watercolour experiments
July 12, 2012, 3:57 pm
Filed under: art, project

making maps
September 27, 2011, 4:19 pm
Filed under: art, design, gaming

Baby Quilt (finished)
August 7, 2011, 11:42 am
Filed under: art, design, project

The baby quilt is finally complete and ready to go to Baby Ruby (who is now born and very cute). I bordered and backed it in an off-white cotton, and then finished it off with pink binding:

oh, hello
June 22, 2011, 7:34 pm
Filed under: art

Time to breathe some life back into idreamelectric.

Since my last post, I have decided to have an early mid-life crisis, saying farewell to my London life and venturing bravely into the realms of retraining, specifically as a primary school teacher. I am incredibly excited.

However, this won’t start until summer next year, so for the first time in many years I have found myself with time on my hands. I will start a series of placements in local schools in September, which leaves me with a few months all to myself. Lucky me!

Historically, idreamelectric has always frolicked in the creative talents of others. Now I have more time, I thought I would try to do something with my own pent-up creativity. So, for the first time in four years, I am dusting off the pencils, brushes, sewing machine, apron and knitting needles and camera, and learning how to focus my eyes on objects further away than a computer screen. I’ll aim to share my artistic endeavours regularly.

To kick things off, I have been trying my hand at patchwork and quilting. I started with a couple of small pieces:

and moved onto a larger baby quilt for my cousin, who is due any day now. It is yet to be bordered and quilted:

I have been hoarding some really beautiful fabrics and when the baby quilt is completed, I will put together a larger quilt for myself. It’s tricky trying to design a pattern that will do the fabrics justice, but with crayons and graph paper on my side, I will hopefully be able to create something good.

I also took a shoemaking course a couple of months ago, at the London College of Fashion. My grandfather was a Sicilian shoemaker, appropriately named Luigi, so I wanted to see if there was any deep-set talent lurking in my blood. Thirty hours and more than one unfortunate incident with a sanding machine later – I have my very own pair of shoes:

They have been allowed one outing, and now they are stored safely in my wardrobe so I have some proof when I tell my grandchildren that I was once youthful and cool (after they have discovered my quilt stash). It isn’t something I could see myself doing for a career, but it was incredibly fun and I would recommend it to anyone who might be thinking about it.

wings and things
September 29, 2010, 8:37 pm
Filed under: art, photography

Playing with the microscope that The Don got me for my birthday…

Amiguru Me
November 4, 2009, 10:22 pm
Filed under: art, design, project | Tags: , , , ,

So in the spirit of the cooler seasons, and following the realisation that i seem to have been collecting random balls of wool over the years, with no intent for use, or a place to store them, I have decided to take up crochet – more specifically the Japanese art of Amigurumi. I’m still getting to grips with the basics, so I’ll leave you with some examples of where I aim to be in a month. Maybe.

like a nocturnal winter magpie

Bookmarks are getting full… I think it’s time to ditch some of it onto idreamelectric. Starting with Craig Ward‘s ‘You Blow Me Away’. I spent some time contemplating how this was done, but eventually came to the conclusion, who cares? Let’s just drink Valpolicella and stare at it for a while:

Noriko Ambe’s ‘Cutting Book Series’. You know the the deal here… Books + Scalpel = ace… ness. It’s simple idreamelectric maths:

More books… Chris Cobb has catergorised an entire library by colour. I can’t even begin to describe what that does to me. There is nothing wrong in this whole wide world:

Lastly, this man travels to interesting places, sets his camera timer to two seconds, and sees how far he can run in that time. Nothing more to say about that really:

Feel much better now.

December 29, 2008, 10:57 pm
Filed under: art | Tags: , , ,

This reminded me of something i used to spend hours doing as a kid. Papercuts weren’t a big problem back then – dinosaur plasters could solve damn near anything. Website here.


for the record…
December 29, 2008, 12:22 am
Filed under: art, design, music

…i’ve never really believed it’s wrong to judge a book by it’s cover:

plan B
September 26, 2008, 11:43 pm
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So it’s been over a year since i’ve sat down and dedicated a healthy chunk of time to putting pen to paper. The plan was to do this on a weekly basis, however when coming up with this plan, I forgot to factor in the part where i’m perpetually lazy (and forgetful). I guess the theory of it made me feel like i was being productive when i was doing fuck all, and was instead sprawled across the sofa watching Arrested Development and eating anything crispy and/or wet.

Plan B: put the pringles down, find a pen, draw.