One of my aprons (ochre No8) was featured on the Folksy blog yesterday! It is a ‘Gifts for Men’ feature selected by Andrew Cunningham East Design. A photo of the brown No10 woodwork apron ais a also in the ad!
Working on a new apron. It started as a doodle, on the morning of my open studio day when it was a bit quiet.
Since then I’ve drafted a pattern, made a toile (calico mock-up) and made lots of making notes and changes.
I bought some dark navy, crisp cotton twill in Rolls & Rems Lewisham last week, which I need to do a wash test on (to calculate shrinkage and colour loss) before I make a sample apron….
The back of me twice in this film, see below, (and my arm/hand putting pencils in a woodwork apron). See website homepage southeastmakersclub.co.uk or click image below.
No 4.3 crossback apron – Charcoal denim with red canvas straps.
The charcoal denim has a nice silvery grey reverse side.
My first ever open studio went really well – had lots of visitors and great conversations about design craft amd making… didn’t get any photos though, too busy talking!
Thanks to everyone who came and to South East Makers Club for making it all happen!
It’s taken a couple of weeks to get everything sorted for the open studio on Saturday. Lots of planning, compiling and printing, exhibition diagrams, written information, signs, and moving the furniture about!
Open Studio – Saturday 23rd September 2017
South East London Makers Club 2017 – a London Design Festival 2017 event.
Look out for the SEMC17 guide out there in South East London! A Dog Like Sparky – Aprons for Makers Open Studio is in there (see top left corner of photo).
#SEMC17 #LDF17 southeastmakersclub.co.uk
Last week I began the process of taking over the front room as my studio! The room was so underused and my Sparky work stations and ‘stuff’ are at different locations all over the house.
Working in there has improved my productivity already. I’ve decided not to have the computer in there…it’s too much of a distraction, but I do have a radio and my mobile phone. I bought two folding trestle tables, so that I don’t have to cut out fabric and patterns on the floor (which gives me heartburn) and moved my Benina sewing machine into the room to join my Texi industrial machine that has been in there since January… it’s all still a work progress though.
If you’re wondering where we sit these days, we’ve turned my eldest daughter’s bedroom into a ‘snug’ with a .T.V. and big sofa under her high loft bed (she is a 5th year vet student and only comes home for a few days every now and then)….there’s also the advantage of the amazing view across Deptford/Greenwich to Canary Wharf/Docklands.