Monday, October 22, 2018

DEVELOPING MY CUBE ART!


I have been developing my cube art.  I started with wooden cubes (9cms), which were primed and painted with a layer of acrylic - yellow (top row), royal blue (middle row), and red (bottom row).  These were then covered with a layer of gloss medium and allowed to dry.  I then treated each cube as a blank canvas to cover with an abstract design in black, white and grey.

Then it was a case of looking at the design, scratching through to the bright coloured acrylic underneath, and adding collage papers and further details on each face of each cube. I then varnished and waxed them so that they can be handled, as wooden cubes are quite tactile...


Saturday, September 15, 2018

MADE WITH LOVE!


As we are between seasons, the latest window dressing for the gallery is all about us!  We have used the phrase MADE WITH LOVE in large white letters and there are hanging collaged hearts, with newspaper backgrounds and coloured letters, stating GIFTS, CARDS and ART.

The One Craft Gallery is a makers co-operative and all the goods are handmade locally.  Each item is handcrafted and reasonably priced.  They are often a labour of love, because, if we worked out what we are actually receiving per hour for our work, it would be very little, way below the minimum wage!


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.