Collages workshop . . .

Yesterday I took my first workshop in quite awhile at the lovely Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop in Nottingham. It was a great day full of lots of creativity. Some of the papers I sourced for the workshop before the trip . . .


On the way in from the station I discovered the best vintage shop, Hopkinson! It was such a treat to find, and to follow it with spending lots of time at Debbie’s, felt very spoilt indeed, and also I now have my second ‘couldn’t visit Nottingham without visiting’ place! This is a little leather binoculars case I bought, why? I don’t know yet, but couldn’t ignore it!

Then on the way in, I had been to Nottingham Contemporary before, but hadn’t actually realised the lace pattern on the exterior! It is in the Lace Market after all!

Then the workshop itself. A full day of working on collages with a group from Paper Rose. A few of the girls taking the workshop had brought along some lovely ephemera, some also bought from Hopkinson; and one letter was kindly given to me, as in the image with the leather case, very kind and a really lovely piece I’m looking forward to using. It was a great day, with plenty cake and tea! I have signed up to take another workshop next year, which I will post information on nearer the time. Thanks Debbie and Paper Rose! x




Lustre in progress!

Sorry for the lack of posts of late, work has begun for Lustre and there are not many hours where I am not busy working on it, actually not even one (awake) hour in the day! I have a new display ‘almost’ sorted, I have frames for a few collages being delivered, (I’ve two deliveries this morning to two different places! I am at least mentally split between them!) Really looking forward to seeing them framed up, though having a hard time deciding on the perfect Farrow & Ball off white to choose to paint them! Rediculous! Lots of jewellery still part made, and some still just in my head, but generally all on schedule, which I think is a first! I’ve taken a few snap shots of pieces just finished, take a look … and reminer of the event, dates, times etc are here.

New jewellery

It’s been a busy time since my last posting, after my laser cutting summer school I completed a group of jewellery I had previously put on hold for Contemporary Applied Arts in London and then got back to working on my new collection for Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop in Nottingham, to arrive in time for their Heritage Open Days (8 to 11 September), my work will continue at the shop after the open days.

I have put aside my laser cutting and etching experiments as I think I need to sleep on them for awhile longer and instead for this collection I simply drew from the lace patterns, taking shapes from the drawings to incorporate in this new group. I used postcards both the written side and the images, stamps and postal markings, of postcards that had been either sent from or to Nottingham, from around 1880 to the 1930’s. Including one postcard, bought and sent from Nottingham to Paris, then forwarded to a second hotel in Paris before it made its way to Isreal where it was sold to me and so now returns to Nottingham via Edinburgh. Maybe someone visiting from Paris will buy the necklace it now lives in?

Next I will be preparing for the Doors Open Days here in Edinburgh which includes a guided tour behind the scenes at our studio building at WASPS Patriothall in Stockbridge, and my studio will be open for a nosey, as will The Edinburgh Laser Cutting Studio where I took my summer school course. This all takes place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September (open 12 to 5pm each day). Then the following weekend we will be having our official annual WASPS open studios weekend – Saturday 1 (11am to 5pm) and Sunday 2 October (12noon – 5pm). Feel free to visit, there will be quite a few studios open to have a browse around.












Laser cutting summer school

Very excited to be attending a summer school this whole week at The Edinburgh Laser Cutting Studio. I have a collection to make for Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop in Nottingham ready for their Heritage Open Days (8 – 11 September 2011). After visiting Debbie last year, I came away with some beautiful original lace pattern drawings to use as inspiration for a new collection of work for the shop. Really not sure what to expect at ‘school’, trying not to expect really! I’ll hopefully have something further to say later in the week! I’m armed and ready with lace drawings, tracings and a quote?!

Lustre and time in Nottingham

It’s been a busy ol’ week after taking part in Lustre 2010, it was a lovely show, great makers and great visitors, thoroughly enjoyed it. Then a day off on Monday in Nottingham exploring. It’s a beautiful and very friendly place to be, loved it. And of course took a sqwillion photos… I stayed in the centre of the city with an amazing view out from the hotel room. It was also just round the corner from Debbie Bryan’s shop who I have exhibited with a few times in New York and so a visit to her shop was essential. I could have moved in, so lovely! A really unique shop for craft seeing and buying:

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