Selvedge Spring Fair

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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!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Happy valentine

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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.

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I have also made some magic bean necklaces below, the last image is a close up of Burgers the moose mouse.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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A Fox

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis lovely fox joins the white puppy and little rainbow pony in my shop today. She is made from linen with lovely details including a wool felt collar with a bell and beautiful sea green recycled glass bead. I am loving these new animal dolls! it is a lot of fun adding all the little details. Watch this space as more animals are on their way!

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My 2013 so far

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I’ve ignored my blog for a while!! not intentionally, I have just been so busy through January. So here is some of what I have done, lots of new designs  and ideas on the work table with some older designs reinstated with a few little improvements. Above is a mini rainbow pony and mini molly dolly bear, below are some knitted pocket animals, I used to make these a couple of years ago and have waited for an opportunity to revise the pattern and add them to my shop.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbove is a lovely new Molly Dolly with a linen and Liberty tana lawn dress and little felt fox purse. Below are a couple of new yoyo baby dolls available here. And a lovely Molly Dolly mouse in knitted pants and vintage cotton top.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe white linen puppy and rainbow pony were just completed today and will be in my Etsy shop soon. I love adding just enough kitsch details, like flourescent bling, rainbow hair and cartoon like features to contrast nicely with the linen, hand stitching and vintage cloths. I’m also working up a lot of jewellery samples, some painted clay, some shrink plastic drawings and some leather and cloth wrist bands. The last couple of photos show me half way through sorting out my workspace, with Ikea shelves and boxes, still a lot to do but it’s looking better organised already! so I hope your new year has got off to a swinging start as well, I’ve got to get back to work now, see you soon.

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Little Thing Magazine

 

 

 

This week the new issue of Little Thing magazine is out with a lovely feature on my work plus an interview. I met the lovely features editor Jas Tang at the Bust craftacular show in London before christmas. The interview is in Chinese and the magazine is published in China, Malaysia and Singapore. If you get a chance to see the magazine it’s a really lovely publication. Below is a link to see what the feature will look like.

Jess Quinn’s Small Art magazine

First work of 2012

The 2012 pin is the last thing I made in 2011, the Little Pink Clown is the first of 2012. I made 31 of the 2012 pins pictured above as favours for the guests at my friend Penny’s new years eve party, it was a lovely evening themed as early 60s Paris, Penny & Mark put so much work into the evening I was glad to be able to add my small contribution. I am starting the year by incorporating some of my printed drawings into wearable art works, a sort of bib necklace to wear with anything, t-shirts, blouses, jumpers or dresses. They are bigger and bolder than my brooches, lots of fun and hand sewn using vintage and new, wool, felt, fake leather, ribbon, pompoms, sequins, I’m not thinking too hard about it, just letting the ideas flow. Each piece will be entirely one-off. I was inspired by my latest issues of British Vogue and Elle to be more confident about transferring my art to wearable pieces, I love what Marc Jacobs has done at louis Vuitton for spring. And Prada of course. Both explore sweet, pretty femininity with vintage references, Marc Jacobs with pretty baby pastel colours, exaggerated collars and buttons, over sized broderie anglaise, all a bit women dressed as confection, candy floss and soft sugared bonbons  but it’s a bit mad and a lot of fun, Miuccia Prada pushes at our perceptions of women as sweet, pretty possessions, adding in  a vintage cars theme with Cadillac shoes and 50s inspired prints of go faster flames. Beautiful coats, Car printed dresses, killer heels and knife pleated skirts, love it all.

The first image is of a little pink clown, soft colours, pretty and a little sad maybe, clowns always have an aura of tragedy I think. The second evolved out of a scrap of rose printed fabric and I think has grown into a tribute to Frida Khalo, not too serious though, I like the irreverence of the rosy little cartoon face among the pompoms and lace. Below is a white sweetheart bib with large pompoms and a slightly retro 1950s pinny vibe going on. At a practical level I’ve used soft silky ribbons to tie around the neck and backed the works with soft fleece to make them as comfortable as possible to wear.

Next to take shape is my little black-hearted vixen, she is most definitely misunderstood, I’m also working on some smaller necklaces that may hang on a chain or chord, these are the bear and rabbit heads, similar to some of my smaller brooches. And still waiting for a final dash of inspiration before I can finish them the little hand painted boxes that inspired my 2012 pins (the theme was early 60s so I was looking at rather kitsch illustrations, the kind found in women’s magazines of this era) last are some christmas decorations the girls and I made, the last crafty activity of 2011 apart from the 1960s inspired 2012 pins (pictured at the top of post) of which 31 were completed by 6.30pm on the 31st Dec 2011. I’m taking ages to put this post together, out of practice and a head full of cold slowing me down, I’ll leave it here and get back to work.

2012

Beware the Prince of Thorns, pencil and ink drawing for the new year. The holiday season is over, it’s been difficult to raise a festive cheer over the last couple of years, but I worked very hard to ensure the children had a lovely christmas, and it was a success. I hope you all had a joyful experience with good company, food and a little wine!

I had a lovely new years eve with friends, a great early 60s in Paris themed night, Thank you Penny and Mark. Then I crashed into 2012 with the shocking and messy reality of my life, no need for humiliating details, just a combination of sheer exhaustion, lack of finances and a pile of bills, tax returns and one forgotten bill!!

Anyway I am on my way to patching my life back together, I want to buy the biggest wall planner known to mankind then employ a personal secretary, full-time nanny and housekeeper, oh if only, the wall planner will have to suffice. so I have been away from the blog whilst I tend to the above mentioned crisis, my baby was also eight today! the last of the family birthdays including mine which brings me to the grand and I think auspicious age of 43, wow that seems like a slightly funny joke because I’m obviously nowhere near that grown up!

The only solution for my shaken nerves and sleepless nights is to get back to work. I have been inspired to make some textile collars or bib necklaces, not really sure what to call them, hope to have some images soon. Below are some drawings completed today, animal faces.

A quiet weekend

 

When the children are away I get a chance to think. I carry a lot of my ideas around in my head and on scraps of paper, if I find time they might make it into a sketch book. But this is the time, when the house is quiet that I can let those ideas start to grow and formulate. The bears and rabbits have waited for a while with lots of unresolved details, yesterday between cups of coffee and reading the newspaper (this is my weekend off!) I began to put them together, in fact the luxury of quiet uninterrupted hours is blissful, I never stop thinking about my work but it is often in the quiet moments reading the newspaper that I look over at a doll or drawing and know what it is I want to do.

These are pictures from yesterday so I will post more images of these tomorrow, as I have nearly completed them today, I have also been working on a pattern for cats and other animals. These new characters are similar to Mr Fox who was made from wool felt, I want to work out a cloth version and so far they are looking pretty good, pictures tomorrow, it gets dark so early now! I have to remember to take photos in the morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Babiekins magazine issue 7

I am delighted that my dolls appear in this months issue of Babiekins magazine, it is always full to the brim with beautiful things and many Artists/ crafters/ designers/ makers I admire, check out the interview with Sandra Eterovic.

There is a giveaway that includes my dolls!