Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy Hogmanay!

Merry Christmas

Two Stars

Two stars for Christmas.

One wooden star from the German Christmas market in Leeds, a gift from kate and another crochet star from Yvonne.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Leonor Hipólito: New Blog

Leonor Hipólito has a new blog which will focus on presenting an archive of her jewellery works

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

The New 2011 Real Seed Catalogue

The New 2011 Real Seed Catalogue is out now, with all of the new
season's seed and lots of new varieties.

Kate Haywood: AA2A

My lovely sister Kate Haywood has become an AA2A artist and will be developing new works at Huddersfield University. You can view her AA2A page here

"The AA2A project provides placements for visual artists and designer makers in Higher and Further Education institutions across England. In 2010/2011, AA2A schemes will run in 31 institutions, providing 124 placements nationally. In the last 11 years, over 1,100 participants have had the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project, using workshops and supporting facilities in participating fine art and design departments."

'Made to Cherish - The Best of British Craft'

The Christmas show at CAA Gallery will feature Julie Arkell's work (seen above) and other makers including Dylan Bowen's Ceramics...oooh Santa wish list!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Iris Bodemer @ Gallery Marzee

Iris Bodemer is showing new work at Gallery Marzee from 10 October until 15 December 2010. Many of the current works utilise bronze, very beautiful works.

Ute Eitzenhöfer and Tabea Reulecke are also showing at the gallery.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Into Battle...

Battle, in East Sussex.

I visited the location for The Battle of Hastings which was fought between Harold the Saxon king and William the Conqueror in 1066. It's actually about 6 miles away from Hastings.

It was an overcast rainy day when I visited. Standing on Senlac Hill I tried to imagine the Battle, which happened in mid October, so the weather might have been as grim then. The fighting went on all day. Harold and his 5,000 men were outnumbered by William and his 1,500 men. A sad day in English History.


Happy Halloween one and are some pics of the treats we had at the ready last night, but unfortunately no callers came to trick or treat. I made a skull lantern this year, and pumpkin soup with the innards and teeth from the pumpkin seeds (with chili and salt, yum). Another Summer's End to celebrate and getting ready for the winter months ahead. For the darker days I look forward to open fires, kicking through the leaves and preparing surprises for Christmas.

Thanks to Gabby for the beautiful decorations, Happy Día de los Muertos!...will Keep the decorations up for Tuesday!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Steinbeisser: Leonor Hipólito

'Urtica Genial' Pendant. Silver, Wood. by Leonor Hipólito

Steinbeisser is a traveling project, a temporary platform for independent artists working wearable art and contemporary jewellery. Its meaning 'Rockbiter' is a reflection of the continuous process of change in location and perception.

Steinbeisser Blogspot

Tabea Reulecke: New works at Gallery Marzee

Tabea Reulecke is showing new work at Gallery Marzee from 10th October until 15th December 2010.

Alongside Tabea's work Gallery Marzee is also showing jewellery from Iris Bodemer,Ute Eitzenhöfer and Stefano Marchetti.

Congratulations Tabea and thanks for the invite!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Heather Belcher: New works

Heather Belcher is showing at Pairings, a cross disciplinary collaboration in craft and design at the Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections Gallery.

p a i r i n g s
Until 13 November 2010
MMU Special Collections Gallery,
3rd Floor,
Sir Kenneth Green Library

Ribbit continued......

I found this frog in one of my tub-trugs on rained a lot last week and the tub was filled with water. The blue plastic made it look like the frog was in a swimming pool, looked very funny....I made sure it could get out again after he had finished his lengths.

Lemon Peppers

At last my lemon chilli peppers from the Real Seed collection are ready...they are nice and hot but also lemon flavoured too. Am still waiting patiently for the Alberto's Locotos.

BIG KNIT: Deadline extended

An update from Age UK. The deadline for sending in hats has been extended by two weeks so you have until October 29th...great news if you want to take part but have not started yet. They want to reach One Million pounds this year, wouldn't that be great!

You can send your hats directly to Age UK at:

The Big Knit
Age UK
York House
207-221 Pentonville Road
N1 9UZ

The BIG Knit: 5 Days to go

Still want to make some hats for the Innocent Smoothies BIG Knit? The deadline is Friday 15th October, so you still have a few days left to knit some.

Above are some of my hats I posted out today...

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Inspired By Morris

Inspired By Morris
9 October - 24 December 2010

A group show of contemporary art and craft inspired by the life and work of William Morris. Over 50 London based artists have contributed work in all media- from prints and ceramics to film and photography. The exhibits will be on display alongside Morris’ own work so visitors can compare old and new and look afresh at Morris’ artistic legacy.

I am showing a new work in this exhibition entitled "Miniature Garden"

William Morris Gallery
Lloyd Park
Forest Road
Walthamstow E17 4PP

Tel 020 8496 4390

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


Down the stream the swans all glide;
It's quite the cheapest way to ride.
Their legs get wet,
Their tummies wetter:
I think after all
The bus is better

S. Milligan

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Loukia Richards: The Washington Diary

The Washington Diary was recently featured in the Greek edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, a supplement to the Sunday newspaper Eleufterotypia.

See more of Loukia's work here

Andrea Wagner @ Gallery NOEL GUYOMARCH

Andrea Wagner
is showing work at Gallery Noel Guyomarch in Montreal, September 30th until October 24th

Fabrizio Tridenti: Cominelli Foundation Award Exhibition

Fabrizio Tridenti is showing work at the exhibition of the Cominelli Foundation Award in Cisano, San Felice del Benaco, Garda Lake.

Fabrizio Tridenti: Galerie Schmuckfrage, Berlin

Galerie Schmuckfrage, Berlin


"Since 1984 The Erfurter Schmucksymposium takes place every two years for two weeks. The Schmucksymposium aims to establish and foster national and international contacts, facilitate the creative work of jewelry artists through the exchange of experience, the exploration of possibilities in the design and execution of jewelry, and expand the understanding of jewelry."

Participating artists:
Volker Atrops (Germany), Iris Bodemer (Germany), Daniela Boieri (Italy), Heike Gruber (Germany), Federica Pallaver (Italy), Mandy Rasch (Germany),Philip Sajet (Netherlands), Dana Seachuga (Israel/ Netherlands), Beate Klockmann (Germany), Fabrizio Tridenti (Italy).

Read more about it here