Monday, November 10, 2014

The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett

I was recently lucky enough to catch the last weekend of the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at The American Museum in Britain. Kaffe Fassett is a textile designer, who a lot of crafters will know for his ranges of brightly coloured quilting fabrics with Rowan Fabrics, and his work with Rowan Yarns. He collaborated with the fashion designer Bill Gibb, has written a wealth of quilting and knitting books, and has also worked in needlepoint, ceramics, and painting.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Outfit for the Kaffe Fassett Exhibition

I wanted my outfit for The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett to be suitably, well, colourful. I originally planned on making an outfit using some Kaffe Fassett fabrics and other colourful textiles, but life got in the way, and it seemed a lot of effort for something I was unlikely to get high quality pictures of. So I ended up just picking an outfit from my existing wardrobe, and going for a blue colour scheme.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A Walk Around The Ashmolean

Waaaaay back in June I went on a trip to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The coach journey there was pretty awful and made me feel very ill, but as soon as I saw the imposing Ashmolean facade I felt a little better. I had been given a ticket for the Cezanne and the Modern exhibition, which was interesting and well put together but not particularly my thing. I still enjoyed looking at Cezanne's use of colour, and there were some very beautiful landscapes and watercolours of trees.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Foxgloves In The Forest

On one of my walks with my love we noticed something unusual in the distance-flashes of pink amongst the green.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Walk In The Woods With The Waterfall

In mid-summer my love and I took a walk in one of my favourite places-the woods with the waterfall. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Patchwork Perfection!

Back in May I caught the end of Midsomer Quilting's Patchwork and Quilting Exhibition at Radstock Museum (which is a bit of an unexpected gem and well worth a visit!). I was blown away by the incredible skill of the various quilters, and spent a long time looking around and taking photographs. So many, in fact, that I can only show a few of my favourites in this post-I took over a hundred pictures!

I will let the photos speak for themselves, but this really was a stunningly beautiful exhibition, which I am so glad I saw. 

 Incredible tiny hexagons quilt (with my tiny hand for scale!): "Hexagonals" by Juliet Nelmes.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Outfit Of The Day: Stained Glass and Jewel Colours

The last week has brought a definite chill in the air and Autumn seems to be rapidly approaching. These in between days where the weather can't make up its mind can be difficult to dress for, but I'm enjoying the opportunity to wear my big cardigans and these new and very warm boots.

I thought the bronze colour of this tiny pocket watch necklace looked pretty with the rusty orange of my silk blouse. The wire wrapped ring is on long term loan from my boyfriend and was made by him. I really need to start wearing more of my own creations so I put on a ribbon rose headband I made a few months ago.

I doubled up on hair accessories and tied a multicoloured silk scarf around the end of my plait. I thought the colours went well with my outfit and the bow mirrored the one on my blouse.

A little bit of pearlescent eyeshadow in white and plum topped everything off. I've had a lot of make up free days recently so this felt like a lot of effort!

Outfit details:

♥ Ribbon rose headband-made by me ♥ Knitted circle scarf-F&F at Tesco ♥ 

Cardigan-Goerge at Asda♥ Silk blouse-Phase Eight via charity shop ♥ 

Pocket watch necklace-Kookeli on eBay ♥ 

Stained glass print skirt-Primark via charity shop ♥ Plum tights-Marks and Spencer ♥ 

Boots-Shoe Dreams on eBay ♥

Friday, July 18, 2014

Meadow Sweet, Woodland Deep

Way back when the bluebells were still blooming, I went for a little walk with a friend and her beautiful collies.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fairytale Jewels

Ring, Oasis

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"Off the Canvas": Thomas Hamilton

One of the artists I was particularly struck by at Off The Canvas was Thomas Hamilton. Printing is something I've always enjoyed myself and I've produced a lot of work in this medium, which also means I know how difficult it is to get clear lines and detail using this method! Thomas' work was bold, clear and I instantly fell in love with his stylised figures and settings.

Monday, May 19, 2014

"Off The Canvas": The Collective

When visiting the Off the Canvas exhibition at UWE last week, I was enchanted by The Collective's display of tiny paper houses.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

"Off the Canvas": Ellice Weaver

                     One of the artist's work I saw at "Off the Canvas" was that of Ellice Weaver

Saturday, May 17, 2014

"Off the Canvas": Sam Cox

Sam Cox's artwork can't help but captivate you. It's so full of energy!

Much of Sam's display consisted of household items and furniture covered in his drawings.

Almost every inch was covered with his stylised, whimsical drawings of imaginary creatures and scenarios.

There is so much going on in Sam's pictures that it takes a while to pick out individual elements. From a distance it can look like a random pattern. It reminds me of those magic eye books where you had to squint to see a picture! I quite like that aspect though, it makes you really look at the drawings.

Once you do really look, you realise just how much detail is in the work. It really is amazing.

I liked the application of the drawings to the furniture and homewares and I could definitely see Sam's drawings being used for interior design and maybe printed textiles. A friend I was with commented that if furniture with Sam's drawings printed onto it was available, he'd decorate his entire house with it! 

If you want to see more of his work, Sam Cox has a youtube channel, and a website.

Off the Canvas was at F Block Gallery, UWE Bower Ashton Campus.

Friday, May 16, 2014

"Off the Canvas" at UWE

A couple of days ago I went to Off the Canvas - Illustration second year exhibition at the University of the West of England. There was some amazing work on display!

This was Shy-bot, a small robot like figure who was fitted with a sensor, so that if you moved close to him he cowered away. He was supposed to represent the increased isolation and social awkwardness that has come as a result of the internet.

"Off the Canvas": Tabitha Panter

Tabitha Panter's display at Off the Canvas really caught my eye, with this inspirational felt banner.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May Walk

Monday, May 05, 2014

Green Leaf

I recently ordered this beautiful vintage green leaf brooch from Mean Glean. I adore it, it looks so elven. It even has little veins on the leaf! It is made from a silver coloured metal with green enamel, such a pretty combination of colours. 

I was really happy with the service from Mean Glean. The brooch arrived quickly (within 5 days of ordering) and was nicely packaged. 

I'm looking forward to wearing this with some forest-y outfits. The temptation to pair it with a long flowing dress and a cloak may prove too much...

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Rainbow Nails

Sunday, April 20, 2014

April Walk

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April Garden

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Beautiful Blossoms

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


It was my brother's birthday yesterday so I made him a card. I drew/painted a koi carp. My brother is very interested in Japanese culture, and koi have associations with male strength, good fortune and perseverance in Japanese symbolism. So they seemed a pretty good thing to draw for him!

I also made him a koi wallhanging. I drew the koi onto white fabric with fabric pens. I'm really enjoying using my fabric pens! Then I cut it out and appliqued it onto navy cotton fabric.

I embroidered some ripple details with pale blue thread. I sewed up the sides, made channels at the top and bottom, and put pieces of bamboo into the channels so it could be hung up.

I'm very pleased with how it came out! 

Monday, April 07, 2014

An Evening In Bristol

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The Power Of The Sea: An Interview With The Curators

The Power of the Sea is curated by Dr Janette Kerr, and Professor Christiana Payne. I was lucky enough to meet them at the view of The Power Of The Sea, and asked them a couple of questions about the exhibition. It was a very interesting conversation, and their enthusiasm and passion for this exhibition was evident.

Why do you think Bristol is an appropriate city for an exhibition about the sea?

Dr. J Kerr: Bristol has a very strong maritime tradition and links to the sea as it is a
port. Historically, the harbour reached right into what is now the
city centre, so the city would be very much linked with water and
waves. There are also the links with the SS Great Britain and the
Matthew, which were both ships which went on long sea voyages, and
are now docked in Bristol.

[Newspaper stories on
the launch of the SS Great Britain are included in the exhibition,
which I really liked.]

 Succession, Jethro Brice, 2010, found mixed media

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Power of the Sea, at the Royal West of England Academy

Maggie Hambling, Wave Tunnel, 2010, bronze

Last night I was lucky enough to go to a preview of new exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy-The Power of the Sea. I've always loved the sea, and felt very drawn to water, so I was very excited about this exhibition. It didn't disappoint.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Equinox

Although to my mind it has already felt like Spring for a couple of weeks, today is the official change of season. I love Spring, it always seems so full of promise, and is the time when many of my favourite flowers and flowering trees (tulips, primroses, magnolias, cherry blossom) come into bloom. It's also when I get to wear my favourite kinds of outfits-cotton dresses, swishy skirts, cardigans, capes, dainty tops, lace, and BARE LEGS-without either feeling like I am freezing to death or boiling in my own sweat. The light is great for taking photographs, there are cute baby animals everywhere...there are just so many reasons to love it. This Spring is already shaping up to be pretty exciting, with some interesting opportunities, and there are so many things I'm looking forward to! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Garden

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Veins of the City