Flower bouquet cross stitch
made in Australia 1970s
My son Oscar [Gen Y] likens cross stitch to ‘pixel art’ and I can see his point. He is also my photographer- so as we style my collection for images to post to the blog he lets me know what he likes and absolutely DOESN’T like.
He is the child of two designers- so naturally has a firm opinion on my collection. Which I applaud and learn from; I love his interpretation of things made before he was born. I unfortunately lived through the 70s and 80s in Australia- the time that design forgot – and so sometimes have a less rosy view.
But- I love this tapestry with its stylized botanical specimens of Delphiniums and Poppies; crafted in Australian wool on hand-printed gauze; Oscar likes it because it’s a strong graphic representation of pixel art.
And I love it for another reason: I have a friend who intends to fill an entire wall of her house with found and reclaimed tapestries; I think this could be included. If it were me, they’d all be botanical in nature.
The 70s flowers cross stitch is professionally mounted and framed, ready to hang- and is for sale: $AUD45
Hipster Christmas decorations
made in Sydney, Australia 2013
How cool are these Christmas baubles? Hand-knitted – in pure Australian wool- these decorations will lend your Christmas tree some real hipster cred.
Made by a lovely Nanna using a 1970 knitting pattern, this set of 20 baubles is both environmentally sustainable and – quite hilarious. Environmentally sustainable because she used her left over wool pieces, and hilarious because she used her left over wool pieces [~not so much the red and green or tinselly colours.]
You’ve seen the urban art of knitted wraps around trees and poles – now see the knitted Christmas decorations! Christmas just got 1970 crafty!
The set of 20 [all different] Christmas baubles is for sale: $AUD40.
Following my recent interest in retro ‘pixel art’ [aka tapestry] – here is a work by an unknown Australian designer and tapestriest. The piece is worked in Australian wool.
This is a wonderful abstract piece; with a somewhat naïve quality and an unintended optical illusion. It might well be a student work; I have photographed it with a tape measure so you can ascertain its dimensions.
In keeping with my friend’s idea of filling a whole wall with ‘pixel art’ – this would be a fantastic addition.
The abstract tapestry is ready for your framing, and is for sale: $AUD45