Monday, 21 March 2011

A note to say thank you

 

 
I used a concertina bookform using selected photos and a letterpressed cover to create small momentos as thank you cards for our wonderful wedding guests.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Birdy cuts

 

After receiving wonderful news on Sunday that our friends had got engaged I used the occasion to do more paper cutting. I'd had the idea of two birds kissing for a while but wasn't sure how to complete the design. Being inspired by some gorgeous delicate book works by Kim Bevan at the Leeds book fair coupled with my growing obsession with the talented Rob Ryan, I decided to try out cutting letters to frame the card. Although fairly fiddly and requiring a lot of patience I’m thrilled with the card, and the delight with which it was received!


Books, books and more books

 

Last weekend I visted my sister in Leeds and we popped into the Artists Book fair at the University. So many wonderful books and creations I could have spent hours exploring. Truely awed and inspired I thought I'd post a concertina book I made with windows to present and store some etchings I had done. The book has hardback paper collaged covers with a pocket on the inside of the back page holding the original etching plate.


Monday, 14 March 2011

Knitting


At christmas my mum kindly (and patiently) taught me the basics of knitting, so I finally decided to throw myself into it by making this chunky snood. After a few glitches (worked through with several picture msgs, phone calls and youtube vids) I was extremely pleased with my creation and am now a complete addict!

To challenge myself further I decided to make my sister a red version using moss stich (a lot more time consuming thinking and unpicking) but I love the effect and hopefully she is pleased with it too!! Just need to find a pattern for my next creation now...
  

Threaded bowls


  
My recent  textile explorations reminded me of some bowls I'd created at the Manchester Craft and Design centre, using coloured threads and resin. I thought I'd post them with the intention to inspire me to do more with the techniques.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Lace and Buttons

Having taken a week off to go snowboarding in France, I found I needed another week just to get back into life. Lots of thoughts though and I have promised myself to update the blog more regularly.

The day after our return I went to visit Heather on her Hellish Designs stall at Manchester Antique Textile Fair in the Armitage Centre in Manchester. It was a lovely fair full of fabrics, crafters and wondeful vintage finds, clothing and accessories, if I wasn't so tired I'm sure I would have gone home with much more than lace and buttons, am looking forward to the next one in September.

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