Autumn has just begun here in Melbourne. Along with spring, it’s my favourite season of the year.
I love early autumn especially, with its cool crispness to the air, calm sunny days and – best of all, for me – an end to the summer heat.
Of course, here in Melbourne we have a lot of native evergreen trees, so we don’t get quite the same spectacular range of colours as in Europe and North America. But there are a few deciduous transplants here and there, so there are patches around the city where the foliage turns lovely shades of yellow, orange and red.
Those colours inspired the ‘autumnal creatures’ set:
This is a set of magnets measuring about 4cm square – you can see the full description and photo range in the March 2012 gallery.
I loved the colours so much (and made so much of the custom colour-blend for the backgrounds) that I couldn’t resist making another set, ‘autumnal cats’:
I particularly love the marbling effect in the ivory clay. I created it by mixing translucent clay through the ivory base in swirls, before rolling the clay flat so I could trace and cut out the shapes.
These will be for sale once the Etsy store goes live, as well as the same designs in brooches and pendants – I may even go nuts and try the silhouettes on different coloured backgrounds!
Speaking of going crazy, I now want to develop colour schemes and creature sets for winter, spring and summer as well!
I’m in the process of creating a series of Gallery pages, which you can access through the ‘Gallery’ link above this post, right next to ‘About McLaren Crafts’.
The ‘Gallery’ page will eventually house a series of small thumbnail links to other gallery pages. These pages are broken down by a date of creation and ordered newest to oldest. Right now, I’m constructing them in the reverse order.
2009 or earlier showcases my oldest creations, and this will be the longest gallery page by far – but well worth checking out! There are some wonderful designs in there that I’m already thinking of repeating.
The next page to be built will be ‘Made in 2010’ – which will, sadly, be pretty short – followed by ‘Made in 2011’.
Then the real fun begins! Starting with ‘March 2012’, I will begin establishing monthly gallery pages, and will add my creations as I go.
Gallery posts will start linking to these pages, rather than embedding the photos directly in each post and artificially doubling the size of the website.
So don’t forget to keep coming back and checking on the gallery pages – there’s heaps more to come!
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