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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Goodbye 2012, looking forward to 2013

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Above and below are images of my last show before Christmas (Colston Hall Bristol), I made some super cute pom pom animals and machine embroidered standing dolls, similar dolls will be available in my shop in the new year. This is my first experience of the Christmas season, last year I was only just up and running so wasn’t involved in so many shows and pop up shops. It has been a huge learning curve, I finished work at about 6pm on Christmas eve, decorated the tree, filled stockings and crawled into bed exhausted. Christmas morning I had the first signs of impending illness, headache and sore throat, I dosed myself with vitamins and medication and made it through the next few days. The children had a lovely time and whilst they spent a couple of days at their dads I lay in bed watching back to back episodes of sons of anarchy! I’m feeling a lot better now and managed to squeeze a birthday in there as well!

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Below are some images of my work table this morning because even when I’m not working I’m working!! developing some new designs for 2013. Small dolls made from lightly tea stained jersey and experimenting with hand drawn faces in the next photo (fox)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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These little hanging dolls below have hand drawn pencil faces and wool hair.

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The large doll below with dark velveteen hair is a new design I am developing for 2013, she is the same size as the molly Dolly with long skinny jointed limbs and a shaped body for sitting.

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Some lovely little pom pom birds and bunnies looking forward to 2013 and some spring sunshine!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Below a closer look at the new large doll with embroidered features and beaded felt bear ears.

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A last look at 2012, this is me working into the night preparing for Christmas. Lots of love and best wishes to you all for 2013!! less rain and more sunshine please x

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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.