Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Slow Fascination

 If you've been feeling like this at the moment,
rather than this:
I am hearing you.
I'm bogged down.
It's nearly term break.
That means two things for now.
Assessing workers.
And the Amnesty quilt project.
End of term frippery.
 All hand-sewn, five years in the making.
We'll raffle it in the end.
And donate the money. Back in the day we decided it would be Amnesty International.
It'll be a nice break for a lesson or two, after
crunching the workers' fruits of their labours into
Frankly, I am exhausted and sick of getting in strife for
mindlessly sharpening my pencil on the floor.
 And, forgetting where I put the eraser.
 I've had very little time for fashioning frippery.
Although I did craft up this free-of-charge chlorophyll-filled
arrangement. Saving money and time spent at any florist. 
Get the secateurs and chop off a few leaves.
 What are you thinking??
 I've also just had time to quickly revisit Ok-Ja Choi's hand-woven
and safflower dyed silk headpiece I started nearly a year ago.
If you've been paying attention you'll recognise the fabric and Ok-Ja.
Ok-Ja is a kindred spirit; here's her indigo dyed silk roses.
She is actually one of South Korea's National Treasure artists.
I love her.
She and her fellow artisans came to Brisbane, the year before last.
Look out for her next visit.
I'll keep you posted.

As for my headpiece, well, these things take time.
Slow fascination at its best.
I have used every skerrick of the silk.
No cutting, just moulded and formed and stiffened.
I quite like it.
It's as light as feather, too.
Quite hollow.
 It's still not finished; but it made a worthwhile diversion from crunching the chalkface data.

 If you are looking for a little diversion from the everyday,
take yourself to The Hat Box's Winter Racing Millinery High Tea.
Unfortunately, I won't be there.
But if it suits, you should be.
April 3, Emporium Hotel.
$55 High Tea + Champagne.
 I've had a sneak look at the hats and I must say, they are very special.
 See you when I am over this hump.


  1. Ohh sorry you are in a slump, it sounds like you have a lot going on at the moment. I hope you will get a release soon. The quilt looks amazing, so much love and care and hard work put in and it shows, it's beautiful. Have a wonderful week my dear Xx

    1. Still slumped today...don't know how women with family get up and go 24/7 with mojo intact!!!! I salute you. Xxx

  2. You are so talented! All your fascinators are soooo fun! I would love a retro chic one, one day. I would love to get one from you!

    i can’t afford my lifestyle

    1. Thank you, Cassandra, if I see any materials that suit you, I will craft the 'Lifestyle$$$' headpiece...a signature piece...that would be fun. :D x

  3. I always have to read your posts three times before I understand them haha - that's both my english being bad and your words being a lot more meaningful than probably millions of other fashion blogs! Loved this post, and especially that pink headpiece!!! Wauw :) Enjoy your day! xxx

    1. Emilie! I have said it before!! I think it's more the random nature of the frippery...a bit like being in class with 28's not you! Love your work. :D

  4. Flora, you are one busy lady! I feel for you. I've been busy myself, but not to that degree. What you do, does take time. It's an awesome skill and craft to know. Everything you do is so beautiful. LOL at your puppy! I share his sentiment. Hang in there. Hope things get better.

    1. Hi Kim! That dog gets so bogged down...he can look like he is in such a huge funk. Xx

  5. Your dog is adorable, as is that headpiece. Hope you enjoy your mid term break. x

  6. Lovin' the leaves Flora! Leafy stuff in funky vases is a speciality of mine, but yours....OMG as The Diva Child would say. Spectacular! I'm hoping those wild child types at the chalk face appreciate having a genius to impart knowledge to