To celebrate the opening of my new etsy shop, featuring my new range of ceramics, I have decided to have a GIVEAWAY!!
Up for grabs is one of my tea cups, which is decorated by hand, using hand screenprinted ceramic transfers.
To enter, follow (if you are new) and please visit my shop and leave a comment below to let me know which are your favourite designs. Given that each heading is the same, copying and pasting the link is perhaps the easiest way.
For an extra chance to win, you can help me spread the word about my giveaway on your blog.
The winner will be drawn on the 5th of Jan.
Good luck and have a great new years :)
I have had a week of so to recover from all the celebrations and excitement and thought I would share a few pictures of my final few days.
The graduation exhibition was a huge success and I had an overwhelming response to my ceramic range. As a result of this I have had few Christmas orders and so not to waste kiln space, I have been very busy over the last few days producing new stock which will be in my new etsy shop very soon!! Will keep you posted!
Packaging my sales
Final drinks in the empty workshop to celebrate the end of four years.
A sneak peak of new stock in the making
Today I transformed some of my hand screen printed linen off-cuts into these cute little brooches using some wooden discs that I've had lying around for a forgotten project.
They turned out quite lovely. They have the smoothness of the wood, whilst still maintaining the texture of the linen. A really nice combination of fabric and wood, with that hand made touch! I think I'll have to wear one to my grad show tomorrow night!
Oh, my poor neglected blog!
I have been very quiet lately as I have been frantically preparing myself and setting up the gallery for my final assessment which was last Monday and then recovering from the immune system crash that followed! Have been very tired and sniffly since but hooray...I am ASSESSED!!
Have had the usual anti-climax feeling that follows a years hard work being wrapped up in 15 minutes, which is now being replaced by the dreaded feeling of finding out my results on Monday....eeek!
I keep having flash backs of ridiculous moments in the assessment when my predictable nerves prevented me from articulating anything and having almost no connection with my work what so ever. It was all quite scary. I then look back over the year and remember all the ideas, hard work and pride that I do have with what I have achieved and what do grades really mean anyway, right?
So here are some pics of my assessment installation. I was really happy with how fresh and open the display looked. Having not seen all my work out all together, I was a tad worried that it would look too busy and colourful. The space worked well as giving a sense of an interior and despite some lighting issues, it all came together quite well.
I was quite excited about the different shapes and patterns of these orange handled utensils and was hoping to emphasise these unique qualities in the collages.
Am really glad that I chose to use the white box frame opposed to the black, the colours appear to be much more vibrant and fresh.
Using a template of the chair I was able to move it around the design to select a composition.
Am currently waiting for the wax to dry on the chairs before I can insert the cushions and see how they will look as a finished series. Will keep you posted!!
I have never been one of those lucky people that win things, but when something comes along that is both vintage orange AND a brooch, it just couldn't have gone to a better home!! I was the very lucky winner of this orange owl brooch by Betty Jo. Liz Jones of Betty Jo creates one off jewellery pieces made from recycled vintage lino, pre loved buttons and all quirky ribbons. I was lucky enough to have been given one of her brooches for my 30th birthday earlier this year and to now have two...WOW. You can check out more of her creations here at her inspiring and colourful blog, Lino Forest.
Gorgeous packaging!! I love parcels :)
Am hand screen printing and sewing 15 floor cushions for my exhibition. The largest size is 85 x 85cm to the smallest which is 45 x 45cm. Have only printed and cut 6 so far and that took ALL day. And this is only one of 6 body's of work all due in November. Argghh
Earlier this semester I did a four day colour workshop with Merv Moriarty which gave me a greater understanding of practical colour mixing, colour matching and the relationship of colour. Towards the end of the workshop Merv gave a quick demonstration on Illustrator on how to lock a chosen set of colours into a colour wheel and spin them around to see the different variations of colours within the same tonal range and hue.
I sat in an Illustrator class with the second year students who were practicing this method and creating digital colour swatches and got a quick lesson in how to do this with the five colours that I have been using. The result from this was a great excuse to perhaps introduce some pink into my work! I mean, who doesn't love a bit of pink pared with grey? May sound pretty awful if pink isn't your thing but below you can see how it seems to blend nicely with my other colours.
I am usually quite meticulous at keeping a record of my recipes but unfortunately I was in a bit of an experimental mood today and the up side of this is the most beautiful navy blue that I have ever mixed and the down side is that I'm not entirely sure how I quite got it. Ah, well..it's still lovely all the same.
As each length will be the same repeat, I want to add an individual touch to each one to highlight the the unique qualities of an individual object in a set. Today I was experimenting with the same repeat and different hints of colour to try and get different effects.
I am still trying to get my head around the theory and conceptual side of my project which is why some of the above may not have made any sense. At least the patterns may be pretty to look at.. I do hope so!!