YAY! It’s the Bristol Affordable Arts Fair this weekend. Being in my home town, this if one of the rare occasions that there is a show with my work in it that I can actually go to.
The private view starts tomorrow night between 7-9pm and then the show starts officially from Friday 26th April – Sunday 28th at the Passenger Shed by Bristol Temple Meads.
All the info you need for the weekend including directions and info about events for kids can be found here.
Maybe see you there…
Here’s a Build Your Own Tractor bath set that I designed for Meadow Kids. The tractor is made out of 7 pieces that can be slotted together and all the pieces in the kit are all made out of EVA foam, so they float on water and stick to the sides of the bath or bathroom tiles.
This is one of a few bath sets I have designed for Meadow Kids – more pics to follow. For stockists you can check out http://www.marbeltoys.co.uk/
I grew up in the South of England in a village called Hamble-Le-Rice. It’s only a small place really, but it is very pretty and there are a notably disproportionate number of fine drinking establishments (hurrah!).
Being by the sea, a lot of the people who live there have links to boats and yachting. All be it lovely and very quaint, if you are not of the deck shoe and oilskin persuasion, this is no style mecca…
UNTIL that is, the arrival of Covet & Collect – undoubtably the best thing to happen to Hambolian retail since probably ever! This lovely new shop that opened last October, specialises in interiors, antiques, gifts & fresh flowers. It is a little bit like walking into a real life Pinterest board of marvellous things – JOY!
The shop is run by Carly and Janet who have very kindly agreed to show some of my Entomology artwork. I am chuffed to bits as it looks so great in there and it is so different to see it in this context instead of up on a stark gallery wall. We are hoping to stock some of my Entomology cards in there soon too – yay!
Be sure to pop into the shop to have a look if you are in the area as it is well worth a visit. They can be found at 3, The Square, Hamble-Le-Rice SO31 4LS
Carly can also be found on her brilliant blog here.
I have made a felt name book for each of my nieces and nephews for their first birthdays. Here are some pics of the book I made for my nephew, Dylan who turned one this month…
You can check out my other baby name books here.
Note to my brothers and sisters: please, no more nieces and nephews – well just ones with short names if you must. Also can you please make sure that their birthdays are not near my kids’ birthdays or Christmas or any other particularly busy times of year. Many thanks x
Now I’m not one to harp on about how amazing and empowering birth is (much), but having had two of pretty much the best birth experiences I have ever even heard of myself, this is a subject that is close to my heart…
I recently had the opportunity to do some branding work for a friend of mine who has started a new business doing HypnoBirthing. It was a lovely project to work on as she is such a good friend and it was one of the rare occasions when I get to design something that is exactly for people like me!
I did a full branding job including cards, leaflets, banners, t-shirts and two websites. The websites are both made in WordPress, but this is the first time I have done anything like that beyond writing this blog. One of the sites is for the business itself and the other is a site exclusively for positive birth stories.
You can see the full site here and the birth story site here – and for the love of all things good, if you are pregnant, take a hold of yourself and go and read some positive birth stories – there really is nothing better!!
Early last year I was selected as one of 50 contemporary artists and printmakers to take part in The Library of Lost Books. This is an ongoing project which intends to rescue old, discarded and damaged books, donated by the Library of Birmingham. Once all the books have been reworked, they will then be displayed as part of the opening festival for the new Library of Birmingham this summer. The exhibition will then tour round various other venues across the UK.
Here are some pics of the work in progress and my final entry below:
All the info about the Library of Lost Books that you could possibly want can be found here.
Just so you know – I’ve got some new necklaces and brooches for sale in Fig. 1, Bristol – Hurrah!
Happy new year y’all!
Life is just about getting back to normal again here, which feels gooooood.
Here’s a little project I thought I’d share – good for keeping necks warm in all this chilly weather…
This neck warmer is knitted with Rowan Big Yarn onto 10mm needles. It would work on straight needles, or even better, onto DPNs or a 60cm circular needle.
I have made a couple of pattern options, which you can see below.
Let me know if you decide to have a go or if you’d like to email you with a printable PDF for the patterns
Here are some pics of a piece I made for Red Magazine Interiors.
The brief was to include samples from the Tricia Guild Autumn/Winter 2012 wallpaper collection. I put these together with other bits from my massive paper mountain like old envelopes, musical scores and vintage hand written letters.
Chuffed with the results – quite a different feel from my usual marble paper pieces.
More knitting is upon us…
Errrrr – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Totterdown is the NUTS!