Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hortus Folio Album

I made a steampunk Kathy Orta folio mini album using a Kathy Orta tutorial and a paper stack called Tattered Time By Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) I was inspired by an amazing youtube video by Bellajucielove

Here is the front, most of the embellishments are papercuts painted with gold gouache then inked with Tim Holtz ‘Black Soot’ this seems to give a nice antique bronze look. You can also add different coloured pigments to the gold gouache to create a variety of metal types. I added some red Inktense block for a warmer look and also green for an aged copper look. There are also some metal corners added and the enclosure is a metal clock face trinket.

Kathy orta folio mini album dcwv tattered time

Here are some of the interior pockets which hold some photos from a project I worked on last year called ‘Hortus’
Kathy orta folio mini album dcwv tattered time

Here is the interior flap which contains a written description of the project. All in all there are around 20 flaps and pockets in the folio. It was a real joy to make.
Kathy orta folio mini album dcwv tattered time

Here is the back, it’s quite plain as I loved the paper just as it was.
Kathy orta folio mini album dcwv tattered time

Why not have a go at making one too, it’s a great way to store and display your photos and looks stunning on a bookshelf. :)


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Brick Lane and the Museum of Childhood

Hello all, Cha-guy and I spent most of Sunday wandering around Brick lane Market in London’s East End before heading off to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green where we reminisced about space invaders games, stickle bricks, baby alive dolls – they ate and poo’ed! old advert here, plus a whole variety of other toys and activities from our childhood.
You really should pay the museum a visit, it’s open every day and entry is free.

Here are a few photos from Brick Lane.
The Eli-Octopus street art.. it’s kinda cute..
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elioctopus brick lane street art

We spotted a man selling coffee sacks..

Man selling coffee sacks Brick Lane Market

Some not so smiley London street art..
smiley london brick lane market street art
And some interesting things at a junk shop..
glucose dfield dressing

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Paper Graphic Design by Natasha Molotkova

The ‘new’ art of paper graphic design is portrayed here in the work of Natasha Molotkova and her company Natasha grew up in Siberia, studied Fashion and Surface Pattern at the University of Worcester and now produces colourful tangible campaigns for a variety of clients.

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Lo Siento Studio

I’ve recently discovered the work of Lo Siento Studio, they make paper cut inspired campaigns for a variety of companies, including this exquisite cut for a paper brand.

losiento studio
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New 3D SVG Desk Decor Set file is up!

Hi all! My new Fab! Desk Decor Set 3d SVG cutting file is now up on etsy here
I will be uploading the assembly instructions and more details about the free gift over the next few days..
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3d svg cutting file
3d svg cutting file
3d svg cutting file


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..destitute of geometry…

destitute of geometry, oxford math institute
We had a fantastic time in Oxford last week visiting the new maths institute for a garden party and talk by Marcus du Sautoy.
I’ve only been to Oxford once, many years ago so it was a real treat to be shown around by Cha-guy who studied maths there.
Our first night was spent at the delightful riverside pub the Trout Inn, a beautiful venue with peacocks roaming around the gardens, a fine restaurant and tranquil waterside location.
the trout, oxford

The following day we visited the Bodleian Library to see the ‘Magical Books’ exhibition.. a wonderful compendium of ancient and recent books which are all inspired by the notion of magic.

We then made our way over to the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and the newly built maths institute.
The building was amazing with very clever geometric twists in its structure, the main entrance has a series of Penrose tiles and a sign saying ‘Let no one destitute of geometry enter this building’
I had visions of maths professors having to ‘throw shapes’ like a form of geometric break-dancing in order to gain entry to the lecture theatres.. :P

penrose tiles, oxford maths institute

Penrose tiled floor, Oxford maths institute

Yes those are my feet, do you like my red shoes? :)

The talk by Marcus du Sautoy was focused on the ‘Secret mathematicians’ artists such as Le Corbusier, Salvidor Dali and Olivier Messiaen who integrated maths into their creative works.
Here is an extract

It was followed by a ‘Garden Party’ in the common room (I think the garden was still being built) and tour of the building which had some clever maths integrated into the architecture including a glass crystal structure which mapped the sound of a drum,
oxford maths institute
south crystal sign oxford maths institute
as well as a roof which mimicked baroque perspectives.
oxford maths institute roof
Afterwards we had al fresco drinks in a pub near Christchurch college. I recognised the area immediately as I had discovered a rare clip of J.R.R Tolkien walking out of the college, the camera then pans to the Blackwells bookshop which was just in front of the pub where we were, here is a link to the clip
(sorry for the nerdy archive footage diversion there, but I just had to get that out of my system..)

On our last day we decided to walk from Oxford to Abingdon along the River Thames, it was lovely, peaceful and quite wild in places.
At one point we thought we could hear an ice-cream van but it turned out to be a Jamaican steel band floating down the river..

I totally fell in love with Oxford and can’t wait to go back!

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