Sunday, 22 April 2018

I Love Whitby...

I've just been going through some of the photos I took on our Easter holiday in Whitby.
Just look at the breakfast I had at The Rusty Shears!

Someone enjoyed a doggy-cinno too!

Mini goth and I enjoyed a morning sketching in the cafe...

and outside...

This was a sketch I drew of a fab sculpture in Whitby Museum by Joan Pyman.

I think I photograph this door every time we visit!

I loved this sign in a barber's window...

and mini Goth said that these looked like the sorting hat in Harry Potter!

There were lots of Mods and beautifully shiny scooters around.

And, of course, the Easter bunny was spotted here and there!

See you again Whitby, love you lots x

Monday, 16 April 2018

Night Owl...

Sometimes you have to rebel a little.
A few days ago I had a huge 'to do' list and, guess what...
I ignored it!

And so I allowed myself a 'play-day' in my studio.

I didn't know what I was going to make.
I only knew that I was going to splash a lot of paint around and do a lot of cutting and sticking!

(I also didn't plan the stilettos, but she insisted!)

I think I'll bring her along to my Hope & Elvis collage workshop weekend, she looks like a bit of a party girl!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Hey! Ho! Saltburn!

Last week we were holidaying near Whitby and we had such a fab time.
I love Saltburn so much, it has a real arty-surfy vibe, and has some wonderful independent shops.

The Hey Ho Print Co Store is such a beautiful and friendly shop, with so many gorgeous temptations inside...

There is a wide selection of independent designers and makers' work and the most wonderful prints.

How lovely are these old school rubbers!

Nearby is the Hey ho Print Co Studio which runs  open access printing facilities and workshops.
(I'm hoping to attend one of these in the future, the workshops look great!)

I'd highly recommend a visit if you're in Saltburn, the website also has lots of goodies for sale too.

PS: I bought some Lyra Ferby pencils from the Hey Ho Store, I haven't tried out the colours yet but the graphite pencil is fab! This is a little sketch I did of a fishermen statue by Joan Pyman.

PPS: Saltburn is also the home of the scariest looking gnome I've ever seen!
(Prepare to cover your eyes!)

Friday, 30 March 2018

Care To Dance?

It's been a while since I blogged a step-by-step, I wondered if you'd like to see how my latest machine embroidery developed?

I wasn't too careful when I placed the fabric scraps because I wanted to create a 'sketchy' quality.

Then I thought she looked a bit lonely...

You can see how much I use my trusty post-its!

Time to design some finery!

I think that she would like some lace!

You can see how loosely you can place the fabric pieces before stitching...

His tail was quite tricky to stitch.

'Care to dance?'

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Mrs Whipple...

Mrs Whipple ran a boarding house for retired circus and music hall stars.

She would listen intently to their stories as she served their breakfasts,
and would sway from side to side as they sang their songs at supper time.

Sometimes, when she swept the floor she would find an old sequin glinting on
the scullery tiles,
and Mrs Whipple would become misty-eyed and sigh longingly to herself.

This is another one of my collages that I'm possibly going to make into giclee prints, hope you like her.
Wishing you a very happy Sunday me dears.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Imbolc ...

When the first day of Spring arrives,
she will whisper to the birds,
and the creatures,
and the flowers.
She will gently shake the branches of the willow tree
to wake them from their slumbers.
And she will prise open the petals of the snowdrops
to tell them that she has returned.

Just as she promised she would.

I hope you like this collage, especially on such a snowy day!
I'm hoping that I will be able to sell prints of my work in the near future, I've really enjoyed making them.
Hope you're keeping warm, I'm sure that Spring will arrive soon!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Bird After Bird

Yesterday I visited the beautiful Gallery Steel Rooms in Brigg, for the opening of the 'Bird After Bird' exhibition.
The work of Jayne Ivmey, Suky Best, Milo Newman, Partick Haines, Martin Brandsma, Nessie Stonebridge and Sabine Liedtke formed a fascinating exhibition which highlighted the fragility, beauty and importance of these creatures and our relationship with them.
Each artist presented a personal and highly individual representation of their observations and emotions about the shared subject matter.

Patrick Haines' mixed media sculptures are stunning, the way in which the sense of movement had been 'frozen' in time was amazing.

Jayne Ivimey's installation, with the 70 bisque fired models of endangered British species made me feel really emotional, their tiny feet looked so real.

Nessie Stonebridge's large-scale drawings of swans were incredibly dramatic and elegant.
I particularly loved the fan-like folding of the bottom of the piece.

Her paintings have an almost oriental, calligraphic quality to them, a beautiful juxtaposition of elegance and power.

The photographs of migrating pink-footed geese at dusk by Milo Newman were almost meditative. 
I loved the photographs' reflective surface.

It was these drawings that really stole my heart, Sabine Liedtke studies are filled with such tenderness they left me captivated.

Martin Brandsma's studies of the Great Grey Shrike highlighted the close relationship between science and art, and how often the two worlds over lap.
I loved these pieces that demonstrated how this bird 'spears' its prey on sharp thorns and branches.

I also love this unintentional selfie of myself and the hubby!

The 'Observation Of Flight' film installation by Suky Best highlighted the relationship between academic research, film-making and art.
How a shared subject matter had been interpreted in so many different ways really emerged as the core of the exhibition.

The whole exhibition was brilliantly curated and everyone at The Steel Rooms deserve a huge congratulations.
So much care and attention had been given, even down to the bird-themed biscuits and lovely bird seed gift bags.
My photos don't do the show justice, if you get the chance do go and visit, they serve the best food in town too!