I’ve been very quiet on the blogging front of late. Don’t be too hard on me – I have good reason. Our world has been topsy turvey for several weeks not with not much let up in sight. The builders are in. Yes, following a month of having our wooden floor dismantled to fix a leak we are now extending to add a granny flat. A year of changes all round as “granny” prepares to join us here. So yeah, there’s been a lot of disruption and heavy lifting of furniture. Not to mention the noise and dust, blah, blah, blah…….
Anyhow….. as we have been forced to move our shared studio to a more compact space I’d been going through years of accumulated items reserved for that extra special project that never quite manages to manifest itself. I hate to chuck stuff away. The more obscure and downright useless the object the more potentially interesting that special project is going to be. So with steely resolve to free up some space I set to the difficult task of decluttering. I struggled with an ancient bag of musty Letraset* fonts (mine) and architectural symbols (Z’s) and just as it landed on the for-God-sake-just-BIN-it heap Cathy Dineen’s email pinged in my inbox. Cathy is an extraordinarily talented illustrator who just happened to send out an unusual request for any Letraset that may be gathering dust in design studios around the country. She had plans to transform it into a beautifully crafted piece of art. I emailed straight back- I just love it when junk is rendered useful! I got to meet Cathy over a cuppa and hand over what could have been wheelie bin bumph to be creatively upcycled into something incredible. AND I got a beautiful hand crafted gift in return. A more than fair barter methinks.
I came home to my builder infested house oblivious to the Kango hammering and plaster blobs on my floor. With my original Cathy Dineen pottery pieces I was well pleased with myself. Not only had I done the sustainably responsible thing I’d made a lovely new friend in the process.
*Letraset was used by dinosaur designers such as myself before the invention of computers for rendering text on visuals. The letters/images were rubbed onto the surface. They are essentially obsolete and I imagine kinda hard to come by. I don’t miss them.