Friday, 18 July 2014

MADESMITH

Madesmith: "We believe in 'buy less, buy well'."

 Get to know who makes the thing you use, and how it's made. Madesmith commissions special collaboration products that bring together artisans and designers from different fields while keeping a focus on promoting mindful consumption. Our featured artisans make limited edition textiles, jewelry, shoes, accessories and home goods for Madesmith that are often one of a kind unique products - Madesmith


Great idea, beautiful things and gorgeous sandals!

Elita sandal

By k* shoes




Thursday, 17 July 2014

Enjoying The Holidays

Today I am busy making lists, sketching new ideas, sorting through fabrics and working on a new plan of action for my sewing and my shop. 


However, I just had to include this gorgeous photo of my two favourite girls as we have been spending a lot of lazy days with each other and so far, apart from not eating enough ice cream, there have been few complaints.




Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Back from the Scottish Borders


A wonderful week spent walking along The Tweed, watching the birds, and eating pieces of cake: too many pieces of the Guinness Cake with White Chocolate Icing served at the Main Street Trading Company, St Boswells.

Nigella's Guinness Cake

So, as well as buying their cake, and feeling it was time to turn to some healthier choices, I also bought a new cookbook.

a modern way to eat by Anna Jones

‘Anna is a treasure. She’s the rare cook able to expertly explore the rich realm of possibilities at the intersection of health/wellness and deliciousness. Her food is inspired and fresh, satisfying and beautiful – vibrant food for a vibrant life.’Heidi Swanson

This is a lovely looking cookbook with clear instructions and enticing photographs. So, on tonight's menu we are having Puy Lentil and Sweet Potato Pie or maybe the Artichoke and Fennel Seed Paella but the Maple Peanut California Wraps sound good as does the Warm Salad of Kale, Coconut and Tomatoes...




Thursday, 19 June 2014

Monument Valley

Monument Valley, the game, is short but so, so beautiful and totally mesmerising. It is 'an architectural puzzle game...where you twist and drag bits of geometrically-impossible monuments to guide a princess named Ida through its eerie world.' Guardian





It kept me entranced for a few hours until level 10 was completed, finishing the game - and leaving enough daylight to get back to sewing!!




Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Hand-made Cinema: The Work of Norman McLaren

Norman McLaren was born in Stirling, Scotland in 1914, was a student of the Glasgow School of Art and was a world renowned film maker: ' a genius of the moving image famous for his innovative and prolific animated experiments.'



McLaren engaged with the underlying materials of filmmaking - painting directly on to film and film soundtracks, scratching into celluloid, developing electronic compositions from black and white cards and making bespoke equipment. - McLaren 2014




McLaren’s work reveals astounding inventiveness, and reflects his deep-rooted humanism. His joyous work was influenced as much by surrealism as his pacifist convictions, and shaped by a passion for dance and music; as such, his films can be celebrated on many levels. He has influenced generations of artists, filmmakers and musicians, from Picasso and Truffaut to Lucas and Linklater. - Edinburgh International Film Festival

This is a small but fascinating exhibition and the examples of McLaren's etched film are just beautiful. (Jason Dee's Pursuit of a Shadow which is also being exhibited is worth a visit too.)

Talbot Rice Gallery
University of Edinburgh
31 May- 5 July


Edinburgh International Film Festival 18-29 June 2014
Filmhouse
Screening and Talk of Norman McLaren: Now is the Time
3pm / 21 June 2014



Saturday, 14 June 2014

13threads Shop Now Open

Screenshot of 13threads online shop

It seems to have taken me forever to do but last night I got to click the 'on' button. 



Thursday, 12 June 2014

Security Blankets and a Password Dress

The creative outcomes of Lorrie Cranor, a computer science professor and director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory, who has a passion for designing and making quilts and, apparently, making dresses too!

Security Blanket, machine quilted, digitally printed cotton fabric, 63.5″x39″
by Lorrie Cranor

Our research group has collected tens of thousands of passwords created under controlled conditions as part of our research. Among other things, we have compared these passwords with the archives of stolen passwords that have been made public over the past few years. Perhaps the largest such archive consists of 32 million passwords stolen from social gaming website RockYou and made public in December 2009. These passwords are notably weak, having been created without the requirement to include digits or symbols or even avoid dictionary words. Security firm Imperva published ananalysis of these passwords. More recent analyses of stolen passwords have found that passwords stolen in 2012 are pretty similar to those stolen in 2009.
These stolen passwords, personal secrets, offer glimpses into the collective consciousness of Internet users.
I asked my students to extract the 1000 most popular passwords from the RockYou data set and provide a list to me with frequency counts.  I then went through the list and sorted them into a number of thematic groups. I assigned a color to each group and entered the passwords with weights and colors into the Wordle online word cloud generator. I then saved the output as a PDF and edited it in Adobe Illustrator to rearrange them in a shape that I liked, with some pairs of words purposefully place in close proximity. I designed a border, and had the whole thing printed on one large sheet of fabric by Spoonflower. When the fabric arrived, I layered it with batting and quilted it. I bound it with matching fabric from Spoonflower that I designed.
The colors, size, and format of this quilt were designed to be reminiscent of a baby quilt, which I imagine might become a security blanket. Like the passwords included in this piece, a security blanket offers comfort, but ultimately no real security. 
Lorrie Cranor in her Password Dress

As with the Security Blanket quilt, I generated a Wordle from the RockYou password set, and then edited it in Adobe Illustrator. I selected brighter colors for the dress and had it printed at spoonflower.com on performance knit polyester fabric (UPDATE: You can purchase similar fabric on spoon flower that I created.) I made my own pattern by tracing a store-bought dress I own that fits me well. - Lorrie Cranor
'Feel free to listen in' on more inspiring information on privacy and quilting at This Thing.





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