Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ladies gorgeous design work

Here's me drawing ! Check out my lush scar, and why after all this dieting and loosing 5 stone do I still have sausage fingers!!!!!
I am not even going to try to remember who is who's have a look these are the collages they produced.

Love these last 2 especially. More later on the work they did with the envelopes.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Beautiful bills

As promised here are more of the pictures from my workshop last weekend. I stared out with using the windows of the envelopes to mono print, we used one to ink up and the other to take a print off leaving a good positive and negative.
Here are some of my finished as ATC's samples - the group asked me to do something on ATC's you see, they knew I had a stock of ones I had swapped.
These were the fist technique I taught, don't want to say too much as I am trying to protect my work a bit as I would like to do more workshops
This piece is so soft it is hard to believe it is paper, Craig my hubby is severely visually impaired and he couldn't tell what it was at all, thought it was weird cloth, not old envelopes!!!

This was the next technique and as it produces holes we backed onto denim (very cohesive with the envelopes) and we foiled it for a bit of bling!

After being so tight with colour and knowing that so many of my students LOVE colour I thought could I do this with magazine paper? Why it didn't occur to me before the day I am not sure, but it worked and we did some and they were delicious.
The 2 different techniques with magazine papers.
I love this last sample. I am hoping that something will come of this work, am going to try to work a little more on this and make some larger pieces. They will probably have to be pieced together. All I need is something to hang the work on now as I have not done too much drawing other than tangling since the Sketchbook project.
By the way my sketchbook finally arrived in Brooklyn, think it fancied the scenic route!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

My workshop

I taught a workshop last week to a local called Itchy fingers textiles. They are a really remarkable set of ladies who have all met through City and Guilds. I decided to do a workshop called beautiful bills as I have been playing with the insides of security envelopes. But before all this I like to incorporate a bit of design as I know many have fear of how to design and what to do. So I started with a bit of a freeing exercise and got them to tear things they like from magazines and glue them quickly together as a bit of a mood board - nothing new there but think it gives a chance for people to be free. They are having an exhibition in the summer (I think???) - entitled "HOME" and so we looked at interior magazines. This was my example.....
I then got carried away with fashion - well it lives in my home and I LURVE it!!!!!!!
Can you tel I have complete shoe lust!!!!!!!

Can't tell you how much I want those shoes!!!!!!! anyone got a spare £600

I did this on the day.
So to move it on we made some sketches, these were mine......

Love the one above with a passion.

and that was design.... I will post some of my samples later in the week

Monday, April 04, 2011


Here are my first goes at Mooka :) for Laura's challenge.
This is the back of the page, the marker left a lovely hallo I can not wait to play with in photoshop
and I guess all my curves were not out of my system either.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Loving my Curves

After curve starvation last week I was back in the zone and my place of comfort. I love Laura's title as I am so trying to learn to love my curves. Have been very hard on myself of late, having lost the 5 stone I am a bit stuck and went through a bit of a crisis, but persevering and have lost 6lb in the last 4 weeks :) My body doesn't want to shift the last 3 stone as quick as the first 5, long to be normal looking, normal size, not be the fattest, slowest and most puffed out at the gym. But I have to accept that it is slow and slow is good :)