Tuesday, December 9, 2008
This was my chance to have a little squeeze of him while Anna (right) introduced Errol who has gone to a very, very good home where he can cuddle the cat, play with the other little friends and also annoy Rupert quite a lot (sorry about that Rupert).
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
A little Friend is for life not just for Christmas.
They all come with an adoption certificate which makes it very legal and official indeed. No getting out of commitment like that. There is no way that these little things can fend for themselves if you set them free....Nope. They need a quite substantial amount of care and love.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday 5th December 2008, 11am - 9pm
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December 2008, 11am - 6pm
Cockpit Arts Deptford,
You can download directions and a map to find the studios at the Cockpit Arts website.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Saturday 6th December. 10am till 5pm
St Thomas More Hall, 116a Lordship Lane
East Dulwich, London SE22 8ND
(Between Bassano and Blackwater Street)
Come early for free mince pies and mulled wine.
A celebration of the unique, and the handmade.
Your opportunity to meet over 30 influential designer/makers,
buy their work and pick up a bargain.
Many of the exhibitors will be selling samples, end of ranges and seconds at less than half price.
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THURSDAY 20th NOVEMBER 6PM - 9PM
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Monday, October 27, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Black Lark Gallery,
72 Norman Road,
St Leonards on Sea
Tel: 01424 439111
Private View: 10th October 2008
Show Ends: 2nd November 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I'm in studio 305 on the top floor of - please come along and say hello.
20-21 September 2008
11am - 6pm
Cockpit Arts Deptford,
There are directions and a map to find the studios at the Cockpit Arts website.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Because this is how he looks most of the time when he is asleep on us. He is the most sociable and boisterous cat I have ever know, such a sweetie, and so naughty! We have just had him a few months and already he has been to the emergency vet (chewed broom bristles), concussed himself running full speed into a table leg, been stung by a bee so his paw doubled in size, got his paw stuck down a hole.... the list goes on
He loves being on us on all the time, he gets into bed when ever he can, sleeps on his back and climbs into my cardigans to sleep against my chest and tummy when I am working at the computer. He also plays fetch with balls, bringing them from the other end of the house back to us and drags his bed into whichever room we are in - very uncat-like! None of our other cats have been anywhere near this crazily relaxed and friendly, so I'm guessing it's the breed and his good mummy cat?
I have made the first part of my doll for the new doll project and it'll be posted on Monday, you'll be able to track their progress on the Doll Project blog.
I've also been designing some more characters for one of my clients, when they stop being a secret I'll show some pictures of them too.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
For the first month we each made the beginnings of a doll, on month 2; we each posted the doll to the next person on the list and so, at the end, our dolls were returned to us complete having been worked on and added to by everyone in the project.
There were 10 of us in all, all designer makers and I've found all of the photos that I had - such a shame that I don't have pictures of all of them.
1. Me, Maud who you can see further back in another posting with all of her additions.
2. Petra Boase, This was the first I got so it has very little done on it and it was the hardest for me to do.
3. Isabel Stanley, Sweet little Noriko came in a beautiful box. I made her a pink satin dress. Nina made her a beautiful face - you can see a picture of her completed on Jackies website
4. Jo Gordon, I can't believe that I don't have a photo of this one, I made a blue and white spotty skirt - she was called Maybeline! and she was delicious - there is a photo on Jackies site too.
5. Cecilie Telle. I loved this one - so funny, I think she and Maud would sit nicely together but I have no idea how she ended up as she still had to go to another four people after me.
6. Emma Eardley. WOW! Golden boots, she was quite a lady! I gave her a face which was terrifying to do, I was worried I would give her the wrong personality. Some later in the project gave her a nice hair do.
7. Ken Eardley, I think Ken started his doll off with the ceramic face, my mum knitted her a shawl which we decorated with bright buttons.
8. Rachel Eardley, No photo and this was a real good'un.... Darn it! If I remember it correctly; she had a vintage badge face and was quite tiny and lived in an entirely collaged room. I made a fridge room a cigar box.
9. Jackie Parsons ballerina sock doll; she had a tiny heart embroidered onto her bottom. I made her tiny knitted stripy top which buttoned up the back.
10. Nina Mankin, A dainty little fairy with teensiest handmade cardigan. I made her a little clutch purse!
I'll see if I can track down some more pictures of them...... I had a look to see if I had many photos of the second doll project and I only have 2 which is rubbish. There were some really good ones in there - whoops!
I'll be starting on my third doll project later in the summer - looking forward to it.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Little Errol is 2cm high, has a clasp pin backing and he is pinned onto a card with a drawing of his home in a pet shop.
Squeaky Beryl is 2.5cm high, has a brooch backing and she is on a pet show card (winning 'best in show', of course, because she is a bit bossy and can be quite a show-off. Dancing Ernie came 2nd for his fancy foot-work and high spirits, and Little Errol came a poor third because he didn't make any effort and still had cake mixture and mud on his trousers and paws).
We launched them at the weekend at Pulse (a trade show at Earls Court, London), so they'll be in the the shops in the next few months. My Mum has worn her Squeaky Beryl badge every day for the past week!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
I'm busy at the moment adding the finishing touches to lots of new card designs* ready to be launched at the trade show Pulse at the start of June, it's nearly time to send them off to the printers, but this drawing and design work is leaving very little time for sewing so I'll be glad to have the chance at the Open Studio.
Please come along and say hello. I'm in Studio 305, Cockpit Arts Deptford.
*I have also designed some tiny enamel brooches that are being made right now - I am so excited about them! One is of Little Errol and one of Squeaky Beryl and they will be mounted on a card with a drawing of a friendly pet shop along with care instructions. I'll put a picture up here when they arrive in 3 weeks or so. (Did I mention that I was excited about them?!)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
(I had him on the blog before - when he returned home to me, but I accidentally deleted him - still not too hot on this blogging thing, Whoopsie! So here he is reinstated).
Harold came back to me at the start of this year after a very long visit to lots of other designer makers. He left me as a sweet innocent little monkey baby with a liking for chewing wires; just a stripy toweling body, ears and a blank face and he has returned to me a... well, I'm not quite sure really... he is quite extraordinary.
An enormous amount of skill, talent, time, love and care has gone into creating the individual components, which put together as a whole make the most barmy creature I have ever seen.
The rules were the same as with Doll Project Number 1 Maud, but this one had a few more makers involved. An exquisite pink knit jump suit by jeweller and illustrator Rachel Eardley. I love the colours and the sweet green stitching down the sides.
And this miniature printed satin bomber jacket by Heather Martin is enough to bring tears to my eyes.
They added to the journal as Harold visited them:
Jo Sheffield (Baby things) made some perfect hobnail boots. Lisa Marklew (Ceramics) made monkey madness with a pair of ceramic banana earrings. Jo Gordon (Knitwear) gave him a diamonte earings and some arms. Jo Hill crafted a paper guitar. Rachel Eardley (Jewellery and illustration) made his jumpsuit. Heather Martin (Textiles) made the bomber jacket. Ken Eardley (Ceramics) gave him a moustache. Claire Fletcher (illustration). Isabel Stanley (Lampshades) who I think made his legs.
Thank you all x x x
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
These little sleeping babies are made from the softest cashmere tweed and are just big enough (much bigger than Teeny Timmy and Moaning Mini) to fit a squeaker into so they are quite noisy. I lined them up on the desk and played chopsticks on them but they need a bit of tuning.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
She had the tea cosy pattern in the box when she set off so she'd have something nice to read. I had forgotten that she has a mustard couloured gusset that her legs are sewn into and that earned her the nickname 'Custard Knickers' Yuk - probably best forgotten again!
Friday, March 14, 2008
"Little Errol Big Ben"
This Errol, I think, has taken on the personality of a cosmopolitan, James Bond, skiing sort -of-chap.
I'm hoping that these two are still together too (sadly no photograph).
"My two Errols are so at home here! I am keeping them as they have made friends and I can't split them up!"
"Little Errol and his friends" This Little Errol lives with Frida and has got such nice new friends! I love the tiny twins.
"Lots of greetings from Errol in his new Swedish home! He was helping me with the plants earlier this summer and did a very good job!" from Anna