Monday, 20 June 2011

blog break

hi there... just before you think I have disappeared off the face of the earth, I just wanted to say I'm having a well-needed blog-break until July when I'll be back again with some more new ideas and work, feeling all revitalised and ready for action again. I think the last three months have been so busy, what with lots of new work and four new stockists to add to my list, I'm feeling ready for a little break so I'm having a couple of weeks off to recharge the batteries and make some more plans for the rest of 2011 and even into 2012... see you soon.... x

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Featuring... Little Birdy Designs

My latest 'featuring' slot shows you the work of Little Birdy Designs which I found whilst browsing Folksy the other day. Here is a little info...

'littlebirdy designs’ is the work of York based surface pattern designer Lindsay Atkinson.  Lindsay graduated from an MSC in textile design from Huddersfield University and has since set up her own small business selling her unique designs, inspired by her allotment and it’s feathered visitors, across an ever expanding range of quality handmade home ware products. You can see all of her lovely wares for sale in her Folksy shop here and read more about Lindsay and her gorgeous work and inspiration on her blog here.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


this started life as a doodle, a bit of time filling on Friday after all my jobs had been done, I must admit I started it a bit half-heartedly and I'm not sure I even like it very much... as I'm feeling like all of my wokr i becoming a bit 'samey' and I'm running a bit short on new inspiration so I think I need to look over my Chelsea photos for new ideas...

I'm beginning to realise that my creativity comes in peaks and troughs and now I realise that the troughs aren't as intolerable... as I know I usually just need a bit of time off and just do some 'no-pressure' scribbling in my sketchbooks, maybe even get some colours out and just doodle. The last few months have been very productive and busy and I have a lot of new stockists (relatively speaking) and new contacts, and sales are picking up most definitely. Only three months ago I made a conscious effort to promote myself more and get myself out there more, rather than sitting at home waiting for it all to happen... and, I'm pleased to say, it was well worth all of the effort. I just need a bit of time to catch up with myself and get back onto an even keel now most of my work is where it should be. It's been really rewarding but now I just need to work out what to do next.... watch this space...

Monday, 13 June 2011

completed.. the land of the lollipop flowers

I just wanted to show you my finished 'land of the lollipop flowers' (bit of a strange title I know, but hey, it's different!!). I finished this at the end of last week, during my two studio days (which, I'm pleased to say are getting busier by the week!).

I had a fab weekend, very chilled out, we didn't do much, and feel so much better for it. I have quite a lot on this week too, as I have stock to collect and deliver to new galleries (I'll tell you about that at the end of the week, when I have more to tell!!) and also a trip back up North for my sisters hen weekend, which should be great. I had a lovely delivery of five new dresses(and making my mind up which to keep was a task in itself!!) so I'll be feeling all shiney and new when I hit the town on Saturday night!!

Friday, 10 June 2011

in my shop from today....

Well, another day full of jobs, and not much drawing or sketching getting done yet. I've finally got around to listing my tea towels on Folksy, so hopefully they will start flying out of the door very soon and I can look at getting more designs printed if they sell well.

Ok, I have some orders to take to the post office and then I'm off for a run. Seeya later...

Thursday, 9 June 2011

what I'm up to today...

Today I'm getting a few organisational 'must-do' jobs done, orders printed and packed, emails and correspondance caught up with, and as you can see frome the picture above I need a bigger desk....

I do like the sense of achievement though when you can put a big tick next to the 'things you had to do before you could start doing the things you really want to do-list', I'm at that point now, and i think I need to go and have a bit of tidy before I can start any new work, call me weird, but the whole 'mess' thing when I'm working is really distracting.... ok back to studio for me, see ya later...

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Featuring... Laura Amiss

this week my 'featuring' spot takes a look at the gorgeous work of Laura Amiss, an illustrator and designer working with textiles and print, two of my fave things!! Laura is originally from the north of England, like me, but for the last seven years she has called Amsterdam in The Netherlands home, which you can see in some of her colourful prints. She says she loves illustration and textiles (like me, ah we have so much in common!!) and she combines both of them so well in her work (ok, not like me, I haven't been in textiley-mode for a while, maybe I should give it a go soon!!)

She graduated in Textiles from Goldsmiths College at the University of London in 2003. After graduating she moved to Amsterdam and started working in the costume Atelier of the National Ballet and Opera house, which she says was both amazing and daunting (not speaking that much Dutch at the time). She now has the job of my dreams and works freelance as a designer and textiles artist.

Laura's handmade canvases are unique and are created using a selection of new and reclaimed fabrics. Her work is composed of subtle lines and color combinations produced through layering, piecing and sewing fabrics together. She draws inspiration from her every day environment and says she hopes that the way in which she recaptures the landscape or moments of ordinary life allows people to appreciate them with a fresh perspective. I would definitely agree that she has accomplished her goal, I just love her work. If you want to see some more of it you can check out her website here or you can have a look in her Etsy shop and maybe treat yourself to something while you are there!!!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

last chelsea post...

these are the last chelsea snaps I have to show you, which are some of the gorgeous garden scupltures we saw this year, very inspirational methinks!! I'm hoping to get on with some new work this week, as I have two whole days in the studio, a slight change of plan has meant that instead of going away for a weekend in our caravan, we are having a stay-at-home weekend and getting the huge hole in our bathroom ceiling (courtesy of Steve's size 11) plastered and fixed. I'm kind of pleased in a way as this means we can have some chilled out time, as things have been so hectic so far this year, and especially for the last couple of months. The house is in need of a big clean (boring but true, and which, if I'm 100% honest, still probably won't get done!!), something I have been ignoring quite well for the past few weeks, as I feel as though I have hardly been here to admire the dust and cobwebs!! Never mind, I have some orders to put together for some stockists and just feel as though I need to get my head together and get a bit more organised.

Watch out for my next 'featuring' post tomorrow... the lovely work of Laura Amiss...

Sunday, 5 June 2011

more chelsea

I can't believe it's over a week since we went to Chelsea and how this last week and a half has flown over. It's great being busy but sometimes it seems that life is flying by on Fast Forward and I want it to slow right down. My two studio days last week didn't involve very much 'studio' so hopefully this Thursday will be spent in there (working on some new topiary designs inspired byb the pics above!!) before a well-earned 'time-out' weekend with my husband.... I think I'm getting to the point with my business where I need more time to make new work and get the other jobs done (ie to do it properly!!) but that would involve giving up time in my 'day job' which I do love, but I would no longer be able to perform my current role on two days a week... hmm, lots of thinking to be done about that one!!

Friday, 3 June 2011

A visit to Hebden Bridge

I didn't get around to posting yesterday due to a bit of travelling around and about... after work on Wednesday (after a 'very' long two day working week!!) I drove up to Halifax to visit an old friend for a big chat and catch up. Then on Thursday I drove over the moors, through some beautiful countryside, across to Hebden Bridge to visit the lovely folk at Snug Gallery on Market Street.

Now, the last time I was in that area was about thirty years ago on a family holiday and I can't remember very much about it, but it was a lovely place to spend the morning. It's on the canal so you have the narrow boats tootling along for those who prefer to sit and watch the world go by, as well as lots of independent shops (which is very refreshing in a time when all high streets seem to look the same!), a pretty little stream meadering through the centre, and coffee shops, organic bakeries and vintage/retro clothes shops. From what I could tell on my short visit they seem to have lots of things going on too with a heavy 'arty' influence. What better place to visit when you are on the hunt for new stockists for your work. Needless to say I had a very productive chat with Ed, the gallery owner, and I'm very happy to say that I'll be sending a selection of work up to them very soon.

Snug Gallery is a delight, a compact shop area with white walls and a very monochromatic feel (great for my work!) with carefully chosen, subtle flashes of colour here and there. There was a selection of photography, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, wood as well as prints and original artwork to peruse! If you are in the area you should definitely pop in and say hi. You can find out more about them on their blog here....

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Featuring... Polka Street Studio

As this weeks theme seems to be flowers, I thought I would share with you the gorgeous 1950s-inspired work of London designer Jessica (aka Polka Street Studio). I found her work on Etsy and just love the simple designs and gorgeous choice of colours. Jessica's style style is characterised by bold bright colours and funky shapes. You might notice she has a thing for polka dots too!! She has been on Etsy for a while and tells me she has lots of new work going on sale in her shop very soon so watch out for more lovely work... You can browse the Polka Street Shop on Etsy here

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