Friday, 23 November 2012

Ouseburn Open Studios 2012

Tonight is the opening of Ouseburn Open Studios 2012 and I'm excited! Cultural venues in the north east open their doors to give the public the opportunity to look behind the scenes and meet the artists, designers and makers over a glass of wine.

Here is a sneaky peeky of preparations for the 20x20 show which accompanies the Mushroom Works open studios. There are stracks of original artworks for sale measuring 20cm square and on sale for ony £20 - they make brilliant and original christmas presents.

I've done some black and white line drawings of animals and added some colour, here's a snap of some laid out ready to be catalogued and hung at the Mushroom Works and a few closeups (apologies for the watermarks):

Come down for preview night tonight  6pm - 8pm at the Mushroom Works, St Lawrence Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1AR or come down on Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

I'm late!

I am excited about my lovely new screenprint by Josie Brookes!

It's her take on the rabbit from Alice In Wonderland. I've had my eye on it since Josie and I both had work in an illustration show called Quite The Character a couple of years ago. I love her style, have a look at her site:


Doodlecaff #4

Name: The Butterfly Cabinet
Location: Heaton
USP: Lovely quirkiness
Ate: Eggs florentine
Drank: Water (au gazeuse)
Doodled: Grumpy kestrel


Class Glass Class

I've always fancied working with glass since my parents took me to Caithness Glass on one of our many tours of Scotland. I particularly loved watching the globules of molten glass being snipped, shaped, poked and dropped into beautiful paperweights. I tried glass painting once but it wasn't satisfying, too similar to just painting. I like tools, crafts where you get your hands dirty.

So when Bryan Curtis of Northern Star Stained Glass Studio ran a stained glass workshop, I was excited to give it a try. Bryan has over 20 years experience as a skilled craftman and his studio showcases some beautiful examples of decorative glass by him and his pupils. Bryan showed us how to make a suncatcher from several pieces of coloured and textured glass - how to make a simple design, cut the glass, cut and solder the leading and cement the glass in place.

It was lots of fun! If you'd like to try yourself, there are two more workshops coming up and you can find details via the Mushroom Works website:

Here's a couple of photos and a link to Bryan's site: