Thursday, 8 December 2011
We've got this week end off but am back next week end at The Sparkle Fair in Wanstead, luckily inside for this one so we'll be nice and cosey. It'll be a great chance to get any last minute christmas presents.
I'm off to Winter Wonderland tomorrow for our girlie annual trip to Hyde Park for a good old dose of Christmas joy. If I can manage buggy, baby and camera in between all the crowds i'll try to take some pics. Also it's the first time of braving the underground with 2 buggies and hoards of Christmas shoppers, so wish us luck!
Monday, 28 November 2011
So this week end in conjunction with the Forest Gate Art Trail is a christmas indoor market at the Old Slate Yard. It's quite unusual to have an art trail in winter but it makes a nice change. The lady who runs it got inspired from the Victorian Christmas markets and so decided to try and create one herself with lots of Christmas trees, wreaths and handmade christmas gifts on offer. I've managed to get together some new pictures of 50's girls at the hairdressers.........
We've also got some new jewellery and beaded bookmarks on offer which my mum has been busy making. She made a couple of bracelets for me which I haven't taken off since she gave them to me a month ago!
Friday, 11 November 2011
Firstly is the infamous E17 Designers Christmas on 25th and 26th November, we're doing the Friday night but there's a wide selection of designer makers on the different days and you only need to pay the once. I think these are great events with music, a free drink and free raffle prizes (goodie bags of a selection of items donated from the designers)....
Then we've got some of our prints and cards at The Create Place's Xmas pop up shop on Sunday 27th November, 11-4pm. All items are under £20, great for little Christmas gifts, and with free mince pies and mulled wine what more could you want......
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
apparently it's cruel to dress up your kids for your own entertainment but I couldn't resist : )
I also have to tell you about Zaki's, a new Turkish restaurant on Wanstead High Street, where these pics were taken for my sisters' birthday dinner. Definitely worth a visit as it's great food, I can't remember what my dinner was called but it was an amazing dish of turkish stew on top of smoked creamy aubergine (recommended by the waiter and definitely the best choice as it gave everyone else food envy!!).
It's a bit late in the making but I put together this little brag book for Paul's mum in New Zealand. I kept it really simple and plain as I know that's what she'll prefer, I just have to get round to posting it.......
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Making Great Illustration is a fascinating look at some of the world’s best illustrators, providing an insight into the creation of illustration from concept to finished work. Featuring exclusive interviews and images of work and studios, this beautiful book provides a rare insight into the unique perspective, approach and artwork of artists not available elsewhere.
Illustrators featured include: Quentin Blake, Rob Ryan, Marian Bantjes, Javier Mariscal, Ronald Searle, Oliver Jeffers, Kitty Crowther, David McKean and many more. They cover all types of illustration: design and advertising, fiction, decorative illustration and merchandising, editorial and political illustration, typograhical, children’s publishing, graphic literature, fashion illustration, topographical illustration and authorial practice.
Section introductions from: The Conran Shop, The Folio Society, Musee Les Arts Decoratifs, New York Times, SAKS 5th Avenue, Candlewick Press USA, First Second (Pan Macmillan), Christian Lacroix, The Times and Adrian Shaughnessy.
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Bespoke cake maker Lily Vanilli has donated her devilishly delicious Edible Bones recipe, as well as Sublime Stitching’s Gothic Grandeur spooky pattern. Also check out National Geographic Kids’ Magazine ‘Halloween Make Over Cards’ and top tips on How to carve the perfect Pumpkin, all free to download now at www.makewithme.org.uk.
Lily Vanilli says: “I love Halloween baking, it’s such a great theme to be creative with. I came up with the bone recipe idea when writing my book 'A Zombie ate my Cupcake'. I love Make With Me, it's such a great idea to get people socialising and baking in this way. I hope you have a great time this Halloween baking my scary bones, partying and raising funds for Mencap and people with a learning disability.”
Jenny Hart says: "Embroidery patterns are usually so sweet, but not these! My favourites are the rat and the raven. You could make a Halloween wall hanging to spooky your place up a bit. Stitch words like "Come Into My Lair" with the spider webs and drippy candles to set the right creepy tone for your Halloween home!"
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Here she is meeting her cousin for the first time on her second day in the world.....
Looking adorable (obviously i'm a biased mum already and think she's the cutest thing!) in a new baby outfit, she came out a little bigger than I thought at 8lb 4oz but I still managed to squeeze her into this...
Her new favourite position in the evening, hanging out with daddy.....
It's been just over a week now, so i'm hoping to start cracking on with new work and sharing it all with you. There's also some classes we're hoping to get going in Havering so watch this space.
Friday, 15 July 2011
I've got into making lately and made this cute dolly for the New Zealand Dolly Appeal. The idea being that people make dollies and softies to donate to the little ones whose lives were devastated from the earthquakes. There's lots of good causes to donate to, click here to go to the main site, but I chose New Zealand as my other half is from there. Hopefully it will go to a good home for someone who doesn't mind it coming a bit late!
Monday, 4 July 2011
Taking place at:
Wanstead House, The Green, Wanstead, London E11 2NT
On July 23rd & 24th 2011
10.00 am - 5 .00 pm
Exhibitions * Workshops * Demonstrations * Sales * Competitions * and much more...
Come, Join Us and Bring Your Friends too, for a wonderful creative day.
Thursday, 30 June 2011
With more than 100 stalls, Artsmart market promises to showcase the very latest in art, design and fashion from the University’s alumni.
To find out more go to: http://www.artsmartlondon.co.uk/Taking place on Friday to Saturday
At Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU
One day pass £5 (concessions £3.50) Two day pass £9 (concessions £5)
Tickets on the day £6
Friday, 24 June 2011
Then tomorrow night is the "Picture Show" from the E17 Art House, who are putting on this exhibition of film inspired artworks from local East London artists, designers and photographers. Starting tomorrow night from 7pm......
This one isn't until a few weeks time but I took part last year and it was a great family day out, well I didn't have any kids last year but I still had a really good time in the sunshine drinking beer and listening to a great mix of music.....
Monday, 13 June 2011
I'm hoping to get my brain and my memory back soon but even the midwife told me that it's downhill from now on - oh dear!!
Friday, 10 June 2011
Dazed and Refused
Thursday 16th June, time 7 –11
299 Railway Arches Cambridge Heath Road London E2 9HA
Exhibiton runs until Sunday 10th July
(exhibition open 7am-7pm Monday to Friday, 9am-7pm Saturday to Sunday, during Café hours)
It’s tough when your work is unloved but the artists rejected from this year’s BP Portrait Award show that even though they may be down, they’re not out, by staging their own Salon Des Refusés exhibition. Paintings will for sale on opening night from the exhibition of a total of 55 refused artists.– the same number as can be found in the BP exhibition.Entries have been sent from Chelmsford, Cambridge, Birmingam, Margate and Mexico...
Some of the rejected artists with their work......
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
There's a lot to see with over 254 venues on their map so we picked a few areas and hit them with full force, leaving us incredibly party pooped but full of inspiration at the end of the week end.
Here are a few of my favourites that I saw along the way....
My favourite prints were at the Ink Spot Press which had a mixture of amazing and incredibly professional prints. The kind that I one day hope to be able to create!
Hebe Vernon-Morris' prints at the Printhouse:
Thea Telfords work at Betty and Friends:
This was an amazing house and collection of art work, Polish and Pin, where they had a cafe take over their kitchen to supply lovely home made food which you could enjoy on the terraced garden:
Martha Mitchell at Albert Mews Studio had amazing little tiles with her illustrations on:
Also in the Hove area is Nigel French who had some amazing photography and prints at very reasonable prices. If only it had been pay day!!
This was another amazing house and garden, Deryk Parkin at Stables Studio. The other great thing about the Open Houses is seeing all the amazing houses that people live in, you've probably guessed i'm incredibly nosey : ) but this one is definitely worth going out of your way for a visit.
Another amazing house and great collection of work was at the Dragonfly House, which also has a great picture framer if you need it. This was the work of Vanessa Rattray which I love, with the kind of detail on her pictures that you can stare at for ages and always see something new.
I couldn't leave without getting something so on one of our last visits I got a piece of pottery from Bebe Bird at the Hummingbird Studio for my birthday next week. I absolutely love it and got to talk to the artist who created it, mainly about my clumsiness and how not to break it in future! I'll post a pic in situ when I receive it, hopefully all in one piece!!
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
It was the usual last minute panic for us we rushed around trying to get everything together and even wrapping new works of art just as we were about to leave but we managed to scrape through the doors and get set up just in time. So after a manic rush to get there it was a really lovely relaxed evening with great music supplied by local band The Stowicks and some great cakes from Susie's kitchen!
Here's a few pics from the night.....
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
But we have been doing bits inbetween. Here are some silk scarves I made, I actually made loads as I got a bit addicted but have packed those away for Friday's E17 Designers market and these ones are yet to be packaged up.
I love using subtle tones so that when you look at some you can see subtle hints of a variety of colour coming through, like this middle one....
Here is a bundle of new cards from my sketches.....
A few of my faves....
And here is a new stash based on some mixed media work I created for an Art Trail event at the William Morris Gallery, so yep you guessed it inspired by William Morris (apart from the print of Boats which was taken from my holiday snaps in Morrocco).
I'm hoping to be doing some new prints as I love printing and just haven't been doing enough lately! But where to find the time! I did get some good advice from Etsy (check it out: http://zenhabits.net/small-scale/) so hopefully i'll get there step by step and i'll be showing you some new prints soon, well that's the plan : )