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Brain and Kidney Stamps

I first learned to carve stamps from Kay Watanabe in a workshop at Hands On Brisbane. In that workshop I did a very crappy tree and a little mushroom but despite my initially bloody horrible job I did keep at it and started making my own stamps from my own versions of anatomy.

Below are the Kidney, Brain, Uterus, Intestine and Pelvis.

My favourite is without a doubt the Intestine.  I’ve even printed onto shrink film and shrunk it down for a brooch and collar clips.  I really need to make some of these for myself.

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Old is new again

I was looking for something, a hand necklace, to replace one that sold and I found a bunch more brass anatomy.  It was re-found, dug back up, surfaced again, something like that.

So I’m thinking I at least have to add a kidney and a brain into this mix.

These brass pieces were all made 2-5 years ago, nothing too recent and they are done batches of 5-10 at a time.  The process is fairly involved and the etching part is done in a spray etcher, made by my partner.

The only piece of the collection I have kept for myself is the skull.  Maybe next go around I’ll keep a hand and a ribs…

New Anatomy

It’s almost half way through February and I’m still plugging away on replacing anatomy that sold before Christmas as well as recently sold bits and pieces. Lots of hand sewing in front of the TV to keep my eyes all good, even though I recently got glasses.

I’m currently addicted to Pretty Little Liars which my sister loaned me.  I’ll start season 5 next week to see what happens with Alison being back. I read that PLL is like “I Know What You Did Last Summer” meets “Gossip Girl.”  I never watched Gossip Girl but my Mum loves IKWYDLS so have seen that so many times.  Although I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s quite like IKWYDLS it is a very addictive mystery with lots of weird story arcs that leave you going WTF?!

Below-Brass Ribs Necklace, Brain brooch and Lungs Brooch

 

Barbie with a Brain

I made my first Brainy Barbie maybe 5 years ago.  I’ve only sold 5 or 6 of them but they always get attention at markets.  Many people laughed, “Barbie with a Brain, ha!” but I never thought of Barbie as being particularly stupid.  I had Doctor Barbie and other Barbie who did interesting things and I never acted out Barbie as a ditz, she was also doing a job.  Bratz on the other hand…

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I never intended for my Brainy Barbie (or Barbie with a Brain) to be a commentary on the doll but just did it because I had a Barbie there, without a head and a brain there and just put the two together.  I like the way this doll creates discussion and how much people love the idea.

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Stamps

Meet my new stamps.
After getting several requests to make stamps for people I decided I should have them readily available in my shop.

I’ve been slowly adding all of the designs I currently have and I’m thinking up new ones.
Something I have not made for a while is Testes, in any form.  Testes are quite a time consuming part to make.  So I think a stamp is probably a good idea.

Below, Bird Skulls, Pelvis, Intestine and Uterus.

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Brass Anatomy Jewellery is Back!

My partner first came up with the idea for making Brass Anatomy when I was asking about a way to turn my drawings into something.  I am not great at drawing but some of them are okay, they certainly have potential for some sort of use.

As making the brass pieces needs to  be done in bulk we only do it to so often.  We recently did some new ones for Finders Keepers, and the upcoming GoMA market here in Brisbane.

Find the new brass in my shop, here.

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The Finders Keepers Countdown is on…

The Finders Keepers is on in Brisbane the weekend of the 5th and 6th July, about a month away!  I applied at the last minute after getting home from holidays and have been making goodies since I found out I got a spot.

As I make all of my stuff from scratch it is a lot of work.  Screen printing, stamping, cutting out felt to sew, needle felting…  And now I have to start thinking about the display I want to have (I’ve got a lot of ideas, just need to bring them all together).  At least my felt jobs are dwindling.  On the list at the moment I only have Heart Necklace, Plant Cell Necklace, Uterus Brooch, Liver Brooch, Felted Brain Jar, Kidney Jar, Felted Brain Hair Tie, Felted Brain Brooch,  Vein Man Mini Cushion and Skin Hoop.  I should be able to get most of this finished by end of next week.  I’ll cut most out tomorrow…

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Kidney Necklace…I think one of these is ready…Kidney Necklace Your Organ Grinder

Heart Brooch

I’ve been playing around with designs lately and this is the most recent Heart.  I have a template for it that I haven’t yet lost (the last template for a nice heart went missing) and it is flat, so can ship at the cheaper postage rate, always a bonus!  I started making hearts like this when I was approached by a lady who wanted a gift for those who looked after her during heart surgery.

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Treasures-Biological Drawings

I’ve been wanting to start a blog series about my most treasured possessions, so here it is, post one in the series.

My treasures fill my space.  Some are books, some things, some significant because of where they came from and what they mean.

I’ve had this book-Biological Drawings- for about 20 years.  The copy I have was published in 1957.  It is in fairly good condition considering it is a soft cardboard cover and has been kept in my room that tends to be filled with bugs who eat books, in fact it looks rather untouched by bugs. Perhaps it was covered in some sort of bug repellent many years ago.

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Biological Drawings is one of my most favourite things.  Not only is it an old book but it is about anatomy of both plants and animals and was written by a woman.  I loved looking at the dissected rabbit when I was younger.  Recently I’ve most enjoyed the insects and the plants.

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I love the little rabbit hands up near its head, all trapped by the removing of the skin.

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Below, some of the plant drawings.

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I was reading these bird beak descriptions to my cockatiel last night.

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The only typewritten text is that on the cover, the inside cover and the index.  The rest is handwritten.  Another reason why I love it.

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I cannot leave out this Rabbit brain!

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Stamped Wrap

Stamps are hard not to love.  Whether it is a humble potato stamp, store bought stamp, someone else’s hand carved handy work, or, best of all, your own hand carved stamp.

I learnt to carve stamps from Kay Watanabe as part of the Hands On Brisbane and truly love the technique and the results.

Today I spent a little time making some more wrap for orders using my own hand carved Your Organ Grinder Anatomy stamps.  I use my stamps to make wrap and tote bags, rather than selling the stamps I carve.

Brain Wrapping Paper

Brain Stamp Wrapping Paper

 

Uterus Wrapping Paper

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Some Stamped little stuffed things.  Not sure what to do with them.  Any ideas?IMG_7056

 

Stamped Tote Bag, bird skulls.

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The Uterus Stamp

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The Ovary Stamp

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