Sunday, 30 December 2012
Another self-seeder that found it's way into the garden last year. A pink clover, they can spread quite fast and take over if left...but they are so pretty I decided to keep them where they had settled and will let them go where they like for a while...
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
I like to store old test pieces, even ones that didn't make it any further than trying an idea or playing to see what happens. "Playing" with materials is an important part of how I work and I like to look back on these test pieces after a period of time, weeks, months or years. Sometimes I surprise myself or I only notice connections in my thinking after time has elapsed.
I have been stitching my latest test pieces onto a sheet of felt, in small clusters to see how they work together and to design from. It's also a good way to store them as they have grown in number! I noticed afterwards how beautiful the back was. Thought I would share this with you.
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Thursday, 1 November 2012
These Chinese lanterns/Winter Cherry, have just turned up in my garden this year! I can't remember planting any seeds so these beauties must have self-seeded themselves by the pond. I could not have designed a better spot for them, self seeded plants always know where to go...
Thursday, 25 October 2012
"The new mark on contemporary Jewellery. Second year students from the world famous School of Jewellery, Birmingham, have formed an exciting new company of emerging designers." Facebook, Twitter and their Blog, which is particularly interesting as it tracks their works in progress and how their work is evolving.
Monday, 22 October 2012
This weekend I took part in a Knit bombing and craft event at Manor Park. It was so good to see the communal green space being used by locals and people sharing skills and selling produce/work. The event was set up by Laura Lewis a local resident and visual merchandising Wiz / Lecturer, She teamed up with a local cafe in the park to promote and organise it all. Dilly Knit was there with her work and she also produced a lot of the knit and baubles for the knit bomb event. Quaggy Waterways Action Group who are working to restore the waterways in the area. It was really interesting to hear about all the work they had done so far on urban spaces, there is so much wildlife in the area too. British Wool week, so nice to contriubute to the awareness and celebrate something the UK does very well. All my yarns were from Yorkshire!
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
"Since November 2011 ceramist Eva Zethraeus and jewelry artist Paula Lindblom have had an experimental collaboration." Sintra Konsthantverk and the window exhibition 22/9 -16/10 2012
Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean had re-designed their displays. The Pitt Rivers upper floors were open again. In the same building you can also visit the Museum of Natural History. I thought I would share some of my favourite objects from this visit.
Again at the Ashmolean Museum, this Viking wood carving was something I had not noticed there before. Such beautiful carvings and what looks like stylised oak leaves. It was presented in the same room as other objects from that time and area. I have added a few detailed photos so you can see some of the leaves closer up. I can't wait to go back there again. So much to see and take in.