A blog for things I make, draw and photograph.
A few photos from the grounds of Claverton Manor in Somerset, home of The American Museum.
I finally got around to taking some photos of a few of the plants in my new garden. The passion flower has gone bananas since it was taken out its pot and planted in the earth. I even found a fruit!
My first attempt at making coasters from my ever growing pile of tile samples!
Here’s a few photos of Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire I took whilst visiting in March. There is a lovely little Saxon church (St Laurence’s) just before the town centre and a interesting town bridge with a small domed building on it which was the overnight lockup for naughty people.
Four months back I had the pleasure of designing the wedding invites for my boyfriend’s nephew and his betrothed. Georgia set the brief of a blue passport, boarding pass and luggage label as the template, I designed it and my boyfriend printed it. They came out really well and I can’t wait the the reception next month!
On a recent trip back to Bath to see the folks, I decided to take a look around the little cemetery at the end of the road. It was used as a bit of a spooky playground as a child and a cut-through for my paper-round as a teenager, so has always been one of the fixtures of my childhood and not a place I’ve really taken the time to look over. It turns out the two chapels within are more interesting than I thought, but the sun (and time) was not on my side so I only took a few close-up photos. Next time I go back to Bath I’ll try to get some more.
I visited Arnos Vale Cemetery (a vast place) last March and thought it was about time I sorted out the photos I took and publish them. It had been about seventeen years since I last visited, at which point it was in a bad way with some parts so overgrown as to be completely impenetrable. It is now a wonderful place to visit and wander around without fear of falling into an open grave!
The Hadleigh Rare Breed Centre is now open again and I managed to get a few photos whilst the sun was briefly out this morning!
Last year I made my mum a couple of pairs of earrings for her birthday, one pair of which turned out slightly bigger than I expected. After a few months procrastination, I turned said earrings into a necklace and it became this year’s birthday present instead!
These badges were so much fun to do, although rather fiddly and time consuming. I made them a couple of years ago, put them in a pot and promptly forgot about them until now.
I recently discovered a beading technique called peyote, an off-loom bead weaving stitch. It’s actually the free-form version which caught my eye, but thought I had better start somewhere a little easier! I found some wonderful free instructions by Jill Wiseman (link below) and created these beauties for my mum’s 70th birthday.
I just made these button badges from some saved Christmas wrapping paper, perfect for recycling. Plus, there was chocolates wrapped up in it, so excellent all round!
I just came across some photos of three furry hats I made a few years back which I had totally forgotten about.
The pink and black hat had funky wool dreads, and the black and red one turned into a rather fearful bear with buttons for eyes, nose and teeth. I made them as a wedding present for some friends as they collected hats, but maybe not as weird as these! They were a bit warm on the head.
I made the white and blue bear hat for a friends son for an Octonauts fancy dress party, but was possibly worn more by his mum than him!
I don’t think I have a
These drawings are from 2003 and were so much fun to do (plus a window into my psyche). They are A3 pieces of photocopy paper (not too absorbent) which were then folded in half. I placed a few good drops of food colouring into the fold and pressed the paper together to move the ink around and creates something reminiscent of the Rorschach inkblot test. I tried using artists ink but it didn’t spread as well, and much preferred red to other colours I tested.
I can’t remember what prompted me to start drawing headless dancing ladies, I guess it’s just what I saw in the first image and then went with it! Unlike some of the other
Another blast from the past found in a scan folder. These A3 crayon drawings are from around 1996 and christened “Rantings” by a fellow student.
One of these A3 crayon drawings features Strawberry Shortcake taking off her tights. I don’t remember when I drew them.
I’ve been redesigning part of my website this weekend and giving some thought about what I want to do with all my various interests. I haven’t felt very creative of late and it’s been quite a long time since I did anything arty (excluding photography, but I’ve let that slip too). On going through some very old versions of my website (I store everything) I came across an old art CV from 2002 with a list of all the things I got up to after graduating from Uni in 1997. Turns out I used to be quite productive and had forgotten about a lot of these things.
So, do I use it as encouragement to get back into making