Do you have days when you really want to do something creative but before you know it half the day has gone by just thinking about it?
My day started at 7.30am with the cat wanting to come in, once i was up there was no point in going back to bed, even though its Sunday, as the kids needed breakfast along with the cat. Brilliant an early start to get plenty done but first ill watch a bit of E4, then have a shower, oh now i fancy another coffee, oh look dishes need washing…
My Pinterest inspirations boards are pretty full, my laptops booked-marked pages are pretty long and my bookshelves of actual books of all sorts of inspiring art are overflowing along with the sketchbooks in the bedroom but i just cant get started!
Maybe my problem is too much influence, overloading my brain with too many different styles, themes, ways of making that i cant just pin down what it is i want to produce, I’ve got so many different pieces of work finished and on the go that i need to get sold!
I do find it hard to switch off, my car needs fixing and I’m working all week and no time to get in the studio, i need another me or someone to organise my life!
Is it too late to say happy new year? I haven’t blogged for over a month, i planned on having a couple of weeks off from the studio at Christmas to spend with family but i needed a little longer.
I went back into the studio last week and my Etsy shop has reopened with 10% off orders over £50 with code JAN16. I have started some paintings and all my new fabric designs are listed available to buy from my Spoonflower shop as i proofed the samples last week and they’re looking great!
I will be registering for Open studios again before the end of this month, doing a 5 day painting course at work and i am thinking of going back to doing some textile work for a little time, i forgot how therapeutic it is to hand stitch, and its great for passing time whilst paint is drying.
Watch this space for some new photos soon. Busy busy!!!
I have reopened my Spoonflower shop!
Here you can buy my designs on gift wrap, wallpaper and a variety of textiles*
I have kept my old designs on the site and will shortly be designing some new ones for 2016 based around current artwork. If you wish to purchase a piece of my art you can have complimentary fabric or wallpaper to complete or enhance your home.
You can also email me to discuss a custom design.
*basic cotton, satin, premium quilting weight cotton, 100% polyester piqué knit fabric, cotton poplin, poly crepe de chine, cotton lawn ultra, silky faille, performance knit, modern jersey, minky, linen-cotton canvas, organic cotton interlock knit, organic cotton sateen, sport lycra, eco canvas, heavy cotton twill, faux suede and silk crepe de chine. More information about each finish can be found HERE
Designs are printed and shipped from the USA where Spoonflower handle your order therefore any order queries, shipping and quality of finish must be taken up with Spoonflower.
My Etsy shop will be closed this Friday and re open the following Monday, everything in the shop will be available to buy from my studio (room 216) from this Friday evening at Krowji until Sunday. There will be lots of other studios open too, decorated festively, an elf trail for children and there will be free mulled wine and mince pies from Krowji’s Melting Pot Cafe.
This week i have been framing original paintings on wood, making individually wrapped cards with original paintings on the front, framing textile work, organising my painted wood blocks and cotton reels, plenty of one off originals to purchase!
I also have a framed mixed media painting for sale at Penwith Gallery, St Ives. It has been removed from Etsy until i know if it is sold or not. You can contact Penwith Gallery on 01736 795579 if you would like to purchase this piece (£250).
I have been working towards this event since moving in to my Krowji studio in Redruth. Last year i volunteered for this event helping the public navigate their way around and it feels great to be taking part this year! On the Friday evening there will also be mince pies and mulled wine in the melting pot cafe and the Ingleheart singers in the foyer, there will also be workshops to take part in and an elf trail with prizes for children.
I will be selling framed work, painted wood blocks, hand painted cards with envelopes and my small painted cotton reels from studio 216. My website is updated with my most recent pieces.
I have started putting up work on the walls and its looking good, Christmas lights/decor and nibbles will be in there too!
I was asked by my friend and fellow Krowji studio resident Claire Stockings-Baker to contribute to this event she and Faye Dobinson had decided to create.
“The project is simple: write down, in any size, shape and medium, and on any material, words that convey a value, the world would benefit from acting upon at this time”.
The idea was to raise money for refugees and support Cornish networks for the vulnerable and the homeless.
I was able to get a sneak peek at the contributions as the exhibition was happening in the same building i work in and i was amazed at how many pieces of work Claire and Faye had recieved.
The evening was great with many of my friends having contributed and enjoying the exhibition, my contribution along with many others had sold before i had arrived!
My contribution reads: Find yourself in new spaces, revel in the simple pleasure of wander and wonder…
Here are some images from the opening evening
Read more: Cornishman Facebook
I’ve been busy in my studio at Krowji getting ready for open studios in December but I have decided to open a shop on Etsy too!
My shop has a variety of mixed media paintings on wood, paper canvas and wooden cotton reels, framed and unframed work. I will be adding some textiles soon.
I’m still busy working in St Ives and i have an exhibition coming up soon too, so much is going on at the moment!
Last week i got my key to my new studio space at Krowji! I’ve gradually been moving stuff in and trying to make it my home away from home or should i say studio away from studio? Basically…I’ve moved out of the bedroom (yay) not that you can tell.
I still have a lot to do but the space is great and huge. I have signed up to do Christmas Open Studio’s so between now and then i will be busy making art to sell, more updates to follow soon!
I will be exhibiting at Trereife Design Fair this year as part of Cornwall College (even though i have now left). I will be at the fair on Sunday all day if you are interested in chatting to me about my work.
I will be taking the work from my end of year show as well as my sketchbook and a few pieces i have worked on since leaving college. However i don’t not know which pieces will definitely make it on display as we are limited with space.
Here is some work i have done in my sketchbook today, remember to follow me on instagram to see other work in progress.
Penwith Society of Arts are holding Affordable August. I have donated a painting to the exhibition to help raise funds.
My painting (acrylic) for sale is called ‘The Warmth of The Day’. It is a square box canvas depicting a black and white landscape with subtle yellow. The surface is very textured as this canvas has been used for two other paintings before that i was never happy with. The painting also has a small extract from a book reading ‘the warmth of the day had gone’.
The composition and theme of this painting follows on from my degree work and final exhibition, my studies towards the end produced a lot of final work as well as a lot of scope for future development.
If you are interested in purchasing this painting please follow the link below to the gallery website.
This is a unique fundraising show, whereby all of our members have donated their work to the gallery so that all proceeds go towards both the preservation and regeneration of their historic and magnificent residence, the Penwith Gallery.
You an read more HERE on the gallery website.