Saturday, 30 January 2010
Friday, 29 January 2010
Last week I also did a few quick sketches whilst working in Nottingham Craft Mafia Shop. Again very enjoyable. This is more the style of drawing I have been doing of the past few years. I love drawing in pen, it makes you be more certain with the marks you are making and you can make some really interesting marks and textures. Whilst at college I went through a stage of drawing with a stick and ink, I think I may try this again soon.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
I get a veggie box and its sitting on the floor, next to my desk at work. On the top is the most beautiful savoy cabbage. It looks lovely and I really just want to sit and draw it. It would be a close up drawing I think, showing the veins and texture, it would be a pencil drawing with lots of deep shading. Its such a shame I am at work, might have to try and draw it tonight seeing as I have the urge.
On Christmas day I took some photo's of my beautiful red cabbage, not done anything with them yet, but was really loving the colours and patterns when it was chopped in half.
Monday, 25 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
So far January has been a pretty good month. I was expecting things to be really slow, but I have had several sales in my Folksy and Etsy shops. I have also had a commission from someone I work with for two felt hot water bottle covers. And yesterday whilst working in the Nottingham Craft Mafia shop I got a commission for a felt lampshade. So its been a great start to the year.
The top photo is of some unfinished heart brooches. These are made from layering fabric and then cutting back to reveal the layers below, machine embroidery is then added. I hope to add them to my shop this week.
This lampshade is for sale in The Nottingham Craft Mafia shop, I have been asked to make a purple one.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Its looking being a busy year. My proper job is starting to get busy after a very quiet few months, and there are lots of exciting things on the crafty horizon that I should be able to tell you more about in the next few weeks.
One of these things is Sherwood Art Week. They are currently taking applications for artists, so I am in the process of filling out my form. I hate filling out application forms, even for something like this. I get really nervous and scared of rejection. This was especially hard as I am writing about something I haven't made yet or really thought about.
But its good in a way as it does start you thinking and gets you to make a few decisions about what you are going to make. Last year I made several large scale pieces, which although I really enjoyed making, they were a nightmare to frame and store, so I think I need to think smaller this year, especially as it looks like I am going to have lots on. But I am quiet excited and can't wait to get started.
The photo's are from last years event.
Monday, 18 January 2010
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Its made from ink drawing on paper, which have been sewn and stuck together, I have molded and sewn some of the paper to create a slightly 3D effect. I used to base alot of my work on architecture, so perhaps this is something I should revisit.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
So I put this additional time to good use by making some Valentines Heart brooches / Cards. I'll be putting them in my Folksy and Etsy shop this week, but thought I would give you a sneeky preview. I am really pleased with them, especially the pink ones.
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Monday, 4 January 2010
As well as new listings and having a sort out of my Folksy shop and I am also planning on having a bit of a relaunch in my Etsy Shop. I haven't had any sales through Etsy yet. I find Etsy so huge and competitive, but I know some people who do really well through it, so I think as I do have quite a bit of stock at the moment (and no fairs planned) I may as well try putting some new items on Etsy, I certainly have nothing to loose.
So all in all yesterday was a good and productive day. Here's to many more this year.
Sunday, 3 January 2010
So my 2010 aspirations are:
- Do some more printing
- Develop a new range of items (including some things under a fiver)
- Do some more large scale textiles art pieces
- Move away from everything being floral
- Develop ideas more / more sketch book work
- Develop my sewing skills (maybe do a course)
- Teach my first felt workshop.
- Sell more things
- Get work in some more shops & galleries
- Re-launch my Etsy site & improve my Folksy site
- Do some more craft fairs
- Take part in Sherwood art week again (could be hard as it clashes with a big event at work)
- Continue blogging.
- Enjoy myself!
Oooh that's quite scary seeing it there is words, but at the same time I think it will be good to have something to look back at and hopefully many of these aspirations will actually happen. Feel like I need to go and make some things now!