I dragged Michael off to Newtown, a favourite shopping haunt of mine.
Needless to say I took a wrong turn somewhere but as luck would have it we landed up out the front of an antique shop/auction house. We both had that glint in our eyes and we raced out the car and look what we bought.
I couldn't resist this wooden suitcase, the lace and the shoes. The camera and what the shop called "the mystery piece" are Michael's. No doubt he will pull apart the camera for future pieces. And the mystery piece, well, I will leave for his blog. But check out these shoes - oh so cute - I think I have some "thing" for little leather childrens shoes - must be the family business thing - but that's another story.
I will definately have to do a piece of art with these shoes one day. Look how the case and the shoes look just like the ones in the black and white photo.
My kids came home after school yesterday and walked downstairs to see what we were up to. My middle son, Jared was most amused at Michael's workspace area. It was organised chaos at it's best. Neat freak that I am decided to try and forget that this was my ever so neat downstairs area turned into an assemblage studio (well kind of). Dremel dust everywhere, Telfast is my new best friend! In fact, Jared could not believe it so he grabbed my camera and started to take photo's - such was his amusement that I would allow such a delightful mess in my house.
Sorry had to block the image of the collaborative piece in this photo.
Anyway to my delight this evening the lovely Michael cleaned it all up - I think he may have realised that my coping mechanisms were being tested just that little too much. Thanks M!
I have to say that I am putting so many of the techniques that I learnt in Nina's class at the Artistic Journey retreat to good use in this project. i know I have said it before but her work is so inspiring. I was so lucky to be able to sit every day for a few days whilst she was staying with us and just pour over the 2 books she brought with her for class examples. I was totally mesmerised by them. No doubt, the fact that Nina is ever so spiritual added to the beauty of the books. She looks upon every new adventure with soulful eyes and it was a delight to watch her absorb every new experience here in Sydney. For my part I can't wait till she returns to Australia (yaah to Jo and Jackie from Artistic Journey who, from my understanding, are bringing Nina back for us) for some workshops next year and I will certainly be finding overseas locations to do any workshop I can with her - even with her black and white striped socks! (See Nina's blog)
Hope you all have a very creative weekend!