Yesterday Jakob and I packed a bag with dye, fabric, matches, some chocolate and went down the bottom of our garden, to start a campfire and to dye some fabric. It didn’t take much smoke from the fire, to signal to the children next door, to arm themselves with sticks and mash mellows and join us.
So while the kids had fun around the fire I got to pour lots of dye on to some fabric, but because of the freezing temperature here in Copenhagen, my fabric froze stiff as a board as soon as the dye got absorbed in the fabric.
Im still not sure if it had any effect on the dying, but it was fun to work with. Also to the kids amusement we had to thaw out the fabric over the fire witch left it with a distinct smoky smell even after a wash, just to remind us of a part of its process. I hope the smell will stick all the way till finished product.
My next project is to make a children’s collection with James Kamo under the name “Made By Factory” As well as trying to plan our next treasure hunt in Hawaii. Recently, our friend from Falmouth college Katrina Aleksa joined us in the project and she will be photographing the adventure we are about to start.
So the collection we are planing will be secondhand garments, sourced in Copenhagen Denmark, Portland Oregon and London England. The garments will of cause be re invented by us. So we are dying sewing Posca treating and printing everything, but every now and again we have the luck to spot a perfect mach and some garments will just fit in the collection as “Vintage”.
So to add to it all, I spend New years at my mums this year and got a bit restless not doing any work for several days, so I started going through all my mums fabric’s that she has been collecting since before I was borne, (Many many years!). And as she said I might as well take them, as she will probably never make anything out of them. It was quite a strange experience looking thorough them all, recognising one print after another from when I was a child. Some of these prints and textures have literally been with me my hole life, so Im guessing it is time to pass them on, add them to our collection, and make something amazing out of them.
As I have now been at my new amazing job at Molo-Kids for three weeks, I decided to post some photos from last weeks actions at work when we had an outlet sale.
It’s alway very stressful to start a new job with new people, routines and as a designer you obviously also have to quickly pick up on what’s already selling as well as implement yourself in to what is to come without
I have a good feeling about what I have done so far and am so excited about the coming weeks, designing SS14.
Last month when James, Jakob and I did the treasure hunt, we made lots of animal inspired creatures and they were more or less all inspired by this drawing I did in my sketchbook. I knew I wanted to dye all the fabrics for the creatures in a batik kind of way and so i tried to simulate the colour blending of pastel colours with my Copic markers.
Im quite pleased with the blending result and it actually looks very close to the real fabric, we dyed and made in to animals, http://madebyfactory.tumblr.com/.
Any way, the rest of the page is pretty much one afternoon, boredom in the zoo, where I could have drawn amazing tropical animals and other exciting objects, but for some reason chose to draw what was right in front of me…….. Stabilo’s and a medallion for for the great treasure hunter!
Some old sketchbook stuff.
This is the boys outfit I did for my Molo Kids project.
I had the chance to present this project Sunday, three days ago, during my interview in Copenhagen. Im not sure if I actually did that well, but regardless I quite like the illustrations I did for the project.
This is what I’m doing, when not Illustration, designing or being a mother.
A FREE TREASURE HUNT September the 22’nd from Portland to Cannon beach and this is a preview of some of the amazing treasure there will be to be found in only two days!!!
Have a look: www.madebyfactory.com
Yesterday night the very first treasure hunt creature came to life and we named him Star Dust. He might be little bit intimidating and Goth-looking but he is very calm and likes lying down flat on his tommy.
Then today we got new supplies and quickly Levi’s came about. His neck is the back-pocket of an old pair of jeans we found at a garage sale in an earlier post and we think he might be hiding a secret in it. so if Levi’s is the creature you will be going for on Saturday, you might find and extra surprise in his back-pocket.
For now it’s back to work in the little factory, but we will be posting more creature development later tonight.
I have been really busy the last couple of days, trying to organise the amazing treasure hunt, from Portland to Cannon Beach whilst doing a quick design project for Molo kids Copenhagen. This is one of the outfits from the project.
In a weeks time, I will know if the work has been good enough to get me an interview, for this job I really really really want! In the mean time I shall occupy my mind with stuffed animals and treasure maps.
My stay in Beaverton Oregon is coming to an end soon, so maybe it is not without reason I have had a tendency of illustrating houses, tree houses in particular. Moving on yet again is becoming a tiring habit and so I have decided my world travels will be coming to a full stop, once we land back in Europe, later this month.
But first I have a massive project, involving a free treasure hunt in and around Portland. In 2 weeks we will be giving away lots and lots of hand crafted soft creatures by making a treasure hunt stretching from Portland to cannon beach. Have a look at: http://madebyfactory.tumblr.com/ and follow the process of the making.