Tuesday, 29 November 2011

a very special advent

So it would appear I'm not the only creative member of the household! Got home this evening to find this wonderful advent calender made for me by my very special husband. I haven't been feeling very christmasy but the kitten is just soo cute and I definately am much more in the mood now. I can't wait to open my first window on Thursday.

(p.s I know it looks like I've had a sneaky nibble already, it's actually not quite finished yet but I just had to share it!)

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Bookmark Save the Dates

For another commision I'm working on at the moment, we'd discussed incorporating the wonderful Penguin postcards which are available at the moment into the invitations, so to start off this theme I created these little bookmarks as their save the dates. 

As the bride is Dutch we had to go for the orange band which I continued onto the back as a finishing touch, with the little man designs logo in the style of the Penguin.

Personally I think they work really well and make a great simple momento for the guests to use and ensure they remember the date!

Monday, 21 November 2011

International Engagement

Just wanted to share this card I made for our friend from New York who recently announced her engament to her British partner. A twist on the origami heart, I think it turned out rather well. Congratulations and best wishes to you both!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Kinetic Jewellery

I recently visited the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair held in Spinningfields in Manchester. It was a lovely event and there were so many wonderful makers, I thought I'd share a few of my finds. The first was this amazing jewellery by Victoria Walker.

Beautiful and intricate, she creates kinetic pieces which emerge and unfold from within. 

'Inspired by movement, the beauty of natural forms, and the idea that sometimes the
most precious elements are hidden beneath the surface.'

By twisting, these wonderful creations change their form and bloom out of their casings. They are delightfully clever and very unique and I can imagine a joy to wear!


I am off to Dazzle at the weekend and look forward to seeing her work again there.

Delicate metalwork by Hazel Thorn

Another amazing maker I came across at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair was the work of Hazel Thorn, whose sculptural vessels are an exploration and celebration of experimental metalwork techniques. 

I was amazed to discover these objects were created out of metal as on first glance these wonderful pieces appeared to be ceramic, the textures of the forms appear as worked clay, layered and blended together. To achieve this effect she combines metals and then uses patinating techniques to create the bold patterns and colours.

The role of patination in her work is to reveal the making of the object, highlighting the joints and seams and where the materials change. Precious and non-precious metals are used alongside one another, each chosen for its potential colours from patination.
She states on her website that she has been 'investigating the appeal of irregular or imperfect objects, such as ruined buildings' prefering 'a dilapidated or roughly-constructed aesthetic to one of precise and shining beauty.' 

You can really see how her observations of natural materials such as tree bark and disintegrating manmade objects informs her work in these beatiful abstract forms. Amazing work!

Miniture Fairytales

Another find I came across at the GNCCF were these delightful miniture books by Alix Swan which I just had to share.

Alix creates these tiny books by 'fusing old and new technologies through found materials, original drawing, digital photography and images, stitch, collage and book binding techniques'.


Bringing back fond childhood memories and making me want to dance again, her adaption of the red shoes is just lovely and these tiny red slippers are just adorable!

A tiny envelope holds a beautiful concertina book telling the wonderful story of Thumbelina through gorgeous imagery and text. I love the simple typewriter pressed cover.

This take away box container is such a clever creation and these miniture hard bound books are truely amazing. I love the collaged cover of the Princess of the Pea.

Such wonderful talent and hugely inspiring in so many ways. These gorgeous minitures would create a charming, quirky and original gift.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Collage Prints

I've been having a bit of a clear out and came across these collaged plates I made on a printing weekend at Hot Bed. I think this was one of my favourite forms of creating a plate as I love the art of collage, arranging objects to create interesting images.

Inking in my favourite colour, I experimented with inking techniques to bring out different elements of the plate. I really enjoy playing with textures and the effects achieved, its really made me want to give it another go.



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