Tuesday, 27 April 2010

blog hol

i'm having a break from blogging for a month or so to gather my thoughts and decide what i'm doing with 'sooziebee', blogging and my artwork, short and long term. I think I have ground to a bit of a halt lately, so rather than feel the pressure of having to do things I'm having a bit of time off from the non-essentials and just going to have some time to think and find my feet again. I've been thinking about lots of different options, probably thinking and over-analysing a bit too much, so when i have come to my conclusions i'll fill you all in on the details. i'll be back soon. promise!!

Sunday, 25 April 2010

they call me the wanderer....

hello there peeps, remember me? i'm the person who used to blog here quite regularly.. and i haven't posted in a wee while, the reason being I haven't been here. I have been in the land of no computers, sketchbooks, or internet (a refreshing change, I might add) and have been away in my caravan in sunny Norfolk. (well there are computers and internet in Norfolk of course, I was just making a conscious effort to avoid them, apart from checking the weather forecast!!)

Needless to say, after my last caravanning foray, I was slightly worried it was going to snow and we'd be stuck in our little van, but we have been mega-lucky and it has been sunny every day. We are rested, refreshed and relaxed.... back to work tomorrow for us both and back to 'sooziebee' at some point this month. My enthusiasm for my artwork is in the dumps at the moment so I have been having a break to try and get my mojo back (it does seem to disappear every now and then and I usually manage to find it, I just hope I do find it soon, it's been gone a while!!).
One thing I have to tell you about is that a while back I applied for a place on the Creative Nottinghamshire Mentorship scheme, run by our County Council. It's a year long scheme for people in the creative sector and it focusses on group meetings every few weeks, mentoring from some fantastic people and an exhibition opportunity at the end. I spoke to one of the lovely ladies who was on the scheme last year and it sounds like it would be just up my street. I really feel I need something to kick-start my creative drive again as it all seems to have ground to a halt. If I was lucky enough to get on the scheme I think it would give me something to focus on, and I'm badly in need of that at the mo!! So I got an email inviting me for an interview!! The interview is in a couple of weeks time, in front of a panel of interviewers (eek!) and it involves a group discussion with the other candidates (eek) and then an interview and the opportunity to show my work. Now this might sound easy-peasy to some of you, but the thought of it makes me feel slightly sick. I always feel really self-conscious and silly when I have to talk about my work, so if I'm going to go for this I REALLY NEED TO GET OVER IT!! Watch this space. I haven't sent the confirmation yet.... need glass of vino first!! Wish me luck!!

Friday, 16 April 2010

time to choose

Well, here are the final two designs for my latest project, which will be painted onto a 50x50cm canvas. The brief was a design to incorporate pink, black and white, with samples of wallpaper and bedding as inspiration. I got together about 5 designs and these are the final two. I'll find out next week which is the winner and then it's time to get out my paints and begin.... yey!!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Tea Towel Feature

Whilst looking aournd on Folksy to see what kind of tea-towels they had for sale I came across the gorgeous shop, Mengsel, where the gorgeous coffee percolator design is from. You can check out the Mengsel blog here and also the many shops where you can purchase the fab selection of screenprinted goodies can be found via the blog.
Whilst i was admiring the gorgeous designs I also found a site called todryfor.com which is a site dedicated to teatowel. I do like an original tea towel or two, even though I have been known to use them for decoration around the kitchen rather than for drying dishes!!
Anyhoo, here are some of my fave designs from the website. If you go to the website you can find out who designed them and how you can buy them.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Folksy Feature - Design Rocks

I wanted to share some of my fave designers with you over the next few days as sometimes I feel like my blog is all about me, me, me, and maybe you want to know about someone else from time to time!!
These card designs above are from Design Rocks, and I'm a big fan having bought some of these colourful and funky cards in the past. The collection is inspired by vintage fabrics and I just adore the designs, teacups, cakes, bird houses, and the groovy radio. Check out the Folksy shop here and the blog here which will tell you a bit about Cheryl, the designer behind the cards and her life up in Manchester. Please pop in and have a look... its well worth it!!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Having a spring sort out!!

I recently got some new additions to my stock of wools, and have had them sitting around in plastic bags for too long.... so I decided to have a sort out, and have lots of new ideas for 'heathery' landscapes and moody skies. I was quite amazed at how much yarn I have accumulated over the past couple of years, there is no reason for me not to be churning out textile landscapes galore with this lot. I can't wait to get started.

Monday, 12 April 2010

New discovery - Rhea Clements

I just wanted to share with you a new designer I have recently come across. her name is Rhea Clements and she is a Knitwear Graduate from my very own Nottingham. She makes gorgeous knitwear and colourful jewellery.

I asked her to tell me a little about herself and this is what she had to say...

'My designs are based on ease of use and convenience to the wearer as well as comfortable and fashionable. Currently I have two lines of accessories, jewellery and scarves. My jewellery is based on colour, fun and making a statement. They are created with random mixes of buttons so each piece is unique. My scarf designs focus on functionality, using various fastening techniques integrated into the designs. This allows the wearer to adjust the size and how it is worn. They are created using hand tooling techniques on a knitting machine'.

If you want to have a look at more of Rhea's beautiful work then you can visit her shops here and here.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

some FAB news

ok, i have some great news, and the picture above is a huuuuge clue as to what it is..... any guesses??

I got GLASTONBURY tickets today!!!! Yipppeeee!!! And its the 40th anniversary so it's gonna be a big one (well, its always a big one but I think they have some fab acts lined up). AND (even better) loads of my friends are going too and my sister. I'm just SOOOOO excited, can you tell!!

Saturday, 10 April 2010

New Project - Ideas

Here are some ideas I have had re: my new project. I sketched them out in rough the other day and thought I'd spruce them up yesterday to see what they looked like. I have my favourites and there are things that I think need doing to improve some of them, so maybe they all need a bit more work. Plus I also intend to scan them into Photoshop and colour them so we will be able to get an idea of the final 'look'. I ahve enjoyed doidng this project so far, when I first found out that it was going to be on a canvas and in paint I was a bit nervous, as I haven't worked in that way before, but now I'm itching to get my paints out and give it a go!!

Friday, 9 April 2010

sketchbook revisit

Time to revisit my sketchbook that I started in January, with the intention of doing a little sketch every day. The every day thing didn't happen, and I can either be disappointed with myself (pointless and negative) or just enjoy sketching when I can!!

The sun is shining at the mo so I'm just going out to sketch daffodils...

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Inspiration boards and processes

Today I started a new project for a commission I am doing. I haven't done any work in a while so this a fresh new start and I want it to be good. So, whilst pondering how to begin I decided to hark back to the days of college projects and work through a logical process to get me into the flow again.

I started off having a look through my paper box for snippets of paper and patterns I thought might help me, and made a mood board or inspiration board (see above). I have three big noticeboards on the wall in the studio which are meant to be used for inspiration, but they have had the same things on them for so long I decided to clear one for my new work.

Let me just explain the project. I have been asked to create a painted canvas for the bedroom wall of an eight year old girl, main colours black white and pink. I have a strip of wallpaper to give me some ideas of colour and form and some inspiration for the design.

After immersing myself in my magazines, pattern books and my box of tricks (ie a whole lot of paper I have been collecting for the past three years) I got out a pencil (I had nearly forgotten what a pencil felt like!!) and started scribbling, really rough sketches, just getting as many ideas down on paper as I could. And when I felt myself getting stuck and repeating the same things I had a break and then came back to it later. Here are some of the pages from my sketchbook I thought I'd share. It's only in the baby stages but I have the basics of four or five ideas which I will take to my client and show her. Hopefully she will like at least one!!

Monday, 5 April 2010

Drum Roll..... 500 posts..... the results!!

My 500 post Blog Giveaway was won by Moira. She chose Pistachio Birds as her print of choice so please get in touch Moira and your print will be winging its way to you later this week. Thanks everyone for taking part, following me, blogging about my giveaway etc, and celebrating 500 posts on the sooziebee blog.

Saturday, 3 April 2010


i'm back!! just had a lovely week away in our caravan up in Cumbria aka The Lake District. We had sun, snow, rain, wind and sleet but that didn't stop us from enjoying it. We managed to get out for a walk every day, all togged up in our winter coats, and our dog Mac absolutely loved it. I have one confession to make though, I took all of my art stuff and didn't get it out once. I think I was just ready for some 'us' time, playing scrabble, reading books, eating and sleeping. I have lots of new ideas and the whole Easter weekend to play, but I don't think my heart is really in it at the moment, so maybe I will just go and do some gardening or read a book instead, and wait for when the time is right!!