I will never…

…make a craft piece with rya knots. That is what I’ve said many times, very loudly. I’ve always felt that the traditional Scandinavian rya weavings look really dusty and heavy, like they belong in a museum. But guess what, I’ve gone and changed my mind a bit!

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I still think the traditional looking woven wall hangings are pretty dreary, but modern mini rya’s can be fun. I am planning to make about 15 of these 15x15cm pieces and they will all be sold in Noctuary Art! You can buy just one to add a 3D -element to your home gallery wall, or get several and make a unique decorative element. I am really enjoying making these (=it’s taking over my life) and there will be a variety of colours and materials to choose from.

I have also decided to stick with textiles and the little brother’s art products in N.A. He is going to have some pieces made with ceramics and blown glass for sale soon! Art prints will be sold elsewhere later.

I am having a St. Patrick’s day sale in my shop between 17-18 of March. 20% off from craft pieces with green on them 🙂

I will never…

Churning out printables

I’ve started a new temp job as an industrial seamstress and I can tell you it is HARD work. I must have made about 600 pocket seams today.

This adventure into the world of textile industry is a bit of a desperate measure from me, because I panicked about the employment rate of artists. Also I have always been a student and since graduating I have to change my whole life very quickly. Thankfully I can keep studying away independently on Skillshare and now on Lynda.

Anyway, as an antidote to freaking out, I have started to toy with some new career development ideas and thanks to Etsy, am now very fascinated by SEO and online marketing. There is so much to learn and I am surprised and pleased to find out that I am enjoying the process a lot. In an attempt to experiment with all of this a bit, I’ve made some downloadable prints that function also as coloring pages. I recommend using metallic markers on everything. It looks amazing.

The theme in all of these is ‘Tools of trade’, for those who want to express their artisan profession or hobby with pride. Check them out in Noctuary Art! More of these and a wall calendar of this theme is also in the pipeline and available on Etsy soon.

P.S. I’m also now on Twitter as @MirvaKuvaja

Churning out printables

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I have teamed up with my little brother who is a blacksmith/carpenter/to be ceramic and glass designer and set up an Etsy shop to sell our craft products and artwork in! Check it out and if you have an Etsy account, please like my things/add my shop to your favourites 🙂 In future we will also stock downloadable colouring pages, more textile pieces, ceramics and jewelry.

Also, my studio space is slowly becoming habitable. Feels really empowering to be able to do almost all the work myself, since until this week I had not used power tools before (unless a sewing machine counts) or had the opportunity to fix something up for myself. I even mixed cement and found out I can carry those 25kg bags without breaking my back (only just). I think cement/concrete art experiments will be happening soon…

It is my space and will be made to look and feel how I want it. On the downside it is located in an old barn, the walls are covered in styrofoam for insulation and I am pretty convinced there is mold underneath and the stress of this all has made me uniquely insomniac in the sense that I can only sleep every other night when I am usually exhausted enough to manage it. It will be worth it. I hope. In any case it is the only place I can afford, so it’s either this or not working, which is not an option.

More updates soon with the before and after photos. I can promise you it will be a shocking difference.

In other news, I am practicing for a handfasting based performance and ceremony for a friend’s wedding. I say performance because this is definitely my own take on a handfasting and I am not officially a priestess. Finally an opportunity to dig out my old Beltane stuff and the body paint!

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