Cyanotype Lampshades

Cyanotype Lampshades
Sun Printed Honesty Lampshades

Friday 29 October 2010

World Trip

Exciting times as my youngest Son Tom leaves for his world Trip with his girlfriend , so of course it is party time before he goes,so here we are trying to do, Halloween, Bonfire night, Birthday and Chritmas all on one day !

Off to L.A. then New Zealand, Australia,Thailand and Indonesia
I wish I was 22 again!


We stopped in Fowey on the way down, which had lots of interesting little galleries and shops. Although the streets were scarily narrow !
I seem to have developed a fascination for Bunting so this blog may well get filled with examples of how other places do it. This was very posh looking stripey orange bunting that I liked in Fowey.

Cornwall Mini Break

Finally manged to escape for a few days to Cornwall staying in Boscundle Manor near St Austell.
So of course that meant a trip to The Eden Project, very busy there as half term, but we manged to get there early enough, before it got really manic! Enjoyed The Seed once again and the autumn colours.

Friday 22 October 2010

British Art Show

Another trip down to Plymouth for a Teachers meeting at Plymouth Museum.
The event is being hosted by The Plymouth Visual Arts consortium and supported by Arts Council England . The British Art show opens on Saturday in Nottingham, but comes to Plymouth in September 2011 - as Plymouth is now recognised as a cultural destination!

So good to find out more about it, renew some acquaintances and meet some new people. Good to  make contact with Richard from Barefoot the Plymouth equivalent of DAISI and to hear about the Big Festival that takes in the Summer. Sounds exciting! So there may be opportunities for the Crafts to be involved as well as Art !

Tuesday 19 October 2010

Firing Up!

I went to the Launch of 'Firing Up' last night at Plymouth College of Art a Crafts Council initiative that is aiming to get young people back into making Ceramics.

There is going to be a pilot project running through the college  with 9 schools in Devon, Cornwall  and Plymouth, where the schools still have kilns these will be restored and Teachers given training to use them plus Artists residencys to inspire the young people to want to create in Clay. There is sponsorship through Pottery Crafts and the whole project is supprted by funding from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esme Fairburn.

So an exciting project at this time when funding cuts are the usual story of the day

Monday 18 October 2010

Away day

All the Trustees of Devon Guild have an away day once a year to get to know new Trustees and develop areas to take action on over the following year.
This year are meeting was at Escot House, a wonderful location. After a hard days work we were given the opportunity to visit the Green wood Centre at Escot where we could hold a Devon Guild Social event in the future !

Trustees at Play

The photo of the Tree was taken from a specailly provided carved Tree trunk that you can lay back in so that it is possible to get a great image of the tree whilst lieing comfortably and cleanly !

Thursday 14 October 2010

Silk Painting

The next course for Silk painting in Bovey Tracey is Saturday 16th October
10.30 am - 3.30 pm at the Phoenix Hall , Bovey Tracey Activities Trust, Bovey Tracey

I am also going to run smaller, more select groups in my studio - contact me for future dates

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Indian Summer!

Wow ! What a fantastic Day. It was so lovely to be able to work outside most of the day.
I am busy getting together a trade order for the New Brewery Art Centre, a Craft Centre based  in Cirencester. So I have been decorating my Pods ready to smoke fire later and cleaning and polishing those done previously.
Then we just couldn't resist and went up on the Moors for a walk, we are fantastically lucky to live so close and be able to have such amazing views

Tuesday 5 October 2010


Sunday became a lovely day after the weather men threatening gale force winds and torrential rain, which it did actually do over night.By the afternoon the sun was out and so were the crowds in Plymouth City Centre

So lots of people turned out for the Big Draw Mela.there was so much happening with 3 stages and stalls selling Asian food and more. The tent I was in was near to the one for dancers and it got quite busy from the start at 11am. The images show the start of the first Sarong being painted there was lots of interest from adults as well as children.

The Student ambassadors from Plymouth College of Art got other young people involved in taking part and did some great drawings themselves.

The Bunting came out for another Arts event as you can see in the background!

Friday 1 October 2010

Mela in Plymouth

This Sunday 3 October there is the first Mela happening in Plymouth.
(A Mela is the Asian word for a gathering or Celebration.) %20Plymouth%20Mela
As part of the Big Draw I am running a drop in Silk Painting experience in a Tent in the Piazza of Place de Brest, Drake Circus Shopping Centre.
We will be there from 11am - 3pm come and help paint a Sarong!