Happy Friday friends! I’ve got some big and exciting things in the works, so it looks like this will be a working weekend for me (though really, I can’t remember the last time it wasn’t!). I think spring is working wonders on my creativity because these wheels are turning. Does anyone else feel like that? In case you’re in need of a boost, be sure to check out these links for some inspiration:
Maybe it’s the sunshine we’ve been having in Portland over the last few days, or these cocktails I shared a bit back, but I can’t get enough fruit lately. For breakfast, on my dessert, or in my DIYS, whatever, I’ll take it! If you’re looking for a way to bring more color into your home, these ten projects are bright, cheery, and oh so adorable… any way you slice it :)
(PS This post totally counts as one serving of fruit, right?)
Pack your virtual bags because we are heading to Australia for today’s Meet the Maker! I’m so excited to introduce you to the ceramic making duo, Charlie and Blair. Each one of their completely gorgeous pieces is crafted my hand all from their home. It’s amazing. Here’s what they had to say:
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hi, we are collectively known as Charlie and Blair! Together we run our shop straight from our home in Brisbane, Australia. We specialize in functional pieces that are made in limited batches, turning each fire into a ‘clean slate’ of possibilities.
2. What made you decide to start selling your work?
As an avid artist and tactile craftsmen we are always creating wares to decorate our home, we started specializing in creating functional pieces that simply bring beauty to a space. As our art evolved so did our pieces, adopting a refined and stylized approach to our medium.
3. What would you say is the greatest challenge you face as a shop owner?
As a fledgling shop owner, our studio is part of our home and this can sometimes blur the distinction between work and life balance. Our greatest challenge is ensuring that our love for our pieces is at the forefront of the creative process. Every piece we create is a possibility and fraught with challenges and self doubt, we embrace our failures and use them as a method of seeking positive aspects within our failures to aid us in our creativity.
4. And the greatest reward?
The creative process for us is rewarding in itself, seeing our pieces take shape from the raw material state and transform into a functional object that can be part of your home and cherished for many years to come.
Our inspiration is drawn from many sources, in particular our travels abroad to Turkey and Japan. Blue is a prominent feature throughout our wares, it is an ode to the beautiful mosques, tiles and jewelry, we have encountered in our travels. We also gain much of our inspiration from nature. These simple forms are reflected in the textures and shapes of the vessels we create.
6. Any advice for people looking to open their own shop?
Start small, try and create a unique feel for your product. Find your niche and try and do localized market research with family and friends. But most of all enjoy the creative process!
7.What’s one fun fact about you that others may not know?
Before we became partners we were childhood friends, having known each other since we were 6 years old.
Since the main reason I’m learning to sew this year is so that I can make my own clothes, I decided what better place to start than with the Simplicity Pattern Class on Creativebug. You can learn to make a few different pieces in the class, but I decided to make the gathered skirt which is perfect addition to my wardrobe for spring!
The class is broken into sections based on specific tasks, so I spaced it out over two days. You could stretch it out as long as you want since the videos can be watched and rewatched. Creativebug also offers a free two week trial (woo!), which is more than enough time to make this skirt and try a few other classes while you’re at it. After that it’s only $4.95 a month for unlimited classes. Seriously, so cool.
I’m really just a beginner when it comes to sewing, so I did find parts of this class challenging (mainly putting in the gathers and invisible zipper). I believe it’s made for intermediate students, so if this is your very first sewing class, I might suggest you start with something more basic and work your way up to it.
Parts of my skirt are definitely a little weird (nobody look inside my pockets, k), but I’m really happy with it overall, especially since it was my first skirt project! The fit and shape is also really nice, so I see myself trying this project again as my skills develop.
What do you think?! Have you ever made a gathered skirt before? Do you sew/would you like to see more sewing projects on this blog?