March 10, 2014
It was a sad day when I realised I don’t own that thingamajig that you use to hammer meat…
If I’m ever fortunate enough to move out of my parents house, there seems to be a lot of crap i’ll need to buy. This piece first came about with me doing little objects from the kitchen but then I started to feel a little bitter so I started cutting objects that I realised I don’t own. When I do move out, I’ll have two beautiful lights and a lot of cds and dvds…and that’s about it. If my mother is to believed, a spatula is not only a handy tool for cooking, but also an amazing design accessory for the home.
January 25, 2014
I’m in the middle of watching Braveheart but I thought I’d show you what I’ve doing with my day. These aren’t for anything in particular as yet. I’m just concentrating on working on a sketchbook to get plenty of ideas down so I can then start afresh on something more substantial. Playing around with pattern and texture, i’ve been looking a fair bit at the work of William Morris and Grayson Perry. Think I’m going to play around with some paper too.
I’m also going to be doing the back, sack and crack equivalent of tidying up my website…spruce it up a bit.
January 25, 2014
I said that I was going to try and get out to visit some exhibition and here is one which is on at Oriel Myrddin right now. The exhibition is titled The Dandy & The Mute and is by the artist Clare Thornton who is based in Bristol. You can find out more about her and the work she does here.
I was keen to visit this exhibition after seeing the tiles above on the gallery website and wondering what they were made from. It was a delight to see them and to realise that they are actually made from wax. According to the write up, they are mouldings taken from a piece of cornicing from an old theatre. Her work is very serene and there was an amazing feeling of wonder upon entering the gallery space.
January 22, 2014
Bollocks! That is literally the only way I can think to describe things. God, I thought I was going to be so productive in 2014. I am well aware that we’re only a month into the year but if you knew what I was like…oh this isn’t good!
I just can’t seem to find the motivation to do anything at all. I start a piece of work and then about half way through I think what the fuck is the point of this? and end up scrapping it.
I’ve written before about my struggle with anxiety and depression and while I have made a lot of progress I think I’ve still managed to let it get a hold of me too much now. It feels like a vicious circle at times. I don’t go out to work as that is still a bit of a challenge for me but I’m very lucky to have my parents supporting me while I get myself together. I’m really not very good with going out in public but I think I’m really going to have to push myself this year as I need that outlet where I can bounce ideas off other artists. Or even just getting inspired and motivated. I don’t think I’ll achieve anything by staying at home!
Today was the first time in a while that I felt like doing any drawing. These are some of William Morris’ roses. I actually found it very relaxing doing this which is something I haven’t felt in a while when producing art. There’s always that niggle at the back of my head that the work must in some way produce money and I’m starting to find that overwhelming now. I don’t know how others manage it, that balance of creating something they are happy with but also that people would want to buy.
Onward and up though eh?!
Hope all is well with everyone.
December 6, 2013
Second take because I wasn’t 100% pleased with the pictures yesterday!
WOOHOOOOOOOO!! Yes the moment you have ALL been waiting for has arrived…the wrapping paper is here! Turned up this morning so I have been busy wrapping it up pretty for you to see. You can either find it on my Bigcartel or on Etsy.
Hope you all like, let me know your thoughts on it please.
December 2, 2013
Haven’t been about on here for a while, been busy with the craft fairs and trying to motivate myself to do some new and interesting work – which is actually really quite difficult!
I entered this doodle into a colouring book competition…it did not make the final cut!All the PG things I drew never turned out right, so then I went a bit risqué. I love this doodle even if it didnt get chosen, I knew it wouldn’t but I was still glad I entered it.
In other news I have some wrapping paper being printed and it should be here within the week. I’m really looking forward to showing it to you all.
Hope you’re all well.
November 5, 2013
Hope you’re all having a fantastic bonfire night, I had a lovely time sitting in a car park to view someone else’s fireworks…i’m far too cheap to pay to actually go in somewhere.
I’ve set up a new Facebook page for myself, thought it was probably about time I got somewhat professional. Hope you will all pop over there for a snoop and to like the page.
Also, you have until the 11th November to buy one of my limited edition cushions that I have entered into the Ohh Deer pillow fight competition. Here are my designs that I have entered: French Cat, Fancy and Bum
Cheers lovelies! x
November 3, 2013
Does anyone know where I could get good quality but relatively low cost wrapping paper printed in the U.K please? I’ve looked at all sorts of web sites and its starting to give me a headache!!
Would really appreciate it if you could recommend somewhere please.
October 29, 2013
Its my niece’s birthday in a couple of days so I thought I would make her a special crown for her party…it’ll probably be in shreds by the end of the night if the younger niece gets her hands on it! I’ve really enjoyed doing this, i go through various periods where I hate doing cut outs and nothing turns out how i’d like but I was fairly relaxed when I sat down to do this and didn’t heap a mound of pressure on myself for it.
I’ve been listening to the Reith Lectures recently which the artist Grayson Perry has been giving. I always get rather apprehensive about listening to artists giving lectures about art as you always come out of it feeling rather inferior. Grayson Perry has a very down to earth way about him and doesn’t use a load of arty vocabulary where you spend more time concentrating on translating rather than just appreciating what is being said. I highly recommend you have a listen if you think its something you might be interested in – Reith Lectures with Grayson Perry
Also, the Ohh Deer Pillow Fight competition is still open. You have little under a week to get your limited edition cushions. You can find my designs here 1,2,3
Right then, done! x