MK Saturday Studio: 24th Feb
Very much looking forward to this family session at MK gallery in Milton Keynes. We'll be exploring colour mixing and creating works to take home, as well as a group piece. Hope to see you there.
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Thursday, 15 February 2018
Lovely session at St Andrew's School in Hitchin last week. We were exploring winter weather and thinking about winter clothes - very surprisingly it snowed for us. Here are some pictures taken by the school showing some of the clothes the children designed - we were trying to come up with clothes that were warm enough for winter that also celebrated the beautiful winter colours that we could see outside.
Sunday, 11 February 2018
Been enjoying working in some schools recently. This video about making a simple concertina book with a snug cover and spine is for teachers who have attended my CPD sessions on cross curricula bookmaking - it's not designed as a tutorial - more a reminder of what people already know! Hope it's useful.
Friday, 5 January 2018
Delighted to say that you can buy my tiny handmade facebooks at The House of Illustration shop near King's Cross. They are handmade and bound, printed on cotton rag paper with archival inks: £10.00 each.
Tuesday, 2 January 2018
We have entered 2018. Here's the last of the monthly flower paintings: December 2017
Looking forward to this year - hope you are too!
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Been ages since I've posted anything here. Here are two more garden flower paintings: October and November. I'm trying to decide how and if to frame them - want them to be shown somewhere together with the sacks of dead flowers lurking about from the ceiling like spider egg sacks or pupae. Was going to frame the paintings in a motley assortment of second hand frames and have been collecting them over the past few months but now that they are growing in number I am having second thoughts - might make simple white box frames for them - feels like the second hand frame idea might be too distracting for this - not certain yet but I like the idea of simple white sides with the right number of red dots for the month on the side of the paintings (like the embroidered red dots on the pupae bags).
Been making books all day and most of last week to sell at The House of Illustration's Illustrators' Fair. This year I'm concentrating on small things suitable for stocking fillers so tiny books and tiny paper dolls with cut out clothes. I am hoping it won't be too cold on Saturday although if it snowed I honestly would quite like it as long as I have warm coat and boots and perhaps a hat and gloves too. And a scarf.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
I am spending this year making work about my life before and with our eldest daughter Bronwen and how she continues to be a huge influence on my life, long after she died.
Here's a picture based on my memory of Bronwen's kindergarten.
And here's a picture of our wedding day complete with baby Bronwen, aged one.