Thursday, 29 October 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
And thanks to all the helpful folk on the folksy forum who have helped me to decide on my Christmas Card designs, the pudding and the angel are the casualties!!
Ooh, and one more thing, my workspace has been featured on the Nottingham Craft Mafia Blog, thanks to Helen from Petal Textiles for the post!!
Oh, and another thing, but not as nice, infact quite horrible, our new dog, Pip, bit my godson yesterday, so we have decided we cannot keep her. She is going to a new home, by the sea, with no children and another dog as company (thanks to my Auntie). We are both very sad to see her go, as we were really starting to get used to her, and starting to really fall for her! But we have to do the right thing for us, hard as it is.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Before we start, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into your art/craft/design career, how it all started and where you are now…
I’ve always created, ever since I was a small child. My mum would encourage us to draw and make our own cards for family and my gran taught me how to sew and knit so really it’s in my blood! At school I won most of the art competitions and when it came to choosing what to do at university I couldn’t imagine doing anything that wasn’t art related. I actually chose a graphic design course at Norwich School of Art in the end where I got to try a whole variety of art disciplines including animation and photography, finally settling on illustration. Since leaving college I have been working freelance as a commercial artist and selling online for a mind blowing 10 years – just don’t ask me where the time has gone!
How long have you been using sketchbooks?
I’ve only really appreciated the benefit of keeping a sketchbook in the last year or so. Even at college I used to keep notebooks and scrapbooks of sorts but never sketchbooks. I prefer to work straight onto what becomes the finished piece, especially as a lot of my work is collage based and quite organic in nature. I’ve never really felt the need to prepare a piece of work; with collage you can play around with the different elements until you are happy and just stick them down. Lately though I have felt the need to start drawing more and incorporate these drawings into my collages which of course requires a sketchbook. But in doing so I found I am seeing my surroundings in a new way. It’s a slower, more honest process and you need to look closer at your subject and it keeps me away from the computer and camera which I tend to become far too reliant on.
How often do you use your sketchbook?
I have a few sketchbooks on the go, but the 2 main ones are one for my drawings that end up in my digital work and a texture one that is created from the residual transfers I use in my collages. This texture journal is then drawn back over the top of and is a lot more experimental. Both are used fairly regularly as both help to create new work and new work produces new material for my sketchbooks.
Do you have a favourite and why?
Not really, they are all different and are precious in their own way, it would be like asking to choose between my children.
Back in the old days it would have filled me with fear but now I rush to finish a book just so I can start a new fresh one. I make my own sketchbooks now so I have already made it with a purpose in mind and can’t wait to get started!
How would you describe your sketchbook process?
I’m not sure I have a process, I tend to work quite quickly and don’t give myself too much time to think or I will end up ripping out pages because it’s all gone wrong. I have learned to live with mistakes or work over them. Sketchbooks that are pristine can be boring. Well mine are anyway. So I have learned not to be precious about what goes in them anymore and weirdly the results are a lot more satisfactory.
What is your favourite medium to work with?
Matte gel medium. My life change when I discovered the stuff. Seriously. And paper. And glue. And acrylic paint. And black ink. It’s all about texture and layers and not being able to close my sketchbook because the pages are too thick.
Where is your ideal sketching location?
At my desk. With my music on. I can’t work outside for some reason, I prefer to shut myself away in my little studio and use photos I’ve taken.
How have your sketchbooks evolved over the years?
I can actually finish one! I still have all my books from college and apart from the scrapbooks I mentioned they are all empty. There might be a few doodles and ideas just to appease tutors in the first few pages and that will be it. They were something I dreaded having to open. Now mine are permanently open and a joy to use.
If you had to pick one favourite sketchbook page which would it be and why?
This is a tricky one because my mood changes so often. But I suppose at the moment I like the butterfly page in my texture journal. No real reason, it just suits me now
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Back to the sofa for me, hope I'm feeling better soon. I'm dying to get away in the caravan but doubt we will be going anywhere at the weekend if we both still feel like this!
Monday, 19 October 2009
I have said goodbye to a whole load of my stock this weekend as its off to a fantastic 'pop-up' shop in West Bridgford (see here for details). This is an amazing opportunity for local designer-makers, who are getting together to rent some unused shop space. There will be a selection of amazing local talent on show and for sale, so I can't wait to see what it all looks like when it's put together. I will post some photos when I go down to check it out.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
About three weeks ago I was having a wee think to myself about the whole state of affairs re: our camping exploits over the past few years. We bought ourselves a lovely tent but, due to the good old disappointing English weather, we haven't used it half as much as we wanted to, it was either too wet or too cold. This got me thinking about a.... dare I say it.... caravan!
Having had loads of enjoyble family camping holidays as a child I did love it, but over the last few years I have been suffering from 'camping snobbery' and had let myself believe that tents were 'cool' and caravans were most definitely not! Having been 'put right' by one of my friends at work, I finally succumbed to the idea that maybe it would be a nice idea, we would have all the benefits of camping, but have the comfort of being warm, dry and knowing our bed wasn't likely to deflate half way through the night.
When I first mentioned my 'eureka' moment to my hubby, he thought I was joking, but I soon changed his mind, and he became even more 'into' the idea than me.... fast foward two weeks later and we are going to pick up our 'new' van on sunday and are really excited!!! This means we will get away loads more, aren't so dependent on the weather and we can be warm and toasty at night (and don't have to trudge across a field to go to the loo in the dark!!) I know this decision will gain a few raised eyebrows and sniggers amongst our die-hard tent friends, but I just can't wait!!!
Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Not much other news, I'm working on some new stuff in the studio this afternoon (in fact I am meant to be doing that right now!!), so until I have more to show you here is another picture of Pip (settling in well and generally being a very good girl).