27 April 2012

Levitating Obsession

Some of you may have noticed my recent obsession with floating and levitating. Well, it continues... and I've a feeling it will continue some more.

Here's me floating about my living room one morning. As you do.

I had this image in a previous post but thought I would include it in here again. It's me floating on my studio roof.

And just because, a levitating pomegranate :)

Stay floating ;)

Aoife x

24 April 2012

How to Tuesdays // Make your own Camera Bag

I've been lusting after some fantastic camera bags lately, however, the price tags on them have made me hesitate on clicking that purchase button. But I desperately need something to carry my equipment.
I recently bought myself a new Troop London satchel (I love these bags because they remind me of Lara Croft or Indiana Jones) to replace my old, worn out one. I was about to donate my old one to a thrift store when I decided to convert it into a simple camera bag that would suffice for the time being.

Here's what you'll need:

*An old bag to use.
*Needle and thread and/or strong glue.
*A soft fabric of your choice. The softer the better as it stops scratches and protects your gadgets well. I bought mine in the scrap bin for $2 and decided to go with a light brown colour so my equipment could be easily located inside.
*Velcro (sew on or sticky)

Purchasing all these items came to $15.

And here's what you do...

1. Because my bag had a closing flap I cut off the zip, this expands the opening of the bag allowing easier access to your equipment (only do this is you have another way of closing your bag to secure your equipment).
2. Remove the inner lining.
3. Measure your bag and cut foam lining for the bottom.
4. Once the foam sections are cut to measure, glue or sew the material around them.
5. Insert into bag and repeat these steps for the sides.
6. Glue velcro pieces to the tops of the foam sections where you feel they should go.
7. Insert the lining on the sides.
8. Repeat for the dividing sections. Measure, cover in material and place the opposite side of the velcro to where it lines up to the velcro on the side lining.

Below: Insert your dividers to where they should go depending on the size of the gadget you need to place in the section. Make as many dividers as you like in different sizes, even some spares are handy to have.
Place your equipment inside.

Ta da! There you go... a quick, simple and cheap way of keeping your equipment safe, padded and scratch proof while you're on the go.

(please excuse the 'ankle chop'... my tripod was in the studio)

I will eventually be buying a new camera bag soon, but in the meantime this bag that cost me only $15 to make will be more than enough to help me lug my stuff about.

Aoife x

21 April 2012

My Studio Tour

Anybody who follows me on twitter or Instagram (Aoife_Blake) will know that I have recently obtained a studio space. I came across it completely by accident and it really fits for me right now. I have already gotten far more work done in there in a mere week than a few months in my apartment.

It's located in Chinatown and is cheap, clean, very well kept, 24 hour access, wifi, 20 minutes walk from my apartment (5 mins by bus if I'm lazy), huge bright windows and it's shared with 4 other fantastically inspiring artists.

Here's a little snap shot tour for you...

Above is the photo I put on instagram when I was viewing the space. the windows are perfect for natural light projects.

This is my 'productive space', it's where I sit down and write out lists or do what needs to be done on the internet. Yes, that's a chalkboard table. I'll be putting a little 'how to tuesday' together for it soon.
My creative space in the studio changes daily. I tack it with lace, card, material, or sometimes (like right now) I just keep the plain white walls depending on what I'm photographing.

Some instant film projects I keep about to remind me to go back and try more.

The studio is located above Blim. It's a wonderfully quirky, whimsical store that sells items like knitted moustaches, patterned clothing, stitched sugar skulls and print screen kits. They also run a lot of workshops in the back.

This is an instagram I did of the inside of the store. It's taken from the gallery. The front is the merchandise side of the store and the back with the large table is the start of the workshop area. And yes, that is a giant E.T. in the top right corner.

Vancouver Is Awesome | Blim

Vancouver Is Awesome | Blim

The photos above are of the mezzanine gallery in the store. They allow artists from the studio to exhibit work here... ya never know ;)

The studio is located across from the Dr. Sun Yat Sen classical Chinese gardens. I eat lunch here when I'm spending my entire day in the studio. I go to the local Chinese market and sit beside the water pretending I'm Lara Croft exploring a monastery. Yep.

I'm also really close to the Millenium Gate in Chinatown. I walk under it every time I go back and forth. I love it!

It also has roof access. I didn't know about this until one of the other artists pointed it out to me. It's gorgeous up there, you can see the tall buildings of downtown just beyond the red Chinatown street furniture. You can see Science World as well. Unfortunately, you can also see into some of the alleyways and I must admit I have been a little fascinated with watching some of the drug deals that happen in the area, as nobody ever looks up. 

This is one of my levitation photos I took from the roof of my studio. I've been a litte obsessed with floating lately, I guess it's just how I feel right now. 

Well, that's my little tour. Hurray for productive/creative spaces! :D

Aoife x