Saturday, 30 June 2012

Puss and boots and butterflies...
A little illustration from the book I am working on as part of my MA. Collage, sewing and pin pricks x

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Flowers...
Third day of playing on the sewing machine, the fact that it is still working amazes me! Three days under my control has to be a record, I even managed to change the bottom thread without any problems! Hurray! Finding it quite a nice way to create backgrounds for my illustrations. As the book is set within an overgrown allotment I am attempting to recreate foliage-like forms, and am finding that the fact that I have very little control over the machine is actually working to my advantage.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Leaves...
Been sewing leaves and I have to say I have fallen deeply in love with this sewing machine! Allows a certain freedom I think.

Ready to go...
All set up and ready to stitch some pictures. Figured this might loosen my drawings up a bit! Watch this space...

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Traces...
Sorting through some found items to take along to tomorrow's 'Traces' meeting, held in preparation for this Summer's exhibition in the Bridge Space at Tynemouth Station.


Monday, 18 June 2012

New Books...
That WILL prove invaluable and WILL make this essay flow a little easier! Fingers crossed.

Out on the beach...
I found a hearty rock, down Roker of course.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Recently...
Life has been consumed by MA work, the Critical Evaluation in particular. Still loving every moment, just ever so tired, a feeling I am putting down to a recent bereavement. Finding it difficult to concentrate at the moment, I'm guessing that's why this essay is taking so damn long! I did however manage to steal a few moments away from writing. Using my time wisely I decorated some biscuits, ginger bread ships, a gift from Scotland off my Mam and Dad.


Monday, 11 June 2012

Birds on a Fence...
A little silhouette I created whilst trying to simplify my work.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Craft Markets Newcastle...
I was lucky enough to be the winner of a recent competition to win a copy of 'Craft Markets Newcastle, An Illustrated Guide' created by the wonderfully talented Katie Chappell. Produced as part of Katie's Illustration and Design Degree, the guide comes beautifully packaged, tied with a charming gingham bow, the sort of packaging one opens slowly, preferably whilst seated in a comfy armchair! Over the past few months I have began making a few bits and pieces with the hope of building up enough stock to maybe take to market, as a bit of an amateur on the craft market scene this guide couldn't have come at a better time! With a concise list of local events, recommended travel and some handy tips, alongside a lovely set of illustrations this guide really does tick all the boxes! The guide has a real warmth with a personal friendly feel to it, the amount of time, effort and care that must have gone into it's production is clearly evident. I am thrilled to have my very own copy, complete with a CMN canvas tote bag! For more information or to purchase a copy you can visit http://www.newcastlecraftmarkets.co.uk/, alternatively to see some more of Katie's work go to http://www.katiechappell.com :) xx
Thanks again Katie!




Friday, 1 June 2012

Finished...
I finished my suitcase! Extremely pleased with it! Based around the idea of 'Traces' of a journey, I have collected and presented a selection of found items washed up onto the Roker shore, each having made their own journey, and having being collected as souvenirs by myself.