Ondine Tail Weaving Samples

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As well as my collection samples I’ve been working on designs for Ondine’s tail. First I tried out some knitting samples…. they didn’t go so well!

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My woollen ones weren’t bad… but I am no expert knitter! Knitting Lessons with Shelia (sample)Machine knitting sample (3)

And when I started off knitting with wire… it just wasn’t the kind of effect I want my tail to have. Don’t get me wrong, I quite like these samples…. I just want Ondine’s tail to have more density, more fluidity, and more substance.Machine knitting sample (4)

So I moved onto weaving! My fluffy rainbow woollen sample went quite well… so well I think I might whip up some more of these woven branches… and perhaps pop them up in my Etsy store!Weave Samples (1)

Now a small rope weave…. this is it! This is the tail…. just much larger and with added silvered inclusions.

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Oooo excited now! Can’t wait to make up my loom and get to work!

Chloe out.

Neolithic Brochs, Haunted Castles, Witches Pools, Pineapple Houses and Cavemen

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On Saturday I headed out on a Larbert bound train heading for a wonderful day of adventures!

I’ve recently just discovered, and signed up to, Meetup. It’s fantastic!

Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.

So basically it’s a huge database of all the social groups in your local area, and I’m currently signing up to all the amazing events as we speak…. I’ve spent wayyyy too long wrapped up in my duvet cocoon, snuggling up in a Netflix rabbit-hole…. so this seems like a good way to get out and enjoy lots of weird and wonderful things! So… stay tuned for lots of interesting blog posts to come!… starting with this one…

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Come learn about Pictish Culture and the fingerprints of a time long past… Hypnotic blue pools that none can explain and a dilapidated castle and cave system. If people have transport we can also head to one of only two Pineapple Houses in the world…. Plus a bonus caveman lesson in cooking.

That was today’s description… vague but interesting!

And interesting it certainly was. Thank you to everyone involved, I had a great day, and you were all so lovely :) Special mention for Lance: our incredibly knowledgeable guide, and host. You made the the day! and the oily cake things were brilliant!!

First stop…… The Pineapple House!!!

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This glorious example of expert stonemasonry was commissioned by Lord Dunmore, as a gift for his wife. In Virginia, sailors would put pineapples on their gatepost to signify their arrival home, and it was this tradition that Lord Dunmore brought back home and, well…. elaborated on!

Unfortunately the actual building isn’t open to the public, but the beautiful gardens and surrounding woodland was, and we had a lovely little wander round! taking in all the plants… and even nibbling on a few! We also, walked out to the old mausoleum, which although crumbling and dilapidated, was rather beautiful and overgrown with stunning greenery, and mystical yew trees.

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Next stop, a hike through an ethereal larch forest to a Pictish settlement: Tapoch Broch. Although only the ground floor remains, after scrambling through the tiny arched door, it was easily to visualise how this was a fortified building housing lives of years past.

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Next, a walk up to a system of caves where we stopped to build a fire and fry up some Bannock Buns. This was our cave:

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And this was our view:

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After caveman lunch, we wandered back through the trees, and came across a mystifying sight…

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Nobody knows the origins of this magical pool, or even why it is so blue and clear. The water has been tested, and still no explanation… a blip in the middle of the woods. Lance described it as a witching pool: looking onto the surface of the crystal clear turquoise water the reflections shining back at you are supposed to be visions of the future…… what do you see?

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Heading back along our path, we wandered to our final destination: Torwood Castle.

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Today was beautiful. I would highly recommend everywhere we went… and I would highly recommend taking a Lance with you!

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Chloe out.

Ondine Collection Exploratory Samples

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Yesterday, I shared some glimpses into my Ondine sketchbook, so, today I’m moving out of the sketchbook and into the land of 3-Dimensional samples! Yay!

Firstly…. a few rope-tying tests.

I’ve been a little cagey and secretive with plans for this collection, because I want to reveal a big surprise at the end when it’s all finished… but I also love sharing my process… so, for this collection all you need to know is that it’s about an undine and a human who fall in love…… and from that I’m making a rope-tied collection of jewellery and a full-sized tail fit for the lovesick Ondine.

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After tying myself up in knots!!! I’ve started forming my knotwork into pieces of jewellery and solidifying them into workable models….

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…I’ll share a few wee sneak peeks of the samples I’m not using as final models, so you can see what ropes have been trying themselves around my brain… and at this very moment I’m working away tying up my final models (*fingers crossed*).

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Rope Samples (8) Rope Samples (7)

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Stay tuned for the next stage!

Chloe out.

An Ondine Sketchbook Update

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If you follow me over on Facebook/Twitter you’ll know that I promised a few Onine updates…. so here is update no.1!

I collected up some oceany photography that I had on hiding in my desktop, some from France, Russia, Sweden, Denmark and the rest I took while out on a little inspiration gathering trip to Musselburgh. I’ve printed, and traditionally cut and paste these photos into my sketchbook and added some exploration drawings around them. From these, I’ve sketched lots and lots of design drawings for my collection, and for my tail piece! Yay! Plans for each are coming along wonderfully… now if I could just stop being ill I could work harder!! Will share lots of photos of my samples with you in the next post, but for now, here are some of my sketchbook doodles…..

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I’ve written up my first draft… I’m just going through it with a corrective eye at this very second! and I’ll be re-writing it a few more times over the next few months to make sure it is as perfect as it can be!DSCF1129smallMight share a little excerpt with you…….

Stay tuned!

Chloe out.

Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival 2015

My first Beltane Fire Festival…. and hopefully not my last! It was glorious.

The festival takes place on Calton Hill. It is a procession, which starts at the National Monument (know to Beltaners as the Acropolis) and proceeds anti-clockwise around the path meeting various groups along the way. The procession is driven by the beat of drums which urge it inexorably towards summer. At the procession’s head is the May Queen and the Green Man, followed by a cavalcade of characters who are intrinsically linked to them and their journey. Their destination is punctuated by various groups who either help or hinder their progress towards the Green Man’s fate and the May Queen’s destiny. After a dramatic stage performance signifying the inception of summer the May Queen and Green Man spark the birth of summer by lighting a huge bonfire. The performance then moves into its community phase. All the participants congregate in a place called the Bower. From here the finishing movements of the festival are played out in a dance of reds and whites. This is also where the home comforts of warmth, food and drink are provided to the tired and often very cold performers and crew. The boundaries between performers and audience then fades and the festival, performers, music and audience drift off into the night, taking away the memories of a unique and special event.” check out the Beltane Fire Society website for more.

Now time for the much needed photos! (a little NSFW if yer bothered by that kind of naked thing!)

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A hot, hot summer indeed!

Chloe out.

Happy Eggy Easter

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If you just read my previous post you’ll see how I had a rather nerdy Easter egg decorating day!! If you didn’t read it, you should, it’s awesome!!

Thanks for making the weather lovely Jesus! we had a rather wonderful day chilling in the sun painting eggs (well, I painted them! Mum doodled on hers, Dad was too distracted by the sun to do more than one, and Jamie… well, Jamie is special!!), then a trip up Blackford Hill and some egg-smashing ensued!

Here are more photos of our fantastic eggs! and some of the egg-rolling banter!!

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Doctor Who: Egg Guardian!

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Pre-smashed eggs!

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Dad’s I-got-bored-doodle!

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The Dalegg is here to EGGXTERMINATE you!!!

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TARDISegg.

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Galleggxy!

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Bailey enjoying his dinner!

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Hahahaha! we’re just too awesome!!!

Happy Easter!

Enjoy all your chocolatey noms!

Chloe out.