Lately I've been in R&D mode, learning some new skills for working with a new material in order to produce some new products. It's all new, new, new!!
I've just discovered shrink film (remember the Shrinky Dinks of the 80s?), and here are some of the results:
Flying wall ducks brooch set
My favourite so far would be this 3-piece set of flying wall duck brooches - which may be because I have a real love for these uber-kitsch 1960s flying wall ducks. Coupled with the fact that the idea for these has been in my head for positively ages - it's so nice to finally see them realised!
Each duck brooch is lovingly hand-finished and then varnished with a clear dimensional coating, so they really have that shiny ceramic look to them. And the finishing touch is that each set comes complete with its own retro wallpaper backing card! I'll also be making these as a set of magnets soon - they're going to look very cool flying across my fridge!
Mix'n'match girls brooch set
A 2-piece set of brooches based on vintage Mix'n'match playing cards. These sets are also crafted from shrink film and hand-finished, but they're applied instead with a matte coating (which leaves them looking remarkably similar to painted porcelain). I've made 6 different combinations of girls, finished with a variety of patterned backing cards. They're very sweet.
French paper dolls
Based on vintage French paper dolls, these brooches are also very cute! Currently I've made two different sets of dolls with varying outfits, but I'm working on several more, including a little boy set.
As I've discovered, shrink film can be a remarkably frustrating medium to work with, mainly because you have so little control over the shrink process and there are quite a lot of casualties (only about half of my efforts have worked out so far). But I see so much potential in it - I've so many more ideas I'm working on - keyrings, earrings, new ranges of brooches and pendants... Busy times in the Shelbyville studio!
I'm hoping to have quite a few new designs ready for my stall at the PYD Design Markets next Sunday (which is part of the Danks St Festival). Definitely drop by and say hello if you're in the area :)
What: pyd Design Markets
When: Sunday 26th October 2008, 11am to 4pm
Where: pyd building, 197 Young Street, Waterloo 2017
And if you happen to be in Newtown, I have also just restocked my shelf at Beehive Gallery with new Shrinky brooches. If you've never seen or heard of Beehive before, it's a cute little store on King St that has shelves which independent designer/makers can 'rent' on a month-to-month basis to sell their wares. It's located at Shop 1, 441-443 King Street, Newtown, just down from the famous Button Shop. Well worth a drop-in whenever you're down that way, as there's always new stock coming and going regularly.
Ok, gotta get back to the tools now...