Monday, 15 April 2013


Today I'm happy to tell you all that on Saturday I called in at Made in Jesmond to discuss merchandising our produce in the shop ready for our opening night of Friday the 19th April.
I was pleased to collect monies owed to me from two of my Aprons being sold. This is great news as I haven't been successful in finding an ideal work placement. Due to me working full time, living in Carlisle etc. During the Summer break from college I decided to run up some of my stash of fabrics into aprons and bags, with a view to selling them.

The next exciting news is that Warwick Tower will be opening on 27th April, this is a new venture set up by A Vintage Affair from Carlisle. It will be a shop selling Vintage and Retro items, originals often made by people like me. I am taking a small space for the time being and will be selling items I have made like my tea cosies and aprons. Plus a few vintage things I have bought in the past, which now need to move on to another good home.

I would like to exhibit some of my paintings too.

St Johns in the Vale watercolour.

Talkin in watercolour

And Grange in watercolour.

In the past I have painted mostly French scenes which I feel
reflect the light there. I have to admit I have struggled with painting English landscapes.
When I have finished my course I hope to take up watercolour painting again.

Here are some of my paintings which are not for sale, but show other work I am capable of.




We look forward to seeing you at Warwick Tower.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Work in progress

For our final module (this is the big one) we had to choose a subject and end product ourselves. Is it because I'm a Libra that I can never decide? Or just my sheer lack of confidence in my work? Whatever it is I just know this is my last chance to prove my worth and design something that will take my creative career where it is meant to go.
I thinkI want to create interiors fabric and wallpaper, in a linear botanical design with a twist. I love doorways as well as plants so would like to combine the two.
I have done my sketches and will share some of my sketch book pages with you today.
 I love snowdrops, here I have sketched them in different media and used continuous line, and my left hand.
Below I have done some more sketching but also added some silhouettes too.

 The tracing paper laid over this background of splashed on watercolour is making this look quite blurred. I like this composition and intend to develop the drawing further.
 Here again I have been messing around with backgrounds and my Distress Ink pads. Really liking the silhouettes in blue but also the white ones too. May take these further too.
 We did a drawing workshop with Libby Lagun the other week in the studio which I really enjoyed. Here is one of my pages of quick sketches using the usual left hand, blind and continuous line. We went on to choose one of the drawings to develop in Photoshop and it was the first time I had used the method above using the Procion dye and bleach.
I bought this Helleborus from work just to draw,I loved it so much. I will use this drawing in my further developments. The Iris drawings below were done while I was standing in my garden last summer. I wanted to include these as in the Spring the plant material is limited.
 This is one of my doorways, drawn from a photograph taken two years ago while on holiday in St Martin, France. Not sure how I'm going to use these yet.
 A group of us went to the Discovery Museum in Newcastle to the archives in the basement to draw. I will use some of these I hope in my final developments.
Sorry the photography is not brilliant as these were taken with my phone. I have started to do some development with painting Procion dye onto stretched paper and bleaching parts out, you cna then add colour with any medium you like.
Well I must dash now I'm off to do the late shift at work.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Made In Jesmond again

At last I have managed to take photographs of the work I did in my last module which will be for sale in the 'Made in Jesmond' shop from 19th April.

 This is my first Tea-cosie and my favourite.They are all made from 
old bed sheets which have become worn
in the middle. This is an ideal way to
recycle the edges.
I feel this design is quite Art Nouveau
in style

My second Tea-cosie is also made 
with recycled fabrics. The appliqué,
is machine stitched and hand embroidered in places.
Below is a view of the back of the
cosie. I felt it was a shame to have nothing on the back. I have utilised the Allium seed head from my branding and the wording from it too. "From lovely old stuff......."

This is my coffee pot cosie and
my least favorite of the three.
I do like the way the back of this one has come out below.
On reflection I would make my
cosies differently, I recently went to a fantastic shop in Glasgow which sells fabrics and notions, called Mandors. It was amazing and I will be going back! I found some wadding there which is for making oven gloves (now there's a thing) I think I will get a better finish with this. I will also sew the lining to the outer in a different way to get a better finish on the bottom.

I will be putting all three cosies into Made in Jesmond and don't know what I will be putting into my new venture as part of Warwick Tower in Carlisle. If I haven't mentioned before, I have decided to rent a space in a building on Warwick Road, which will be called Warwick Tower and will be sharing it with Stuart and Sara the organisers and lots of other like minded people. We will be selling goods we have made alongside vintage and antique goodies. There is a room in the building which can be rented out to hold workshops. I would quite like to hold a workshop when I have finished at college. I will be writing my next blog sooner rather than later as I'm having a great time with my last module.