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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Community Craft Project on: April 14, 2015 04:02:22 PM
My local community centre in Hoole, Chester, recently won a large fund to renovate the centre and create a cafe for people to use for workshops and all sorts of events. When the University asked them if they could work with them to create some artwork for the new cafe space they agreed and they asked me, as a local artist, to help with the project. How could I resist? Grin

We've still got another week or two to finish it up but I'm so excited with how it's coming along! We've been working on it every Tuesday for 4 hours. The only brief was that it had to capture stories of the local Hoole & Chester area and it had to fit above the fireplace in the cafe.

Here's a current photo...


And how it all started. With a frame! (actually the inspiration started with part of a rabbit hutch I had and a lot of discussion and debate to get to this point Cheesy)


Making and adding the 'branches' for it.


Before covering them with papier mache


Then tearing map pages for the background. We covered them with white tissue to cover some of the map and to add texture.


Before sketching out some of the areas of Chester into oblong areas. Lots of discussion about whethere the areas were going to be accurate to their actual locations or not, and we decided on switching them around.


Hatching plans to rag rug the river


Rag rug river positioning


Glueing down, and starting to wrap 'branches'


Wrapping the stories around the 'branches'


Working on the little details, stories and photos that will bring the piece to life!


Defenition to the outside of the oval areas


Lots of details added to the zoo area


Zoo - top right, Hoole - (local area where the centre is) lower centre & City Centre - within the Roman cardboard walls Cheesy


And up to this week where we've been working on adding more details to the rest of the areas


Grosvenor Gardens (doily area)


And with me, for scale! Cheesy


It's been great to work with the community and the univesity to create this and I know the community centre is going to love having it on their wall in the new cafe!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Rib Cage Pen Pot on: April 01, 2015 07:23:04 AM
I love a good useful body part! Grin I loosely modelled this on a spine and rib cage from a study drawing I'd made. I had to put in an extra 'spine' down the front too to stop the ribs drooping. Nobody wants a droopy rib! Cheesy









I was really pleased with the spidery look it has!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Undead Inspired Trinket Box on: April 01, 2015 04:01:39 AM
Something to go with my new ring holder, a trinket box!

A plain unfinished wood box altered taking in some zombie inspiration, using lots of things I had to hand...blood ink, candle wax and an undead arm... Grin





4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Zombie Arm Ring Holder on: April 01, 2015 03:12:05 AM
After some recent surgery I can't wear my rings at the moment (boo!) so I wanted to create something cool to display them on. Zombies are all the rage at the moment, so I knew I wanted to use them in my inspiration.

Voila, zombie arm!



Lots of paints in layers to alter this ceramic arm so it looks like the flesh is rotting and the wound has been ripped open to reveal the bones...that screams jewellery to me! Wink





Grr! Stay safe out there! Grin
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gypsy Caravan on: February 16, 2015 01:55:17 PM
A travelling home in miniature! I've always wanted to go travelling around the country in my own wooden caravan just like this one, so I've decorated and filled it ready for my travels. Of course there's a teapot at the ready for lots of cups of tea! My gran was brilliant at tealeaf reading, I really must make time to learn.









*rides off into the sunset* Cheesy
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Winter Ski Clock on: January 07, 2015 03:03:29 PM
I was commissioned to alter a clock to a snow/winter/ski theme. It was to be her Christmas gift from her husband. She brought me the clock and it was no longer working and had seen better days, poor thing! She wanted it to be decorative, "in your style" and to include a scene inside. I wanted to create the perfect keepsake of her ski trips, so I set about giving it a new lease of life!

The best thing is that I was able to buy some parts and fix the clock so it now works! Useful and decorative! Cheesy







A peek inside. In the door is her favourite restaurant on the slopes...


Inside scene


I used some of her piste maps for the walls, and some other ephemera she had given me. I made a little ski lodge and wooded areas, and a wooden crate to hold some leather bound books I created from the rest of the piste maps.


You can open the books


Some of my favourite quotes and details from the outside...








And here's what it looked like when I'd only just started on it


I was so thrilled when she told me just how much she loved it! Smiley
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Taped-up Cards on: December 04, 2014 06:06:41 AM
I bought this fabulous packaging tape for wrapping my gifts this year, and since I love the characters so much I thought it would be fun to make coordinating cards too!

I bought this tape from James Ward jimbobart on etsy. His characters are the cutest!

I snipped the tape up and used an ink pen to draw the fancy edging, and here they are as postage stamps...


8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Jigsaw Curio Decorations on: December 04, 2014 05:36:10 AM
I'm putting together a Victorian Parlour in a steampunk/curio style next week for a gallery exhibition. I decided that since it's December it should have some seasonal elements to it so I've been making appropriate themed decorations for a Christmas tree. Hence, puzzle pieces! Cheesy

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Merit Badges on: November 20, 2014 07:01:35 AM
I have a monthly altered book workshop. Some people drop in to try it every once in a while and I start them off so they can continue at home, and others come every month to do the different themes. They don't know it yet but those people will have attained their altered book merit badges next month Grin I just need to make a little certificate now to go with the rosette brooches.



I purchased the scissors badges from www.waggonswest.etsy.com as a custom order and then added the sari silk and tape measure to make them more 'me' Cheesy





I'm hoping they will be surprised and love them!
10  Category Challenges / Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries / Grinning Pumpkin on: November 02, 2014 04:35:45 PM
This is my wee pumpkin. Mine seem to be getting wider grins and more teeth every year.

I like to think that he'd have some kind of evil raspy cackle.

Carved the old fashioned way...kinda...with a grapefruit spoon and a grapefruit knife! Cheesy

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