I met a delightful little girl yesterday when I went to see her nana. She was off school because she was poorly. In my view she looked decidedly perky. Anyway at one stage during the visit she started crafting, making a giraffe from some of those furry balls and pipe cleaners. 'We've got a houseful of boxes.' her mum told me. Apparently she obsessively collects them for her crafting. How wonderful that the creative urge is strong in someone so young. I've got to go back and promised I'd take some cardboard cartons with me on my next visit. I wonder what she'll do with them.
I returned to my printmaking class last night and was encouraged to have a rethink on my collagraph crab. Things need to be really well stuck down and it wasn't panning out. I'm starting again from scratch and will work on a new flatter plate. Suddenly I've become a bit of a magnet for textured scrap so I'm amassing a bag full of bits Even a string bag that was past its best and burst rather spectacularly in Aldi the other day has been considered treasure. Going against the tide of interior design fashion I've also developed a strange liking for anaglypta wallpaper. My recycled polystyrene pizza plate was admired. I've embellished it a little more but didn't get around to printing. I might clear the kitchen and get the inks out over the weekend so I can show off what can be achieved with the technique at my final class next week.
I came across someone else who's keen on recycling the other day. Kate Kato has named her website 'Kasasagi' using the Japanese work for magpie to describe her kleptomaniac tendencies. She gathers together found objects and incorporates them beautifully into designs that are inspired by nature. There's so much gorgeousness that I was hard pressed to choose what I liked best. So pop over to the website and be inspired yourselves. I'm particularly taken by the pieces that incorporate those old Observer identification guides. They brought back such strong memories of childhood forays.