Day 26: Creative Challenge

Unbeknownst to each other, the creative challenge team has generated a textiles theme today. Opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has finished his opening night masterpiece and it's an absolute stunner. I defy anyone to look better dressed that Kanen in this marvellous jacket. It came at a cost, of course - sewing endless seed beads and sequins is not for the faint hearted - and Kanen summarised the result thus: La Commedia è finita. I'm assuming that, three days and sore fingers later, he means a black comedy.

Kanen's extraordinary opening night jacket

Kanen's extraordinary opening night jacket

Our resident cooking guru, Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries very hard to live up to the title chef extraordinaire (succeeding admirably - check out her food blog here), has really branched out today. She even took herself by surprise with this one.

A friend popped in yesterday and while they were chatting, she noticed the stunning grey wool felt sleeveless jacket her friend was wearing. It had been made, apparently, by an artist friend (contain your envy, Kanen Breen). When Trish exclaimed at its beauty, her friend whipped it off and said - 'Look. It's made in one piece. No seams, just holes cut for the arms.' Trish knew immediately that she had to copy it. She ripped down some flip chart paper and traced the shape. Then she remembered a boiled wool dress in her wardrobe that she'd been thinking of turning into some sort of jacket. Ten minutes later, she was the owner of a new sleeveless wool jacket. It has a seam down the back, admittedly, but it's gorgeous. Trish is going to be turning heads in this wonderful creation. There's real competition on the creative challenge runway tonight.

Trish's gorgeous boiled wool jacket

Trish's gorgeous boiled wool jacket

Alas, that's where the runway competition ends. You may remember that, inspired by Kanen Breen's stunning work with fabric dye, I reported my not-so-stunning misadventures on day 22, when I managed to turn some perfectly good shirts a ghastly shade of mauve. My Lincraft dye order arrived in yesterday's post, so I rectified the damage today, transforming my mauve monstrosities into unglamorous, but serviceable, black tops. There's no razzle or dazzle on display here, but the tops can now, at least, be worn. And I shouldn't have any trouble rustling up some eye catching jewellery to brighten things up a bit. I don't think my creative efforts today improved on the original garments, but they're a huge improvement on my first dyeing effort, and at least now when I dribble pasta sauce at lunch time, it will find a home in forgiving black.

Scarlet's dyed shirts

Scarlet's dyed shirts

Stephen Bennett picked up a day's work teaching singing at a private school and it was his first day today. He's been on the go since early this morning and he hasn't had time to do anything seriously creative. He always has time, however, to play with some photos. He's made a 'faces' composite for today's contribution. Bring on the weekend, he says. I don't imagine he'll face much opposition to that sentiment.

Steve's faces composite

Steve's faces composite