Friday, 26 December 2008

Boris and Barrowman

The good people at Etsy's Dark Side have featured my wire-wrapped spider pendant 'Boris' on their MySpace blog!


Boris is 'Item of the Day' today, which is fab, and has lifted me out of my post-Christmas moop somewhat. I have no reason to be in a moop really - I have things to look forward to, such as seeing family over the coming days. My man and I are also going to see the fabulous John Barrowman in panto next Tuesday. We saw him in Aladdin last year, which was great, and can't wait to see him in Robin Hood :D

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Paper Snowflakes

Inspired by this blog entry by the fabulous Lupin, I've created some paper snowflake garlands:


Ever the reuser of things, I've cut them from old envelopes, and the result is quite pleasing. I've deliberately not used completely blank pieces of paper, allowing there to be a little pattern on some of the snowflakes. For example, many envelopes have a blue pattern on the inside, which gives a lovely icy effect. Things such as postmarks give interesting detail too. I've woven white thread through the holes in the snowflakes, making them into a garland and allowing them to be hung. You could make lots of them so they form a curtain like Lupin's. I may well do just that too :)

Monday, 15 December 2008

Fuzzy Bats

My Pink Fuzzy Bat has been reduced! No, it hasn’t shrunk (noes!) – its price is just smaller. Hurrah! This gothic yet contemporary pendant is made from silver-plated wire, a pink felt bead, and pink leather-like cord. I’ve reduced it from $30 to $20. Click below for the listing:

Pink Fuzzy Bat - a necklace with a felt bead

My other Fuzzy Bats have not been reduced, but they are still just as fabulous. Each one has been made from silver wire, leather cord and a felt bead. Click the individual images for each listing:

Turquoise Fuzzy Bat - a necklace with silver wings and a felt bead

Red Fuzzy Bat - a necklace with silver wings and a felt bead

Purple Fuzzy Bat - a necklace with silver wings and a felt bead

All Fuzzy Bats come shipped in a little recycled box, as do all my necklaces.

Black Fuzzy Bat in box

Your item can also be gift-wrapped and shipped straight to your intended recipient, if it is a present. Just let me know. :)

In other news, my parents very kindly took some of my work to a little charity table-top sale (my Dad is the Treasurer for a charity called Ebrook, which helps people who have learning difficulties) for me, and sold £35 worth of necklaces. Thanks folks :D

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Hanley Park

There was a park I used to walk home through as a student in Stoke-on-Trent. It was a longer walk than just going up the road, but it was a lot more peaceful. I would sketch, collect twigs and take photos there, it was a great source of inspiration. A few weeks ago, I was looking through some of those old photos and did some work in my art journal about them:



I've recently painted an artwork based on the second of those sketchbook pieces. It's called Hanley Park and depicts trees, and the dark ground from which they grow, silhouetted against a pale sky:

Hanley Park - acrylic painting on linen canvas

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Chaos - the clear-up continues

Yes, I know I wrote the original 'Chaos' post in June (see it here), but the tidying of the studio is still a work in progress. I have been worryingly tidy/clean around the house this weekend though, prompting my long-suffering boyfriend to say "Who are you and what have you done with Jen?". Various surfaces (including tops of wardrobes and such) have been tidied and dusted to make room for copious amounts of storage and festive paraphernalia. I have also rearranged my studio storage, putting my paintings in a space rather more accessible than the previous stacked boxes on top of shelves arrangement. (I am yet to have a sale in my shop of paintings, so this need for organisation of paintings is purely theoretical. It's good to be prepared, nonetheless.) There's also a lot more floor space in which to manoeuvre now, which is good, as I am rather clumsy.

No, you can't see photos of the relative tidiness, it's not quite that nice yet. So here is a photo of our Christmas tree instead:

Christmas Tree