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 win...is 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