Fairy Skort

Shoes I ended up sewing again last night. I made another pair of circle skorts!

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I used this oily rainbow fabric I got from hobby sew (which is a quilting specialty store)

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I really wanted it to have pockets (but I'm pretty lazy about making "proper pockets" so I made these heart pockets.

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This shirt I paired it with was the other op shop find from my trip to Newtown. It's such a soft comfy shirt.

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Posts will be a bit light from now on. I'm going on tour with the Button Collective, which means I'll have limited access to my wardrobe and the internet. I'll be sure to post outfits when I can :D!

Head ShotI hope you all have a merry christmas :D

Cat and Mouse.

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I have some exciting music related news! I bought a bass flute :D

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"What is a Bass Flute?" I hear you ask. To begin with, it looks like this:  12341410_10154389455134606_5918383108227072722_n

It plays a 3 octave range from the C below middle C, to the C two ledger lines above the treble stave (making it sit exactly an octave below the regular C flute we all know and love) The Bass flute I purchased is made by Trevor James, and it's so freaking  pretty.

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I just wish I could play it properly. It's flute shaped, and the embouchure looks similar, and your fingering remains the same, but it's a whole new kettle of fish. I've only just worked out how to hold it properly :s

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Air support is very different as well, as it the use of the embouchure. It's really odd being terrible at playing a flute. But it's really fun learning a related instrument.

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This is what I wore yesterday when I had some jammy fun times with a friend of mine. It was really hot, so I opted for airy, light clothes which helped to keep me relatively cool.

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I made these skorts over a year ago, and I've not worn them at all this year. I actually forgot how awesome they are to wear. I've got to make some changes to the pattern before I can sew a new set (Totally going to make them in full leg length as well!).

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They're basically two half circles with extra bits... Gah, I'll just have to stop being lazy and make a tutorial...

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shoes I'm going to keep this on super short. I wore this outfit a couple of days ago for a thing my band did (which I'll talk about later this year) Also, I'm not quite sure what happened to the colours/lighting when I took these... lets pretend I like the result, and we'll just call it artsy! :P

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I did not mean to take such a long break...

Shoes I really hate that pretty much all of my posts are starting like this, but, you know, life and stuff.

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Basically everything happened all at once in October, leaving me with not much time to do anything that wasn't uni, work or gigging. This month is looking no better in that respect ( My thesis is due, so posts may be few and far between) but I'm going to make more of an effort to shoot my outfits and stuff.

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Ugh, sorry about my lack of words. I've just spent the last hour typing a bunch of different things, and going nowhere because my writing style is stuck in academia land. (I was going to write about what i'm writing for my thesis, but it was sounding kind of boring (I'll totally talk about it if others are interested tho!))

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I don't remember when I took these photo's. They've been sitting on my SD card for a while.

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As much as I've enjoyed doing honors, I'm really looking forward to it being over. I've pretty much banned myself from sewing/painting/video games/tv until it's over. I don't really know how to end this. It's been kind of rambly and all over the place (sorry).

 

Kangaroo Valley 2015

ShoesI attended my first official folk festival (The 10th Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival) last weekend as part of The Button Collective (which is why I haven't posted in a number of days).  Kangaroo Valley was such a lovely introduction to the folk festival community, and I can honestly say, as a musician, it's one of the few places I've truly felt musically at home. looking down

We played as a 6 piece over the festival (with the button's usual festival musicians), which was a completely new experience for me.  There were two button's I'd never met -  Bobby (fiddle) and Ben (Banjo/harmonica) (they're the lovely chap's you hear on all the button's recordings). It was an absolute pleasure performing/hanging with the full band. Performing with them (as a 6 piece) felt natural (especially with Bobby. We had our own little melody party section going up on stage - twas fun yo)

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Apart from performing with the Button's, I joined in as many sessions as I could. For those of you who've not heard this term before, a session is basically when a bunch of musicians get together and play a bunch of music (often from memory). I love playing folk music, but have not memorised many tunes, meaning if I wanted to play the melody I had to work it out either by listening, watching how/where the other musicians fingers moved, or a combination of both.

I'm not used to learning that quickly by using my ear, but by the end of the festival, I found my fingers co-operating to the pitches played by other musicians (which, for someone who is used to learning music visually, completely bizarre in the best possible way)

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I fell deeply in love with an instrument. There was one instrument maker selling transverse flutes. I tried all of his flutes, and connected with one (which I brought home - I'm currently mapping out the fingering so I can eventually play it properly as a part of Vanishing Shapes) It's made of Osage Orange, has a base tuning scale of E Phrygian Dominant, and speaks unlike any flute I've ever played (It's got a very round mellow tone, but doesn't cross into fuzzy sounding)

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One of my favourite things about the festival was that pretty much everyone played an instrument, and that everyone who could play was peachy keen to play with everyone else. The music was the most important thing at the event, and it showed.

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Hopefully Kangaroo Valley will be the first of many folk festivals to come for me, as both part of the Button Collective and as Vanishing Shapes. (The Dream would be to play a festival as part of both bands!)

Finally, I'd love to say a big thankyou to all of the organisers of the event. Because of people like you I get to play the music I love with the people that I love, and that's the best thing ever. <3