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rosella @ the One of a Kind Christmas Show December 3-8 + A GIVEAWAY [closed]

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We are so excited to be participating in the One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale this year!

The show features 800 artisans and designers from all across the country – we’re thrilled to be in such great company! I know that we’ll be doing much of our own holiday shopping here!

The show runs from Nov 28 – Dec 8, though we are only there from December 3rd-8th. Visit us at booth O26!

 

 

Click the image below to receive $1 off your admission price when you purchase online.

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We wanted to share our excitement for the One of a Kind Show with a giveaway!

We’ll be giving away 3 prizes:

  • Pair of tickets to the One of a Kind Christmas Show, $50 Gift Certificate for the One of a Kind Show, & a rosella ring of your choosing
  • Pair of tickets to the One of a Kind Christmas Show & a rosella ring of your choosing
  • Pair of tickets to the One of a Kind Christmas Show

3 winners will be chosen on November 27th.  The prizes will be available for pickup at the show Dec 3-8th. If you are not available to make it to the show and have won a prize, we’ll ship a ring of your choosing from our Etsy shop to you.

Enter below for your chance to win!

We look forward to seeing you at the show!
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[[Nov 27, 2013 - The giveaway is now closed! Thanks to all who entered! We look forward to seeing you at the show! ]]

Congratulations to:
+ Ash for winning the OOAK tickets, $50 gift certificate, and a rosella ring!
+ Linda for winning the OOAK tickets and a rosella ring!
+ Sara for winning the OOAK tickets!

We’ll contact the winners via e-mail to arrange the details. In the event that they are unable to claim the prizes, we’ll draw another name!

Thanks again, everyone!

vertical succulent garden – part 2

Since creating my vertical succulent garden, it has been two months.

The first two months, I left it flat, so that the succulents could root.

I can’t say it is thriving. The squirrels around here have been attacking all of our plants, and also knocking the succulent ‘babies’ off. For some reason the red-ish variety has lost its bright hue.

Unfortunately, the frame’s intricate details were washed away. I guess it was plaster, whoops! Now that it is gone, I might paint it a faint red.

The creeping plant definitely didn’t work out with these succulents. I think it required more moisture.

I think this might be the fuzzy wuzzy variety.

Things I would change;

  • Use lower quality soil and fine gravel instead of planting soil. The soil I used is probably too rich in nutrients, and doesn’t provide good enough drainage.
  • Use a different moss (like so) which holds colour better, even when it gets dry (which has been inevitable in this heat).
  • Put drainage holes along the whole back, instead of just on the long edges.

 

These succulents below aren’t hanging vertically, but they sure are thriving!

My Grandma rescued these cacti from the compost! They’re pretty neat.

 

 This post was cross-posted to http://gwynneburgess.com/blog/2012/07/vertical-succulent-garden-part-2/

progression

There has been a number of times where I’ve found myself thoroughly embarrassed with my work.

Looking back on an old sketchbook; What was I thinking?!
Photographs; Why did I do that?! 
Journals; Oh my gosh, just shoot me.

I’m pretty well past feeling embarrassed about old projects. Looking back on your work and having those feelings is a sign that you’ve improved/evolved/progressed. It serves as a good benchmark to actually realize that.

Of course, working on resin pieces is no different.

The first piece on the left was sent to me when Jessica was in Australia. It was the coolest thing ever! Now we look at it with a much more critical eye, which has allowed us to get closer to perfection on pieces.

The resin Jessica used in Australia was great.  Few bubbles (though still much more than we have now), and a great composition allowing for a strong piece. The three pieces on the right were made from a common resin brand here in Canada. I put on that ring a few days ago, just to see what it looked like. The resin was already warping due to my body heat. I’m so happy we use Entropy now – that would never happen these days!

Another big improvement we’ve made is using a vacuum chamber to degas the resin and the silicone we use for mould making.


This is a big tricky to photograph, but I got a closeup of some moulds.
The first picture was a mould I made for our sculpture class in November. The second was a mould I made within the past month. Bubble free! This helps ensure a much better pull from the moulds, without any flaws. We can create much more accurate moulds of masters. It works similarly for the resin; minimizing bubbles.

It is nice to see that we’re improving. And we’re definitely going to try to continue to do so.

vertical succulent garden – part 1

 

Succulents are all the rage these days. They are pretty low-maintenance, geometric, and interesting. The obvious fractal structure of these plants are naturally appealing to the eye.

I thought I’d try my hand at creating a framed vertical succulent garden. There is loads inspiration for these all over the internet. My favourite being Flora Grubb. If anyone executes these installations perfectly, it is them! They sell the panels to achieve this perfect in their web shop. While I love the look, I wasn’t sure I was prepared to pay the price in their web shop.

Thank goodness for the internet. There are a bunch of tutorials online. I like this one.

On the same trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens, we stopped at a little-known spot for succulents.

While not normally selling to the public, we convinced him to make an exception.

This place had many varieties, somewhat rare for Southwestern Ontario.

So, we carted off a box full of succulents, and got to work.

I found a great vintage frame in my Grandma’s basement – naturally the best place for that sort of thing! I cut up some wood pieces to bulk up the back of the frame. The dimensions of the frame are roughly 2′ x 3′.

After fixing the chicken wire,  I began padding it with some moss.
 

Next, I inserted the succulents. I tried to somewhat make a pattern, but it was a bit of a failed attempt.

I love the contrast of the distressed, yet intricate frame and the succulents.  I also ended up sticking in some ‘Jeepers Creepers’ creeping plant. Not sure of the actual name.

I can’t wait to hang this baby up!

I’ll update you in part 2 of the condition of the piece, so stay tuned for that later this week.

 

 

This post is cross-posted to my personal blog:http://gwynneburgess.com/blog/2012/07/vertical-succulent-garden-part-1/

Innovation Inspiration: Patrick Blanc

I have been intrigued about living walls for quite some time. I researched a bit about them for a project at the Ontario Science Centre and now am constantly toying with the idea of building one in miniature.

Patrick Blanc is who I would consider the pioneer of the living wall. His work is very inspiring.

Blanc seems to spent a lot of time travelling for inspiration and has hair as green as his walls… how fabulous! He has listed some sources of inspirations on his site which is fun to look at.

Be sure to check out his website for more of his work.

On a smaller scale, Flora Grubb Gardens presents a fairly convincing case to purchase their DIY living wall kit, with this photo:


I love their use of the succulents.

I think eventually I will try to tackle it on my home somehow – too great of inspiration not to!

Weekend by Max Mara

Last year, they shot at The Museum of Natural History, and this year, Italian fashion house Max Mara and photographer Alexi Lubomirski, team up once again for the Weekend by Max Mara collection.

Working with model Jacquelyn Jablonski, along with some fine feathered friends, Lumbomirski achieved fabulous results.

I am loving this collection, particularly the detail in the dyed materials.
Check out the goods with full photos and a fun video on the shoot!

Innovation Inspiration: Theo Jansen

 

“The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.”