Monday, December 10, 2018

A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS WINDOW FOR THE GALLERY!


At the One Craft Gallery we have gone for a traditional Christmas look, with fir cones, holly, garlands, Father Christmas, and twig trees and stars.  We are just hoping that the people of Shepton will shop locally instead of ordering gifts on-line!


Sunday, December 2, 2018

STAMP CUSHIONS!


In between the mixed media artwork, I like to get my sewing machine out!  I have just completed these two patchwork cushions, which have stamps as the main motif.  All the pieces of fabric were sewn by hand onto a background with large decorative stitches.  I then machined lines of parallel stitching all over the surface, before inserting the zip and making up the cushion cover...


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A BIRD EMERGES FROM WOOD OFF CUT!

I was given an off cut piece of wood, (see left), by Neil Jackson, co-owner of the newly created Whyberd Gallery in nearby Evercreech.  He asked me to transform it, without altering the shape.  He liked the result and is going to wall mount it at an angle!

When I looked at the curvy shape,  I immediately saw a bird. All that was needed was layers of paint, collage and the adding of an eye - a small wooden dome, with a hole in the middle, that I discovered in my button box...

I have a number of different artworks at Whyberd Gallery, including abstracts, collages, art cubes and cushions.  It is a delightful gallery, with a teashop, and well worth a visit...

  


Thursday, November 15, 2018

CONTINUING THE AUTUMN THEME!


I have just changed the One Craft Galley window dressing, and have continued with the autumnal theme, with fallen leaves, seed heads, grasses and fir cones.  I felt it was a bit too early for Christmas decorations.  That will be the next window! 


Monday, November 5, 2018

NEW BOOKMARKS FOR THE ONE CRAFT GALLERY!


My bookmarks have sold well in the gallery - often as end of term gifts for teachers - so I needed to restock!  I raided my experimental samples, painted on A4 cartridge paper, and I folded and cut them so two bookmarks were made from one colourful background.  Painted papers - punched out and cut up with some illustrations and extra embellishment, were put together to create these bookmarks.

Each set of photographs show both sides of the seven new bookmarks. I sell them with an envelope and gift tag so they can be sent instead of a card...


The bookmark on the left was done on a background left over from another project.  It had a lot of shiny gold paint splattered on it which led to me using a religious icon theme on one side...




Monday, October 29, 2018

MORE CUBE ART!


For these three art cubes (9cms),  I have layered and scratched through acrylic paint.  I started by priming the wooden cubes, before painting them in a single colour.  Once dry, a layer of gloss medium was added and allowed to dry.  I then painted layers of shades and tones of the complementary colour, and its neighbours on the colour wheel, over the top.  Marks were scratched using sharp instruments, creating an exciting contrast.  In places the top layers of paint were softened using surgical spirit to show the underlying colour.  Extra marks were added by splattering and sanding.

The cubes were varnished and waxed, so they are pleasant to handle. They can be displayed any way up and changed around for a different look...



Tuesday, October 23, 2018

AUTUMN IS HERE!


Autumn is here and we have just done a window dressing in the One Craft Gallery that reflects the season!  Our superb hat maker, Liz Oliva, had made some fantastic velvet pumpkins and fungi - see bottom pics, and top second left and Phil Davis, our wood turner had produced some toadstools (bottom left), apples,  pears, and a great sunburst bowl (middle right). These items, together with a trug of real apples, crab apples, paper leaves and other goods in keeping with the Autumnal theme, made up our window...