Week 23: Creative Challenge 52

Telenas Dyed Silk

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, is off at a workshop this weekend and her creative contribution is the silk she prepared for use at the workshop. It was her first attempt to dye a long swathe of silk, so she was a bit nervous. She needn't have worried. The result is gorgeous.

Telena used the dyed silk to make prefelt (a combination of silk and fleece) for the workshop, and she's shared photos of the process. Here's the silk laid out and ready to dye.

Ready to go

Splashing and blending silk dyes...there's no turning back now.

No turning back

The final result. Looking good, Telena!

Dyed silk

The mess - even with gloves on, Telena managed to dye her hands.

Dyed hands

Trish Urquhart

Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries her best to live up to the title chef extraordinaire, has had another big week helping her daughter Maria make restaurant quality petit fours. There was no all-nighter required this week, but plenty of late nights or, should I say, early mornings. Hopefully we'll see some photos when the weekly routine is better established.

Trish has also been busy with an impressively creative Allaboutwriting project. She's been designing a book cover for a collection of short stories that were written on an Allaboutwriting short story weekend last year. One of the writers had started working on the cover some months ago, but because the editing process took quite a bit of time, the writer is now in the process of moving from Uzbekistan to South Africa and the high res files are stuck on her computer somewhere in the middle of the ocean. It's taken Trish a few iterations to get to this point, but she's pretty happy with the result, notwithstanding the fact that she plans to make a few changes including, perhaps, experimenting with different fonts. In the meantime, here is her cover design. Keep your eyes peeled for this forthcoming publication!

Trishs Bookcover

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has had to get extra creative this week in order to submit anything at all. He had two performances of The Rabbits last Sunday, with more Rabbits shows on Monday and Tuesday.

The Rabbits

Then he took the red-eye special to Melbourne for Strange Bedfellows performances on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with a final Bedfellows show to deliver tonight. There were 36 hours somewhere in that mix where he didn't sleep, and his memories of this lost time are vague, but he's quite sure he was creative at some point. And he took these photos to prove it.

Strange Bedfellows take Melbourne by storm

Keryn Clark

Keryns Flowers

South African born writer, florist and cake whizz, Keryn Clark, has been creative with the last of the Valentine's roses, exploring a variety of textures. She ordered some amaranthus from Sydney and the flowers showed up in spite of the cyclone. Amaranth always invokes New Orleans and the Everglades for Keryn, with thoughts of strange trailing plants, white girls looking for velvet (a nod to Toni Morrison's character Amy in Beloved), wearing crinoline and hiding behind fans. So this arrangement is a little bit gothic, a little bit fading beauty, and slightly mad.

More flowers
Keryn says it with flowers

Georgia Bennett

Singer, guitarist and song writer, Georgia Bennett, has been on an unusual creative mission this week. She had a single day in which to source a complete wardrobe for a video production she's working on in a few weeks' time. The video requires a number of different outfits so this was no small task. Mission accomplished, however - job done!

Georgias video wardrobe

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett has been working with Year 1 and 2 students on nursery rhymes in the last couple of weeks and they've been going round and round in his head. He's experimenting with some composition techniques and has created this little opus containing three well known nursery rhymes - with a twist.

Scarlet Bennett

We're still drowning in produce from our bountiful organic garden and I've had to be creative on a daily basis to find ways to use it.

Our freezer is full of homemade tomato sauce and pumpkin soup, and there's more tomato sauce simmering on the stove as I write. I invented a new way to make use of our plentiful figs - fig, banana and walnut muffins - starting with a semi-sweet homemade fig jam. These are a real winner with the family.

Finally, on a more traditional note and motivated by sheer self-indulgence, I made a large batch of chocolate scrolls today. These are going to be popular lunch box items this week.

Scarlets baking