Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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
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
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...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
At the One Craft Gallery we have some beautiful ceramics. There are two resident potters - Rowena Kinsman and Craig Eyles plus, from time to time, guest makers. To celebrate this fact we have just dressed the window with a WE LOVE POTS slogan...
Saturday, May 12, 2018
I have started to do things, such as this birthday card, in my studio after a big reorganisation. There is still more to do but I need to get creating again! The interesting thing about this card is that the background was a scrap of paper I had on my worktable, when doing outlines and black felt tip borders. I used to wipe the ruler clean with it!
As it created a random linear pattern, I painted a blue transparent acrylic over it, and cut it up to form the background of the card. It just shows that it pays to keep all bits of papers with interesting marks, however they are formed...
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018
At last the weather has given us some sunshine and the Spring flowers are out in force. I felt inspired to make some more gift bags to go with a Spring window dressing that I am going to do in the gallery tomorrow.
I have been doing work in sketchbooks and doing small projects, such as the gift bags, fitted in between a major turn out of my studio. At the moment, my main working area is covered in stuff, pulled out from all the shelves that I have to sort through, to see whether they are worth keeping or not! So it will be a little while until it is clear enough to do some proper artwork!