So this week I am trying to finish all my painted wood projects, some lovely decorative wooden spoons and standing wood peg dolls, I’ve been playing around with ideas of how to display these little dolls and am developing some little flags and banners, the idea being that you get a choice of flags for different celebrations or you could make your own. The dolls would then make lovely table decorations or even cake topper’s and when not in use they can decorate a shelf or sideboard with a patterned flag. I’m still working out the little flags and I imagine it will be another week before these are available in my shop. The spoons are purely decorative, maybe with a tag attached for personal messages. The last three photos are of little kokeshi dolls with bunny ears, they are available here.
I have painted some new ceramics this week getting ready for Paper Scissors Stone, a Bristol based shop that brilliantly showcases local talent. It’s Easter holidays so I am working in the evenings, cups and saucers and large serving plates so far. I’ve had to ask the children for a ten minute break to write this post and clear my head before I take nine 12-year-old girls to a laser fusion birthday party and then back home for an overnight!! just writing about it makes me want to lie down and breath into a paper bag!!! But it is a beautiful sunny day so all is well.
My lovely little girl was 12 today, she opened her present’s, we ate cake and had a slow easy day, she is having a big party with friends on Wednesday. This afternoon we watched movies and ate popcorn and I finished off these magic garden drawings. Pencil and pen on black card. It’s hard to believe my baby is so grown up. Happy holidays everyone.
New large Oshi doll, she is slightly smaller than a Molly Dolly and is for display. Her clothes are fixed and decorated with hand embroidery, beads, silk and felt flowers. Her body and hair are linen, her dress is raw edged cotton and muslin. Below you can see her sitting with a little Oshi bunny and some new puppies and kittens made from linen and silk. Inspiration comes from Japanese kokoshi dolls, wooden peg dolls and primitive cloth dolls.
So I’m still feeling pretty exhausted from London but the girls have waited to see ‘Breaking Dawn’ the last of the Twilight saga and since I had managed to wiggle out of a cinema trip I finaly agreed to download on itunes. So we snuggled up together on my bed and I managed to sneak my embroidery in as I didn’t think I could sit through it without something to do!
About half way through the movie the girls asked to do a piece of embroidery also, and with Edward and Bella frowning in the background we sat together and had one of the loveliest creative girly moments ever, Sadie created a little cottage and Rosie a toadstool, I only had to thread needles. My girls are 9 and 11 and this was the perfect project for them, I will help them complete the project today by making them into lavender pillows.
Sadie and I travelled to London last weekend to take part in The Selvedge Spring Fair and despite the miserable cold weather we had a lovely time. I was pleased with my table display, the coloured boxes worked well I think. We met lots of lovely people but as usual didn’t get much time to look around, I had wanted to photograph some of the lovely stalls but ran out of time and energy, the link will show you all the other talented exhibitors. And we are straight into the Easter holidays!
I am working away furiously preparing for the Selvedge Spring Fair this coming weekend, there is so much to do although with each fair I think I am becoming more streamlined with my preparations. I still haven’t found an easily portable solution to my table display, I don’t drive so travel by train with a suitcase, this does limit my options. Below you can see my work table as it looks today, I am experimenting with these lovely colourful boxes to display my work and am pleased with the overall look. The little linen dolls are the first in my new range called ‘Little Oshi’ dolls, they are inspired by Japanese kokoshi dolls, wooden peg dolls and primitive rag dolls and are the perfect size for craft fairs. I will try to remember to take plenty of photos this weekend and report back as there are going to be many talented artists and makers at this event. Have a lovely weekend and beginning to the Easter holidays and of course if you are in London come and say hello!
So I just had my weekend without the children, I always miss them terribly but really really enjoy the break!! I like to watch movies whilst I work. I loved watching Wes Anderson’s ‘The life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ whilst I finished of these drawings for new small art brooches. I am insanely busy again getting ready for the Selvedge spring fair in London on the 22 & 23 March and Paper Scissors Stone in Bristol starting mid April. Also some images of new brooches completed and available in my shop now as well as lots of new small art necklaces.
I am working with clay this week as the children are at home and it’s easier to work on a smaller scale, I’ve also got pages of sketches that have waited to be transformed into little clay creatures. These are an extension of the shrink plastic and painted paper clay jewellery that I am working on as well. I have some lovely polymer clay colours that I wanted to work with, I didn’t want to use paint and am experimenting with drawn features. Above is a little valentine love bug. Below are some of the first little characters I made, love bugs, an easter bunny bunbun, a scarlet house mouse and Burgers a moose mouse.
I have also made some magic bean necklaces below, the last image is a close up of Burgers the moose mouse.