Little Santa Helpers

Inspired ThingsFor those of you who follow me on social media, you might know that last weekend I was holding a table (well, half a table) at the Thriving Sustainable Craft Market, in Wynberg. Next weekend, Michelle and I will be doing another market, this time in Hout Bay. I got into the Christmas spirit somewhere between then and now and decided to create some happy elves to sell.

These elves were inspired by the little Santa Helpers in the movie ‘Rise of the Guardians.’ They have individually crafted faces and ears, from clay, come in green and red, sport a little bling bling belt and have a bell on top. Oh, and don’t forget their little details on their shoes! In the video below you can see me crafted one of the faces and then the end shot is my prototype that I made. It’s going to be a very, very busy week!

The craft market we will be at is the Green Faerie Market, Sunday 6 November 2016, 10am to 5pm at Kronendal Primary School.

I will be making about 15 – 20 elves for the fair (will see how it goes!). If you can’t make the fair and would like to have one of the elves, please feel free to contact me. I’ll be selling them for R100 each.

I have also started a page on facebook for my arts and crafts items, called ‘Inspired Things.’ If you would like to be informed via the social media platform of all my bits-and-bobs, then please go and like the page to stay updated. Continue Reading

29th October – Thriving Sustainable Market

Arts and Crafts South Africa

On the 29th of October, I’ll be hosting a stall, along with author, writer and cat-lover Michelle Ainslie, at the Thriving Sustainable Community Market (it’s a mouthful, I know), at the Novalis Ubuntu Institute in Wynberg. Michelle will be selling second hand books from her personal collection, along with amazing ‘blind-date’ books – these are books wrapped in brown paper with a simple keyword on them. You buy them without knowing what they are, until you get home!

Art South AfricaI will be selling a collection of book-related crafts, from bookmarks, to large candles (it’s all about ‘reading’ ambiance), amongst other things. As the craft market is all about Sustainable Living, which means everything is second hand, organic, natural and home-made, I can inform you that all the bits and bobs on sale at our stall will be 99% made-up of bits and bobs in my home (with the exception of thread, that I needed to get from the beads shop), mostly left over items from my Creative Workshop I run, along with left overs from personal projects. I have even utilised space on the side of my children book illustrations I am currently working on, to make original illustrated bookmarks. Continue Reading

Mandarin Duck Journals in Polymer Clay

Mandarin Duck Journals

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things…”

Celeste: First of all, thank you so much for taking time out to answer my questions. I’ve recently started using polymer clay to create pots for plants and during my website polymer-rabbit hole research I stumbled across your beautiful designs. I have so many questions, but I guess I must start at the beginning and just ask what made you think of putting your clay-works on journals in the first place? Did someone suggest it, or did you just look at your journal and think ‘I’m going to design on that.’

Aniko: I found someone else doing it and I thought it’s amazing ( Chris Wildhaber Kapono) , although even if seeing journals was my first experience I had with polymer clay, still for another few years I didn’t do journals. I was making little pendants, jewelry boxes and things like that. When I made my first ever journal I loved it and all the members of my family loved it, too. So after the first one I made few more and somehow it stuck to me. But I still do make other things like jewelry boxes, jewelry, miniature sculpture and more.

Elephant Journal
Indian Elephant Journal

Celeste: ‘Mandarin Duck’ is the name of your studio – is there a story there, or how did you come up with the name?

Aniko: I remember once I came back from school and my mother also came back from her work. She was all enthusiastic and she said that today she had a psychological test done to her and she wanted me to go through this test too. You have to name 5 animals ( birds, fish e.c.t.) and then she will give me the results. So my favourite bird at a time was Mandarin Duck, animals – Tiger and because I had rats as my pets, I also said a rat.

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