Thursday, July 14, 2011

Guerilla Crochet

Guerilla knitting hit Sydney a few years ago, and it still brings a smile to my face. The other day, I discovered some delightfully quirky guerilla crochet close to home, when I went out for an afternoon walk.

A lovely vine creeping around a wooden pole, with a mixed bunch of crocheted flowers and leaves. Love it!

Read more about Sydney's most famous guerrilla knitter, Denise Litchfield... and a little "how to guide" in case you get the urge!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hidden nature

Walking past a painted mural on a corrugated iron fence in Newtown, the deteriorating paint caught my eye. It was split, cracked and bubbled, with rust? Straight away, it reminded me of natural decay.

Then as I looked closer (with my camera), I began to see beautiful colours and textures, which again reminded me of nature...

...leaf veins... sun-baked mud...

...coral reefs... viewed from the air...

I got caught up for a moment in this hidden world.

Friday, May 20, 2011


Wandering on the internet, looking at other design blogs, so much out there to inspire!

Thanks to Matou en Peluche (Samantha Battersby), a Sydney artist who does lovely retro-style drawings, I saw these beautiful aerial photos of tulip fields in the Netherlands. 

Like a giant woven textile!

Images from here via here and here.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Eco graffiti

This street art has really captured my imagination, it's so poetic and whimsical... living graffiti 'made' from moss.

Eco graffiti by Anna Garforth and Eleanor Stevens. Image source:


Apparently, a mix of yoghurt and sugar was used to stick the moss onto the bricks.

Another method is to blend moss with yoghurt and sugar and then paint it onto the wall. After a few weeks of being watered with a spray mister, the moss begins to grow.

Eco graffiti by Anna Garforth and Eleanor Stevens. Image source:


Beautiful, harmless, and moss feels so beautiful to touch!

Eco graffiti by Anna Garforth and Eleanor Stevens. Image source:


Read more about this project by Anna Garforth and Eleanor Stevens

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Creative re-use

The discards of the creative process can be just as interesting as the finished product, maybe more so!

At Spacecraft textile studio in Melbourne, the backing cloth covering the printing table becomes saturated with different elements of each successive design. Rather than simply throw these away, Spacecraft find chance compositions and then sell them as backing cloth "paintings". They also turn the backing cloth into soft cube seating.

Several layers of printing have created a chance composition on the backing cloth Backing cloth made into soft cube seating

Spacecraft, you make re-use look sooo good!