Friday, November 8, 2013

Gingerbread season

Things are moving towards December rather quickly and there is so much to do. Time spent in the studio has been productive. I've also signed up to Ilka White's University of the Front Room. It was a jump up and down moment when her email arrived in my inbox announcing an extension weaving class. Ilka is an accomplished weaver, teaching at The Handweavers and Spinners Guild and in the past, at RMIT where our paths crossed. I've long admired her work and passion for weaving. It was so great to sit down, think technically about weave structure and be able to get feedback and guidance. I can't wait for more. 

In preparation for December, I've begun gingerbread baking. At this time of year I'm usually elbow deep in royal icing, making houses for my nephews, nieces and friends. This year, I'll be running gingerbread house workshops, hence I'm testing a few ideas. I've wanted to find myself an antique patterned rolling pin for some time but they are difficult to come by. While you can find new versions online, I've also wanted to try something a little different. This is my first attempt using a design cut into lino based on Polish wycinanki. Although the pattern fell out as the dough rose and my sugar glaze wasn't quite right, I still have plenty of time to perfect it. 

Just a note if you are in Melbourne and see this before it's too late, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild are holding their annual Textile Bazaar tomorrow. Check their website for details.

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