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Della Mai Ward!

12 Jul

I haven’t just been sat around twiddling my thumbs for the past three weeks y’know…

…OK, I was for some of it, but I also had a baby – how cool is THAT?!

Born on the 23rd June at home in a birthing pool, weighing 8lb 10.5oz.

Now, I’m not one to harp on about birthing (much), but this was my second home birth experience and I can’t even begin to describe how lovely and awe-inspiring it was.
When you tell people you’re having a home birth, you wouldn’t believe many say things like “Oo, you’re brave!”, and stuff like that. Truth is, I’m not brave, I’m just sh*t-scared of hospitals! Given the choice between rushing into a hospital to try and give birth surrounded by people and things I don’t know or just staying at home, having a baby and then having a nice sit down on my sofa with a piece of toast, I’d rather go with the latter.

All hail the marvellous midwives out there who can help make this happen.
Helen Ward salutes you!

Welcome to the world little Della – what a gorgeouspants you are!

**Photo taken by Timward**

In waiting…

20 Jun

So I’ve been taking somewhat of a back seat on life of late.
I have been doing some stuff (honest!), but actually documenting it and getting the pics up on here is apparently a step too far…
Work is finished for now. All reasonable knitting projects completed. All other crafting exploits on list finished (and when does that EVER happen?). Now all there is left to do is wait.

Thought it was only fair to be posting up this pic after writing this post many moons ago.
Due date was yesterday.
Turns out I am really bad at waiting for stuff…

Bristol Affordable Arts Fair 2012

15 May

Just to let y’all know that I will have a large selection of work up for grabs all this weekend at the Bristol Affordable Arts Fair.
The show starts with the private view this Thursday evening and then continues until 5pm on Sunday 20th.
All the info you may need on the show can be found here.

Grand Designs Live 2012

3 May

Just a quicky to say that I will have work on a stand for Cube Gallery at the 2012 Grand Designs Live show starting in London this weekend. The show is being held at Excel and will run from the 5th – 13th May.

More info can be found here.
Looks like it’s going to be a good show…

Affordable Arts Fair – NYC 2012

17 Apr

Look lively y’all – I’ve got work up for sale all this weekend at the New York Affordable Arts Fair, Spring Edition.

The show will be held at 7 West 34th (near 5th Ave.) and starts on the 18th for the press preview and the private view. It will then be open to the general public from Thursday afternoon until Sunday evening (with free admission to the show available from 5-9 on the 19th!).

Have a looky here for all the info.


Little and Littler – personalised kids t-shirts

17 Apr

Hurray, hurray!!

I have a new nephew, little Dylan – he’s a proper cutie-pants 🙂
I made these matching t-shirts for him and my other nephew Tom, the Big Brother, using special t-shirt transfer paper. Always such a brills way to come up with original presents!

Glasgow Art Show 2012

22 Mar

Och! I have some work up for sale in a show this weekend called the Glasgow Art Show. This is a brand new international art fair which is being held in The Grand Ballroom, Thistle Glasgow located on Renfrew Street in the centre of Glasgow.

The show opens for a private view tonight from 18.30 – 21.30, and then will be open to the public as follows:

Friday 23rd March 2012: 11.00 – 18.00 – £6 Concessions £4
Saturday 24th March 2012: 11.00 – 18.00 – £6 Concessions £4
Sunday 25th March 2012: 11.00 – 17.00 – £6 Concessions £4

More info on the event can be found here.

As seen in Homes and Antiques magazine… (again!)

6 Mar

Randomly, I would appear to be on a roll with Homes and Antiques magazine as they have featured my work in their magazine AGAIN this month – huzzah!
I had one of my images in the March issue on one of the shopping pages, but this month I have a piece of work and a bit of a mention in one of the featured homes – I am so pleased!

The lovely home belongs to Ellie and Dan Hudson who live in Clifton, Bristol. Nice 😀

Hand cut rubber stamps

2 Mar

It’s always such a great feeling when you FINALLY get round to doing something that you’ve been thinking about for ages…

Here are some stamps I carved out of some old erasers for making patterns.

MA Progress: heat transfer printing onto fabric

2 Mar

We did this workshop about heat transfer printing onto fabric a couple of weeks ago. This is a process that I previously knew nothing about really.

We started by making our images onto cheap newsprint type paper using disperse dyes. Once the dyes had dried, we literally just layered up the paper next to the fabric on a heat press, sandwiched the whole thing together at a really high temperature for a couple of minutes and hey presto, the ink was transferred permanently into the fabric!
It was completely bonkers and I have never seen anything like that before. Such a simple process and so quick to get results!

Here are some pics of my results. Firstly the paper with the dye on before doing the transfer – I made the pattern by applying the dye to the paper using a paintbrush and using masking tape with different layers of washes:

and here’s the fabric after it had been with it in the press:

– nice!

Other experiments:

It was a really fun process to work with and it is cool because you could totally just do it at home by yourself with an iron – you don’t really need any special equipment or anything.
Drawbacks would be that the colours are completely unpredictable (I was playing it safe with sticking to a bluey-grey!) and that the process only works when you use it on 100% synthetic fibres like nylons and polyesters. The fabric samples we had to test on were pretty rank and  I don’t really know enough about fabrics to know what a nice polyester would look like. I couldn’t think of any applications for this method that I thought I would actually like – but I am pretty sure that I would feel differently if I knew a bit more about fabric…

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