Monday, 28 September 2009
have been having alot of fun dying some cheap wool effect cloth that I bought at the local market. Because the fabric is synthetic it did not take the dyes very well but the result was these soft pastel shades....mmmm what shall I do with them?
Here is a treat ladies, saw this artist in Badcocks Gallery in Cornwall a couple of years ago, and have followed her stunning work since then, always too broke to buy any of her exquisite paintings....they remind me of Lisbeth Zwergers work....the colours and the soft haze is inspirational.
Lisbeth Zwerger is one of those illustrators that I love, and I buy them whenever I can! The latest one I bought in Italy and the illustrations have all the usual delicate, beautifully composed, and atmospheric qualities found in her other books....how to capture that some of that magic composition in my own work?
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
It would be rude of me to carry on posting on this blog without a mention of the wonderful Pantry Violets who have given me the incentive to start blogging as well as sewing, knitting, sketching, crafting......After an amazing 6 days in the sultry south of France at a beautiful home called Briancon, with Julie Arkell and 12 other great artists, I came away with many treasures, and friends for life....
My favorite past time has always been filling sketchbooks....last year I went on an incredible journey with my parents, children, my brother and his family on board his beautiful sailing boat, 'Soutache" I made a small concertina sketch book - 10cms x 7cms and used collage and watercolour....the western isles have to be the most beautiful islands in the world.....
continuing the theme of inspiration and recently made rag dolls.....the little plastic doll here is mine from when I was little, a bit grubby now, but the colours are wonderful....the black and red and cream.
I bought the reproduction of the wooden dutch doll at Nuremberg Toy Fair last year. For more beautiful illustrations of 'The Adventures of two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwog' go to http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16770/16770-h/16770-h.htm
the Magpie and Wardrobe is a London based website making the most lovely dolls and necklaces from antique textiles and trimmings...I saw their dolls a couple of years ago in Libertys and fell in love with them, and was inspired to make my own version of the elongated beautifully attired peg dolls! http://www.magpiewardrobe.co.uk/
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Bethnal green museum of Childhood is another amazing place in London to get inspiration from the beautiful collections of all sorts of toys old and new. the little wooden figures here are about 6cms tall, and every time I go I love them......great faces....
had a great day traipsing around London looking at toy packaging....Pollocks Toy museum is obviously a must for the antique and beautiful theatres in particular....felt very smug to see my products on display in there. Fell in love with the card theatres....