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Friday, May 17, 2013

☆ Friday Art [clockwork geisha]


The best thing about going away to the city for me is being out of my habitual life. 

As a family, we are very (very!) routine. We have our dance classes, play groups, mothers groups, morning tea at nan's and school days. 

And I often wonder if we lived in a city if we would be as structured, or if we would be more spontaneous, and jump on a bus to somewhere.

Anyway, as I was saying, the best thing about going away is seeing things that I haven't seen everyday, and therefore, do not see anymore - do you know what I mean? 

Like beautiful graffiti on the train tunnels, like the mist covering the harbour bridge, or like the vibrant colours of a 'nemo' + 'dorie' fish.

So on Sunday we went to the markets in The Rocks, and I love these markets. They are a mixture of touristy items (like opal jewellery + australian animal puzzles) + and beautiful + original art + crafts.

One of the stalls had amazing steam punk jewellery, and if I had had more cash on me I would have bought lots from this stall, (thank goodness they have a website!!), but I was reminded how much I love steam punk - the clothes, the gadgets, the contraptions, and I remembered that I had a few old watches in my studio.

So with my hammer I took apart all these old watches (so. much. fun!) to find the elusive gold cogs to use in future projects, and I decided to use some in this weeks painting. 

Clockwork Geisha
(So she is not very geishaish, but I decided that the steam punk genre is all about being traditional, in non traditional ways!)

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How cute are those cogs? If they were bigger I would have stuck them on a bobby pin for my hair!!

I was tell my nan about my day of destruction, laughing at how I took my hammer to the old watches, and her face was priceless, (I don't think she ever thought that some one would pull watches apart for parts to use in artwork!) She then told me she had a few old watches from my Poppy in her special box, that would have some cool parts, but I knew that she wasn't offering them to me for destruction!

Have you pulled apart something for art? Just because? I would love to hear your stories. [And feel free to send me your old watches!! ]

Thank you everyone for your awesome comments on my post - I am sorry I couldn't visit as many of you as I liked, but I will this week!

21 comments :

  1. steam punk is great fun and the cogs work in her hair perfectly... and I love those markets at The Rocks... I have many fond memories of visiting them ...xx

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  2. she is beautiful and I too love those little cogs in her hair. x

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  3. The cogs look very sweet in her hair. It would be a great idea to make them into hair slides:) I have seen that you can buy watch parts on etsy:) HPPF

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  4. It looks so sweet in her hair. Lovely painting!

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  5. That she is ~ Adorable and love the eyes and hair ~ Wow! ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

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  6. she's wonderful!! Love her hair-and the cogs in them too!

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  7. love the way the cogs are electrifying her hair, fab interpretation.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. I also love steam punk - something I only came to know funny enough when I was obsessing over wedding blogs a few years ago when I was getting married myself! Your clockwork geisha is adorable - I love that she's not traditional - she rocks!

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  9. I don't really know what steam punk is but I do love your art work. It's very special :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  10. She looks charming with the cogs in her hair. You will have to show us some of your steam punk goodies when you get them. Happy PPF

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  11. She's wonderful Kirsten, I just love her expression! HPPF!

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  12. Steam punk is awesome...too bad you don't have flea markets or thrift stores near by... they'd be sure to have some!! You steam punk girl is amazing as are all your terrific girls!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  13. Good use of very nice cogs! I love it and the whole steam punk geisha idea is great! <3

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  14. this is exactly how I feel about going into the city! the most wonderful escape ever! awesome eye candy, life, color, marvelous finds! love your steampunk geisha!

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  15. She's fabulous, and I do love steampunk as well. I pull jewelry apart for embellishments and flower centers. (I almost feel guilty for it...almost..lol) :)

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  16. She is so adorable ~ such a elegant and fun geisha girl with those big eyes ~ Enjoy ^_^

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  17. That is the cutest young geisha ever. The hair is so perfect because it is so unlike the perfect coifs of a traditional geisha. Geisha unglued came to mind when I saw it. HPPF

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  18. She is sooo cute. One can't have too much steam punk right? I so enjoy your art and your blog.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  19. Steam punk sounds fun and your un-'geishaish' ( I liked your word) looks cool in her dress and cogs! Hmm...taking things apart...no...I haven't done that although I have created things from broken or unwanted stuff! Okay, now I am looking around for things I can reconstruct! ;-)

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