Sunday, 20 November 2011

Ouseburn Open Studios 2011

The last week in November sees the return of the annual Open Studios event. Several local cultural venues fling open their doors and invite you in for a look round. I’ll be at the Mushroom Works, my favouritest of the venues, where you can go meet the artists in their studios, look at their work and have a little drinkie.

click to enlarge - Artist Sarah Blood's studio at Mushroom Works

Mushroom Works also hosts the fabulous 20x20 show – where you can buy fantastic pieces of art measuring 20 cms square for only 20 quid. Total bargain and they make brilliant Christmas presents. You can even buy an original, framed Victoria McParlin! For 20 quid!

Get it in your diaries.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Honourable Mention

Pleased to find a mention on the gorgeous Travelling For Pleasure blog by illustrator Lara Robinson, who also runs Laravans - lovely little caravans for hire. This is from the Papergirl event:

Sunday, 13 November 2011

You Got The Silver

I’ve been learning Silversmithing on a course run by jewellery designer/maker Imogen of Imogen Shafto Design, who really knows her stuff.

I love playing with tools and I’ve really enjoyed the course, learning how to use, measure, cut, work, shape, affix and manipulate different metals and how to make my designs on paper into a real, tangible product. It’s mostly a detailed and fiddly process, which I love, thought I have to remember to rein in my natural impulses to add too much detail and overwork things. I’m never satisfied and always think I can improve my work if I keep going, which ironically is exactly the sort of thing which can ruin it instead.

So far, I’ve made a copper ring, a pendant of a little bird on a brass perch and a silver bangle inspired by the recent octopus tattoo. The open ends of the bangle look like a curled tentacle complete with silver suckers which were unbelievably challenging, shall we say, to do. I got an immense amount of satisfaction at getting it finished though.

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There were some fantastic pieces of work produced by the class and some impressive and innovative designs from the other students.

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