Search

Hanna-Mae Illustration

Illustrator & eco clothing designer

Tag

textiles

What’s so special about 11th October?

What a week since my last post! Having been eager to really get stuck in to my artwork I found myself on pause as a fibro flare-up engulfed me! Thankfully I’m feeling much better and after a few days of giving in and resting (in addition to practically bathing in ibuprofen gel and having a heat pack permanently attached to my shoulders) I’m ready to get to work again.

I managed to get some sketching done early last week for my second project (which terrifyingly has a deadline of 3 weeks!) whilst my Christmas card design took a bit of a back seat. After several months of experimenting with other mediums I use less often (gouache, watercolour, pastel) I’m back to my old favourite: water-mixable oil paints, though I use them as though they’re ‘real’ oil paints, thinning them out with Liquin Original. I’ll be revealing the complete card design at a later date but for now have some sketches for my other project to share with you.

It feels good to work more freely and just experiment rather than go in straight away wanting my work to be perfect. My process has altered slightly over the past year as I’m allowing myself to play around more with designs and have a rough draft that I then improve on rather than jumping straight from rough thumbnails to final piece. This ‘middle’ step feels the most enjoyable as you can play around with so many possibilities.

dragon

 

I’m also eager to get back to sewing,particularly as I’ve recently been given a stash of beautiful material that would otherwise have been dumped. My followers will know how important keeping my sewn items as eco-friendly as possible is to me. I recently received an email that gives me the perfect excuse to get my needle and cottons out again. October 11th is ‘International Day of the Girl Child‘ and to celebrate this the charity ‘Days for Girls‘ have set up the ‘Global Girls Festival‘ running until the 1st November. There are several ways you can volunteer with Days for Girls, but the most creative way is by becoming a solo sewist, setting up a sewing team, or joining/founding a chapter. ‘Sewists’ create what’s known as the ‘D4G Kit‘ which is then sent on to young women in deprived areas of the world. You get access to all their patterns, can get support in the D4G ‘Kit chat’ group on facebook and of course get to scratch your creative itch whilst doing good. I have a feeling that stash of colourful fabric I’ve been given will be put to good use this month…

Advertisements

Spring/summer eco clothing collection

April is finally here, which means it’s time to reveal the textile project I’ve been working on since last year. Below are my 100% hand-sewn children’s clothes, made predominantly from recycled/upcycled materials/garments.

 

Green skirt: A skater skirt featuring vintage decorative ribbon from a local market, with each bead stitched individually. This is age 10, and has a stretchy waist band.

springcollection35

springcollection36

Floaty shoulder-tie top: Made from wonderfully cool cotton, this floaty top has an adjustable neck/shoulder, and features a hand-embroidered element, as well as unique, patterned wooden beads and leaf design buttons. Age 8.

clothesCollage1.jpg

clothing Collage2

clothingCollage3.jpg

This summery skirt is made of lightweight, cool cotton, and is decorated with upcycled red glass beads. Age 4-5, with a stretchy waist band.

 

clothingCollage5.jpg

clothingCollage4.jpg

Layered skirt: this layered skirt includes beautiful rescued shell-like beads, as well as vintage ribbon from a local market, and is decorated with individually sewn bronze-colour sequins. Age 12, with a stretchy waist band.

springcollection21.jpg

clothingCollage6.jpg

Peacock dress: In a former life this colourful creation was a faux pashmina, and has a lovely smooth feel, whilst still being lightweight enough to keep cool in spring and summer. Decorative lace added to the bottom was sourced from a local market, and each bead attached individually. This is a tie-sleeve design, so can be adjusted. Age 6.

 

clothingCollage7.jpg

clothingCollage8.jpg

title

The following items will be donated to charity shops.

Colourful pattern top: A loose and light-weight cotton top with adjustable shoulder ties. For this piece I included vintage buttons. Age 9.

springcollection9.jpg

clothingCollage9.jpg

Feather-pattern top: A cool, light-weight cotton top with adjustable neckline and shoulder ties. Each sequin was attached individually.

springcollection5.jpg

clothingCollage10.jpg

Colourful skirt: Similar in design to another skirt, but with individually-attached wooden beads.

springcollection2.jpg

springcollection1.jpg

Tag design

tagCollage.jpg

nextOver the coming weeks I’ll be adding these to my online Folksy shop as soon as I include care labels, so keep an eye out! If you’d like a custom order please contact me (I’m happy to create skirts in ‘grown up’ sizes as well!)

 

 

Monthly tutorial: Inspiration board

First tutorial of the year!

via Daily Prompt: Year

 

boardtutorial31

To kick off 2017’s series of tutorials I’m going to show you how to make an inspiration board. They’re so versatile as they can be adapted to any size and decorated in any way you can imagine! They’re perfect for displaying your stash of art postcards, ACEO’s, or any other bits and pieces of inspiration that need a home.

 

materials

boardtutorial1

» Light-weight wood board (mdf)

» Wadding (available from craft/fabric stores)

» Cotton material (less ‘busy’/patterned is best)

» Complimentary/matching ribbon

» Complimentary brads or buttons

» Complimentary/matching thick paper/thin card

» All-purpose glue

» Fabric scissors or craft knife

» Cotton thread to match your fabric

» Standard thin sewing needle

» Double-sided sticky tape

instructions

boardtutorial2

Begin by cutting your card/paper to roughly the same size as your pre-cut board.

boardcollage

Use PVA glue mixed with a very small amount of water and spread a thin layer over your board.

boardtutorial5

Smooth out any air bubbles by gently pressing/wiping over with a clean piece of kitchen towel.

boardtutorial7

Put your board to one side to let the glue dry, and place your chosen material DESIGN FACING DOWN, and place your wadding (cut to size) on top as central as you can, before carefully flipping it over the right way.

boardcollage2

Evenly space your ribbon, trimming off excess, laying three diagonal one way, and then 3 diagonal the other way on top.

boardcollage3

Carefully pin to the material/wadding, and sew (through the material, wadding, and ribbon) with a few stitches.

boardtutorial13

Stick your brads through all the layers, and fasten (if using buttons, attach at previous step) and place this wadding/fabric FACE DOWN.

boardcollage4

Retrieve your board. Use your all-purpose glue to roughly cover the board.

boardtutorial17

Place your board, with your paper/card FACING UP, onto your wadding/fabric. Try to get it as central as possible. Press down a few times.

boardcollage5

Once your wadding/material is stuck to your board (all-purpose glue tends to set fast) it’s time to tackle the over-hanging material. Put a strip of double-sided sticky tape across the top of your board, and fold the material over.

boardtutorial20

Trim any excess ribbon.

boardcollage6

Now to neaten the corners; put a strip of double-sided sticky tape just beyond the edge of the board, and fold the excess material towards the board, over the sticky tape, to form a neat right-angle.

boardtutorial23

Repeat the past 3 steps on the opposite side of your board, until you have this:

boardtutorial24

Now it’s just a case of folding over the remaining edges.

boardcollage7

Use small amounts of glue to secure any flapping edges, then move on to your ribbons.

boardtutorial28

Let your board dry fully before using.

boardcollage8

There’s just one thing left to do…fill with your favourite things!

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: