Sunday, 30 November 2008
Friday, 28 November 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Monday, 24 November 2008
Sunday, 23 November 2008
This is what I have concocted today in the studio, which I did tidy before I started my work. I'm not sure I'm very happy with it.... are the letters too small? Any comments welcome...
Still haven't found the camera charger hence no photos today. Had to order a new one, it will probably turn up now.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Friday, 21 November 2008
I just have to tell you about Stephanie Levy, an American artist living in Germany, whose work I JUST ADORE. I have been following her blog for a while now and I noticed that she has started seling giclee prints of her gorgeous mixed media collages (see above). They are selling in her Etsy shop for the bargain price of $28 and she has produced a fantastic range of 24 pieces of work in this print format.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Today 'procrastination' has been my middle name. I spend the first half of the week looking forward to my two days off in the studio, and then when it gets to Thursday, I seem to spend all my time farting around, doing mundane stuff, thinking 'I must get up to the studio'. Today when I got there I didn't know what to do..... how annoying!!! Feeling a bit distracted I suppose, oh well, you can't be firing on all cylinders all of the time can you? Can you???
Monday, 17 November 2008
So I can add that to my list of things to do for whats left of this year and then into 2009. At least I don't have the mad Xmas Craft Fair rush to contend with. I decided not to do any, and try and concentrate on getting a bit of a portfolio together. The thing I really wanted to do this year was to get my goods into some shops locally, which I must admit, I hadn't really spent much time on 'doing' due to working extra thru the summer and also our big holiday. Thanks to Nottingham Craft Mafia, my goods are now in a shop, which ticks that box for 2008.
My aspirations for 2009 are to sell some of my designs and patterns and produce more cards and canvasses and also try to boost my online sales. I feel like I need to revisit my 'business plan' and beef it up a bit for this coming year and get a bit more focussed. I look around online at the amazing work being produced and the inspiring people that are getting out there and making it happen, and that's what I want to do!! I haven't got a clue where to start really but at least I feel now that I'm starting to gather enough work to be able to show people and not feel like I'm just 'pretending'. And I do feel this year, even though I haven't had masses of work to do that I've been able to take my time discovering a bit more about my work, not putting myself under too much pressure, enjoying my lovely new studio (although time in there never seems long enough) and kind of firming up the ideas of what I want to do. I feel more confident that I can do it (just don't really feel I know exactly 'how' just yet!), but plenty of people out there are doing it, so why can't I?
What are everyone elses plans for 2009??? Please tell....
Sunday, 16 November 2008
For my latest project, I have really enjoyed doing this research and trying out a new style of simple illustration. I will be incorporating my stitch and some collage too and will show you the results when I'm done.
Friday, 14 November 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Monday, 10 November 2008
You know, it's good to spread the blog-love!!
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Needless to say, I have spent a glorious afternoon up in the studio. We are having an officially lazy weekend. I was sketching (on some new work to be revealed soon, but had to go and buy a new sketchbook for the occasion of new project) and Steve was reading/snoring on the sofa-bed, Jack (our dog) was asleep on the roasty-toasty floor. We were at peace with the world...
But one thing I need to ask you, how many of you have to have a new sketchbook for new projects? Is it just me? I just feel the need to have fresh new pages for fresh new thoughts and ideas, I have loads of half-full sketch pads, (which will be full one day, I like to keep going back to them and adding things as and when). It just totally seems wrong to fill my holiday book (latest green sqaure skethcbook, half-full of stuff )with new girly ideas for my latest 'girly' project..... am I just weird? I know there are some of you who will agree, please someone say I'm not!
Anyway, just to keep in the vein of 'spendaholic' which I seem to have unusually morphed into this week (the boots, another new stapler gun, a fleece for winter-hibernation-mode, coloured tights to go with boots and fleece etc etc) I didn't just buy one sketchbook, I bought 3! Yes three, they were on special offer......honest... I couldn't resist..... bugger the credit crunch!!
Friday, 7 November 2008
Nottingham Craft Mafia opened the doors to their shop 'Get Made' yesterday and today I did my first shift there from 11-2pm. I must say the founder members have done a great job whipping the room into shape, it really looks fantastic, packed to the brim with handmade goodies. It has a great atmosphere and the fact it is attached to the Malt Cross gives it a buzz. I'm really excited to be a part of the Craft Mafia, it sounds as though there will be some good things in pipe-line in the near future. Will be posting more about it soon.
Thursday, 6 November 2008
Anyway, enough boot talk..... the houses in my little series are coming along well, and I have been working on them today dans la studio.
And even tried lino cut, which looks ok, well a bit crap really, it was rushed cos I was getting a numb bum and had to take the cat to the vet. Enough of that, am off to make the tea, and go to new yoga class (and try not to think of new boots). Will post tomorrow after my stint in the Craft Mafia shop.
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Tonight I wanted to post some pictures of my canvasses, I was really looking forward to getting home form work and piecing together the stretcher bars I ordered the other day and using my new staple gun to make some of my previously posted free machine work into canvasses. Best laid plans and all that..... most of the fabric was too small for the bars I had ordered and then, two staples in and the new 'birthday present' staple gun broke!!! Bugger!! Much swearing and cursing later, I have ordered a new gun and staples from Amazon and I will have to save my canvas-making evening for another day.
Monday, 3 November 2008
This is what my little houses look like with some colour, courtesy of my old vintage box of conte coloured pencils. I spent the evening last night 'colouring in' but have loads more ideas for developing this series. Collage, paints, inks, screen prints and lino, to name but a few. It's great feeling inspired again, and working through a project like I used to in college. Being a bit of a perfectionist I do like going through the whole process and explore lots of different media. The part of projects I used to find really difficult was choosing my subject matter (being a Libran, I can never make a quick decision). Once I had done that I was sorted. So, will post over the next few weeks with my Rockport series and show you how its going along. I'm thinking repeat patterns, gift wrap, tea towels, cards..... blah, blah, blah!!
Sunday, 2 November 2008
Oh dear this looks really small now, I need more practice with Photoshop, I'm crap at it!! I have been playing around all afternoon sketching up my series of twelve or thirteen Rockport houses and scanning them in and colouring them with different palettes, I really wanted to show you, I suppose if you have a magnifying glass handy you can see what I have done!!
As for other stuff, I have taken a load of my stock down to the Craft Mafia shop which opens this Thursday. I will be doing my first 'volly' shift there Friday morning, so will take some pictures to show you. Anyway, now I have hardly any stock left so really need to be getting on with doing some more. I have ordered some stretcher bars to make my own canvasses so will be playing with my new staple gun this week (watch out!!), whilst I attempt to make my own stitched canvas type things. Then I want to look into getting some screen printing done, but haven't a clue where to start. If anyone has any screen print expertise they would like to share with me, I need to know, whether I should buy a starter kit, or get stuff indiviually, also is the ink really expensive? I have been inspired by all the fantastic fabrics in blog land and Etsy, as well as printing books by Lena Corwin and Lotta Jansdotter, and am dying (ha, scuse the pun, only just realised on re-read) to try my hand at it, just another excuse to make some mess....