A new blog in town – Stardust and Sledgehammers

circus blog

Ever wanted to run away with the circus? Now you can. Stardust and Sledgehammers is a blog which tracks life on the road in a circus.

“Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! We have for your delight and delectation, a written account direct from an extended season in the exotic south. Roll up! Roll up!.. the ‘great southern tour’ is about to begin!”

Written by Eve, my daughter, it aims to capture a description of life on the road as a performer to quote her “It is a little bit magic watching the circus roll into town. A convoy of red and yellow trucks and vans lumbering through the town centre. Children wave and cars toot their horns.. that’s right folks! The Circus is in town!”

As Eve explains on her about page “I have been a performer for almost 10 years now and thought the world might enjoy reading about the real life behind the curtains of the traveling circus. My story starts on my first day on tour in New Zealand. I wrote my entries throughout the first few months of 2011 but have only just had time to get them online.. I will hopefully upload all the back entries over the next couple of weeks..”

This is a live performance of her routine in that circus


So make a cuppa swing by and settle down for an entertaining read at Stardust and Sledgehammers.

Leave a comment! It’s a new blog, as with any blogger comments will encourage her to carry on writing. I know I am her Mum, but I think she has an interesting story. Spread the word and if you want to be super nice if you blog link to her. (Links help her search engine ratings)

For those who are new to my blog and have not seen the odd video I have shared of her performances here are a couple to introduce her work or if you are a regular reader they can refresh your memory.

These videos show a range of the types of performances she does.

Clockwork butterfly was the launch of a steampunk fashion label. In this footage she is dancing on stilts. It is a snippit of the show and I hope you enjoy it.

This footage is from the the Hue Festival 2010, in Vietnam. It is snippits of Carnival of the Divine Imagination’s new show, “Elixia” which is performed in collaboration with Longshadow Stilt Theatre Company. Much of it is under UV lights which since the performers are in white it is quite dramatic.

The show has Eve on stilts, trapezes, fire and fire hoops etc watch it you will see and I hope you enjoy it.

Long Shadow Stilts released a new video of their show Lydian Age. The story is compressed from a 45 minute show into 5 minutes.

Anyway these a just a few of her performances and it will be interesting to see the development of her career see her performances, hear of her travels and witness the lifestyle of a circus performer in Stardust and Sledgehammers!

Time for the letter J

I have another of my annotated lists of interesting blogs which I hope readers will find time to explore and enjoy.

I choose blogs that stay on topic at least 80% of the time, are written reasonably frequently, by textile practitioners and designers who do such things as quilt, stitch, dye, sew, embellish fabric, bead, play with paper, explore the book arts, keep a art/visual journal  or  are interested in art and design.

Letters covered are  A,  B,  C ,  D,  E,  F,  G,  H,  I and now its time for the letter J.

If you have a blog that you would like me to check out please leave your blog address as a comment. It would be nice if I saw a link to Pin Tangle in your side bar but it is not necessary.

Meanwhile make a cuppa and enjoy!

Jacqueline’s Blog  is a bilingual mixed media fiber arts blog

Jana’s Journal and Sketch Blog  the sketchbook of artist and watercolor teacher Jana Bouc.

Jane’s Apron Drawing, painting paper and collage crafts with a retro feel.

Jane’s Journal is the blog of Jane Greenoff.

Janet Clare  has completed a Fashion and Textiles degree at Winchester School of Art and worked as a freelance knitwear designer and is now a mother. She sews, quilts and keeps an interesting blog.

Janeville Jane Lafazio is a water colourist and sketcher who also writes about crafts, textiles, art quilting techniques,  and often shares her visual journal page spreads.

Janeys Journey  is a blog of delightful drawings and designs.

Jeanette Janson  is mixed media artist who blogs about the things she makes

Jeanne Williamson  is author of “The Uncommon Quilter” and blogs about inspiration, and many of the unusual art materials that can be incorporated into textiles.

Jennifer at Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink  crafting, cardmaking, sewing and rubber stamping

Jenny Bowker: Postcards from Cairo. Jenny is an Australian quilter who lived in the middle East. These travels inform her art quilts

Jenny Dean’s Wild Colour is a blog about natural dyes and records experiments and discoveries

Jenny Loves Benny Jenny designs and creates teddy bears.

Jenny’s Australian Needleart Journey  Another Aussie stitcher tracks her needlework and hand embroidery projects via her blog.

Jen’s Inspirations. As the title suggests this blog tracks stitching and digital scrapbooking along side pieces of inspiration encountered.

Jerusalem Notes: Fiberwork by Debbie tracks work in progress of quilting, embroidery, crochet, and knitting

Jewellry making at craft gossip.com

Jimbo’s Front Porch Jimbo carves wooden crochet hooks from timber harvested from his property

Jizee6687’s Weblog Chitra tracks embroidery projects and shares her knowledge about Indian embroidery

Jo Blogs  mixed media collage, paper crafts and stamping projects are regularly tracked

Jo Firth Young  does card making and paper arts

Journalling Arts has a tag line “exploring Journals as Creative Tools” and that describes this blog well.

Joanie San Chirico is a textile artist interested in contemporary mixed media techniques.

Joanne Mattera  is a painter who blogs about art.

J’s Quilting blog Joyce explores quilting and surface design such as dyeing and batik.

Journal Fodder Junkies  written by Eric who actively promotes his passion of keeping a visual journal. There are loads of tips, tutorials, techniques and links to resources on this blog

Joyce Makes Art  On Joyce’s blog I discovered knitting, collage mixed media works, and surface design techniques.

Joyful Stitches Kathy describes her blog as covering quilting, mixed-media and jewelry.

Judy in the Dyes  is interested in a mix of fiber arts from knitting to surface design

Judy Scott Kinross Scotland  is a mixed media collage artist who blogs her work.

Judy Wise  writes about her art journals and collage work

Judy’s Journal  Judy Martin is a Canadian fiber artist who is interest in art quilts, visula journals, cloth books and contemporary craft

JuJu’s Fybercafe Julie Shackson works in fiber and mixed media

Julaine in Fiberspace Julaine is a mixed media artist that works with fiber.

Julia’s Place covers quilting, silk ribbon embroidery and crazy quilting.

Julie Oakley  blogs page spreads of her sketch book and art work.

Just Enough Time  Deb blogs about her quilting, sewing a bit of knitting and her family life.

Just Something I Made is a craft and paper arts blog. Cathi Holden often features tutorials and free printables.

 

 

Time for the letter I

I have another of my annotated lists of interesting blogs which I hope readers will find time to explore and enjoy.

As usual I choose blogs that stay on topic at least 80% of the time, written reasonably frequently, by textile practitioners and designers who do such things as quilt, stitch, dye, sew, embellish fabric, bead or  are kept by people who are interested in art, design or paper and book related crafts, keep Art journals,  studio journals and the like.

So far I have updated the letter A , B, C , D , E, F, G, H and now its time for the letter I.

If you have a blog that you would like me to check out please leave your blog address as a comment. It would be nice if I saw a link to Pin Tangle in your side bar but it is not necessary.

Meanwhile make a cuppa and enjoy!

I am Not a Handbag Mary-Frances’s writes about embroidery, crazy quilting, crafting, illustration, points to resources online, and covers work in progress. This blog also houses information about he bloggers who embellish webring.

I Hanna’s Blog  Hanna does art journalling, craft and thrift shops

I Have a Notion Kelly writes about quilting, needlework, sewing and has challenges and give always on her blog.

I Seam to Think Sew , covers Lauras interests in sewing, needlework, felting and embellishing

I Sew Blog  is about sewing projects which are blogged as they are made.

Illustrated Life  Jeanette Jobson sketches, draws, takes photographs and writes

Illustration Friday  is a  challenge blog. Every Friday a topic is posted to illustrate

I’m Going Crazy; You Come, Too Janet is a crazy quilter who blogs about her projects and often add tutorials and tips.

I’m Sew Happy Jessica is a quilter and sewer who often shares tutorials on her blog

Imagine This  Sally Turlington is a mixed media artist who creates collages and keeps an art journal

In the Fold  Amy writes about art quilts, ATCs, fabric postcards describing the contemporary textile techniques she uses.

Ink Tracks Nita draws paints and binds books

Inkberry Blue  is an Aussie blogger who does some wonderful drawing. She is also interested in photography, crochet and beading.

Inside Number Twenty  Monique is a needlework designer who also blogs

Insubordiknit is an amusing knitting blog

Irina Troitskaya is a Russian artist who also writes about traditional and contemporary crafts

Italian Needlework is a well researched and interesting blog written by Jeanine who focuses on both historical and contemporary hand embroidery and needlework of Italy.

It’s Your Life Presents … is a contemporary craft blog

Ivory Blush Roses Lisa writes about and creates some fantasitc quilting, craft and crazy quilting projects