Monday, 17 December 2012

Nursery Mobile

I made a mobile today which would look lovely suspended above a baby's cot.

I found a nursery interior photo online which matched the teals, yellows and pinks of the fabrics I used for the birds perfectly, so a little bit of photoshopping and hey presto!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Needle Felting

After seeing some of the wonderful creations in wool dotted around the craft-o-sphere I decided to have a go myself and discovered it to be strangely addictive (if a bit time consuming, fiddly and painful, as my poorly punctured fingertips can attest to). Repetitively stabbing bits of raw Merino wool with a single barbed needle is quite a good stress reliever. Well, until the fingers get in the way that is.

After a bit of practice I made some wooly creatures...

And a hanging raincloud. All these creations will be available in my shops come the new year.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Final Projects

Well here I am again! I've neglected this blog, and regretfully so, but it's time to breathe new life into it as I start a new chapter with Pigs Have Wings. But before I do, and seeing as this was originally a home for my art college projects, I'll just post the last ones I completed before I graduated back in July.

The project 'The Essence of Colour' drove me mad. Absolutely bonkers in fact, because I decided on a colour I don't particularly like; the sickly, girly hues of bubblegum pink. I then discovered that the shade was used to calm violent prisoners in a painted holding cell, earning it the nickname "Drunk Tank Pink". This came as a result of experiments conducted in 1979 by Dr. Alexander G. Schauss, who reported that exposure to the colour he named Baker Miller Pink significantly reduced heart rate. His paper, and subsequent studies which found prolonged exposure actually enraged subjects, informed the idea behind the A1 poster and accompanying A5 booklet required of the brief. 

My original plan was to punch a hole in an actual plaster boarded wall and photograph it with the paint tin in the bottom corner, which would then be the other side of my A5 booklet when unfolded. There was just one problem, finding a decent wall with a cavity behind it with which the owner would not mind me (or, when it actually came to it, a friend with a much bigger fist) vandalising. In the end I decided on having an actual sheet of plaster as my poster, which caused disagreement between the tutors as to whether this veered away too much from the parameters of the brief, rendering it to something more like an art installation. However, I am nothing if not deviant, so I went ahead with it anyway. 

A return to children's books had me crafting 'The Cat Day Manifesto' out of paper, and 'Machine', illustrated with acrylics and pencils.