Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
To cut a long story short, I went with stars, like he's the star in his family eyes, yeah I thought, that'll work.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
It got pink tassels in the corners just because... More details and pictures can be found here.
Update (3rd December 2011) The folder is finally going to make it's debut tomorrow, a buyer came over to have a look and immediately fell in love and went home with it to be used for the first function of 'bersuruh' and few weeks later for the engagement function.
Monday, December 20, 2010
It started off trying to decide which motif represent childhood more, the bunny or the teddy. As they were equally important I feel I decided to go with both.
And here's a classy take to the old teddy and bunny, and I just couldn't resist to add on more flowers on the ends of the ribbons that tie the guest book close because they just work so well and give a finished look to the ribbons.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Thanks to Sarah for the pictures one lazy afternoon spending with baby. Studio is slowly making a come back, did the fourth batch of books ordered from JIS and delivered, a couple of wedding orders, and the odd birthday orders or two when I had the time the past few months. Now, I think I can handle whatever people ask for me to make, it just means baby will follow mommy shopping hunting for the items needed. She likes that, she got a fascination for cars...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Hi everyone, it's been three months odd so far, hanging in there with baby in the house. Learning and adapting to her developments and changes, all this is new and we're both enjoying having her. So far routine is all centered around baby and I'm taking things easy, with the husband, the two cats and the house to take care of on top of taking care of baby I'm trying not to be too demanding on myself. Oh, and I also need to fit in the 'me time' somewhere in there, and I have a full time job during the day as well, so creative endevors is on the back burner for now...
I've recently had her playroom ceiling painted like a cloudy blue sky, something for her to look at when she's on her back... that's the idea. Waiting for the paint fumes to dissipate before moving the stuff back in. Looking for ideas for the walls, it's a small room and I have to keep that in mind not to make the room look even smaller.
I've taken the odd order or commissions, just to see if I could cope with doing those with baby. So far the only way I could do it was send baby to my mom to babysit which isn't really ideal. I had to say no to quite a few because I just don't have the time, and I know I said studio is closed until end of the year, so we'll take stock then, see how things are. I did fantasize about cleaning up and streamlining my studio, make it all neat and tidy and organized during this time. Did it happen? Nope. The cats getting into my yarn stash is not helping either, but what can you do, things will get cleaned up... eventually.
In the mean time, I'm trying to streamline my site a bit, put up more information without over crowding the look, good thing blogger put up 'pages', and I'm slowly putting up stuff there, I'm working on a FAQ at the moment so if you got one, let me know and I'll add that in. Also if there is anything else that you'd like to know more about let me know as well.
Thanks again for hanging around and being patient dear readers and followers. I don't know how you moms out there who got kids and have time to do your own thing do it, I hope I'm getting there, but number one priority for the moment is, my baby, so studio will just have to wait.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
The colours asked for were fuchsia and silver, it was a bit hard trying to find the right shade of hot pink for this and a solid plain colour in the shops were far and few, which I happen to find luckily.
Using the fuchsia as a base colour, the silver became accents. Mainly in the ribbons and the sparkly mini gem stones which were 'carefully randomly scattered' (hehe...) on the flag book version and arranged into the wedding couple initials on the concertina version. I love using the stuff! Must get some more!
This is the concertina guest book for the dinner reception. It has the same elements as the concertina version and more, additional of the white flowers with the roses and the green heart shaped gems. It took a while for me to decide to do the initials of the couple because I was overthinking it. I would love to be able to add on a particular personal details of theirs but I was too afraid I might spoil the whole thing if it didn't work out and I decided to omit them instead. Better safe than sorry especially when you're so close to completing...
To add interest to an otherwise span of 8 feet stretch of pink, I added on silver ribbons with bows at the side.
With both guest books done, they were wrapped up and went on their way. Her cousin came to pick them up and I showed him how the books work so he could show to her how they work. She left me a message that she totally love them and I'm so happy I could make them for her, she's such a sweet person I tell you.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The one who contacted me to arrange all this for him was Gorilla Guy's sister, and she wanted the buku hantaran (engagement folder) as well as guest books in the colour theme of turquoise, white and silver. I managed to do that with the folder, found lovely silver plated leaves but I wasn't able to get them for these books unfortunately but I have managed to keep to the same elements.>When the sister came to pick them up, she brought along Gorilla Guy's fiancee and explained to her this was the reason why she got the corsages to have blue feathers as part of the arrangement to tie everything into their theme. I didn't realise me using feathers would have an impact into their wedding, cool...
Because of Gorilla Guy's heritage, they will have lots of chinese relatives coming to the malay wedding, and Gorilla Guy's sister said she wanted a chinese style guest book but unfortunately chinese guest books are always red (to denote luck) and it totally doesn't go with the theme colour at all.
So I made a concertina style book, that way it could be stored neatly and folded up, and when stretched it spans over 6 and a half feet long. Easy access for guests to sign their wishes without having to queue much.
On top of that, they are expecting a lot of guests and Gorilla Guy sister asked for three books!
Initially I thought it'll be great to make a slip case to store the books together, but because of the three dimensions of the flowers the gaps between each book when stacked didn't look right, and had to think up of another idea and I thought of why not a slip cover? It'll protect the books and it'll look pretty won't it?
Had a bit of drama with that aspect, we don't need to go into details, I'm just grateful it's done.
Three wedding guest books, in individual organza slip cases with pretty fun ribbons with roses at the ends, don't they look like dragonflies somehow when tied...
I'm so glad Gorilla Guy's sister likes them as she is the client, and I'm pretty glad how they turned out as well, considering I was experimenting with this, and so now I know what do to with my next guest books that are for a July wedding!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The significant other and I had an interesting time last night, we made a belly cast... Well, he did most of the work, I just stood there as it was applied on to me.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I am now in my 37th week, the doctor had said I can give birth anytime now... within the next three weeks... Yesterday I had that 'nesting instinct' all the pregnancy info I've been reading about says will come , cleaned the house as much as I could and napped in between. This morning before heading to work I had the sudden urge to wipe down and rearrange the display cabinet upstairs, which I did.
Later, I'm heading to a tailor to make some baby stuff, at the same time decided my living room cushions need new covers as well. I have all these ideas I wanted to do, I just don't know how to do this whole sewing thing yet, I have bags and bags of materials I must use up! One of my things-I-need-to-learn-and-do. Give me a while, I'll crack it eventually.
I feel like there are deadlines looming over my head, and must do as much as I can before baby comes, because after that... I have no idea what I'll be like after that.
Have no expectations. Enjoying the moment.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
This book was made in... 2004! Goodness that was a long time ago... Back then I only knew two binding methods, coptic and stab. That was it. Good thing I expanded my répertoire.
Right, this guest book was commissioned with the idea that it was for three seaperate wedding events. The couple was a local Chinese bride and a Protugese groom. So they had a chinese wedding style, a local malay style wedding and a church wedding in Portugal. So the bride wanted a guest book that can accomodate all that.
So the book I made consist of three sections, one for each event. Each event got their own sections so they would only need to undo the ribbon for that particular sectioned event, hence all the gold ribbons at the sides. The bit with the windows is where they can place their wedding photo hence the window. This book has two front and no back if you get me...
Oh, the cool part, the material used for the covers was the same material that the bride made her wedding chongsam. She only gave me so much, 1/2 meter or 1/4 meter, it wasn't alot and man, I was glad you can't see the joints because I had to join them and by the time I was done, she asked for the leftovers, it was only like 2 x 3 inches.
I can't remember the details about the book now, I think I made sure each section had 100 pages, the dimension was probably 10 x 7 inches based on the bench it was on in the picture.
The book travelled well, it went half way around the world and back, and I told the bride if anything happens just let me know and I'll repair it for you... I'm good like that.
Monday, April 19, 2010
This was a commission from a friend in Australia, who used to catsit her next door neighbour late cat who passed away at 17 years of age and very much missed by his human parents. As a parting gift for her neighbours as she's moving away, she asked me to make an album in memory of the cat, who was named Bluebear.
I chose a stripy material to remember the joy Bluebear brought to them, and used red as the joint for the spine and the ribbon closure for the album, and holding the photos down are red skinny ribbons at the corners.
I used the same material throughout the whole album and a handmade red woody paper for the end sheet. I like this shot, you got the zig zag of the concertina and the vertical stripes of the pattern of the material.
I used red for the spine joints and it echoes beautifully here with the pattern of the material, and then you get the diagonals of the skinny red in the corners. The album was about 9 by 7 by 1 and a quarter inches, and the photos were 5 by 7 inches.
This was the bit that almost made me cry, I'm a cat person so I could relate... and also this pregnancy is making me very sentimental, things just trigger me off...
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
When I started receiving the quotes, greetings and memories I realised there was no way they'd fit on a cookie unless they're huge! Because I don't think I could write that small and still be legible to read.
Scratch cookies, straight to the book.
I chose the flag book structure, invented by Hedi Kyle in 1979, as construction was easy and I don't have to worry about the layout of the images and text. Each page is treated as a singular.
The book when closed is about 3 inches by 6 inches, and 18 inches by 6 inches long when fully stretched open.
The black ribbon slides off with the title to open the book. The title is to signify his age and there are 37 stories and wishes inside.
The wonders of this flag book structure is that it allows the pages to be open flat and be read like a book...
And when extended it creates a sculptural form, and the way the pages are arranged are more noticable.
On the inside of the front cover end sheet I wrote an explanation of the project, and on the back cover is the 37th story which was mine, long and epic, hehe...
I had an interesting time making this book, lots of factors to deal with, content mainly, if it weren't for the messages the book wouldn't work so well, structurally it'll be fine, but content plays a part too. I had to deal with contacting people, setting deadlines, the logistics of layouts, printing, construction... On the morning of his birthday I was still hunting for images of cookies I was hoping to find in magazines to tie the whole theme together to be used for the front cover.
But it worked out the way it should in the end. I like the white of the cover contrast with the black band, I'm not sure if you could see it from the picture but the white is a textured white, I'm not too fond of a totally flat surface.
So, this is one of my rare Artist Book moment. Thank you to my darling husband for being the inspiration. Now my sister in law wants one too for her birthday! Oh dear...