Wednesday, 30 March 2011

New blog and my big old face!

As you can see I have been doing some serious tinkering with the old blog in the past few days and have even managed to make some blog buttons. Granted none of them work, but I'm working on that.......I really am!

After weeks of whinging about having no idea how to make blog buttons or add my picture to the blog I simply sat down and Googled the words "How to make Blog buttons" and GUESS WHAT happened? I made one.Stupidly simple!

And so in the spirit of fun things and blogging here are some pictures of Judy's affordable art fair in York Hall, Bethnal Green. 

                                                        http://www.vintagefair.co.uk/









 


Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Print practice and hanging out at Vauxhall roundabout

I have been practicing a little and have come up with a few little printing scraps that might take your fancy. I am absolutely loving the concept of linocutting at the moment!

My current plan is to ditch going to Vauxhall cafes at lunchtime to eat way too many posh cheese sandwiches and instead spend an hour a day thinking and drawing up some useful designs.The test now is to say no when people hand me that old "Do you want to go out for lunch" line.

Just to get things straight I work in Vauxhall, I don't just hand out there eating sandwiches. In my dreams I would do that! Vauxhall is actually quite a little treasure trove on secret spots, which I could not possibly divulge. 

Anyway this all sounds wrong so here are the prints so far. 



Foxish Fox
 


Tom complemented my running fox print....I said it's a bloody squirrel!



 

Almost strawberry time 



 






Wednesday, 9 March 2011

The weekend was 5 days ago...

                ........and I apologise for the lengthy delay on getting this post up.

Last Saturday I attended a printing workshop in Fulham hosted by the lovely Zeena Shah of Heartzeena. A snip at £18 I got to spend the afternoon linocutting with a gang of enthusiatic ladies. I have to admit that I have owned linocutting tools for over a year now and had managed nothing but a huge mess and cuts all over my body. Being given the chance to sit down, focus and learn techniques was brilliant.

I now know my fiddly and scribbly pencil drawings are not best suited to linocuts. The best results to be had were by using simple and bold designs.  It took me about three hours to shape a very small seagull so I have a new found repect for those who produce large scale linocuts.

The grapevine says that Zeena is planning a screen printing workshop sometime soon....I plan to be there.



travel here for more information on Zeena http://zeenashah.com/


This is the top of my head (right) along with Sinead who is the organiser of the crafty fox pop up market http://craftyfoxmarket.blogspot.com/

The seagull results

lovely work in progress

Nice bold prints were definately successful!


Hey also - Note my lovely corners. Everyday's a school day ey?


Monday, 7 March 2011

That's my donkey

Here is my mothers collection of small friends and found objects. The rest of her house is  normal, but one marble sidetable hosts a small shrine to the small toys and objects found about the place.

The donkey is actually mine and he is an antique leaded beastie who is pretty cool.
The problem is I couldn't take him home after seeing him with the others. He looks happy there with them and look pretty pleased to have a donkey around. What do you think?

This image represents where it all stems from...... that and recently watching Toy Story!


I can hardly seperate them can I?