Friday, 27 January 2012

Sari silks and Buddhist Landscapes

I recently stumbled across some little paintings I did years ago which reminded me of the deep blues, purples and golds of the landscape and Buddhist temples of Ladakh.I was thinking of trying to use these colour combinations in some work.

One of my New Year's resolutions is not to get distracted, fall in love with and buy extra unnecessary materials but then recently I saw this basket of beautiful sari silk threads in rich ochres, reds and blues last week they looked so perfect... now I am working on a series of felted pieces with the most heavenly coloured silks incorporated with the wool. I want to keep them quite raw with ragged edges. Just hoping I can do the silk justice.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Museum of Craftology Blog!

Delighted to find my cactus brooch being featured in a really fun blog I just discovered called The Museum of Craftology
The blog is full of references to hand crafted work inspired by the natural world. The writer, Amanda, also writes a piece about an artist Shauna Richardson who makes the most amazing `crochetdermy` pieces, similar in feel to the work by Chloe Harrison which I mentioned recently but this time the amazingly realistic and life-like animal trophys are fashioned in incredibly skillful crochet!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Love these faux trophy heads...

Seen at Anthroplologie on Regents Street I was bowled over by these beautifully crafted animal heads by Chloe Harrison of Studio gnu
They are hand constructed from locally sorced or recycled materials and manage to retain the lovely texture and feel of the fabric whilst completely capturing the essence of the animal. Really brilliant!