Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Evelyn Hodowany!

Good evening lovely people!

Phew I've had a busy day today, meeting a friend for lunch and looking around cute boutiques in Edinburgh!  My train was cancelled due to all the horrible wet , drizzly weather we have been having.  Luckily there was another one I was able to hop on.  Wish I could be a lady of leisure every day ;p 

Today I would like to share an interview with the loverly Evelyn Hodowany!  Her beautiful necklaces are just so original and fun, they make me smile :)  She has just set up her new website which is fab and you can buy her work in her Etsy store too.  Just see the link at the bottom of this post!


- Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Evelyn Hodowany and I was born in Poland & raised in Australia. I studied Media Arts at Uni before moving on to Interior Design.  I think I’m allergic to maths and science because I have always gravitated towards art ;) and I've spent most of my life experimenting and working with different mediums.  Seven years ago my husband and I sold or gave away everything but our washing machine and books to live abroad.  We moved to Vancouver, Canada where we lived for 3 years after which we moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where we lived for 2 years.  During this time a friend of mine suggested I participate in the West End Fair during the 2010 Fringe Festival and that’s where MotherWasRight was born.   I've been living in Munich, Germany for almost 2 years now and I’m not sure where we’ll end up next, but I love my work and my range continues to grow so we’ll see what the future holds ;)

- Where do you get your key inspiration for your designs?

My inspiration comes mainly from our travels, from observing everyday images and materials I encounter and thinking of different ways of using them.  I have days where I can come up with loads of ideas if I’m really inspired so I try to catch them before they fly away.  I have a stack of paper scraps and post it notes with scribbled ideas and I keep a pad and pen beside the bed.

- How did you first become interested in designing jewellery?

When I look back on it now, I can see why I naturally fell into making jewellery -  it was a result of the change in my lifestyle.  I love to travel and I like to travel light (thanks to easy jet and ryan air luggage restrictions)  My standard travel clothes are mainly black or solid colours.  So I started to wear more statement jewellery that stood out but didn't take up as much space as clothes would in my bag.  I always treat myself to a unique handmade piece wherever I go, but I also started to make my own.

- I love the wee bench people necklaces! Where did you get the idea to create these?

The inspiration behind the bench people was beautiful Edinburgh.  There are lots of memorial benches dotted around this picturesque city.  My husband took a beautiful picture of one of them atop Calton Hill and the idea came to me as I was admiring it one day.

- What do you aim to achieve with your unique style?

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."  Biochemist Szent Gyorgyi I get a kick out of coming up with original ideas using everyday materials.  The wee people I use for my Park Bench series are made for architects and railway enthusiasts, but I love the fact that I can use them to create little scenes you can wear around the neck.  A mother and child on a bench will evoke a mother’s memory of when her child was young while an old couple on a bench symbolise a wish that a couple will grow old together.

- Do you have any new pieces in the pipeline?

I have loads of ideas. I usually have 2 or 3 I’m working on in the background at a time.  When I get stuck on something I move onto the other one and then the solution will present itself – more often than not while I’m in the shower or in the supermarket.  You’ll just have to wait and see ;)

-What is your favourite piece to date?

My favourite piece would be Estelle and Fred because I’d like to think that will be me and my hubby one day - just sitting there people watching and chatting away.

- Do you have any advice for other young designers?

Accept the fact that not everyone will like your work.  It might hurt a little because creating something yourself is a very personal thing.  That’s ok.  Some may not even appreciate the value of your idea or the work that has gone into turning that idea into something you can
actually hold in your hand or better yet - wear.  Creating is a gift you should embrace and there are many people out there that will appreciate and admire your work.

- Any exciting news to share?

Yeah :D my website is finally up and running ;)

 Check out Evelyn's gorgeous website for more cute, quirky designs.  These mobile necklaces are just beautiful.  

I would just like to thank Evelyn for letting me write this post, all pictures used are copyright of Evelyn Hodowany.

Dittery Dot

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Be Wild Like The Flowers (Part 2)

Hello everyone,

I have been tidying and organising my cupboards and came across some more of my masters work.  This work is mainly research and design development.  So I will talk through each piece and the process behind it.  You can see more pictures of my work in the gallery section of my blog, so go take a peek :)

This was some design development where I had tried to trap dried weeds in between sheer fabrics like organza.  I have used faded colours and lots of brown and green threads.

This was an ink drawing I had done then stitched over in yellow threads.  I used acetate to write the word weeds over and over again.  This was stitched using the free hand foot on the sewing machine.

I was also looking at cracked pavements and how the weeds push their way up through them.  This was my interpretation of a pavement.  There are lots of threads, ripped papers and written words layered over the top.

Stitched photographs were an important part of my design development.  As you can see they have enhanced the photograph and added texture and interest.  Again I used acetate to layer up words.

This was a design idea for using old seed packets.  I stitched "From a seed can grow a weed" using free hand machine stitching.  This was layered between plain organza and had a dried flower securely sewn onto the packet.

This has been quite a long post so I am going to split it, there will be a third part coming soon. Hopefully I will have time to write it up over the next few days.

Hope you have enjoyed it so far :)

Dittery Dot

Monday, 17 September 2012

Jayme McGowan

Hello fellow bloggers!

I was looking on Etsy this week and came across the very talented Jayme McGowan's Etsy shop.  She is a California-based illustrator who uses paper to create extremely beautiful quirky pieces.
Her work has been used in fashion spreads, magazines,packaging, animation and much more.  She is currently working on writing and illustrating her first children's book.

Her recent work shows scenes from one of my favourite children's authors, Roald Dahl.  This photograph of Fantastic Mr Fox made me smile and this is my favourite quote from the book.

“I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm going to ignore your advice.”
– Fantastic Mr Fox

I contacted Ms McGowan to see if she would be able to do an interview.  Unfortunately she said she wasn't able to do an interview at the moment, but I was allowed to use text and pictures from her website/blog. 

How do you create your wonderful pieces?

"I create my images through a unique process of 3D illustration. When beginning a project, I use a concept board to brainstorm and work through my ideas. I then collect reference materials and begin sketching. After my initial drawing has been finalized, I use colored pencils to find the right palette. I then start cutting, pulling materials from an ever-growing collection of new and re-purposed paper. Each piece is cut individually with steady hands and tiny scissors. It is then carefully glued into place, often with the aid of tweezers.

 Layer upon layer, I build characters and sets for a miniature scene. I stage the pieces in my paper theater (like a diorama that is open on all sides) using thread or wire as necessary to hold the paper elements in place. I then photograph the dimensional paper artwork, playing with camera settings, lenses and light. In the final stage of my illustration process, I bring the digital image into Photoshop for minor adjustments."

You can see more of her gorgeous work at her website -   
You can also buy her prints at her Etsy shop -

I would just like to thank Ms McGowan for giving me permission to use her photographs and text from her website.

Dittery Dot

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

I Cannot Count My Day Complete, Til Needle, Thread And Fabric Meet!

Hello lovely bloggers!

After I had finished my cushions I felt I needed a quick project to do.  So I stitched up a table runner I purchased when I went to Inverness with my family.  

It's got three tulips and some baby breath flowers all tied together.  I think it is very summery and fresh looking.  Just needs a really good iron now :P

Dittery Dot

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Keep Calm and . . .

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all having a lovely day? It's not too nice here but it has given me a chance to finish a little quick cross stitch.  I really liked the Keep Calm things that came out at first but now I think it has been a bit overdone.

This pattern was in Cross Stitcher magazine a few months ago, I just changed the colours.

I think it looks cute with all the pastel colours and pretty butterfly aida fabric.  I used the free thread I got from Cross Stitcher Magazine :) Not sure what I am going to do with it yet, maybe frame it? Or it could be made into a cushion.  Hmmmm not sure yet, will just add it to the pile of completed cross stitch for now :)

Dittery Dots