Sharing Ink

Sometimes the intention and meaning behind a guerrilla art project makes me feel slightly giddy. I discovered this wonderful project called Sharing Ink by Australian artist Sayraphim Lothian through the Craftivist Collective’s Facebook group.

Sayraphim has made and left 30 blank journals, each with a message inscribed in front page, around Melbourne for people to find. This really rather beautiful film tells the story…

Sharing Ink from The Public Studio on Vimeo.

The Sharing Ink appeals to me on so many levels. Firstly I love Sayaphim’s views on public art, on the difference in interaction and ownership between art in a public place and art in a gallery. The project also makes me think about own relationship with books, my increasing reliance on computers, e-readers and gadgets and how books provide something tangible and physical that isn’t replicated by modern technology. I also love that this project is asking people to challenge their perceptions of people they don’t know, challenging society’s preconception that all ‘strangers’ should be feared. That someone you don’t know could actually make your day better…

You can read more about Sharing Ink on this blog or on the Facebook page, which also include the stories from people that have found some of the journals. I really really love this project.

101 Uses of a Vintage Sheet (Part 1 of a very occasional series)

Most people seem to have a Marmite relationship with 1970s decor. For some the bright colours and bold prints are an instant turn off. But for me, like a jar of the infamous spread, I love it – the bigger, the brighter, the bolder, the better. So when I spy 1970s vintage sheets in charity shops, I snap them up without a moment’s hesitation. They are probably the cheapest way to get some genuine vintage fabric in your life and are available to be picked up for almost pennies. I really love using bits of my stash to add colour to our home.
Homemade Patchwork Pillowcases

Last week I decided we needed something on our bed, that would compliment the rather joyous patchwork curtains that reside in our bedroom and managed to rustle up these pillowcases in a few hours on the sewing machine. The patches are the same size (postcard sized) that I used on the curtains and I think they look rather good together

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Next up was a bit of upcycling I did for the impending arrival of the Tiny Overlord.

Upcycled Fruit Crate

I found this fruit crate dumped outside our local greengrocers and after a bit of a sand, prime and paint (with the addition of a little bit of decoupage) I’ve lined the inside with a piece of vintage sheet. I’m not sure what is going to go in it yet, but I am reassured that babies come with plenty of paraphernalia that might keep me busy.

But sheets don’t just have to be homeware.

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I also used an offcut to make this birthday card for a friend’s daughter. The ribbon and charm were repurposed from the packaging of an Etsy purchase. She’s pretty cute isn’t she?

So what do you do with your vintage sheets? From bedding to beyond! I’d love to know (and see, please leave a link!)