Friday, 24 December 2010

Happy Christmas and thank you from Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team

Happy Christmas Everyone!
I'd just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who bought the Christmas cards I designed for Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team. In total we managed to raise about £400 for the charity which is fantastic. Thank you for all your support and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

New drawings/patterns.

I've been drawing/doodling a lot this weekend. Mainly I just drew a lot of things I like but I also started to make my floral animal prints into more interesting repeat patterns,I started with my deer print, I went a bit 60's with this one!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Black and White Cushion's

I finally managed to screen print my black and white cushions. Hooray! They are made from cotton and screen printed with water based ink,I have also embroidered into a few of them. They will be available to buy at my craft fair tomorrow.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Flamingo Cushion

My latest cushion creation made just in time for the craft fair. I wanted to digitally print the flamingo's from my original drawing but lack of time/funds has meant I have created the cushion out of appliqued Liberty fabric and beads instead. I'm glad I did though, I'm pleased with the results and it meant I got to sort through and use some bead's from my collection which I always enjoy.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Craft fair

Exciting news!I will be exhibiting and selling a few products at this craft fair in Ashbourne on the 27th of Nov.

There will also be yummy tea and cake and craft activities for children.

to visit me (please do!)go to...
24 Derby Road ASHBOURNE DE6 1BE.
Open 10-5

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Gift Box's

These gift box's are my latest product, made from 100% recycled card and hand screen printed they are perfect for a containing small Christmas/birthday gift's. There are several different design's featuring cut out detail and different colour's to chose from. Please get in touch if you would like to buy one, or they will be available to buy at the craft fair's I will be taking part in soon.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

In other news...

I've been very busy this month as I returned to work at college. I've been working for a year in the additional needs department but this year I'm supporting in the art department which is fantastic.
I'm mainly supporting BTEC first students but I'm also supporting a blind girl on a BTEC National course, I've been teaching her a few embroidery stitches/techniques which is really interesting, I often try to do them with my eyes closed first to see how difficult the stitches are and to help me think of ways to explain the stitches to her. It's really interesting as I get to witness the perspective/art of someone who makes art but has no vision.
I've also been making and designing and (most excitingly) screen printing a couple of things in the build up to a mini craft fair I'm taking part in very soon (more details to follow shortly).

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Quilty Pleasures cont

So this is my first bit of hand-sewn patchwork inspired by the V&A exhibition.So far I am using it as a decorative wall hanging but I may transform it into something else at a later date. I am also using it as inspiration for some digital print's I am working on featuring my own small liberty style florals and bright colours.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Jelly Candles

Inspired by the mad jelly mongers Bompass and Parr whos 'ziggurat of flavour' I went in at the Big Chill Festival I decided to make some candles that look like little jelly's.

This idea sprang from my desire to have a go at creating some candles, a recent collection of vintage jelly moulds I have acquired and of course my exposure to some of Bompass and Parr's evaporated fruit.(which is absolutely bizarre).

Sunday, 5 September 2010

New patterns

This is a new pattern I've been working on.

Cushion creations

I've been busy trying to build up a array of products to sell at a craft stall, these are my latest creations.
On optic white cotton they are machine and hand embroidered and include a few beads/sequins. I am also going to try out similar techniques on different colored fabrics next.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Festival and Folksy Fun

This weekend I went to Latitude festival in Suffolk, it was brilliant and after working a rather crazy through the night shift I got to witness the sun come up behind some particularly beautiful teepee's. 

It has inspired me to put my 'Happy Birthday' festival inspired card on Folksy where I now have a on-line shop. Yay! Lets hope it is festival season afterall...

(gonna get my make-on now to get more stuff in the shop)

Click HERE for the link to my shop 

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Quilty pleasures

So last but not least on my London exhibition I visited the V&A Quilt exhibition. I love quilts but unfortunately have never progressed past the square pattern! The quilts in the exhibition were amazing,the most impressive thing about them was the time and work gone into them. There was also a quilt made by the prisoners of Wansworth Prison which was really interesting,it featured alot of narrative embroidery in it as well, it was a commition by the V&A and there was a vidio about how the prisoners felt making it.
I am very inspired to do some more patchworking and quilting after seeing the exhibition and it has got me thinking why do the fabric's have to be physically patchwork together at all?Could I patchwork my deisgns together on the computer? I think I am going to try and patchwork my florals together with some bold graphics and florescent colour's, mix it up abit so its not girly and try out some real quilting too, dig out my scraps and start quilting some crazy combinations.

A jaunt to London for some exhibition visiting

This weekend I went on a jaunt to London to visit many exhibitions, there was so much to see as many degree shows were on as well as exhibitions I have meant to see for ages like the V&A Quilt exhibition.
First stop was New Designers which I was in myself last year. There was some amazing work my favorites being the lovely drawings and bright colours in Amy Brocklehurst's work...

and the intricate emboridery in Laura Footman's work....
Next stop my boyfriend Nic took me to see Ernesto Neto's instillation at the Hayward which was pretty cool and featured 'site-specific installations with a abstract ,biomorphic quality evocative of skin and interior body systems' it featured incredibly clever pattern cutting of this stretchy tight- like fabric around these wooden structure's in the shape of bones...

I also visited the graduate Free Range show to see my friend Emily Moore's photograhy.... 
Whist I was there I  also came across Louise Williams drawing's which I really liked....(I think I'm developing a love of monochrome in contrast with my love of colour!)

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Animal Antics

After mainly designing geometric and floral designs for the fashion market for the past few months for a refreshing break I wanted to create some design's for myself that are more 'conversational' as they call it in the industry.
I've always loved animals (and am a bit of a David Attenborough fanatic) and wanted to begin with some designs which incorporated a few of my favorite animals as well as my intricate floral designs, I've begun with flamingo's and deer.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Attempting monchrome

Normally I am a crazy colour fanatic so as sort of a personal challenge to myself I decided to create some monochrome print's based on the insect world and some beautiful lace I saw a long time ago in the V&A in the Out of the Ordinary Spectacular Craft exhibition.

Here is what I designed

One day I am determined to make them into screen printed cushions (although everything possible technically has gone wrong so far which is which is why they remain an idea not a product so far!) and then maybe embroider tiny detail into the insects.

I imagine them in a monochrome interior like the one below or a simple contrast in a bright room.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Jamaica Street Studio's and Louise Gardiner

In Bristol recently I also went to visit Jamacia Street Open Studio's where I saw some really exciting embroidery by Louse Gardiner. What I loved about her work was the bright neon colours she used and the real iridescent feathers that really brought her work to life, the pictures don't really do her work justice as it was the colours in the fabrics that made it so exciting but this will give you a idea of her work.

click HERE to see her website