Week 47: Creative Challenge 52

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, is showcasing a jacket transformation this week. He bought this jacket from Topshop, largely because it was on sale for $35 (down from $200). It fits Kanen like a glove, but is a shade too plain for his taste, so he knew it would need 'the treatment' when he bought it.

Kanen bought the sequined butterflies at a garage sale that "Sarah Jane", a local fashion boutique was having, and this week the garment and the sparkles have officially met!

He's sewn them on, but not rigidly in case further inspiration strikes. But for now, the jacket flies with him to Melbourne for another four week stint.
 

Kanen's jacket

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 indulging her passion for landscape photography again, with very successful results. She took these shots on the River Great Ouse just outside Ely a few nights ago.

Trish's landscape photography

Trish has also been busy cooking this past week. She's made red currant jelly and samphire, and she still has ingredients left to play with today. She's planning a busy day in the kitchen.

Trish's red currant jelly
Trish's red currant jelly

Trish created an extraordinary tart tatin using beetroot, along with some beetroot cured salmon, and beetroot greens and lentil soup. She's posted her recipes on her fabulous food blog. Do check it out.

Trish's samphire

Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, managed to snatch some time between teaching this week to continue dyeing some scarves with leaves she collected on a recent trip to Orange.

She found a variety of different eucalypts, and bundled them up in an iron water dye bath. She soaked a long-sleeved cotton t-shirt in soy milk overnight because cotton reacts differently to wool and silk, and needs a protein mordent to help the dyeing process.

Telena's eco-dyeing

Telena laid out the leaves and rolled the fabric around a dowel. Then she boiled it for two hours in the iron water. She couldn't wait to unwrap it and is very excited by the result.

The shirt is still wet in her photo, and the oxidisation process will continue as it dries.

Telena's eco-dyed t-shirt

Telena also made a dye bath from some of the remaining eucalypt leaves (being careful not to use the ones that she knows give red/orange tones) to create dye her scarves this lovely colour.

Telena's eco-dyeing

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett is very excited and can hardly sit still this week because he's close to getting his 90 year old Century Universal 8x10 camera functioning, and he can’t wait to use it.

He had a functioning  Sinar 8x10 camera, but sold it a couple of years ago as it was too heavy and bulky to cart around. His friend Pete gave him this camera (a much lighter, more compact field camera), but it needed extensive restoration, in particular, a new bellows and carrying handle. The poor old thing is battered and scratched, as you can see, and is missing a couple of small mechanical items.

Steve's old camera

Good news, however. A new bellows has just arrived from China, and a leather craftsman in Canberra has made a replacement leather handle. So all that remains is to figure out how to fit the bellows properly, find a few alternatives to the missing bits, and put it all together again.

Steve's camera refurbishment project

The two photos below are 8x10s that Steve made with his previous Sinar camera at Bombo near Kiama. The rock formation is known as The Cathedral.

The Cathedral

Scarlet Bennett

I've written thousands of words this week, giving my forensic psychology manuscript a real boost. That creativity isn't ready to share, however, so I've put together a quick terrarium today. I planted it out in my trifle dish, which is sacrilege in one sense, I know, but it's been years since I've made trifle and the dish has sat in the cupboard for years, neglect and unused. I decided it would be better off serving some function, albeit an unconventional one.

Scarlet's terrarium