Week 31: Creative Challenge 52

South African born writer, florist and cake whizz, Keryn Clark, has put her creative mind to marketing this week. She designed this flyer for the shop (Bloom in Design). It was her first attempt at a leaflet and she used Microsoft Word to create it. She's very pleased with the outcome. Now all she has to do is distribute her new flyers. Job done!

Keryns Flyer

Keryn also spent some time this week sourcing flowers, pots, and trying to set up an accounting database for the shop. Just as well she had a creative outlet to return to when the accounting all got too much! Nice job, Keryn.

Telena Routh

Telenas Felt

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has been a very busy creative bee, making the most of felting opportunities at her recent workshops. She's been felting sculptural pieces and these require more kneading and strength that normal, so she's had quite a physical workout.

She first made long rectangular pieces of soft prefelt with long carrot-like roots. The prefelts were cut and joined to the roots before being gently felted until they adhered together. The flower, which at this stage still resembled a floppy mass, was kneaded, rolled and thrown about until it had shrunk significantly and was felting more easily. Telena says that the flowers with their attached roots looked as though they could have been related to the mandrake plants in Harry Potter in this early stage. She was just waiting for them to start screaming!

From there, Telena started playing with colour and making prefelts of different layouts and thicknesses, including resists to form new layers, combining them together, making ridges, and cutting to reveal new colours. She was very gentle initially as the pieces were quite fragile, but as the felt became firmer, she exerted more energy to make a strong piece that was sculptural and would stand alone.

Telena notes that one of the finished pieces is inward looking, using colour to describe her inner self, while another is outward looking, reminiscent of coral. Telena says it was hard work creating these pieces and she reports that she slept very well afterwards.

Telena had a wonderful time at her workshops, she came home with more fleece than she left with, and she was very excited to win a beautiful book on textiles in the raffle. So...a successful few days!

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 been working on her travel photography this week. She and Richard are back in London again, and the refurbishment of their narrowboat is now complete. They'll be moving in tomorrow. Trish plans to spend the week getting Patience spick and span internally, and also sewing some fresh curtains to make the interior as fresh and gorgeous as the exterior.

Trish took this week's photos on her phone, and she played around with them in an editing app to add some interesting effects. Most of the pictures were taken in Finsbury Park, with a few taken at Stoke Newington Reservoir. Get me on the next flight to London!

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has applied his creative genius to a variety of projects this week. The frame he stuck to the kitchen wall copped a lick of light gold paint and gloss, last week's lampshade got the finishing treatment - love it! It's been donated to friends for a young girl's bedroom. He painted some red sparkly nail polish on a new $39 pair of Specsavers goggles, and he dyed some hilarious orange fringing from the op shot red. He now has 5 metres of darker orange trim that he's not sure what to do with. Any suggestions?

Stephen Bennett

Steve's been busy with his photography again. He's been working on some images he took in the high country near Perisher Valley when he was away at Easter. He took these photos with a Russian Lomo camera - the Lubitel twin lens reflex that he bought for a song in a local second hand shop. He's getting excellent value out of this bargain.

Scarlet Bennett

It's been cold and wet in Canberra this week, and my focus has continued to be on creating some warm woollies for the wonderful colder months on the horizon.

Hannah has been helping with our horses these past few months, so I made her some essential warm gear for those ultra cool mornings. She's going to be the most stylish person at the paddock. Looking good, girl.

Hannahs hat and scarf