This morning we joined forces with the dynamic duo at Ink & Spindle and hosted an open studio. We had several waves of folk come through to have a closer look at what goes on around here and the Ink & Spindle ladies had two printing sessions where they demonstrated the process that allows them to produce such beautiful product. They did a wonderful job imparting their printing knowledge with insight and humour whilst ensuring that their patterns were perfectly registered - not an easy job to juggle all those tasks!
We also had a bit of fun setting up shop in the studio - merging our product with the Ink & Spindle goodies. They really complimented each other as you can see in the picture below that features some of our dresses with the I&S lampshades.
Thank you to all the lovelies who came along. Many of you were interested in joining us in some of our up and coming screenprinting classes. Now that you have seen the studio in person it would be hard to resist spending a weekend here immersed in creative output huh? We hope to see you soon.
Take a look at some moments from our day below.
Lara C (from Ink & Spindle) and some of our visitors discuss the printing process.
Teegs (from Ink & Spindle) in printing mode. The ink splattered apron features "Birch Forest" by Ink & Spindle.
We had a lovely day hosting a stall at Hatch - a market run by Craft Victoria for emerging artists. We managed to produce quite a few extra bats to add to our lineup including big bats to keep those little ones in check and lovely bird cushions that we have added to our range.
We were feeling a little pooped having toiled to the early hours in the lead up to the market and so we took the opportunity to sit around and drink way too much coffee and also do a little shopping with fellow stallholders.
Quite a number of original drawings were bought from Dawn Tan and a lovely little A to Z zine of her favourite things. We love her illustrative style. Below are a few little moments from the zine.
We had a late night studio session yesterday and managed to whip up some of these cute little bird cushions. We have all fallen in love with them and are determined to create a whole flock! They are all different and satisfy both my cushion and softie addiction! If we can bear to part with them we will bring some to the Craft Hatch market this Saturday.... xx Jess
We have been busily building our bat army! They will be unleashed this Saturday at the Craft Hatch Artisans Market. These scary lil' guys are made from recycled 1940's Army blankets......we only have three blankets so they are a limited edition. I might have to hit the op shops next week to re-stock our supplies......any excuse for a spot of op shopping! xx Jess
Our new studio......
We have moved the studio for Little Harvest into Ink and Spindle. Its awesome.
We already had half of our gear there as it's where we teach workshops.
Teegs and Lara. C from Ink and Spindle have welcomed us with open arms.
Its going to be so nice getting to know them more as time goes by, and spending time in their beautiful studio is great. If you are ever keen to have a look at the printing studio they run open days occasionally, there is one coming up on the 17th of April.
Already words like "oasis" and "heaven" have been used. Its a special space for all of us away from our families (not that we don't love you guys) where we can come together and breathe some life into products. At present we are making a batch of bats. Screen printing dresses. And designing some new soft toys, more on that later....
Its amazing how productive you can be when you have limitations on your time.
As a wise man once told me...."If you want something done ask a busy person to do it."
While moving in I bumped into some old friends who run Love & Little Salon.
Geneine popped her head out of the car and said " So how many vintage sewing machines do you actually have?"
It was great to see the Love family and their little sprouts.
And yes we do have an awful lot of sewing machines.
Our new studio ranked number one on our weekly five list .....
This post was inspired by Kootoyoo and her weekly creative spaces segment.