Ukulele appliqué tote bags

I've made some small tote bags to take to Hollesley Uke Festival at the weekend. Hollesley Ukefest is a camping get-together and strum-together for regulars of the wonderful Ukulele Cosmos forum. It will be attended by some of the best and most enthusiastic uke players in the country (it's already sold-out) and I'm very excited to be joining them - I fall into the 'enthusiastic' category.

The tote bags are made from remnant pieces of fabric and the uke motif is life-size, inspired by my beloved Hamano soprano uke. Each bag is unique. 

I'm going to keep one for myself but have become so attached to them all, I can't decide which one to have...


Update on 23rd September 2011: Appliqué uke tote bags are now available in the shop!

Amy Butler uke gig bags in the Ivy Arch shop

I've just finished making two ukulele gig bags using Amy Butler's gorgeous Lotus print fabrics. Butler is an American print designer best known for her thoroughly modern approach to botanical, geometric and romantic designs.

What I like most about her work is that she reinvents vintage-style prints using lush contemporary colour combinations. She is a cult figure in the craft world, publishing how-to books and sewing patterns, as well as designing home accessories and selling sustainably produced yarn.

Both uke bags are on sale now in my shop.

Amy Butler Morning Glory Lotus print in slate.
I contour quilted around the large flowers to make the front of this uke gig bag.
I made this uke gig bag using Amy Butler Temple Garland fabric.

Visible music

On Saturday I went to Gone With The Wind at Raven Row gallery in London where in addition to the beautiful sound artworks by Max Eastley, Walter Marchetti and Takehisa Kosugi there was a performance by 74-year-old Esther Ferrer. Ferrer was a member of Zaj along with Marchetti in Franco’s Spain providing a radical artistic alternative to the official (fascist) culture.

She’s still formidable and her brand of humorous but confrontational feminist performance art held a packed audience enthralled, including me and my six-year-old daughter. Ferrer did two pieces, one involving undressing and dressing while balancing a series of symbolic objects on her head. The other a rapid-fire explanation of art theory conducted entirely in gibberish. It really was a case of you had to be there but Esther Ferrer’s warm personality is so palpable I wanted to take her home.