection in real time on the light house here:
Up from Michelle Walker on Vimeo.

Lastly we also got a little bit of newspaper action. Sorry for the photo but my scanner stoped working the day after the project was complete (thankgoodness for that timing)...

And now I am done. I have zero plans for the future. No projects in sight and the job I was hoping for next year is gone - just gone.

What to do?
Back to blogging I guess :)

Youth Projection Art for TMAG

This is what I have been up to. It is official now and we can get on with the final outcomes. I would love to see you attend if you are in the local area.

P.S. About the whole blogging thing. 
I have enjoyed my break from the the rigors of blogging...and I think I will consider this lull as just that..a break. My time is so limited with the addition of a robust baby boy that I have had to choose where I spend my time very carefully. 
As soon as I said I was giving up blogging I instantly had multiple things to blog about. I feel I will be back...when? I'm not sure but I feel I will xxx

Falling Out of Love

It's not you ..... it's me.

I think we need to talk... about this blogging business. It's just not what it use to be. I don't feel the passion or the pull to write here much anymore. I will, no doubt, still return here to make the odd post but the reasons and the passion I had for this space are no longer there. 

The old guard has abandoned ship or monetised their spaces. The comments are waning and the inspiration is no longer original or relevant to my head space.

It's not just blogging, I am also abandoning many social media platforms. I will still be there but they don't captivate me like they use to. The place I am spending more time is Instagram - it is less needy and a lot less spammy... and even that I am checking less.

I haven't lost my passion for arts and the need to record it but I feel a direction change is coming. I'm not sure what it will be yet but the lull before the passion storm is here.

This space has been my online home for so many years. I have been blessed to be exposed to such wonderful people but I also feel the soul has left this blogging business and I've never been in it for the fame or profit. It's just not me.

This has been building for a while and this morning I made the call. I feel at peace with this decision. I'm not upset and as I said before I am sure I will still hang around with the odd post. Perhaps one day it will pull me back in but I feel there will need to be a shift in how I am currently feeling about the www's.

I'm sure we can still be friends, I know people usually say that after a break up but I mean it. I'll ring you soon...ok? x
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