Tuesday, 28 August 2012

a quick bit of news whilst baking cakes



a quick bit of news whilst baking cakes..............


 recent acquisitions from junk market . I love the three little metal soldiers huts and the little plastic christmas tree cake decoration. I am not sure where they are going to live but it might become a small boxed assemblage to inspire. In fact I have already taken the idea of the metal hut into ceramics. The idea of huts has appealed for a while Mr Obediah living in his little beach hut with wheels so I suppose its no surprise that I was attracted to these..



who is this funny little character...he is obviously very old he has wooden legs like a peg doll and little metal arms. He came along with the soldiers huts and the Christmas cake decorations . The chap on the market said 'he's  yours for £2.00 who could resist and he didn't really want to be left behind. I think he quite dapper and although may cause mischief he can find a home in my menagerie. let me check on the cakes...


 I purchased this little shelf in Rose and Browns a lovely vintage shop in Saltaire so was experimenting in the garden taken photos with new bits and pieces. The doll has a lovely dress reminding me of life on the prairie she is all made from fabric and has the most wonderful shaped feet. bambi has a whole family and are really sweet they may become part of some bigger project its a wait and see item... cakes need to all come out of the oven the house smells wonderfully of banana cakes.. yummy...

Thursday, 23 August 2012

sorry but I've been busy

sorry but I've been so busy .....................

gosh where does time go ? I have had lots of work to do for a wedding and the builders have been in wrecking the garden !!!
I have unloaded the kiln and so it has been busy at the studio.


 talking of time going so fast I thought you might enjoy my little dutch cuckoo clock. It doesn't work and has obviously lost its outer casing but I loved the illustration and its faded worn out look. It is sitting on top of a display cabinet but i really need to get it hanging on a wall. It may have a little cupboard made for it





I made a papier mache shelf for my studio and now its full of all sorts of bits and pieces

Monday, 6 August 2012

a quick bit of news

monday the beginning of a new week.......

today its still summer nice and sunny even though they said it was going to rain . I have been working in the studio all morning getting work ready for firing in the kiln. So I thought today I might just post some close up images from my textile room. These are all bits and pieces in my room that I keep for company , inspiration and to make me smile , I hope you enjoy them too .....




I always wanted a rag doll as a child ,but was given hard plastic dolls with jointed limbs. This little rag doll is very old and appealed to that child's desire for something soft and tactile



I have a pin board with lots of lovely rare pieces of fabric, also a dear friend gave me this cross stitch piece which has three budgies on it. I love birds out in the wild,  images of birds and little ceramic birds. I have a bit of a thing about budgies maybe because they are funny birds very colourful they seem unreal and appeal to that sense of fun and a bit crazy !


I have allsorts of bits and bobs hanging from the shelf.... pearls old plastic broaches and a lovely green plastic wool holder


 
and finally some lovely metal glove stretchers....watch this space I will post more images and hope you enjoy them .....

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

wednesday the first day of this month......... 

today I have been compiling a CD of work to send to a gallery getting to grips with a new computer is taxing the brain I would rather be making ceramics or sewing but hey ho these things must be tackled!



I created these 'frocks' for a show in Paris last February. The show was for the textile industry and it was suggested  I compile a collection . Having never done anything like that before it was a challenge and so I did just what I thought I would like. Its a very eclectic combination of fabrics and techniques. The more I worked the more these pieces began to resemble frocks and costumes. They have since come home to me and now I am looking to develop them into pieces of art. They need more work and to be placed together with other items to make a story so watch this space......