Art in the Heart sent me an email this morning and said that I was featured in this magazine. http://issuu.com/bestlocalliving/docs/nvloct13/1 When I had a look at it, I was surprised to find my felted rabbit and poppy there plus a name mention. Very excited to be featured next to John Lewis 🙂
Goodness the summer has been lovely. Lots of time off from work and lots of time with family. We also had 12 puppies at my house and luckily they have almost all found their forever homes now.
I have two shows coming up next weekend…
Saturday 7th Food & Craft Fair @ Pennells Garden Centre, Newark Road, South Hykeham, Lincoln. LN6 9NT 8:30-5:30
Sunday 8th Easton Walled Gardens Craft Fair 11am-4pm
Then it’s 3 classes the weekend after…
Friday 13th Felting Club: Autumn Leaf Garland @ Revival Lincolnshire Sincil Street in Lincoln (opposite the train station) 10am-1pm £3.50
Saturday 14th Wet Felted Scarves (Nuno Felting) @ Aslackby Village Hall (on the A15 next to the Robin Hood Pub) 10am-4pm £35 includes lunch
Sunday 15th Needle Felted Beads @ Green Olive in Barnwell, Northamptonshire 12pm-3pm
Then the weekend after it’s one of my favourite shows to do…
Saturday 21st Stamford Artisans Guild Craft Fair @ Stamford Arts Centre 10am-4pm
Our theme for this months charity exhibition is “Memories” in support of the charity that my mum runs Dementia Support South Lincs. I have ordered a polystyrene head from ebay…and will be creating my needle felted piece for the exhibition…
Then it’s another show at the end of the month…
Saturday 28th Georgian Weekend in Stamford now I just need to find my Georgian costume… hmmmmm
I have been a member of Stamford Artisans Guild for about three years now. When I moved to England I googled in search of art guilds and groups in the area and the Stamford Group came up. I applied for a stall and everyone was so welcoming the first show I did, it was a great experience. Since then I have participated in almost all the shows in both Stamford and Oakham and have become part of the Committee. Last year I was in charge of the shows which was brilliant for my self-esteem and taught me a lot about business. This year I am in charge of Demonstrations and Exhibitions both of which are new this year to our shows.
As artisans we wanted to show off our talents and create unique pieces to go on display. I decided that this theme would be making Art Bras after I had done a similar successful project when I lived in Downers Grove, IL (outside of Chicago). When I discussed this idea at our meeting many members were excited about creating these Art Bras. During the meeting I saw a couple of our members even sketching their ideas. Many of our guild members will be showcasing their talents by creating an Art Bra in their own medium. There will be wood bras, cake bras, textiles, beaded and wire bras, glass bras, knitted bras and more. It will be an amazing showcase of talent. A lot of the bras have stories behind them and represent the fight that some of our Artisans family and friends have gone through. After the exhibition some of the bras will be sold on our guild website with the profits going to Cancer Research UK. So be sure to check out
www.stamfordartisansguild.co.uk We are also planning on showcasing the bras at our next show at Oakham Castle on the 8th of June.
I have been sketching ideas for the bra that I am creating and now it is in the final stages. I have only seen the effects of cancer from afar and haven’t seen anyone’s struggle closely in my life yet. It’s interesting that I say “yet” though because it seems that Cancer is becoming a disease that affects so many people that everyone is due to see people being affected by in their lifetime. I am creating a bra that depicts the bravery and courage that I believe any cancer sufferer has to have to battle a such a strong disease. My piece is made from a lot of local Shetland and Alpaca wool. It has been needle and wet felted using many different techniques.
Luckily we won’t need to have live models for our Art Bras because some of they may be a bit uncomfortable to wear. Each Artisan has come up with a unique way to display their bras. The pieces will be displayed on the stage at the Arts Centre with the information about the charity and the stories of the Art Bras. Please come and see the amazing talent right on your doorstep this Saturday.
I have spent the last two days setting up for the Country Living Spring Fair. I will be selling all new felting kits there and teaching a felting class at 10:30 every morning. Have a look at my stand and let me know what you think 🙂
I can’t believe that in a week from today I will be on my way to London. I will be revealing 6 new kits at the fair and my goodness it has taken me a long time to put them together! After the feedback I had last year I decided to gear towards selling mostly kits and only a few animals and flowers that have been made by me. People wanted to know how to make everything on my stand last year. This year they will be able to buy the kit and make it themselves.
My friends Mark, Amanda, and Phil have helped me so much by helping me make my idea for the stand come to life. Branches have been painted, jars filled, shelves cut and painted, etc etc. I have completed almost all my tutorials now and just need to print them out, assemble them and add them to the kits. I am aiming to have 300 kits on sale at the fair and so far I have 140 completely made. It’s going to be a busy week.
My friend Phil came over on Friday to discuss my plans for the Country Living Fair. He had made me a scale model of the stand which was fantastic. I took a photo of the model on the Ipad then filled it with what the stand will actually look like. My new bird kits will be taking centre stage with the felted birds perched on the tree. The stand is a bit smaller than last years but will be a lot more colourful. Last year I went for a natural theme and this year is more of a Sweet Shop theme.
I am lucky enough to be exhibiting at the Country Living Show 2013 and this year I will be teaching a needle felting workshop in the Craft Workshop Room.
I will be teaching people how to make needle felted easter eggs and rabbits to hang on an Easter Tree.
At the fair I will be selling my felting kits including 2 new kits to make birds and Woodland Animals.
Watch this space for more updates.
I have found it hard to keep up with the blog and website since the end of the summer due to all of the work that I have had to do. My two goals this year for my business were to do two big shows and to find lots of outlets for my work. I have suceeded in both goals amazingly. I have found lots of outlets and now am busy making stock for all of them. Therefore the website doesn’t have a lot of content or products. Hopefully I will be able to update some more stock in November.
This month I have completed a custom order for a bride’s wedding hair flowers and sold 3 pieces of Felt Artwork (to hang on the walls). Also have almost sold out of stock in Things British in Carnaby Street and Art in the Heart in Peterborough.
Several weeks ago my neighbour was visiting Peterborough and came across and empty shop with a sign that said they were looking for quality artisans for their new shop/gallery. She quickly text me the info and a photo of the shop. I went for a visit last week and met the owner, Dawn. She was impressed with my animals and kindle cases. Today I went back and dropped off some of my stock. So starting from tomorrow you will be able to buy some of my pieces at their shop: If you are local please go have a look in the shop. It is a lovely well lit and perfectly arranged gallery and shop with an ecclectic mix of crafts and art.
Here is a brief video of our Needle Felting, Wet Felting & Acrylic Painting Artworks exhibition.
We are at the gallery from the 24th till the 29th of September and the gallery is open from 10amm-4pm. Phil and I are taking it in turns to man the exhibition so be sure to come down a visit.