Wednesday, 11 April 2018

art days this summer- come and be inspired!

Come and spend a day at the beautiful Birtley Estate, drawing and printmaking.

Email me for details, address above.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

thinking about spring

I have been thinking about the beautiful trees on the Birtley Estate in Surrey, as spring is coming and I'm planning this year's art days.

Why not come along and spend a day drawing and learning simple print making  in this peaceful place? Art days start in May, and you can find out about them from me at:

I can't wait to see the first bluebells!

Monday, 14 August 2017

the psychedelic cows of surrey

Pictures from a sunny art day at Birtley Estate last Saturday. Birtley is host to some colourful cow sculptures, and Suzy did them full justice in her prints.

This one made me think of a disco version of the Lascaux caves:

Everyone enjoyed the textural quality of monoprint making, although this log doesn't look too happy about it!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

happy birthday Eternal Maker!

Saturday's birthday bash at the eternal Maker 
was a brilliant success!

Such a lot of visitors, and such a lot of inspiring makers selling their wares. Look at these woolly superheroes, made by Heidi, at Handmade by Heidi.

And this tee shirt, made by Millie who works at the Eternal Maker. Who wouldn't want two crocheted fried eggs on their tee shirt?

Such a lot of people came in beautiful handmade clothes. Love this robot dress,

and Anna's wonderful pirate galleons.

Thank you to the wonderful laughing ladies from the Best Shop Ever!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

sewing madly

At the moment I am sewing madly, to get enough items ready for a table at the wonderful Eternal Maker fabric shop's 10th birthday party sale next Saturday!

I'm making pouches, big enough for pencils or makeup, decorated with rather eccentric ladies. 

They all start off in much the same way,

but then seem to take on a life of their own without my permission. This lady appears to have decided to do a little light dusting in her bikini...

…and this lady has forgotten most of her bikini completely.

The small purses I'm making have just hands on them, but they are each fully equipped with nail varnish and jewellery.

I will also have fat lady and muscle man brooches, and hopefully more besides.

Maybe I'll see you there if you live near to Chichester?

Sunday, 2 July 2017

butterflies and bracken at Birtley

Four lovely ladies came along yesterday for a sunny art day on the beautiful Birtley Estate. The sun shone, and the woods were full of butterflies. Fiona told me that the small brown ones we saw everywhere are called 'gatekeepers' because you find them around field gates. there must be an interesting origin to that name- maybe they congregated there because the cattle trod the mud down and water collected? One of the nice things about meeting new people is the fascinating things you learn.

They all took to monoprinting straight away and were soon trying out their own ideas. the day went so fast that I didn't have time to take many photos.

Fiona creating a misty landscape print.

Clare made some stunning prints using bracken, which she is going to frame for her summerhouse.

We all enjoyed a very inspiring day!

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