Monday, 28 February 2011

The color green, 1st UWIB bloghop.

                                    Large green contemporary bowl

In this first blog hop initiated by the Unique Women In Business (UWIB) the chosen theme is 'green'.
At the end of this post you will find a list of clickable links with all the participating blogs as well as links to our blog and Etsy team page. Please join the fun and visit all these lovely blog and remember that comments are much encouraged :-) Enjoy!

Green  is not a primary color, but is created out of a mixture of yellow and blue. On a color wheel based on traditional color theory the complementary color to green is considered to be red.

                               Woven, green golden basket

The word green is closely related to the Old English verb growan, “to grow”. It is used to describe plants or the ocean. Sometimes it can also describe someone who is inexperienced, jealous, or sick. In the United States of America, green is a slang term for money, among other things.

                                         Keyring handsewn fabric origami

Culturally, green has broad and sometimes contradictory meanings. In some cultures, green symbolizes hope and growth, while in others, it is associated with death, sickness, envy, or the devil. The most common associations, however, are found in its ties to nature.
Green is also associated with regeneration, fertility and rebirth for its connections to nature.
                                    Green flowers and soap                                   

The text above is an exurpt from 'Green' found on Wikipedia.

 Links UWIB: Etsy team page and UniqueWomenInBusiness blog

Participatings blogs in this first Unique Women In Business blog hop.
Enjoy your hop :-)
AudreyGardenLady.blogspot com

Monday, 21 February 2011

Woven Basket - Blue Jeans Recycled

I have lately been exploring and pushing the boundaries for my woven / plaited baskets that I have been making for years and lately been selling in my shop SewDanish - Scandinavian Textile Art . In December I taught a basket weaving workshop using this traditional Scandinavian diagonal weaving technique. It was a great workshop, a lot of fun and most of my students left with a finished basket. It is a great pleasure passing on this old  basket weaving technique. It is so important to keep these traditional skills a live, so that they are not forgotten.

For a long while I have been weaving the baskets using recycled Danish newspapers. I love creating something so useful and unique from a humble newspaper and as an added bonus I can have little read while preparing the strips. 

While preparing for the above mentioned basket weaving workshop I was given a pair of totally well loved  blue jeans by a friend who knows, that I can pretty much find use for anything in my work. Having been cutting and preparing an endless number of strips, I instantly saw the trouser legs cut into strips and woven.  

It was fun weaving the basket as the strips kind of took on an organic way of life adding a lovely relaxed look to this rustic basket. To stiffen the basket, making it less fabric like and firm to the touch, I decided to paint the basket with diluted acrylic paint.