Friday, 21 June 2013

Colours from the season - Wild Rose pink

I've had a touch of designer's block lately! 

The Ash has formed bunches of elegant keys, the hedgerows are full of Pink Campion, Buttercups, Ferns and Foxgloves. I still have the Beetle and (broken) Blackbird egg that was left on my doorstep, I've thought about drawing all of these and more, but haven't managed to put pen to paper. 

Until yesterday that is, when I spotted these roses rambling...well...wildly in the garden. Aren't they amazing? I think so and drawing them made me feel HAPPY!

Heart shaped petals, Wild Rose pink and yellows, to celebrate the start of Summer. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!

...from my seasonal colour sample notebook.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The little things - favourite things...

The little things in life that make the difference...

...meeting up with a whole tent-full of amazingly creative people at the Bovey Fair, here are a few of my favourites!

The wonderful graphic and organic jewellery of Chie Mannami - on the stand next to me. You can't have this particular piece as it's now mine! But lots more of her work on her website here.

These are Clare Crouchman's intricate wall ceramics, diagonally opposite me, her work reminded me of Dartmoor - it was like looking across at the most beautiful landscapes. See her website here

Clive Bowen's highly collectable earthenware ceramics, I'm a huge fan, and such a nice man! See more of his work here

Beautiful ceramics by Adam Buick, reminiscent of the Pembrokeshire landscape where he lives - see more on his site here

Great to catch up with Pacha Design and their latest eco furniture collection made from locally sourced, reclaimed slate and wood. See more of their work here

Last but not least, some of my own flora and fauna at the private view!
(Thank you to Anna Trussler at the Devon Guild for taking such a nice pic! See this and more of their festival photos on their facebook page here)

A rustic selection! - can't be helped, surrounded as I am by old A frames and moorland!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The Contemporary Craft Fair

I'm exhibiting at the Contemporary Crafts Fair this weekend in Bovey Tracey (near Dartmoor in South Devon). It's celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year and showcasing nearly 200 high quality designer/makers work. I last exhibited there 7yrs ago! so I'm really looking forward to to meeting up again with friends and customers old and new. Come along and say hello if you're in Devon this wk/end - I've heard a rumour that it's going to be sunny!

Chip in the morning sunlight in the studio. Waiting patiently for me to finish working out the stand layout and take her for a walk...

P.S. A big thank you to the person who left the (dead) beetle and egg in a jamjar outside my front door! which I hope to draw when I have a bit more time x -