Working on new small art brooches and packaging on the kitchen table

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This week is half term, the kids are relaxing, we have seen the Lego movie and consumed some valentine’s chocolate’s. And I have worked on new packaging for my small art brooches and clay necklaces. This seems to be a constant process for me, I’m always wanting to improve both the look and functionality of the packaging. I have learned that the presentation of my work is as important as the initial design and making. I have printed up two designs, both water colours, my work often falls into two styles, one I would describe as folk art in feel the other has a more kitsch or cartoon feel to it, I think the two designs cover these areas of my work quite well. I am also working on new brooch designs for spring. Now I just have to work out why the scanner on my printer has stopped working!! essential to get my new designs onto the computer for printing, Lunch and back to work now.

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Drawing

3 ladies and 1 bearded man small

 

Bubble room in a magic garden small

 

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.

 

buster, Benny & Joon small

 

Dorothy and shoes small

 

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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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Badges Brooches & Printed dolls

 

I’ve been working on new designs for badges and brooches, I will be selling in Bristol through August and September at paper scissors stone come along to the launch on Wednesday 1st August. Above are some of the drawings I have made for a series of Molly Dolly inspired badges, also putting together new felt brooches and small printed Molly Dolly girls who like the badges are a fox, an owl and a bear, they each have little wool felt party hats. Also in progress are some fine detailed black and white ink drawings, also for badges.