Take your time

This bag really took some time. The setting copy is not really new, I already developped it some years ago and used it for a skirt. The pictures are not very good, but you can guess at least a bit how it looks like. However, I always wanted to use it also for other stuff but couldn’t decide what exactly to do with it.

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So one day when I was screenprinting and I had some time and some space on a screen left I just printed the motif on some black cotton. Back at home I decided to make a bag out of it, but not just a normal tote bag but one with a piping ribbon, lining and inside pocket. Here you can see some of the steps of the developping process of the bag.

On the inside there is a pocket with a zipper and the screenprinted logo. Both the outer side of the bag and the lining are sewn separately first and then put together.

I only made one unique piece of the bag. Perhaps more will be following or I will again use it for something new. If you like the bag, you can get it here!

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My soundtrack while working on it:

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Food = DIY <3

Well… I think it is not surprising that for Curiøsa of course food is part of the DIY culture, too. I love cooking, especially with perfect pure and tasteful ingredients. I try buying fresh food and groceries at the local markets but I like to keep it diversified so I always bring food when I come back from travelling and at home I am always on the lookout for food produced by small and sustainable businesses.

And because I’d like to support one-(wo)men and family-run businesses in agriculture that try to make a positive impact on the environment I startet to share my recipes at the blog of my good friends Dragasias Foods.

The first one is about goat cheese, honey, thyme and olive oil 🙂 Get it here! Enjoy!

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And concerning influencer marketing: No, I was not paid for posting that 🙂

Developing new motifs: From Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna to screenprinted fabrics

Developing motifs for screenprinting for me is like developing new patterns for garments. It all starts with a spontaneous idea. And then a lot of work is following… but also a lot of fun 🙂 Today I would like to share the creation of one of my recent motifs for screenprinting.

I really like old European cemeteries from the 18th and 19th century. I am always impressed by the work that has been done by sculptores, landscape architects and gardeners such a long time ago and I love the combination of art with nature spreading around it. So when I visited Bologna I really wanted to see the Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna and I wasn’t disappointed. Besides the monumental sculptures the many small items impressed me. For example this hourglass with wings that I found there:

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So I took a photo of it and back home I started to convert the picture into a printing pattern for screenprinting. Here you can see some steps of the preparation of the pattern. I always use digital and analog methods when working on a new motif as you can see:

And here you can see the finished printing pattern for the screen, already copied on overhead transparency ready for the printing process:

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I decided to try a free-hand allover print on a piece of black fabric and to make a tote bag out of it.

To keep it real I had to bring it back to a cemetary to take pictures of it ;-))) Enjoy! And if you like the bag or would be interested in other accessories with the same motif drop me a line. I am always happy to make unique pieces upon request!

The tote bag you can see here is available at the shop now!

My soundtrack while working on that motif:

DIY or DIY? DIY!

DIY for Curiøsa starts at the very beginning: with a design idea and the development of a suitable pattern. Nearly all of the patterns I use have been developped by myself. Only if I want to sew something very quick for myself, I sometimes use ready-made patterns. But most of the time I prefer experimenting and trying out new ideas that are on my mind.

When I found this beautiful GOTS-certified jersey cloth @lebenskleidung, I decided to get some to make a couple of t-shirts and dresses out of it. Today I’d like to show you the becoming of the t-shirt 🙂

You don’t need much to sew a t-shirt: about half a meter of your preferred fabric, about 30 centimetres of bias tape for the shoulders to prevent them from wearing out and that’s it. You start with ironing the bias tape on to the shoulder seams and then you sew the shoulders together.

After that you sew the side seams and the sleeve caps:

For the shoulders, the side seams and the sleeve caps I use an overlock, especially when working with jersey cloth, so the seams stay flexible. For the hem and the neckline I use a normal sewing machine with a twin needle:

Of course also the labels are handmade 🙂 I screenprinted them a while ago in different colours.

Here you can see the finished product:

If you like it, you can order it at the shop. If you don’t find your size, don’t hesitate to send me a message. I am always producing on a small scale, but requests for other sizes or colours are always welcome!

My soundtrack of the day while sewing:

The Passenger (recommended Soundtrack for this post; or just for every day.)

In an earlier post on this blog I already mentioned travelling and getting to know new places as a main inspiration for my projects. Today I would like to share some of the impressions I gained on my travels and what I made out of them back home.

Here we go!

Graffiti in Thessaloniki

Artwork in the streets of Bologna

Object on a wall in Ljubljana

Graffiti on the streets of Paris

Door of a shop in Bilbao

Letting kids be kids – and supporting their individual development

Some time ago I started to knit and sew for the babies of my family & friends. I began with knitting socks for newborns because I think you can never have enough wool socks in every age of life  🙂

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Later, I also started to sew baby pants, shirts and dresses. I prefer colourful and comfortable fabrics, that allow babies and children to move around as freely as possible while exploring the world around them.

When I went shopping I was really confused to see large stocks of pink clothes for girls with words like „little princess“ printed on them and blue ones with cars or machines for boys in many shops. Despites the fact that I see no need in stereotyping already baby boys and girls, this kind of clothing seems really boring to me. So I decided to use only gender-neutral fabrics that bring fun and diversification to the wardrobe of the little ones.

Most of the time, I just buy fabrics with colourful patterns when I see them and take them home. Then I think about what to do with them. Like that green one with lots of animals on it. It became a dress and a shirt in the end, adding a little bit of yellow to the neckline.

If you like this kind of clothing for babies and young kids, have a look on my website!

From construction sites into your handbag – Tyvek is one of my favourite materials

I’m sure everybody knows Tyvek, even if just right now you might not be aware of it.

Looking like paper it is tearproof, water-resistant, recyclable, super lightweight and at the same time created without the use of plasticizers. The last mentioned point is also the reason for Tyvek getting a creased look when using it.

It is used on construction sites because of its resitant qualities as well as in laboratories because it is highly suitable for packing sterile objects.

Outsides construction sites and laboratories it is often used for the wristbands you get on festivals or concerts because of its tearproof character.

Besides that you can paint or screenprint on it or even dye it.

 

So why not use it for wallets, bags or a lot of other things that we carry around with us every day?