Day 28: Creative Challenge

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With the finishing line of the 30 day challenge in sight, the creative challenge team has welcomed a new member today. Telena Allport Routh, classical oboist and textile designer, has been creating extraordinary garments with hand made felt, and she's made a few pieces to share with us over the next few days.

She made this gorgeous black and white waistcoat from nuno felt, which is a combination of silk and fleece. How lovely! She laid the silk on top of a pre-felt base to make this stunning creation. And isn't it gorgeous?

If that hasn't whetted your appetite for Telena's creations, check out her spiral wrap, below.

But goodness sake don't let her anywhere near your pullovers, because they may never be the same again. If inspiration strikes, she may decide to lay them out and then roll and rub them with soap and water until they turn into something that looks and feels remarkably like...felt.

 

Telena's spiral wrap

Telena's spiral wrap

Trish's lavender shortbread

Trish's lavender shortbread

Cooking legend, 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, has been baking up a storm today. Inspired by the lavender syrup she made on day 16, and needing to find a way to use the syrup that was left over from her dinner party, she decided to make some lavender shortbread.

She's never made good shortbread, she said (are you laughing as hard as I am? She really must taste mine), so she spent some time researching shortbread recipes on the internet. She decided, in the end, upon Marmaduke Scarlet's recipe, to which she added a splash of her very special lavender syrup and some dried lavender that a friend bought from Lavender Fields in the UK. She served her lavender shortbread for breakfast this morning with some chamomile tea that she spiked with lavender syrup. What a way to start a Sunday. You can see more of Trish's cooking adventures on her fascinating food blog.

Trish's lavender syrup and lavender shortbread

Trish's lavender syrup and lavender shortbread

Opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has been doing some creative problem solving rather than creative handiwork today. With co-strange bedfellow, Jacqui Dark, and two year old Xander visiting, he's had to get unusually creative with the bathroom in his serviced apartment. Xander is particularly attached to a nightly bathtub soak with his trains and cars, but Kanen's serviced apartment only has a shower. Disaster? Not with Kanen on the job! $12 über-creative dollars later, and they now have a shower recess bath that Cleopatra herself might envy. Like all Kanen's creations, this one is bright and colourful. Xander will love it, and if Kanen gets the urge to bathe himself in milk and sequins, well, who's going to stop him?

Kanen's bath: An exercise in creative problem solving

Kanen's bath: An exercise in creative problem solving

Stephen Bennett has been a very busy composer today. He's written a piece for guitar and percussion, based around a chordal progression that he came up with on his guitar, with a melody for tuned percussion devised to fit over the relentless semiquavers. He added a couple of un-tuned percussion instruments and an organ drone to round out the sound. He's had a very happy time and has been completely off the radar all day. Hello? Hello? Anyone home?

Steve's Effluvium composition with themed photo to match

Steve's Effluvium composition with themed photo to match

Our eldest daughter, Lucy, is doing a Master of Publishing degree at Sydney Uni, having finished her Classics degree (Ancient Greek, Latin and Ancient History) last year. Like most uni students, she dresses very casually. If I was to put money on her wearing jeans with some kind of black top on any given day, I'd probably come out of the wager pretty well.

I wanted to make Lucy a signature piece that she could wear with anything in her wardrobe and dress up or down, depending upon the occasion. The result? This classic cuff with a brushed sterling silver finish, bonded to copper, and a 20mm black onyx focal piece. She's going to absolutely love it.

Lucy's black onyx cuff

Lucy's black onyx cuff