Tuesday, 24 November 2009

jessica gonacha swift

My recent article on sketchbooks for Nottingham Craft Mafia features one of my favourite artists, Jessica Gonacha Swift, who i first discovered on Etsy. To read the full interview with her please click here and don't forget to check out her Etsy shops and website

love stuff

The start of my new mini series, 'love stuff', i know birds, teacups and flowers aren't really related but they are things i have been able to put into a similar layout in a similar style and will hopefully develop into coloured prints for my shops.
I'm thinking (well... hoping) that maybe they will start me off in a new direction for the New Year. I need to get some new ideas and completely new ways of working, and am feeling like I'm getting into a bit of a rut with my work (sorry for whining again). I think I need a couple of days out and about looking at stuff and getting into filling a sketchbook in a day or two and taking new material to draw with. Maybe I will even ban myself from black ink for a while, it may do me some good to push the boundaries a bit and stretch myself? Hmmm, watch this space...

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

reworking ideas again

and revisiting some old sketchbooks yesterday, I came across some sketches of teapots and thought I would try out a new layout. Not so sure whether this will sell but it was just good to get the pens out again after a few weeks of not much inspiration. I'm trying to get motivated to do some new work (maybe textile based??) but again I'm having problems pinning down my ideas. I always have loads of different things that I want to try out whizzing around the grey matter, but I always seem to struggle with starting a new project and holding my interest and motivation. The last few I have started kind of fizzled out after a week or two, I obviously just weren't meant to be doing them at the time.

After my initial burst of work with the bird series over the summer (which was moderately successful) I am now having a few problems with the direction in which I want to take my work and what I actually want to achieve with my humble business. I'm sure this is something everyone experiences at some point but I seem to have been feeling this way on and off for the past few months. I never seem to have the time to get my teeth into something and spend plenty of time on one thing. I need a goal to aim for and maybe some kind of pressure to kick start my work again. I think this year as I haven't got involved with any Craft Fairs or Xmas Markets I haven't had the pressure of having to finish off a body of work to show. So maybe that is what I need. But getting the balance between the positive effects of pressure and it all becoming too much of a pain in the arse seems a tricky task.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

some random stuff

Well, this post is just about a few random things (the clue is in the title!!), as I haven't posted for a while and have a few things to tell you... firstly you can see the new Nottingham Craft Mafia website winter header here, it's the first time I've done anything designy for the website so I'm kinda pleased with how it's turned out.

Secondly, this picture just makes me smile. It's my sisters dog, George, who looks all mean and grizzly, he's the size of a lion and just a big old softy! I've just been over to Italy for a few days to see my preggers sister, very lovely and relaxing time was had. We even went to the beach.

Thirdly, another picture that makes me smile, Mac, our new dog! The best thing that has happened to us (in the canine sense of the word) this year. He's settled in well, is showing his true collie nature and picking things up very quickly... although he suffers from a weak bladder when he's excited... don't stand too close!

And last of all, of my random things today, my new pictures which I have just collected today. I had them for sale in some really cheapo frames, I knew they didn't really do them any justice, so I took them to get them framed professionally and it juts makes a world of difference. Maybe now someone might buy them!!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

mad mac

here's a pic of the new addition to the family, Mac, our new 6 month old border collie. we got him last night from a lovely guy near here, who has had to part with him due to change of job. mac's a real live-wire, proper collie boy, always on the go and he loves his toys! we have taken him for two long walks today and he's not as lively as he was this morning... very tired infact!!

Thursday, 5 November 2009


it's thursday and i have been at work all day.... and i don't usually work thursdays! it's put me right out of kilter.... and i'm at work tomorrow too. Big boos all round!! I'm in a grump.... because of the work scenario, but also because of our dog situation. We sadly had to say goodbye to Pip last weekend, and we are, yet again, dogless, trying eagerly to find one but to no avail. In fact it seems to be so difficult I am wondering whether it may be easier to try and adopt a child, I would probably have more luck! I won't go into details but I'm finding it all very frustrating. ok, i'll shut up now before i get cross again.
I have managed to do some more sketchbook work though this week, see above. Nothing majorly inspirational, just a bit of relaxing doodling, filling some pages, letting the pen go wherever, quite nice and enjoyable really!!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Notingham Craft Mafia Blog Giveaway

If you want to enter our Nottingham Craft Mafia blog giveaway, pop along to here and leave a comment. There are a gorgeous pair of earrings and a beautiful bracelet to win, made by our very own Pebble.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Dee Beale Interview - sketchbook peeks

If you want to read my latest interview with most admired artist Dee Beale, for the Nottingham Craft Mafia Blog, please pop here and have a gander, those sketchbook pages just looks divine!!