Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Folksy Featured Seller

Hopefully some of this blog's readers may have noticed that I was Folky's Featured Seller a couple of weeks ago. 

If you missed it hop over to the Folksy Seller's Blog and take a look at MEET THE MAKER and SHOP TALK  Q&As
we did to mark the occasion.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens June 2014

A selection of my work is on show in the cafe at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, York this month. 
Further details including opening times can be found here.

Print hanging in progress

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Blue houses

I really like the way this dilapidated beach house reflects the sky.

Shellness, Isle of Sheppey April 2014
Other blue houses, in order of exoticness. I'll let you decide whether its increasing or decreasing ;-)

Abandoned grocer's store, Berwick-upon-Tweed October 2012

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, George Town, Penang 2004ish

Majorelle Garden, Marrakesh December 2009

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Isle of Harty, Sheppey

Another day another beach.
A glorious mix of marsh and beach peppered with the surprising mounds of ancient saltworks. Lapwings breeped, lizards darted and tonnes of shell crunched under our feet.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Magic, mysticism and Milton

Like Australia, I've been quite willing to accept the existence of silver clay without having seen it myself, but there has always been a nugget of doubt in my mind.  So yesterday I was very happy to be initiated into the dark art of turning something the colour and texture of a well-chewed wrigleys into real silver gorgeousness. This instruction came courtesy of Emma Mitchell who generously shared her knowledge, tools and goody stash with a big dollop of humour, oh and 7g of the magic stuff. 7g doesn't sound much but it goes a long way - it made all the pieces in this post (bar chain and jump rings). 

The pendant above was made from a mould taken of a large vintage button. It was quite shockingly shiny when I first cleaned it up so I was relieved when Emma had me drop it in a cup of dilute Milton for a minute or two. This took the silver back to a slightly tarnished satin finish - much more my style. So all my other pieces had the same treatment. 

Sea Urchin earrings - impressed from real urchin test fragments

teeny scraps of (not quite enough!) left over clay impressed with a with vintage button and destined to be made into stud earrings

Find out more about Emma's workshops here


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