Sunday, 29 January 2012

w o r k + s h o p

the highlight to my new york trip had to be visiting the very talented lotta jansdotter's work studio & shop in brooklyn!! 
how bonkers is that?! a real 'pinch me' moment & a birthday treat i won't be forgetting in a hurry!
it was so exciting to see lotta's gorgeous workshop space & creations in the flesh. everthing was so beautifully presented.
as lotta was away teaching workshops, {probably a good thing as i'd only say something daft like "loving your work!" or come across as a crazy fan! ha!} we got to meet lotta's friendly assistant & musically talented nerissa campbell. it was great to browse & chat for a good long while, i know i'd be miffed if someone interrupted me & my lunch. hehe! 

it was such a super day & i still can't believe my luck :)

Saturday, 28 January 2012

b i g . t h r e e . o

 i had the best time in the big apple celebrating my big 30th birthday.
it was a total & utter surprise arranged by my wonderful other half. i only found out we were going there a day before we flew out. 
a treasure hunt following clues all over the house led me to my last & final clue; a dollar bill pinned to smartie's collar - aw3s0me! :)

Friday, 13 January 2012

h o o p s

a new little flower block i carved from a very small piece of left over lino. i have lots of lino off-cuts piled up in my cabinet that i don't have the heart to throw so they just sit there waiting to be picked out.
so i'm now printing the design onto natural cotton fabric to make allsorts. but i love the simple way of framing fabric using a wooden embroidery hoop. they are everywhere in design mags & blogs, bigs ones, small's a fab way of brightening up a blank wall. 
these new 8" hoops with my handprinted fabric can be found over in my etsy shop.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

d a y . t r i p p e r

forget dieting and giving up plonk, one of our new year's resolutions is to explore more this year. to try and fill our days off with actually taking some time for ourselves, away from the laptops and art room. with our move a little over three years ago, there are still lots of places we haven't yet been to and would like to visit. 
finally a proper day off :0) a day trip out to lovely, historic ironbridge

Thursday, 5 January 2012

h e l l o . 2 o 1 2

happy new year folks & hello 2012! 
 it's back to sketching & printing after a jolly good break. 
the lull between xmas & new year was filled with not doing very much but it felt sooo good to take some time out with lots of scoffing & lots of chilling out.
enjoyed some time reading & watching :) dvd long days watching some weird & wonderful films from the comfort of the sofa. away we go was brill! 

another great book by the lovely lotta - fab photographs & an inspirational tour/nosey of some of lotta's fave artists & their studios in and around new york, tokyo & stockholm. 
a great insight to their every day working life, to see where they work from along with snippets of what inspires them.
after peering into so many different work spaces, it's left me wanting to take over the larger spare room & fill it with floor to ceiling shelving, racking & colourful, trendy accessories. well, that and a trip to nyc! haha! 
oh i love my box room really, it may be on the small side but it's alot brighter in there than in the bigger spare room. more room, more mess, right? :)

having some 'time out' from the endless tins of choccy & switched to chomping yummy kendal mint cake instead. 

now working on new designs & making a start on booking craft fairs for this coming year. most importantly booked a re-visit to the lakes this coming spring. no better place to walk the dog :)