My Foundation Diploma show developed from designs I made using a Spirograph and the wonderful discovery that ‘mistakes’ can be beautiful too. My Tutor, Lee, was pleased that I had finally broken my Virgo-led tendency towards perfection!
These versions are created using a range of string and twine.
String and Twine Spiral
String and Twine Spirals
- String and Twine Spiral Display
Florence Inspired Skirt
Another of my favourite projects was based on a visit to Florence which was very inspirational. I fell in love with the amazing churches and based by Skirt project on the things I photographed and drew.
Also I discovered Reverse Applique – a technique which is still a favourite so you can be sure that in my future work I will be creating new Reverse Applique items, using my naturally-dyed fabrics and inspired by buildings and landscapes.
Arched Walkway – Florence
I have been so busy with our Pop Up Shop and other recent projects that I have not had time to make any new work.
Now that things are beginning to calm down I am having time to start considering what I want to work on next. I have lots of ideas, lots of started and never finished experiments and and numerous half explored techniques. But how to decide where to start?
As I still do not have time to begin a major new line of work yet I have decided to kick start my preparations by looking back on some of my favourite samples and finished pieces.
This knitted pool combined with beads and stones was inspired by a visit to High Force (a magnificent waterfall in County Durham).
High Force, County Durham
After weeks of hard work our beautiful Pop Up Shop (ANB @ Pop Up Dunstable, 3 Ashton Square, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 3SN) is up and running. I am so delighted with how wonderful it looks and love all the different handmade gifts and original art we have in stock.
Our first customer
It is amazing to have such a lovely showcase for some of the many talented local Bedfordshire artists and inspiring to watch visitors discovering their own favourites within the store. The feedback from these customers and the stories they are telling us about their own work and love of art is a huge reward in itself. Making sales in such a hard economic climate, and the many promises to return (when they have more time or money) and to bring their friends, are very exciting.
Today is Market Day and we have free parking in Dunstable so it looks like it will be a busy day. Plus we will be running our Leaf Collage Workshop (just £1 go) so we are looking forward to welcoming lots of new customers.
Artists’ Network Bedfordshire
ANB @ Pop Up Dunstable
Come and discover your inner creativity with our workshops at our Pop Up Shop
Workshops at Pop Up Dunstable
The new Pop Up Dunstable shop – 3 Ashton Square, Dunstable – is now open for business – four new traders have merchandised their sections and are now ready and waiting for customers.
Pop up Dunstable Launch
Glass by Transparent Images
Can’t wait until it is our turn – a week and a half to go – just tying up the loose ends.
Lots of tempting goodies appearing on our Facebook Page so I hope we will attract lots of new customers: ANB @ Pop Up Dunstable
ANB@ Dunstable are proud to announce that they will be selling Long Live Dunstable Calendars
Love this little felted bird which I made last week at Jenny’s workshop. Although I have done 2D needle felting before this is my first 3D effort so feeling very pleased with myself. Mind you it was really due to Jenny’s patient teaching skills.
PS I haven’t had time to add his feet yet!
Spent a fantastic morning with Jenny Leslie improving my Eco Dyeing techniques. Jenny was extremely helpful and had lots of advice (some of it direct from her course with India Flint – sooo jealous).
The anticipation during unwrapping is great!
Unwrapping the bundles
Anyway here are the initial results – not yet washed out so hope they don’t fade too much – very happy with them, although may need to re-dye to turquoise scarf for more contrast/colour.
Cotton with copper mordant and Eucalypus overdyed
Cotton with milk mordant and Blackberry Leaves
Dyed scarf with Blackberry Leaf overdyed
Silk scarf with ornamental eucalyptus
Think I can have just five minutes breathing space before my next project:
Together with fellow ANBers Jan, Vicky and Jill, I will be opening a Pop Up shop in Ashton Square Dunstable from 14th-27th November.
Very excited (and a little bit scared) but can’t wait to look at it properly tomorrow – watch this space!
Lovely day at the Plant Centre at Waddesdon Manor – thank you everyone for your fab comments.
One more day to go – don’t miss my special show offer – 20% off all handbags and scarves.
Look forward to seeing you – don’t forget if you are not a National Trust member or don’t want to pay to access the main site then look out for the Plant Centre entry point.