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new printed purses

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I’ve been having a play with printing lace on leather for a new range of clasp frame purses.  A couple of weeks ago I went over to my good friend Ruth Green’s who let me use her printing studio for a day.

After a morning of experimenting I finally got the paint solution to the right consistency and started to print the leather.

I got varying results depending on what colour I was used so decided to stick with the darker tones. Here’s some pictures of the leather pieces drying.

The leather has been sewn up into lovely clasp frame purses

The new purses will be on sale at Marketplace the Midlands Arts Centre’s contemporary craft fair which runs every weekend in the lead up to Christmans.  I’ll be there on Saturday 19, Sunday 20, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November from 11-6pm.  Please come and say hello.

Oh my, the time has flown

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Its been quite a while since my last post. It seems the time has just run away.

I have been busy working on various projects in my blogging absence.  I’ve been back at Birmingham Royal Ballet in the Wardrobe department repairing, maintaining and fitting costumes.  I’ll also be working on Elmhurst School for Dance end of year gala performance.

A breakway faction from Stitches and Hos gave the Floozy in the Jacquzzi (and other bits of Brum) some new knitted cheer.  You can read all about the groups exploits here.  We are also busy knitting our next knit graffiti project.  Keep an eye on the Stitches and Hos blog to find out more.

I’ve also been selected to produce an outdoor visual arts commission for Skegness Open Festival.  For this I’ll be wearing my Stitches and Hos hat and transforming the pier with knit graffiti.

I won’t leave my next blog update so long next time.  Until then ta ta

new products

Friday, August 6th, 2010

I’ve been a busy little bee this week.  I had a slow start to the week with the ongoing (and seemingly never ending) tidy up in my studio. On Wednesday however, things really started hotting up.

I went over to my good friend Ruth Green’s studio to do some screen printing.  It’s something that I haven’t done since I was at school but have been meaning to do for a while.  I was very lucky to have expert tuition and guidance from Ruth to ease my screen printing nerves.

So with plenty of tea and biscuits we got to printing.  First the background eggs

Then we printed some birds over the eggs.

I want to say a big big BIG thank you to Ruth for letting me use her studio for a whole afternoon and acting as my lecturer and technician.  I wouldn’t have been able to get so much done without your help.

Today I’ve been embroidering the prints with images of architectural details

I’m really pleased with my stitched pictures, they look great.  I’m most pleased with the machine control (yes I did it all freehand - no computerised sewing machine in this house).

Now I know what they look like I’ll be developing some other designs.

bowling shirt

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

It was our anniversary yesterday.  13 happy years since we met. It doesn’t seem that long ago really although 13 years is a long time.  To celebrate we went out to Simpsons for dinner. My pudding was divine - carrot and walnut cake with white chocolate cream and salted caramel ice cream.

As a present I made Matt a bowling shirt from some lovely cotton linen blend that I bought in Copenhagen.  I really don’t understand why its so difficult (and expensive) to buy similar material here in Birmingham.  Oh well it does give me the perfect excuse to always go fabric shopping when on my travels.

Matt bought me a Bruce Gilbert record that I’ve wanted since going to see Michael Clark Company at Barbican for my birthday.

Heres to many more happy years

London

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

I’ve been in London for the past week parading my wares at 2 shows Handmade in Britain and MidCentury Modern.  Both shows were OK - not many sales but lots of interest. On a plus point I did meet Rachael from Amelias Magazine who have featured my work in a blog post here

I did see lots of lovely things including the new window displays for Jigsaw

I wonder what happens to the window furniture when the display is finished? I think these would look brilliant in my studio.  I might just go in to the Birmingham branch and find out…