Archive for September, 2013

September 29, 2013

Christmas Cards Now In Shop

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I’ve just added two Christmas card designs to my BigCartel shop, I hope you will hop on over there to have a nose. I am hoping to add some wrapping paper and some other designs in the next month or so. Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. x

September 3, 2013

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I’ve been working on some banners for The Welsh Rare-Bits Co.  I’ve worked in the same style as my artist book that I entered for the Sheffield International artist book prize. If you are interested in purchasing the catalogue of all the beautiful books entered into that competition, you can buy it here.

While the craft fair wasn’t a success, I’m really pleased with the banner I designed for it. Although I think it does need to be done in a lighter colour so that It doesn’t get lost.

September 3, 2013

Damn it, even if it kills me!

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I did this doodle a couple of weeks ago, I’m always looking out for open call exhibitions, competitions or something similar to take part in and came across the fantastic The Scribble Project run by Lisa Currie.

I’d been working on stuff to put on the stall for a while and felt like I needed a break away from that. I wanted to do something for myself for a change. So I found this blog where you could download and print off your own scribble sheet. The scribble sheet is Lisa’s own scribble/template which you can draw over, incorporate, pretty much whatever. I sent this into her and she said that she would be more that happy to feature it on the website. She’s away for a couple of months but hopefully she wont forget about me! 😟

I absolutely adore the work of Charlotte Mann. I was lucky enough to be able to get to interview her for my dissertation and she was a wealth of information. Sometimes, I over think things/ideas but I was looking at her work and I just though “go for it” so I did persevere and I’m quite happy with it. I tend to lose concentration if Im drawing something for a long time but I really enjoyed working on this. Its daunting when you know that something is going to be detailed but this was a joy.

Rach x

September 1, 2013

“The path of my life is strewn with cowpats from the Devil’s own satanic HERD.” Blackadder II

Well…where to begin really. First craft fair and it was a total disaster!

One word…W.I

Before I delve into my rant about yesterday, I would just like to really thank everyone who commented on this blog and who has shared their advice with me. It wasn’t half arsed comments either, it was genuinely thoughtful advice which I took on board. It meant a lot to have that so I thank you lots and lots! Also, the unsuccessful nature of yesterday had nothing to do with any advice that I was given as I have already stated, everyones comments and opinions were brilliant and very relevant.

In all honesty, I don’t know what we could have done differently yesterday. Got there on time, did a beautiful display of the work, I thought the products we had were excellent but is that just me? You do wonder about these things, whether you are totally blind to the quality of your work. But that’s another thing, so many people came over to our stall and commented on how wonderful everything looked. I thought this would be the right time to bring out the christmas stock and to appeal to those who were doing their christmas shopping, but then there were some customers who were all “oooooh, if only it were a bit closer to christmas, I’d buy this.” so obviously I had the wrong idea!

The nice thing about yesterday was that it was a beautiful location (If you’re ever in Wales, Narberth is a beautiful place to go) and the people who were on the stalls with us were lovely.

If I could just take a minute to be slip into “Bitch mode” this craft fair is not the same as the ones you get in the cities. There’s a lot of…pastel coloured knitted baby clothes. The jewellery is beads that have been ‘bought in’ and that have been threaded onto a piece of string, am I painting you a good picture here? Please bear in mind that this is just my opinion. But that also seems to be what people would like to spend their money on. We chose to go to Narberth as Pembrokeshire is very well knows for being an extremely arty part of Wales.

I think maybe I’m a bit of a snob about arts and crafts sometimes, perhaps thats Karma for me. But i’m just going to say it…there was a hell of a lot of crap there and Im shocked that people bought it. So there, na na nana na! 😛

Anyway, it just means I have to get myself together and its on to the next one!

Take care,

Rach x

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