Filtering by Tag: making a video

Week 49: Creative Challenge 52

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has recently been in Orange and, while she was there, she visited Sassy Wines, a small boutique winery. The owner, Felicia, expressed interest in having some of Telena's textiles in the gallery at her cellar door, and she gave Telena a bag of mixed merino/polworth fleece to use in her creations.

Telena's felt scarves

Telena experimented with the fleece this week, finding that it created a softer felt than pure merino, and she's excited by the possibilities.

Telena's felting process
Telena's crocheted squares

She made two long skinny scarves, one with fleece alone and the other a mix of fleece and silk chiffon. Telena hasn't decided how she'll dye them yet, whether she'll eco-dye with leaves or aim for brighter hues.

Telena has also been making crocheted granny squares as she's going overseas and is hoping that a bamboo crochet hook will be deemed a safe travelling accessory by the authorities who determine what we can and can't take on flights.

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, reports that the tedious events of last week (when Kanen received a homophobic taunt from a heckler in the crowd after he sang the national anthem at a nationally televised basketball match in Melbourne) have deterred his itchy glitter-finger not a jot! So he presents this week's dazzling offerings with a gay and defiant heart. Bravo.

Kanen's glitter tie

Kanen hasn't shared his creative process since he assumes that, by now, we're all too familiar with his methods. He did, however, experiment with a new technique that's turned out quite splendidly. He dropped into Riot Arts and Craft for a bottle of acrylic medium because he's been struggling with the consistency of the gorgeous Glitterlites paints he so adores. It's very thick in the jar and doesn't spread very well on fabric, requiring several coats to achieve uniform coverage. Kanen thought he'd see if it might apply more evenly if it was dispersed in an appropriate medium.

Kanen's painted boots

His hypothesis was resoundingly confirmed and he says this is an important development because the thinner coats allow greater flexibility in the finished shoe, which means no cracks or sparkle loss where the shoe bends with the foot.

Are we glad to know this, he asks. Absolutely! I'm loving those new wheels sick.

Kanen's shoe makeover

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 contributed a wonderful recipe for her contribution this week.

Trish and Richard have started the return journey in their narrowboat, Patience, to their mooring in Braunston and, as they travelled through various locks, Trish discovered a bounty of hedgerow fruit - apples, plums, elderberries, haws, blackberries and sloes.

Trish's hedgerow crumble

Trish has mountains of fruit still to process, but for now she's created a brilliant hedgerow crumble, and she's shared the recipe on her blog. Do check it out. It looks delicious. As does her greengage clafoutis below. Yum!

Trish's hedgerow crumble

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett has nearly finished renovating the camera he started work on last week and all that remains is to secure the bellows to the frames. He's very pleased with how it's turned out and, with the hardest part of the job behind him, he's looking forward to finishing the task.

Steve's camera renovation

We're just back from a trip to Sydney, returning to Canberra via Kiama and Berry, to shoot a couple of marketing videos. Steve took every possible opportunity to grap some landscape shots while we were there. He took these photos in Manly.

Manly Beach

The next photo was taken in Kiama, and rest at Berry.

Masonic Temple Kiama

Scarlet Bennett

I've got two new online courses that will launch in the next couple of weeks and I wanted to make videos for each of them to include on my website.

These are substantial programs - roughly six months in duration - and, although they're both peak performance courses, the content is very different because the professional demands of each profession differ so greatly.

So...we went to Sydney to film a video for the Peak Performance for Performers course because we wanted footage with the gorgeous Sydney cityscape in the background. We filmed at dusk and into the night to capture the amazing view of the city lights. Steve took a photo to capture my creative effort.

Filming for Peak Performance Psychology for Performers

This morning we drove to Kiama for some ocean footage, and the weather just couldn't have been better. The rain held off, but the sky was blanketed in grey clouds, giving us fabulous, soft light to work with. It was a bit of a flying tour, but we got the job done and now it's over to Steve to put the videos together.

Video for Peak Performance Psychology for Writers

There wasn't much time for recreation on this trip, but we did manage a walk around Manly Beach this morning and a book indiscretion at some point on our journey was inevitable. The impressive thing is...I only bought one!

Manly video trip

Week 25: Creative Challenge 52

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, is in a crisis of rare indecision. He's painted the lapels on this jacket gold gold and sewn the ubiquitous sequins on, but it's not enough. Or is it?

Kanen Breens Jacket

'Please, people,' he says. 'Help!'

He's submitted this unfinished symphony in a welter of flamboyant artistic inertia on this Mardi Gras weekend, and he's appealing for creative input. To embellish or not to embellish? Check out these options and cast your vote.

Kanens Jacket
Kanens Jacket

Keryn Clark

Keryns Baking

South African born writer, florist and cake whizz, Keryn Clark, started her baking journey at the age of 9 with a batch of scones and strawberry jam. Today she returned to her roots.

She was given a baking book by her lovely Perth neighbour, Yvette Walker of Letters to the End of Love fame, who sampled Keryn's cakes and looked after her cats when Keryn was in Africa.

The scones didn't rise as Keryn had hoped, but she took them to the shop for a bunnies' picnic anyway.

Bunny picnic

Keryn's greatest satisfaction comes from small things and this tiny bowl and saucer is a case in point. The set was given to her by a friend as a farewell gift when she left Perth so the bowl is loaded with significance - and a single spray of roses. In the shop, Keryn's business partner, Remy, loves doing all the show stopping 'big' corporate work, but these small arrangements are turning into Keryn's signature style. Lovely!

Keryns bunny picnic

Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has been planning to make some felted wraps to match the bridesmaids' dresses for her daughter Rachel's rapidly approaching wedding. To that end, she's felted two wraps this week.

Telena is very pleased with the teal green wrap, which she says drapes very well, but she's less pleased with the dark purple wrap. She dyed it a darker shade, but it felted even further in the hot water stage, and has ended up with uneven colour that isn't what Telena was aiming for. She's going to make it again in a lighter shade in the hope that it will turn out more to her liking.

Telenas Felt Wraps

In other news, Telena's quintet concert yesterday was very successful. The group - Windfall - played well and the audience enjoyed the varied program. So, overall a highly successful creative week.

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 focusing on her food photography this week using produce from her garden. Today's masterpieces feature home-grown potatoes, and she's got no time to chat because she has a lot of cut potatoes to cook! Ah, the sacrifices we make for our art.

Trishs Potatoes

Stephen, Scarlet & Georgia Bennett

Our creative challenge this week has involved the filming of a series of marketing videos for my novel, Striking Out. We've been at it all weekend and we've captured some awesome footage. Here's a hint of what's to come...