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31  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Anatomy Book on: March 23, 2013 07:10:02 AM
This is my entry for the Being Human exhibition at Funky Aardvark.

The words on the left 'page' read "The body is the book that is to be read."

It's a thought process of sorts exploring our relationship with books, and their various roles within our lives. How we sometimes are more inclined to rely on the words of others rather than our own thoughts and feelings. This piece considers our bodies as books to investigate.

The little box at the bottom is a reliquary of sorts and opens to show two book illustrations of teeth.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bunkbed Nests on: March 19, 2013 03:50:22 PM
I painted up a bunch of these little eggs and am busy giving them new homes to reside in. These ones live in bunkbed nests Cheesy

And a bonus egg lineup parade... whodunnit? Cheesy

33  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Funky Aardvark - Chester on: March 11, 2013 04:22:43 AM

Funky Aardvark is the home everything Arty and Crafty! A place to find the truly unique, the wonderful and the weird all under one roof Grin

Courses List...

Every Wednesday - Laid back Life drawing classes
Want to try life drawing with a difference? Laid back life drawing is relaxed and fun. With a new challenge to start each session we encourage a diversity of styles and media. With tutor Bex Raven. Wednesdays 7pm - 9pm.

Monday 18th February (then every 2 weeks) - Secret Art Society
Come and learn the secrets behind the masterpieces of our time. Improve your drawing skills while taking inspiration from many great Artists throughout the ages. With a focus on still life these sessions cover a variety of techniques and media and are suitable for all abilities. With tutor Jilly Shires. Please note the easter session will be on Tuesday evening. 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

New Year New Skills
Introductory courses every Sunday. Learn a new skill each week with tutor Bex Raven.

Sunday 10th March - Applique Surface Decoration
Sunday 17th March- Chalk and Charcoal
Sunday 24th March - Impressionism in oil pastels
Sunday 31st March - Marbelling
Sunday 7th April - Modroc sculptures
Sunday 14th April - Textile mixed media
Sunday 21st April - Perspective
Sunday 28th April - Monoprinting
Sunday 5th May - Using your sewing machine

Altered Books
Every 1st Saturday starting on 6th April, an opportunity to come and play with books with Georgina Ferrans (aka Phizzychick) aka me! Cheesy Discover a whole new way to recycle books to express your art. 11am - 1pm. Materials included...but bring a good book!

Come and learn a new technique making felt on the second Saturday of every month with tutor Zoe Collyer of ZoeCo.

Saturday 13th April - Collage. Explore a range of techniques and fibres to create a collage. Theme = landscape. 10am - 4pm.
Saturday 11th May - Vessel. Make a vessel from merino wool and decorative fibres shaped around a wine bottle. 10am - 1pm.
Saturday 13th July - Scarf. Explore 2 different ways of making a scarf - cobweb and nuno. 10.30am - 4pm.
Saturday 10th August - Vessel. Use natural wool tops such as Icelandic and Wensleydale to create a vessel shaped by hand. 10am - 1pm.
Saturday 7th September - Collage. Explore a range of techniques and fibres to create a collage. Theme = water 10am - 4pm.

Visit the course calandar on the website for the latest updates at: www.funkyaardvark.co.uk/courses

51 Bridge Street Rows East, Chester, CH1 1NW
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Fortune Teller on: March 04, 2013 04:09:39 PM
This was created on a whim when I was trying to craft something else. I started playing around with things and they just seemed to fall into place. Much like the tea leaves I guess Wink The background is an old newspaper I found when I bought an old suitcase, and the threads and buttons I used are vintage too.

The little tag is made from some music paper and reads 'sing, joy, found, love'

My bloke doesn't really 'get' fortune telling by interpreting tea leaves and thinks this should be called IT Tongue Cheesy
35  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Insect Inchies on: March 04, 2013 03:49:30 PM
I bought a scarf thing (too large for a hankie, too small for neck or hair, very odd) a while ago because I loved the fabric so much. I've made a bunch of these inchies from it so far, but I just photographed a few. I think I'm going to make some into a faux insect colection with pins in them, a bit like my faux egg collection Cheesy

I stitched the fabric to paper on my machine, going randomly between the insects, and then cut out and glued them to firmer card before inking up the sides Smiley
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / (Legal) Egg Collection on: February 20, 2013 10:09:49 AM
Since the Protection of Birds Act 1954 it has been illegal to take the eggs of most wild birds, and it is illegal to possess or control any wild birds' eggs taken since that time under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is also illegal to sell any wild bird's egg, irrespective of its age.

This however is an altogether different kind of collection, and completely legal! Grin

It's a plain wood box, stained, with wooden plaques containing bird's eggs, humainly collected Wink

The writing on the eggs was from their descriptions in the bird's egg book. I tried to find amusing ones.

37  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Bird's Egg Decorations on: February 20, 2013 09:30:54 AM
These weren't necessarily made for Easter, just as Spring decorations, but this seemed like the best place for them anyway.

An old book of bird's eggs meets a wooden necklace. A bit of light sanding, a scissor snip or two and some glue later, and voila! Smiley

The book had two eggs on one page for some of the smaller eggs, so I included one on each side and then their names on the little tag.
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Someone is watching you... on: February 20, 2013 09:16:38 AM

I'm in the middle of altering a little decorative wooden house/display shelf thingymebob, and didn't want to use the drawer in it, so I decided to create something else with it. Playing around in some of my junk boxes this is what evolved.

39  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Coccinella septemcalvariapunctata on: February 03, 2013 06:30:23 AM
This was created for a local exhibition with the title "Beauty and the Macabre". I bought a couple of these glass dome displays at a charity shop and knew I wanted to use one in some way for this exhibition. It had a truly hideous fake flower arrangement in there before...I'll spare you the photo Cheesy

I had a hard time thinking of something that was both beautiful and also macabre, I kept thinking of one or the other until I decided on the skull image for the spots. I wanted it to otherwise look just like a Victorian display.

The ladybird (ladybug) is all paper with pipecleaners inside the legs for support. I tried to make some of the ridges underneath and the legs as accurate as I could.

I covered the wooden base with old disctionary pages and them tissue paper torn into strips, then watercoloured. The ladybird is on a lovely patch of moss, twigs and leaves.

Here he is on the loose Cheesy
40  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Collaged Works on: January 22, 2013 08:40:05 AM
A few collaged canvas boards. I started these yonks ago, and have just got around to tinkering with them to finish them off. They all have a painted base which I've randomly printed with stamps and bubblewrap, then collaged and added randon bits to my heart's content Cheesy

The Secluded Nest

A Lofty Home

Conspicuously Lovely

Worshiping Under the Oak

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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