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A Mother-Daughter Collaboration – Teodora Paintings Guest Blog Post

This is another guest blog post, this time from Folksy Seller Teodora Totorean; her shop is TeodoraPaintings. She creates unique paintings using a variety of techniques and chose to talk about how she came up with a new idea – incorporating doilies into her paintings.

The Music of Summer Muzica
The Music of Summer Muzica
The Music of Summer Musica

Doily Art – A Mother and Daughter Collaboration

The words ‘nostalgia’ and ‘memorabilia’ have never been more powerful than in the recent years due to the popularity of vintage items that have dominated home décor, fashion, and the arts and crafts world. Re-cycling, re-purposing and re-vamping are in everyone’s vocabulary nowadays and we all want to do something around our homes to make it more original and unique to us. And we all want to take on a long forgotten craft and put our stamp on it to show the world our creativity.

Evening Meadow 1
Evening Meadow 1

Evening Meadow 1

This new trend couldn’t leave untouched the arts world where the rise of mixed media art means that artists now have all the freedom to create unique pieces using anything they find laying around their studio: old postcards, old pieces of lace and fabric, magazines, etc.

As my art is all about creativity and colours, I have been in tune with the mixed media trend in the arts today ever since I started to take my art to a more professional level. For four years I have been experimenting with various styles, techniques and materials, incorporating fabric, newspapers, and fibre washers into my artwork. So using my mum’s doilies was just a normal consequence to my act of creation routine.

Evening Meadow 2
Evening Meadow 2

Evening Meadow 2

I have always been fascinated by lace and macramé and I am happy that I grew up in a creative environment where my mother, apart from her teaching job, also had a hobby that continued throughout her life up until today. I loved how her doilies enhanced our home when I was little and I like them today not just under a vase with flowers but in my paintings too.

It all started last year when I ordered from my mother some small round shaped doilies to use as coasters. One day, when I was short of ideas for my paintings, I just happened to place a doily on a canvas and imagined a whole picture around it. I carried on completing the painting and next thing I knew, I created a mini series of four paintings that later have been in a spring exhibition with a gallery in Gloucestershire.

Summer Meadow in a Pot
Summer Meadow in a Pot

Summer Meadow in A Pot

I don’t use doily on a regular basis yet as I am still experimenting with other techniques, materials and styles, but every time when I complete a painting using my mum’s doilies I feel that this is my style, this is me – my childhood, my personality, my love of handmade and hand crafted items that are seating around my house – and as artists, this is what we do: we share it all with the world hoping that our art will resonate with someone.

Where you can find me:

Folksy: https://folksy.com/shops/TeodoraPaintings
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teodora.paintings
Blog: http://teodora-paintings.blogspot.co.uk/
Website: http://www.teodora-paintings.com/

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Camera Buddies

Camera chicks, monsters, animals and aliens…. oh my!

These cute little creatures are used to draw the attention of small children and babies to the camera instead of everywhere else when taking photos of them. My favourite feedback so far: “3.5month laughed as I took it out the parcel, must be good!”

They are made from soft cotton yarn and hair elastics that don’t have any metal on them so they don’t scratch the lens casing when you put them on.

I’m working on getting the patterns ready so you can purchase them either singly or in 3’s.

This little puppy is one of my favourites –

Puppy
Puppy

Then there’s the ever popular chick – watch the birdie!

Camera Chick
Camera Chick

One of my newest ones is a friendly little alien…..

Red Alien
Red Alien

as is one of my popular ones, in pink

Pink Alien
Pink Alien

Then again, teddy is pretty popular too!

Bear
Bear

I’ve got a few more in my shops – go take a peek….

Where to Find Me…

I’ve decided to reorganise my shops. They are too mixed up and eclectic so I decided to split up everything I make into 3 shops. I get bored easily and can’t just make the same things all the time!

All my knitted uterii and other body parts (coming soon!) are now in a new Etsy Shop – Anatomical Knits

Knitted Uterus
Knitted Uterus

Home Decor will be exclusively in my Folksy Shop – Looking Glass Designs Folksy Shop

Ruffle Bowls
Ruffle Bowls

Wearable Designs will be in the current Etsy Shop – Looking Glass Designs Etsy Shop

Grey/Black Infinity Cowl
Grey/Black Infinity Cowl

Camera Chicks and other Camera Buddies will be available in the bottom 2 shops as well as on Ebay.

Camera Chick
Camera Chick

If there is something you can’t find, or would like me to make for you, you can email me here – looking(dot)glass(dot)designs12(at)gmail(dot)com

Cosmo Feature!

In case you missed it, I was featured on the Cosmo website recently! I was approached through Folksy (my shop) about being in an article about people crafting ladies’ bits and they wanted to know if they could feature my knitted uterus listing.

So I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off getting Hi-res photos done and getting them, along with a specially written uterus pattern, to the journalist in time. I ended up not being in the article, but the pattern and photo was added to the Cosmo website along with a link to my Folksy Shop. The photo below isn’t the same uterus in the pattern link; that one is for a small uterus without any of the blood vessels and ovaries etc.

Here’s the webpage

Knitted Uterus
Knitted Uterus