Friday, 30 December 2016

Space Age Reindeer Galactic Future Creature

As Christmas is officially over, it seems like a good time to belatedly tell you all about the various crafty thingys I made for the festive period! First I started off with simpleish embroidered fabric decorations:
[And a few paper ones...]


These were inspired by classic retro shapes and designs and for the more complex embroideries I took inspiration from Constance Howard's book 'Inspiration for Embroidery'. Most of the fabric, paper and ribbon was salvaged / upcycled.
Next I made cards in a similar retro theme:
Photo by LunarApple
These featured an Intergalactic Space Reindeer with antennae so that he doesn't miss out on all his important Christmas telly [e.g. James Bond]. I also made cards with Christmas trees on but these seem to have eluded all photography. However, I did manage to knock up a quick reindeer gift bag too:

 Here's a bonus picture of my marvellous cat looking splendid under our tree:
That's it! Until next time!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Volunteering at Walford Mill Crafts: Eight

This week I have bad news and good news. The bad news is that this might be my last 'Volunteering at Walford Mill' post because I won't be a volunteer any more. The good news is that that's because I'm going to be a proper paid member of the team really soon! Yippee! This is great news for me since I've spent the last three years working on my degree in order to get a foot in the creative world's door; and following graduation I didn't have much luck with job applications which made me feel very lost indeed. I knew I didn't want to work in London, or for some big fatcat corporation, so finding a small, local gallery focussed on craft and education was perfect for me. Education is really important to me; as a mature student who's enrolled on many a part-time short course over the last ten years I am a huge advocate of learning. It's all part of growing and 'bettering' oneself after all! In my new Mill job I'll be helping with the education / workshop side of things, working in the gallery shop and probably various other bits of bobs that pop up. As you can probably tell, I'm very excited and pleased.

Anyway that's quite enough of that! This week at the Mill I switched up our display cases at the doctor's surgery to try and make them look more Christmassy and fresh:
From this...
...to this
And this...
...to this
 Think I'll keep working on my display skills! On Thursday we had our late night Christmas shopping opening, when we gave away free goody bags designed and printed by lovely Jennifer Vincent who is a goody in herself:

 And also had complimentary mulled wine, mince pies and stollen bites, of which I had far too many. I wore my favourite doggy print dress and we all had a jolly good laugh at how fabulously I camouflaged with the Heidi Warr ceramics:

 That's me in the foreground wearing my greyhound frock... could you guess that I am a big fan of her work?!

In other news I learnt how to finish off the jewellery I've been creating with Debby this week. This involves coating the jewels with liquid resin and carefully watching them like a mama bird watches her little eggys to make sure no harm comes to them, plus popping any pesky bubbles that may arise. Pop! Here's some pictures of them drying:

In real life they look even more spectacular and precious, and I was very pleased with them. The purple earrings (above) were definitely among my favourites on this day, although unfortunately it's hard to get a really good picture of the finished results!

That's it for this week, off I pop. Pop!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Volunteering at Walford Mill Crafts: Chapter 7

Not much to report this week; most of the day was spent doing officey type things; sending emails and looking after the social media of the Mill, which is one of the jobs I am assigned to do quite a bit. I also helped out in the gallery shop and with the Creative Academy (kid's craft). This week they were creating hand drawn bauble pictures like this one:
Baubs by Jeannie
By cutting templates and drawing around them and filling in the space:
And then rubbing out the pencil line to leave a shape with pattern but no outline. Phew! This was an exercise in neatness and patience for everyone involved!
That;s it really! Until next time!