Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Georgian Garden In Autumn

The Georgian Garden is a sweet little walled garden, open to the public, and planted to re-create the formal gardens of the Georgian period. It's a lovely place to spend a few quiet moments, as it is quite tucked away. I like to pop in between museum visits or shopping, if I'm in the area. As it is completely enclosed, and I have never seen anyone else in there, it feels a bit like stepping into another world, or the pages of a storybook.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Deer Embroidery

So here it is! My finished deer embroidery. I've been wanting to stitch an embroidery in a hoop frame for ages now, and when I saw the alpine deer design by Kirsty Neale in Mollie Makes Issue 56, I knew I had to make it! I really liked the original design and I mostly stuck to it, but I did end up making a few changes to make it more "me". I'm happy with the result, although I think most creative people will empathise with the need to put it away and not look at it too much for a while! 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Autumn Walk

Unfortunately this year I haven't managed to find time to get to the woods for a walk among the autumn leaves, which makes me sad. I have however managed to squeeze in a few walks in parks, which are also filled with beautiful autumn colours.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Learning To Love My Creative Style

Learning to love your own style is something a lot of creative people struggle with, often even after they achieve success. Personally, I only started to love my own style and my own work fairly recently, within the last couple of years. For most of my life I felt that my creative style was almost embarrassing, and I definitely didn't love it.

I've always had a dual interest in art and craft. From the time I could master fine motor skills, I was equally interested in drawing pictures and making tiny doll's dresses. At some point during secondary school and sixth form I got the idea that Fine Art or writing were the only creative outlets with any merit. I think this probably came both from teachers and from people in my personal life, plus the added pressure that I was a very academic student who was encouraged to pursue an academic path, not a creative one. A career as an artist or author seemed like an acceptable compromise to some people, but there was general disapproval of my interest in textiles and the fact that at the time I wanted to study Fashion. This feeling of disapproval gnawed away at me, and I felt almost guilty for my interests.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Autumnal Haul

To be honest, I tend to buy pretty autumnal looking things all year round, as I like colourful things and leaf motifs. But I seem to have bought especially seasonal items recently, so I thought I'd share.

First up are these gorgeous maple leaf earrings. I don't have my ears pierced so these are clip ons. I was surprised to find these because they're quite simple, and clip on earrings always seem to be a little OTT. I really like the colours of these and I love their backstory-they had a price sticker on the back which said "Niagara Falls", so they were obviously bought as a souvenir on someone's holiday. You can see me wearing these in this post.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

#Inktober | Days 22-31

Inktober is over! I'm not sure how to feel about this. One the one hand it is a relief, but I think I'm going to miss the discipline of knowing I need to draw every day. For the final ten days of Inktober I was feeling like I wasn't producing anything remotely good, so maybe it is time for a break...but looking back at these now I'm pleasantly surprised!

Day 22 was a deer silhouette, because I'm still very much in love with the paper cut silhouette work of Jan Pienkowski, and I think we have all realised my obsession with deer by now. I like how dark and fairytale-esque it turned out.