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January 2013 – The Plan!

I never thought I’d be particularly glad to see January, but I feel like I have endured and survived a mince pie avalanche for the last few months. I’m glad we can start being normal, and eat meals that aren’t 90% sugar or gravy again.

I have a slightly different plan for my design work this year, which is as follows:

I’m going to go to more craft fairs, but I’m not going to get stalls at them…

This is because over the last couple of years I have found that the only fairs I have done well at have been during winter, and even these can be hit and miss. I think too many hours spent sitting in the cold, not daring to leave my stall in case I make a sale have taken their toll, and I would prefer to spend that time working on new designs, talking to people, looking at other’s work that interests me and focusing time and energy on web promotion.

I will look into getting some stock into shops…

I have tried this in the past, but didn’t much energy into it as I could have done. I also don’t think my work was as good, so I think I can make use of a few years experience, come up with some better designs, and see what happens! I would like to send stock to shops outside of Yorkshire, so will do my research!

I will work on some new designs and experiment more…

Not everything I have made in the last couple of years is stuff I really like… I want to use embroidery more in my work and possibly make more sculptural pieces. I have been offered some horsehair  by an ex-upholsterer, which could be an interesting medium!

I will carry on learning on my pattern drafting course…

I’m still learning to make clothes; it’s a slow process but it’s helping me work out how to use fabric in new ways.

I will reflect on what inspires me

The natural world is one of my biggest sources of inspiration and I want to reflect this more in my work. The news a couple of days ago that Japanese cameramen had filmed a giant squid for the first time in its natural habitat was so exciting, and a recent David Attenborough documentary introduced me to the world of trilobites which was equally AMAZING AND COOL:

Trilobite!

I am also excited by so much folk-law and traditional folk art from around the world. The more surreal/uncanny the better….

So that’s the plan! More updates soon….

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Recent Work

Sausage Dog

Elephant

Owl Experiment

For more updates of what I’m creating you can now follow me on Instagram

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Making my Home Tweet Home rocket…

The ‘Home Tweet Home’ project was an interactive family art trail in Pudsey Park during October 2012, as part of ‘I Love West Leeds’ festival.

15 identical wooden bird boxes were painted, decorated, pulled apart and played with by artists from near and far. Luckily I was chosen as one of those artists!

I’m not sure when the idea to create a space rocket first hit me, but I really liked the idea of creating some kind of alien or space being for the interior…

I used paper to make a maquette of my space ship before creating it in a shiny charcoal wetsuit-like fabric, and then created a fabric astronaut bird to pilot it!

All materials save the astronaut’s helmet were up-cycled from scraps purchased from SCRAP in Leeds and the lovely metallic fabrics were salvaged from student change over in Hyde Park, Leeds.  (This is a locally famous period of time over the few weeks in June/July when students move from one property to another, and unfortunately cannot be bothered to recycle or charity shop a lot of their unwanted items so simply dump them all in the street.)

 
How I made my Home Tweet Home bird box, in pictures…

I really enjoyed making my bird box, however I think if I was to do a similar project again I would use a lot more colour within the rocket.  Other artists used colour to great affect.

 

Visit the Home Tweet Home page

I Love West Leeds Festival

 

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Headingley Cardigan Triangle ART DAY! 30th Sept 12am – 5pm

This time next week I will be displaying/selling work as part of Headingley Cardigan Triangle Art Day.  The art day is in it’s seventh year, and features 21 artists hosted by 17 houses and gardens in the area.

Some featured artists:

Diana Lamber


Christian and Lisa Bristow


Helen Entwhistle


Jonathan Hopper


Kate Evans



“This year’s Cardigan Triangle Art Day creates a whole new genre with its ‘Great Cardi Challenge’.  In between all the artists hosted in residents’ houses, you’ll discover a trail of cardigan connections you never knew existed. You may be lucky enough to spot a diamante-encrusted Cardigan Hurst or wicked knitwear from movie blockbuster, ‘The Devil Wears Cardis’. Vote for your favourite as you feed your artistic inspiration with home-made cakes at the Art Café, this year in the church of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Browse, buy or just enjoy prints, jewellery, illustrations, landscapes, portraits, photography, poetry and painting across a whole range of artists, including lots of new people and work to see.  You can also make your own art in activities run for the Art Day by Left Bank Leeds.”

I am anticipating this to be quite a cake orientated event which is pleasing.  Not just any old cake. Proper oh-crikey-I-need-to-hold-on-to-the-table-because-this-is-excellent cake.  See you there!

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Everyone needs a fleecy anteater in their life…

…that’s why I will be making lots more of these soon, in a variety of colours. Watch this space!

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New Cats

A couple of new cats… the second one is admittedly a little unusual. Kind of reminds me of this!

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…it’s finished!

I’ve finished a few things today – one of which was the remains of a MASSIVE Guiness and chocolate cake I’d made on Monday night using Nigella Lawson’s recipe. To be honest I think she should include less sugar and more beer – might make it again later following this strategy! It was prreeettty tasty though.

I’ve also finished a dinosaur commission for a friend which will be in the post soon

The fleece fox has apparently now reached a post office in Sweden – how exciting!

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