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Linocut Progressions: Miromiro, Tomtit

Posted on October 30th, 2014

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The third of my birds with banners is this little miromiro, or tomtit.  I tried to capture the tomtit’s inquisitive nature in this carving. I have some tomtit prints drying at the moment – will post them here soon!

Linocut Progressions: Kotuku, White Heron

Posted on October 29th, 2014

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Here’s the second of my latest bird linocuts, featuring one of my favourite birds (and very rare in NZ), the beautiful kotuku, or white heron. This white heron carries a banner which I imagine the giver of the card will write their own message in – “Merry Christmas”, perhaps, or even “I love you”. There […]

Linocut Progressions: Tauhou, Silvereye

Posted on October 27th, 2014

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I thought I would share some snaps of one of the lino blocks I’ve been working on lately. This one is of a tauhou (silvereye), a sweet little olive-green bird that has white circles around its eyes.  I often see these tiny birds in groups, flitting around in blossom trees like tui in kowhai. As […]

Friday I’m In Love

Posted on October 24th, 2014

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Happy Friday! I thought I would start a new regular feature here, where I’ll share some links to cool things I’ve found during the week – mostly art/craft/bird-related stuff but maybe some worthy other bits and bobs too. I hope you enjoy it! Watch A Brazilian man and his hummingbird friend Think Can We Auto-Correct […]

The Upcycler: Embroidered Brooches

Posted on October 18th, 2014

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Remember that heirloom embroidery stash I wrote about here? Well, some of the pieces in the stash weren’t quite nice enough to use around the house. The embroidery on them was lovely, but some parts of the fabrics hadn’t withstood the test of time too well, and had some discolouration and staining. I still wanted […]