September 9, 2015 § Leave a comment
I have been a bit frustrated lately. I feel like things are going slowly for me and I have trouble working at home because I get distracted easily and end up having to clean the whole house before I can even start in anything artistic. Then once the house is clean I sit down to work and a cat jumps on my lap, so I cuddle the cat for a bit and before I know it its dinner time and I have nothing to show for it.
I realised the best way to tackle this was to start renting a studio, so when I wanted to make art I had to get out of my house to do it. In theory this would be good for me for many reasons – it would stop me turning into a social recluse (which I am quite close to being) and it would help me take my art more seriously.
I have half-heartedly looked for studios in Bristol before with no luck, but this time I sent out a couple of emails, and suddenly I had found a space and already agreed on a moving in date (which happened to be yesterday) alas all I have to move my stuff with is a bicycle with a trailer so its slow going, but hopefully I should be all settled in by next week.
So I am kind of in transit right now, but still working on some cool stuff. I’ll post some little things I’ve done recently here, I am working on something big, but Its taking a while and I want nice photos to show you.
So I made a cow. Why, you may ask? I don’t know. I just wanted to make a cow, so I did, and here it is!
That occupied me for a couple of days. Turns out cows are a funny shape. They are very square.
I have also been playing around with some flat felt. I did some wet felting with a bit of hand dyed merino I bought from the British Wool Show, and it turned out looking a bit like a glorious sunset. It was the perfect setting for a little pirate ship.
I may frame this one. A trip to IKEA is needed!
In other news, I will be participating in an exhibition as part of The Art Troupe, Which will be taking place in November in the Edwardian Cloakroom in Bristol.
More info to come I’m sure.
June 18, 2015 § 2 Comments
Jokes aside, I like making needle felted toadstools. I have done a few different things with them, put them on mobiles, had them growing out of wizards hats etc.
They are good because they are quick to make, but also bright and eye catching.
On a seemingly unrelated note, the other day I was wondering around Bristol town centre when I happened to walk past The Island (an arts centre that I have so far never been into) and they appeared to have some kind of frame stall set up. I stopped to have a rummage around, and found a basket of little cheap gold frames. I’m a bit like a magpie, I love glittery things, and I am inexplicably fond of of the colour gold. Not actual gold, like the metal, but things that are painted gold. I have gold boots and a gold bike helmet, and sometimes I even wear them together!
Anyway, I bought 4 of the smallest gold frames, thinking that I would put little pictures in them and put them up in my house. By the time I arrived home I realised an even better idea – I could put felting in them! (Strange it took me that long to come to that conclusion really) Not just any felting either, but 3D pieces coming out of the frame. A few days later I started work on the first one, a simple idea but an effective one, I hope. Toadstools growing out of the frame.
There’s not mushROOM in those frames…
I don’t know any more mushroom jokes…
I think it was a successful experiment. I have two frames left, and I may buy more if I can come up with more ideas of what to come out of them. I was thinking an octopus or deep sea creature would be cool.
December 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
I did my first market stall on the weekend, and I enjoyed it so much that I think will indeed do many more in the future.
It was at Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel and Spar, near Usk, not too far from where my parents live.
It was a really good opportunity to design what my stall was going to look like, as well as labels for my felted things, and business cards!
I did of course have to make a lot of things to fill the market stall, but I didn’t make as much as I had intended. Originally I had 3 weeks before free, just for making things, but then work and life got in the way, and I only ended up using a few of those days for making. Still, I did quite well considering.
I tried to make a few Christmasy things – and I sold this whole family of polar bears! –
I had quite a range of stuff actually, from badges, to flat wall hangings.
In all, lots of fun, and I’m looking forward to doing another one. It was a wonderful way of meeting new people, and talking to people about felt!
March 26, 2014 § 1 Comment
Perhaps as a direct result of recently watching Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Wererabbit, I have a bizarre desire to make woolly vegetables.
It could also be something to do with the time of year. I would love to grow vegetables, but I don’t really have the time or patience, or the gardening skills. Or the garden, to come to that. So this is the best I could do. I know they are not edible, and definitely wouldn’t contribute to one of my five a day, but I have enjoyed making them nonetheless.
They are all badges, and hopefully will be for sale somewhere very soon!
Disclaimer – I am aware that peppers and pumpkins are not technically vegetables, and I apologise to anyone offended by me referring to them as such.