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!

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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?

I want to break free <3

Some time ago, I ordered a couple of fabrics from a retailer in Accra. They are all wax block printed, Ankara style fabrics.

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Ankara fabrics are colourful cloths you can use for a wide range of products. One of my favourite fabrics from the one’s I ordered is that one:

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The first thing that came to my mind when I saw it online was Queen’s ‚I want to break free‘. It kind of sticks to my head now and everytime I have a look at the fabric the song starts in my head again. Time to watch that great video clip again 🙂

Here you can have a look at the products I finally made out of the fabric. As usual, you can find them at the shop.

 

And as I can’t get enough of that pattern I took a fotograph with a new kind of toy I bought yesterday – believe it or not, there is no software like photoshop involved – special effects come from that really analogue toy 😉

 

Stripes are always a good idea!

Well, to be honest, my favourite colour is – and always will be – black. But besides that preference of black clothes, I have a deep love for stripes, as you can see here:

So when I saw a red and white jersey fabric at a shop I thought that it would make a great summer dress. I used a pattern I designed a time ago and used for other dresses already – here are the results:

If you like the dress, you can get it at curiosacreations.com. It is a single piece, size S.

Summertime

As temperatures have been rising during the last two weeks I decided to sew some shorts for summer quickly. I had an eye on the pattern for these shorts for a long time already and wanted to have a pair of them for myself. As I really like the pattern (it is Burdastyle’s Ruby Shorts), I changed nothing and just used the ready-made pattern.

These shorts also remind me about good times in Barcelona, where I bought the buttons three years ago. I just put them in a box, thinking one day I would know what to do with them. They are from Els Encants flea market, here are some impressions:

A rooftop on a wallet

Many of the inspirations for Curiøsa’s work arise quite suddenly while being on travel. I love to visit new places, to see, hear, smell and feel them, learn about their history and present.

The idea for this little wallet came to my mind, when I saw a rooftop in Makrinitsa, Greece.

I wondered if I could use it as a pattern, so I took a photograph to try it. Back home I tried some screenprints on Tyvek, a great durable and recyclable material, using different colours.

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From the screenprints I sew some wallets, for example this red and black version:

I am very happy with the result and really like the pattern that the rooftop makes 🙂

Studio Curiøsa

…is a project, that developped from the love for travelling, for the discovery of new patterns, materials and techniques, for diy, street art and music and from many more influences.

Curiøsa’s studio uses the techniques of printing, sewing, knitting and and taking photographs. Studio Curiøsa has no physical location, it is everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

Curiøsa loves small editions and single pieces, unique patterns and motifs, extreme colour combinations as well as the deepest black, sustainability and second-hand clothing, the big picture and the smallest details.

From time to time, this blog will show the development process of some of the motifs used for screen-printing or the work on patterns, to deliver some insights into the work of Curiøsa.