Thursday, August 16, 2018

HOLIDAY SEASIDE WINDOW FOR THE GALLERY!



Our latest window design for the gallery is with holidays and the seaside in mind.  We have map bunting, sun hats, felted pebbles, shells, starfish, paper boats, seaside artwork, textiles, ceramics, glass seagulls and an enormous textile one (see top right pic) - made by me!


WOODEN CUBES SPELL OUT 'LOVE'!

One of my latest projects is decorating some wooden cubes given to me by Phil Davis, a wood turning craftsman, who is a member of the One Craft Gallery.  I sanded the blocks and painted them with black gesso, before applying an abstract background design over every face of four cubes.

Then, it was a case of printing or finding images of the letters L O V E. I collaged these onto the blocks, together with other papers.  One cube had four different Ls, one Os etc. to spell out LOVE.

The end result is an artwork which can be put on a shelf and changed according to what facet is shown, and how the blocks are placed.

You may notice that the tops of the cubes are plain black.  This is because when I had finished the sides, it looked too busy and the letters did not show up as much as I would have liked!  I then applied some black acrylic and varnish to complete the project...



Monday, July 23, 2018

SUNFLOWER CARDS FOR A HEATWAVE!


I have just finished these collaged cards based on sunflowers.  They are such a happy flower that embodies summer, and so suitable for this year's hot and sunny weather...


Monday, July 9, 2018

WINDOW FOR A HOT SUMMER!


The latest window in the gallery reflects summer.  We have orange, green and yellow bunting with a vintage garden trug full of flowers, big flowery sunhats, brightly coloured enamel brooches and other summery goods and artworks.

The weather so far this summer has been hot and steamy, so we need a tempting window to encourage people into the gallery...

  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

THE STAMP COLLECTION


This collection of collages - 6 x 4 inches in size - are based around stamps. I have a box in my studio full of various stamps from around the world.  I cut up some experimental mixed media art work, selected suitable stamps to go with the background, and composed these artworks by adding more collaged elements inspired by the stamps chosen.  They were all mounted onto white card ready for framing.


I love working with stamps as they are miniature works of art which often have symbolic meanings and glimpses into what is important in other cultures.

Monday, June 11, 2018

HIGHLIGHTING OUR TEXTILE MAKERS!



Caroline and I have been using our recent window dressings to reflect different sections of the membership of the One Craft Gallery.  Our latest one highlights the textiles on sale in the gallery including hats, scarfs, garments, bags, cushions, tea pot covers, felted animals, toys, vessels, cards and even textile jewellery...




Monday, May 28, 2018

SMALL ABSTRACTS MAKE CARDS!


As I had very few handmade cards left unsold in the One Craft Gallery, I needed to produce some more quickly.  Rather than start from scratch, I looked through past work which was stored in a plastic box, and I came across these small abstracts.  They happened to be a perfect size for my 6 inch x 6 inch textured cream cardstock.

It was then a simple matter of adding a border and my initials before mounting them onto the blank cards...