Thursday, 26 August 2010

Saltaire Arts Trail 11th - 19th September

The Saltaire Arts Trail runs for two weeks in September. There is tonnes to do and see. I'll be at the Maker's Fair on 11th & 12th September in Victoria Hall. You can also wander through the streets and visit the Open Houses exhibiting art & and craft. There will be loads of activities for the kids and of course, who could resist pottering around Salts Mill? Victoria road has lots of lovely shops; Magic Number 3 is one of my favourite shops full of gorgeous clothes, accessories and SHOES! And Art Parade have been stocking my work for a number of years now.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Leeds Art Gallery Open Show - 9th August - 19th September

Yep I can hardly believe it myself - I have a piece at the Open Show at the Leeds Art Gallery on The Headrow from Monday 9th August - Sunday 19th September. If you are down in town, please pop in and take a look (I'm listed as number 49) and forget to have a cuppa in the lovely Victorian Tiled Cafe. If you are feeling can buy my piece too!

Update: I won 2nd Prize !!!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Art in the Pen 14th & 15th August SKIPTON

I got such a lovely surprise this morning when I received a massive wodge of flyers for Art in the Pen ...only to find a photo of my brooch on the front of the flyer! Truly stoked but the panic has also set in as I need to get cracking! Art in the Pen is on 14th & 15th August. See here for more details. See you there. Update: This was a knackering weekend but well worth all the effort. I made loads of sales, had company of good friends over the two days and met loads of lovely customers. In fact there were over 8,000 visitors - amazing!

Monday, 7 June 2010

The Holmfirth Art Market

I went down to see my chums at the first day of the Art Market - it was amazing! There were some very talented people exhibiting today... and will be next week too. Although I was too late to get my name on the flyer, I will be there on Sunday 13th June. Please pop down to see me and say hello!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Screenprinting at Factory4

I recently took a 6 week screen printing course at Factory4 workshop and enjoyed it so much. I think I was trying to run before I could walk etc - desperate to try and come up with my own designs and more importantly, take away something of use. But that's exactly what I ended up doing. By the end I had 30 screen printed paper bags for the next craft fair, one tote bag and 4 T-shirts. Here are a few photos from the classes.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Presenting Emily Farncombe and my beautiful new piano stool

I bought an antique piano stool about 10years ago thinking that I might re-upholster it myself but after all these years, it was time to face up to the fact that I was never going to do it. So who better to re-upholster this but the lovely Emily Farncombe (another fellow Artsmix award winner alongside myself this year!). Emily and I did a 'skill swap' (swapped a piece of art for the piano stool to be re-vamped) we are both really chuffed. I'm using the piano stool at the Holmfirth Art Market; not only to sit on, but to store my packaging in also. I think Emily is pleased with her piece too! The very sophisticated tweed used for my stool is also the same material as Emily's cushions in her living room - so her butterfly piece was made from deep purples, pinks and beige. Emily worked on my piano stool down at Factory4. This is where I did my screenprinting course (photos to follow shortly). Check out the website if you are interested in doing any of the courses.

I also made Emily a cute little brooch - handcut perspex with a vintage map from Stainton (near Penrith) which just happens to be where Emily went to primary school! Hopefully the Factory4 workshop will be getting a laser cutter soon (to prevent me from almost cutting my fingers off making one of these with a jewellery saw!). 

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Goodbye custom orders

I've been working on a few commissions recently and now is the time to post them off. I was a bit sad to be handing over this large butterfly box and actually think it was nicer than the one which won the award this year! Another commission was a butterfly box for Nigel Bendle with using only Chinese stamps. Those of you who know me, know that I am a perfectionist and I actually found these stamps a bit weird to work with as the perforated edges weren't perfectly perforated!! Grrr! I was still pleased with the final result and chose a black frame to house my butterflies. The final custom order was for a butterfly box using vintage maps from the Islands of Mull, Arran and areas of Northumberland. The vintage maps were found rumaging through the buckets at the Kirkstall Bookshop Leeds. I have no idea what year the map was printed but was part of a Batholomews quarter inch to mile automobile map of Great Britain. The colours and the texture are lovely! I also made a pair of cufflinks from the vintage maps (Iona in  Mull) which I am really pleased with.

Hus & Hem Website

I just came across this website today (whilst trying to get to grips with tweeting) and had to share on here. From the words 'House & Home' in Swedish, this gorgeous shop is based in Ledbury but fear not as you can buy all the lovely things from this online shop. I'm particularly drawn to all the Elk goodies...

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Oops I nearly forgot to say...

** I was awarded Artsmix Emerging Artist 2010 (Craft Practitioner) **

Check me out! Yes I know I can hardly believe it myself. On Wednesday 31st March, I attended the Artsmix 2010 Emerging Artsists Awards. I was nominated for the award last year and was thrilled to pieces but to something else. The piece I entered  into the awards was Travelling Butterflies. This piece has recently been on exhibition in Debenhams Leeds (also through Artsmix). I wanted to create a piece which was simple in design yet took hours of patience to make. Each butterfly is created from collages of stamps and handcut along with a piece of raw silk - this isn't apparent until you study the piece up close. The 42 butterflies have been carefully arranged like a butterfly frame in a museum. As the winner, I am the proud owner of a fantastic award (original screenprint by a member of Artsmix), received a cash prize, work towards a solo exhibition and mentoring sessions with my award sponsor. 

Read more about the Artsmix Awards Night on the UK Handmade blog here. 

Beautiful Hannah Nunn Lamp arrived!

Hannah Nunn is an exceptional lamp maker. I own two Hannah Nunn Lamps and this custom lamp was made for my beautiful niece Jennifer (nickname Jenny pops of course!). It is so perfect that I really don't want to give it away. Hannah has just opened a new shop in Hebden Bridge which looks amazing. I haven't been down to see it yet but take a look at the shop here. No doubt I'll be coming home with yet more lamps! 

Friday, 2 April 2010

Craft Candy Spring Fling at Millenium Galleries

I had the best day at the Millenium Galleries in Sheffield on 27th March. This venue is simply great  for a craft fair. There were about 35 fantastic stalls with photography, textiles, artwork, papercrafts and jewellery. This was a really successful day for me; one of those craft fairs that I've dreamt about for a long time. I met loads of new contemporary crafters and some really friendly customers. Check out the Craft Candy website here.

Read about the day on the UKHandmade blog  also