Today’s theme is ‘robot’. I pondered all kinds of different robots from old films and TV series and then realised that I had seen robots on TV very recently – in Channel 4’s excellent eight-part series, Humans. Humans is set in the current day, but with a difference. There are synthetic humans or ‘synths’ in almost every aspect of daily life, from helping around the house to picking fruit to working in a call centre.
As part of the marketing and advertising for the series, a fake company was created, Persona Synthetics, to tie in with this creepily realistic advert that had many people wondering if synths were actually a thing:
I sort of identify with the synths – I’ve been known to use their catch-all phrase: “I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question”. People have often compared me to Data from Star Trek! So with that in mind I decided to show my solidarity by making a vector (to be laser cut at some point in the future) of the symbol used in the series for synths….
Today’s theme was flower so I planned a future embroidery project with a little indirect inspiration from the lovely Dearest Jackdaw. I’ll stitch this up as a bit of embroidery hoop wall art when I can find that embroidery hoop I bought the other day! I know it’s around here somewhere…
Today’s theme was bats, which is a favourite subject of Sarah, who made the list of themes in the first place! So I made her some teeny laser cut bat earrings…
Today’s theme is ‘peace’ and whilst I considered going down the peace symbol, dove, olive branch route, in the end I decided to focus on inner peace. ‘Om‘ is often used as a meditation mantra so I combined it with some of my houseplant art as a calming reminder to slow down and take some deep breaths every once in a while. I expect I will lasercut this next time I’m at my cutter, so there might be some jewellery to follow!
Today’s theme is ‘orange’ so I decided to have a quick attempt at a fabric design. I’d love to get some of my own designs printed on fabric (I’ve been gazing wistfully at Spoonflower for literally years), so as I’m still learning Adobe Illustrator, I whipped this up in Inkscape instead.
Today’s theme was trees so I went with a lasercut leaf theme, based on elm leaves. I couldn’t decide whether to ink the centre vein on each of them to make it stand out a bit more, but I erred on the side of Nature and kept it subtle in the end.
You might remember that a few years ago, before I got busy with study and training and work and life, that I participated in the 30 Days of Creativity project (twice). The basic premise of the project is to create something – large, small, ambitious, simple, cheap, expensive – every day for a month.
I created some quite varied items!
The original creators of the project seem to have disappeared, and I really need to get back into being creative, so my friend Lovely Sarah and I decided to do our own 30 Days of Creativity. I asked her to come up with the themes to prevent any biased choices from me (Day 1: Buttons, Day 2: Buttons, Day 3: Buttons etc). As before I may choose not to follow the theme that day, although it was more of a challenge when I did, back in 2012.
Drum roll, please:
1 Trees 2 Orange 3 Peace 4 Oxford Blue 5 Bats 6 Flower 7 Robot 8 Maze 9 Bee 10 Button 11 Cherry 12 Anchor 13 Happy 14 Rain 15 Textile 16 Cake 17 Autumn 18 Crown 19 Bird 20 Positivity 21 Games 22 Ink 23 Lavender 24 Water 25 Sun 26 Movement 27 Rainbow 28 Herb 29 Cat 30 Jewellery
We begin on Tuesday 1st September 2015. Of course, you are all welcome to join in with us, I’d love to see what you create!