Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Frayed and Crackled - Kreetta's Ceramics


ceramics and photo  by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com


Oh, I'm so back from Paris. Wow, that's a place. About my trip to Paris later this week. Some vintage finds of course. Now - ceramics.

I love old and frayed. So when I make ceramics - I like to make things look like they are old and not perfect. I've also noticed that somehow I work in certain period with same way of seeing and when I put things together they might even play well together. Of course not always but this time yes. Do you remember my circus theme ceramics? You can find them here. I decided to move on to different level - still circus but more delicate shades and colors.
 

ceramics and photo  by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com









I've used a lot of raku clay this year because it felt nice to work with. I'm also taking one raku clay course in May. It will be fun! This year I've also worked with paperclay and it's totally different  comparing to raku clay. It's soft and very flexible. Of course I've made paperclay bowl in a rough way and it surprisingly worked quite well.


ceramics and photo  by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com































To make structure I leave my bowls without finishing them too carefully. I paint the glaze and combine different colors.


ceramics and photo  by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com



























I have to admit that it's been a little bit difficult process to move on from real rough colors to these light and pastel shades. Of course I use some darker colors to get more drama if you know what I mean. I love crackle!


ceramics and photo  by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com
It's very rewarding when you get something done the way you wanted. I've done a lot of testing before I made bowls that I like. This project needed rethinking and patience. Yes, patience... I've never done one thing so long time. Clay isn't very easy material so many things can make the result not the one you've wished for. But I love to work with clay because you can always start all over again and it feels good - working with hands.

Have you ever tried playing with clay? I think I want to try clay pottery wheel. The course will begin in autumn. I have so so many plans already for autumn. I'm so excited. I promise you hear about them during this spring and summer. 

Have a lovely week!

xo
Kreetta






Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feeling Easter


Happy Easter! Spring is giving it's best at the moment. We have light, birds are singing, little by little the green is growing and we are starting to get warm days with bright sunlight. Hooray the winter is gone! I have been working the whole autumn and winter with my project "frayed and crackled" in ceramics. I'm so happy to say that finally I've got something to show to you. But before that I wish you enjoy my Easter feeling photos! Yes, they are dark. I followed the idea of traditional still life painting. I made them two weeks ago when I was working with air plants. Those photos you can find here.

What kind of Easter you are going to have? I'm off to Paris with my husband! It's my birthday present...I've waited this so much. It's good to get older I guess, haha...and enjoy the spring in the beautiful city.







xo
Kreetta


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Art

1" photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog: www.gretchengretchen.com






Sunday. Raining. Photographing. Walking. Talking. I think today I made a first pic of my art project. Double exposure. Poetry. I'm an esthetician - there's no denying it. Are you?

xo
Kreetta


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Air Plant Inspiration


air plant photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com

I haven't count how many Tillandsia post I have done. Many. They are so adorable and still they are quite modern and raw. I bought these creatures and few more to photoshooting I did at my work. Those pics aren't published yet so I can't show them to you. Those pics will land to my portfolio in this spring. 

But I made these ones for your eyes only. I was playing quite a long time in our living room - changing it to one big mess. Luckily we just cleaned up yesterday so...of course I do this today, haha. But I cleaned it up.

air plant photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com
You might have also noticed that I love old things. Vintage - it is so trendy word now. I'm afraid it will meet the same destiny as retro word. Retro was used so much that nowadays nobody wants to use it anymore. But what comes after vintage? Well, I don't know but that I know I'll be in Paris in Easter and yes, I want to go to see and even buy beautiful old things. So if you know a good place to buy vintage treasures like letterpress woodblock letters in Paris, please tell me. Brocantes à Paris...sounds already too good to be true!

air plant photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com
I ordered these plants from Till Herba Caeli and made a trade one for one. My photo and their air plant. I wish I can keep these creatures alive more than one or two years like my first ones. You need to give them a good bath 1-2 times (some needs 2-3 bath)a month and it's good to have a plant light during the winter time. Expecially in country like Finland. We have so few hours of light during November to January. But summers are beutiful and full of light! 


xo
Kreetta

Friday, April 4, 2014

Easy DIY Easter Egg - Dyed With Turmeric


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This method is so much faster than my avocado natural dyed eggs. I made this DIY while I was waiting my avocado dyed eggs...This is so simple that you can make these on Easter day and you won't be late with your Easter decoration for your dinner party. All you need is cooked eggs, vinegar, masking tape, pencil, utility knife, cutting board, measuring tape, turmeric and a kettle with warm water....ok, you need more than one or two things, haha. But very basic ones!
















Measure the egg's circumference. Use that measurement with masking tape on the cutting board. Draw the pattern. Cut it with the utility knife. Attach the patterns to the egg carefully. Then warm water and add turmeric, 1-2 tablespoons and a bit vinegar. Put eggs to turmeric water. Leave them there for 5-15 minutes. Move eggs time to time. Longer the egg is in the water more the masking tape leaks. The time depends on how deep yellow you want and how sharp pattern. 






Masking tape takes a lot of color too. Take it off.



















This is easy way to make quite lovely Easter eggs. You can make these with kids too. I'm sure the kids will enjoy of making them! They don't have to be too perfect, I think...and I just love the yellow I got with turmeric. 

Here you can find a bunch of different kind of Easter egg natural dyeings.

Have a lovely weekend!

xo

Kreetta

ps. I can't wait to get my fingers on my air plants! You'll see!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Beautiful DIY Easter Egg - Dyed With Avocado


natural dyed eggs photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com



Today I have some Easter inspiration for you. Doesn't these ones look real bird eggs? I don't know which bird...but still, haha. As you might remember I have tried few times natural dyeing on fabric with avocado with different kind of results. Good and not so good. And why to dye with avocado? Because we eat them quite a lot and they taste sooo good. Of course they have good fat and it is great to use the whole fruit because they have arrived here from far far away.

natural dyed eggs photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
 I used ordinary organic eggs.

natural dyed eggs photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Avocados are dried on the table. They don't have to be. They can be quite fresh too...maybe you get better red when they are more fresh? I got a little bit brownish color. In pic above you can see amount that we have used during about ten days. 4-5 avocado peels. So that is a amount what I used in dyeing.

natural dyed eggs photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Basic ash from fireplace. That might get you in trouble if you don't have fireplace. But you know it is very common that when you dye eggs with natural dyes you use vinegar. For this amount I used 2 tablespoons. You have to be a little bit open to try different things and enjoy of excitement of what's going to happen when I do like this or this? I guess I love to try but get also very frustrated if I don't get good results...like today but still I continued...sometimes you just can't stop the moving train and you want to see more.

natural dyed eggs photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
First I decided to empty eggs. Then you can use them more freely as decoration. So you have to get the raw egg out of the egg shell. Make two holes. A smaller one and the bigger one with needle or sharp utility knife to the both ends of the egg. Try to break the yolk with needle. Then you just blow. Here you can find cleaner solution. Wash the eggs.

natural dyed eggs photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Because the eggs are empty, they are also light. So I used some iron wire and put the wire through the eggs. With the help of wire I can get the eggs more under the avocado water. Otherwise they just float...

So you need a kettle, hot water, avocados, (ash if it's possible), vinegar and the empty eggs in wire. But the most important thing you need is patience. Really. 

I kept the eggs in the kettle almost 3 hours. It doesn't have to boil just simmer. In some point I was so frustrated that I decided  to make eggs with normal way of natural dye. Turmeric and vineger. But I tell you about that later this week. BUT after those long hours I was very happy. The avocado dyeing worked so well. The eggs looks so real.

natural dyed eggs photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

That was a story about my Sunday. I guess this is just what is called slow living. You just have to make yourself open to it and give the time to things and the most of all to yourself. It's not about being fast and make great results like we have use to do in our daily work. It's about enjoying the day and feeling and making things that makes you smile or even laugh.

To be continued this week...

Have a great week!

xo
Kreetta 

ps. I got the uneven surface with putting the avocado peel on the egg when my eggs were in the kettle. That effect is cool I think. That's why the egg looks so real.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Slow living - Silver clay workshop


Villa Järvelä photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com






My dear friend had her birthday party. We had so much fun! On Sunday we went to make some silver jewellery. She had organized a silver clay workshop for her friends at Villa Järvelä. What a lovely idea.

silver clay workshop  photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com


The most difficult is always to decide what to do...but there were plenty of books and plenty of this and that you can use when making your precious jewellery. So it wasn't too challenging.

silver clay workshop  photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com










We could also try to make some tests with modelling clay. That was a great. Each of us got 7g silver clay. It dries fast so you have to be quite quick.

silver clay workshop  photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
The workshop teacher Jenny Lipponen had a lot of examples with her.

silver clay workshop  photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com








Here you can see some silver clay gear...I mean tools.

silver clay workshop  photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Learning by doing. When we got our jewellery from ceramic kiln it was time to brush them. You could work with silver with different kind of tools. You could make glossy, semi-matte, matte or patina. Another decision...

Villa Järvelä workshop  photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Coffee and cake. Of course. With lake view.

silver clay workshop  photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

































We had great time working together...laughing together. This kind of days we have too few. We even had a little baby boy with us. He was so cute.

silver clay workshop  photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com






So here they are! The workshop took about 3 hours. Not so long time at all...but it was very easy-going and relaxing so it goes well with the concept of slow living...and I guess the jewellery wasn't the main point. It was more about friendship. Thank you Päivi and all the lovely ladies! Next time we have to go to sauna too!

xo
Kreetta

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