Friday, 27 February 2009

japanese dolls

I noticed these figures in The Lyttleton Gate Gallery, Malvern. They are so cute... I was very tempted to take the Hanagasa Flower Dance Girl home...

a lunchtime search for the harbingers of spring

I usually don't like chrocuses very much but these looked so joyful and fresh that I couldn't resist adding them to my collection of images.

I love peering into peoples windows, gardens, gateways and houses... very nosy I know.. but I'm intirgued to see what people do with their homes and gardens. This gorgeous gateway opened up on my route into town and was just too inviting to resist... I love the colour of the door, the lavender bushes growing over the path, the gravel path and the arched hedge....

Thursday, 26 February 2009

"All words are pegs to hang ideas on"

henry ward beecher

winter's morning

Lets face it... I'm not very good in the mornings and as for winter.... I drag my face from the pillow and make a very poor job of 'getting going'.

This picture was taken from the car in motion on the way to work, no I wasn't driving!

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

spring will come again....

just a few shots from last years garden to remind myself that the spring will come again, followed by some sort of a summer... I hope it's a hot, long sunny summer this year, I feel as if I need one

clare halifax

Clare Halifax is in the final year of the MA in Print that I've just completed... I really like her work, the subjects that she depicts and the style and media in which she prints them.

noa noa

Danish clothing company, Noa Noa produce the most delicious clothes and catalogue on earth... The photography is sublime and the clothes are pretty good too, not as many outlets in this country as I'd like. A good one in Islington and also one in Southwold, slightly random selection... Often there clothes can be found in smaller boutiques who stock a selection of designer selections.
I was unable to drag images from their current collection from the site so you'll have to have a peek at the site to see...

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

let it snow...

in and around Malvern College in the snow...


shop window 'BLUE' Milsom Street, Bath

a few photos from the streets of Bath. We spent a couple of days doing abit of research, window shopping and frequenting the tea shops of Bath...

Sunday, 22 February 2009

fish pye pottery, St Ives

These lovely pieces of ceramic are created by Laura McCrossen and come from the Fish Pye Pottery on Back Road East in St.Ives. Each year I buy a piece to add to my collection, I love the Navy and Cream glaze against the red of the terracotta clay.

dressed windows

Windows on Fulham Road, London..

potato print paper

Wedding wrapping paper.. printed with a potato print and acrylic paint onto white craft paper.

tea box

Love the graphics on this tea packet. All hand rendered type design by the look of it.....

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

julie arkell workshop

The adorable Julie Arkell.

above 'Clarissa', the Doll that I made at the Julie Arkell workshop

all the dolls made on the workshop, sitting on the stairs together..

Julie's own dolls

loop is a gem of a shop at 41 Cross Street, Islington. They sell the most delicious yarns and all things knitting. I attended a workshop there run by Julie Arkell. It was held in the charming basement amid boxes and shelves of wools, we sat around a table like an original sewing circle.
It was wondeful.
Julie provided the dolls, as it takes around a week to create one of the papier mache forms therefore there was insufficient time to make one from scratch on the course. Each person then knitted a bonnet for their doll and then dressed her/him in whatever we chose under the guidance of Julie.
It was a wonderful day, a celebration of knitting and sewing skills that seem to be so rare and undervalued today.