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Creating Something Sacred

I love my work to tell unspoken tales. I’m always looking for ways to make something that could be a real treasure, have tones of meaning, and tell stories that are silently threaded through the fabric with every stitch that is taken, or inherited from the materials I choose.
I have been obsessed with the idea of creating something sacred to me. A treasure to be kept close. Something special. I have not achieved this. I think it is an unachievable goal. It doesn’t matter what it is, at the end of the day it is an object. A special object maybe. But no object is worth more than life itself. So i have settled into creating objects that silently tell the tales of life and adventure, heartache and happiness, love, hope and dreams. And one thing i have learnt is that, for me, the process of making is what is most sacred to me. It is the process that I hold close to my heart, it is the process that i get the most satisfaction from.

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A New Year

With a new year comes new goals. And as we have been in 2015 for a few weeks now, its about time I thought about what my goals for the year should be.

In the past I have made all these new year resolutions like “get fit”, “blog more”, “do this… do that…” and honestly not all that many stick, as you may have noticed with my sparse blogging over the years.

One goal that I have had for the past few years though has been gaining momentum over time. “Finish it” has been a very rewarding goal for me. I have a number (that shall remain unspoken) worth of things sitting around that need to be finished in one way or another. In 2013 I didn’t do a lot towards this goal, but the seed was planted and heavily watered and I started getting an idea of what I was in for. I went into 2014 full steam with a list of things that I wanted to accomplish. I didn’t finish all of it, and to be honest, I probably never even came close. But I am very proud of what I did achieve.

In 2014 I “Finished it”

  • My brothers wedding quilt (only 4 years late)
  • My hexagon quilt (12 years in the making!!)
  • My Diploma of Graphic Design
my hexagon quilt. 12 years in the making!

My hexagon quilt… 12 years in the making!

There was of course other things that I started AND completed! Yay go me!!

I think the reason why some of my goals don’t stick all that well is because they are not specific enough. “Get fit” what does that even mean? “Blog more” one post a year is more than some years… So this year I’m going to keep my list simple and basic.

For my fitness goals I am aiming to be able to run a full 7km without any walking. My partner likes to go to obstacle races and such and it would be sooo nice to not be the one holding him back and making the day slower.

I had full intentions for 2015 to be my creative year, where I rediscover my creative self and start making more, blogging more, and promoting myself as an artist. But just a few weeks in and I doubt this is an achievable goal, as I put my creative life on hold once more for “real” life. Cos as much as money doesn’t buy happiness, it does put a roof over your head and food on the table. And with a little more time earning money I can have a damn nice roof over my head and the most awesome creative space anyone could imagine. So my creative goals for this year is just to be able to create enough to keep me sain. To work through my “finish it” stash and to start putting pen to paper on how I would like my creative life to proceed, so next year, when my new studio space is ready, the seeds are already planted and starting to sprout, and I can hit the ground running with direction and a bit of a plan.

My brothers wedding quilt

My brothers wedding quilt. Only 4 years late!!

So here’s to 2015. Here’s to lots of running, cos after reading through all that writing, that about the only real goal I got out of this post! Oh and here’s to finshing things off my list…

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Surface Pattern Design

For a unit in my Diploma of Graphic design, I was asked to research an area of specialization and determine some current trends. Following is the subsequent article I wrote about Surface Pattern Design. It goes mostly into the ways printing technologies have started to become mainstream and and DIY driven design.

specialisation_ass2_cr pdf can be found here.

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Making Guy : The Process in Pictures

process_1 process_2 process_3 process_4 process_5 process_6 process_7

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Remember Me?

So I totally bypassed 2012 and pretty much 2013 on the blogging front.

A lot of things have happened and changed in the last couple of years, and at the moment I have been left with time, actual TIME, to work on my creative talents. What does this mean? It means you will be seeing a lot more of me and my craziness!

What will you see?

My main focus/passions in life are textiles, art and design. I have completed my bachelors of visual arts with a major in textiles, am currently working towards my diploma of graphic design and love to create and explore in different mediums. I also work with children outside school hours, so chances are there will be a mix of kids crafts, design projects and various textile methods.

I decided on the first of December to do a “25 days of Christmas countdown” which I started on Facebook, so I will take the time to catch it up on here as well. It won’t necessarily be me creating something new everyday. I will share pictures as I decorate the house, put up the Christmas tree, crafts I’ve organized for the children, inspiring Christmas things I see out and about. Its an exciting time of the year, and I want to share the joy with everyone 🙂

So hello! I look forward to sharing my journey with you!

❤ Cate

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New year Resolutions

Yep, its that time of year again, when we say farwell to one and a big hello to the next! And what comes with a new year? New year resolutions of course!
So with my main resolution being all about using my creativity more, stash busting and all things handmade, I thought it was about time I revived my blog, or at least tried!
So goodbye 2011! Let 2012 be the year of creative greatness!

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Yes, it’s that time of year when… there’s not much happening in the world of Cate, and I have resorted to organising my materials all nice and pretty amongst time spent sewing. Today it was my threads…



Oh, don’t get me wrong, they won’t stay that way for long! I have already started scratching through them looking for colours! But for the moment at least, there is not big tangles!

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pink and purple owl quilt…

I have been in sewing mode as of late, you just can’t get me away from my machine!

Yesterday I finished this owl quilt…

It started out with piecing the pink 4inch squares. It looked a little plain, so I decided to applique some owls onto it. It took me a while to decide what look I was going for with the owls, these ones turned out just perfect, they’re cute, and little and babyish!

I machine pieced the pink, needle point hand sewed the owls and machine quilted the whole thing. It was the first time I had used the walking foot on the Bernina, and it worked quite fine!

And a close up of the owls, so you can see their cute little expressions…

I sent it off with the boy today, to be gifted to a very new little girl. Hope they like it…

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Spinning Red

I just finished this, like right then, two minutes ago, with just enough time to take a photo…

It is merino/silk 50g. Hand spun on my beautiful drop spindle! I am still yet to ply it and all that other stuff, but I was too excited and just had to share! I was thinking maybe trying to ply it with some beads… not sure yet…

close up of red spinningness

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Hey there!

Finally getting back to some normality in life after months of moving pains, no internet, living out of boxes and such-not.
My mum made the long journey down to drag us along to the craft show on the weekend. I’m very glad she did. It turned out to be a day filled with shopping, retail therapy and just hanging out and relaxing with my mum, something that doesn’t happen very often. There was a great variety of crafts, so to whoever said it’s mainly quilting stuff, I say, did you not walk past the first two stands? There was something for everyone, cross stitch, quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, beading, felting, oh my, the list goes on! And the insain display from the Canberra Quilters is always worth a look! As is the TexStyle display of HSC students work!

Now that I have settled into the new house, been exposed to new and exciting crafts and products, the creative juices are flowing! Be sure to watch this spot for my mismatched projects!

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