20 January 2013

News from Planet Sålunda

I hope the new year has started well for everyone. I spent the holidays in Larsmo (500 km to the north) with my parents and my adopted pet-sister Fia the Terri(fi)er. She made sure I got out of bed by bursting into my room almost every morning, and jumping into my bed.

When I got back it was time to start planning classes again, and to set up an exhibition, where I, together with three other teachers at Arbis (the adult education centre where I work), will exhibit our work until 26 January. Here's a photo of my corner of the exhibition:


The beautiful oil painting in the background is painted by Hanna Uggla, who's an art teacher at Arbis. Here's a link with information about who, where and when.

No sooner did the classes start than I was hit by a nasty cold. So I've been lying low, trying to cure myself. Not an easy task, as I'm a impatient patient. But since I wasn't strong enough for physical activities, I did some thinking instead; about what I did this past autumn, and how I could do things differently now, to make more room for myself and my friends and family. And this poor neglected blog! I was actively making things all autumn, but never found the time and energy to show you. Here's a sample of some of the printing I did for the fabric design class:


The samples include printing with hand-carved eraser stamps, softcut stamps and linoleum stamps, engraved foam stamps, glue stamps, found stamps, monoprinting and found stencils. I've been having fun while working like a horse! And there's more coming up. I love teaching this class.

And I finished the two Pretty Purses I showed you in my last blog entry:



The photos don't do them justice, as you can't really see the glitzy quilting in lilac-silver metallic thread on the top purse and violet-gold metallic thread on the bottom purse. But it'll give you an idea. Both these purses will be for sale at the Arbis Fair in March, where teachers will be able to show what they do and sell their products and artwork. So I need to warm up the sewing machine and get cracking!

Thanks for visiting, and see you again soon! - Annika

6 comments:

  1. The exhibit is beautiful. As are your purses. :) Your printed fabrics are gorgeous.Take good care of yourself. I know too well how hard it is to be a patient patient. Have a fantastic 2013~

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    1. Thanks Jeannie! Take good care of yourself, you too, and have the bestest 2013!

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  2. Gorgeous fabrics! Great happy color, and I love that you have gotten so good with stamps. They are on my list of new things to study this year. Just bought the book "Making an Impression" by Geninne Zlatkis. Have you seen it?

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    1. Thanks Cheryl! No that book is unfamiliar to me. Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out. You should definitely start making your own stamps. I was positively surprised by how easy it is to carve linoleum. Just warm the linoleum a little, and it makes your work so much easier. And eraser stamps are a lot of fun too.

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