Monday 29 September 2014

I have mistakenly deleted a kind remark from may aboout exhibition at farsley!! Argh!

If it is you who left the comment and you would like to let me know what you said that would be great. my hand slipped and hit delete and there is no way to get it back. So if it was you sorry! Please get in touch again. x

New website!

Woop woop I now have a new web site!
I have had a very full and very lovely summer full of fesitvals and commissions
here is some of my more recent work.

 Portrait of a Dalmatian dog, it's one of my most favourite makes

This is 'Anna' commissioned for a special birthday. Great fun to make, something differant. I'm looking forward to doing more of this ilk in the future.

a pair of sleepy owls who went to live in Sweden

I made some fleece rugs with my friend Sarah

I've been on lovely walks with my Donkey called Jack

A commissioned hare 

My friend Abbey who crewed for me at Wilderness festival and my apprentice crew members Maisie and Isla, not forgetting Badger Ben (disguised as a fox!)

We had a surprise arrival at mid summer with Ginny the Donkey going unexpectedly  in to labour.
In spite of the best veterinary care she unexpectedly died, just after she gave birth to 'Little Ginny'. With the support of the national foaling bank and the donkey sanctuary and the help of family and friends she is now 14 weeks old and doing fine.
She is gorgeous and a massive time waster!

More birds

Glastonbury all sunny and lovely in the Green Craft field
Superb week with a trusty and fabulous crew

Next Needle felting classes are this weekend Goblins and fairies 4th and 5th October. Needle felting fairies and goblins- Sculpting figures using a wire armature base. Learn sculpting and blending techniques how to do faces hands and feet. Make your felt come alive £90 for the weekend. Lunch, tea, coffee and cake included. 
Check out the link for details and to book a place!
or Just call the lovely Jane on
 0113 256 3239
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Tuesday 11 February 2014

Forgive me bloggers for I have sinned it has been 70, 000 years since my last blog post....
So here goes
I have decided to give up my grown up boring job and become a full time creative philanderer. To this end I will be running a series of workshops at Sunny Bank Mills, The Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes and the The Bivouac near masham just to start with. There will be others to follow which I WILL post!
I will be exhibiting at Wensleydale Galleries Only Girls Allowed from the 6th to the 29th March 2014, lovely to be asked to do this, i was very thrilled! Leyburn is always worth a visit. Then on to 5th April to the 5th May 2014 at Sunny Bank Mills , This is a wonderful old mill in Farsley near Leeds, a beautiful building and serves great coffee.  More details will follow on both events as well as links to other exhibitors. Over Easter weekend I will be showing some of my work in Grewelthorpe village hall along side various other artists, including Papercuttergirl aka Clare Lindley again more details to follow.
Having drawn breath a couple of times I have also managed to sure up a couple of festivals this week, Wilderness Festival a beautiful boutique festival in Oxfordshire which I have been part of since it started and Bearded Theory which won small fesival of the year last year for being small friendly and lots of fun.
There are various other things in the ether I'll post when I know more.
So as you can see I may be philandering and flighty but I am getting my act together!

See you soon if not before x

Wednesday 13 November 2013

On to the kits

Mainly been making kits up today. Writing instructions.  Arg I have brain blurgh.
All Christmas decorations.  A Gnome, a Snowbauble and an Apple.
I shall post some when they have been tested by my crash test dummy tomorrow!

Monday 28 October 2013

At home with the animals

Since last I wrote we now have two cats who shall appear frequently. Casper and Felix. Both black. Both odd. One gregarious, one living in my jumper draw.
Anyway I have started the christmas rush with a fox and a hare. Shortly to be followed by the heads of a sheep, a fox and a hare....
I will keep you posted!
I hope your summer was good.

Monday 26 November 2012

Eventually....The Exhibition of Lovely Things

Our Exhibition is going well! . As well as the mixed media pieces most of which you have seen already I have also made some feltidermy which is proving pretty popular! Mr Foxy Renard left the building almost immediately We have all sold several pieces and got commissions to do others. Lots of people have signed up for updates and prospective courses and there's lot of encouraging comments in the book saying they have enjoyed the show. So now it's just a week till it ends. I have several commissions to get under way, so this morning I will be mainly stabbing wool.
These are the new Feltidermy pieces a Hare, Roe Deer Buck and a Badger.

Hare, Roe Deer and Badger, the fox had left the building!


Hare Eye close up

Roe Deer before horns

The exhibition continues untill the 30th x

Monday 5 November 2012

Procrastination with AA Milne

Woke up this morning to a glorious and frosty day.....

Went down the garden passed the veggies with their frost dusted leaves to feed the hens

Then went out and did some fencing with my man, taking a flask of hot chocolate with us we enjoyed the view

After doing a spot of fencing with my husband this morning. It struck me theirs only 2 weeks before the exhibition at Richmond Station.....

However I am suffering form an Artists worst enemy PROCRASTINATION!!!!!!!!!! ARGHHHHHH! but then that gives me the opportunity to share with you my bestest ever beloved poem.....
by AA Milne and kind of sums it up really!

The Old Sailor (AA Milne)
There was once an old sailor my grandfather knew
Who had so many things which he wanted to do
That, whenever he thought it was time to begin,
He couldn’t because of the state he was in. 
He was shipwrecked, and lived on a island for weeks,
And he wanted a hat, and he wanted some breeks;
And he wanted some nets, or a line and some hooks
For the turtles and things which you read of in books. 
And, thinking of this, he remembered a thing
Which he wanted (for water) and that was a spring;
And he thought that to talk to he’d look for, and keep
(If he found it) a goat, or some chickens and sheep.
Then, because of the weather, he wanted a hut
With a door (to come in by) which opened and shut
(With a jerk, which was useful if snakes were about),
And a very strong lock to keep savages out.
He began on the fish-hooks, and when he’d begun
He decided he couldn’t because of the sun.
So he knew what he ought to begin with, and that
Was to find, or to make, a large sun-stopping hat. 
He was making the hat with some leaves from a tree,
When he thought, “I’m as hot as a body can be,
And I’ve nothing to take for my terrible thirst;
So I’ll look for a spring, and I’ll look for it first.” 
Then he thought as he started, “Oh, dear and oh, dear!
I’ll be lonely tomorrow with nobody here!”
So he made in his note-book a couple of notes:
I must first find some chickens” and “No, I mean goats.”
He had just seen a goat (which he knew by the shape)
When he thought, “But I must have boat for escape.
But a boat means a sail, which means needles and thread;
So I’d better sit down and make needles instead.”
He began on a needle, but thought as he worked,
That, if this was an island where savages lurked,
Sitting safe in his hut he’d have nothing to fear,
Whereas now they might suddenly breathe in his ear!
So he thought of his hut … and he thought of his boat,
And his hat and his breeks, and his chickens and goat,
And the hooks (for his food) and the spring (for his thirst) …
But he never could think which he ought to do first. 
And so in the end he did nothing at all,
But basked on the shingle wrapped up in a shawl.
And I think it was dreadful the way he behaved -
He did nothing but bask until he was saved! 

I lied about the aubergine! x