Cyanotype Lampshades

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Sun Printed Honesty Lampshades

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Ramm reopens

Last Thursday RAMM reopened with all its shiny new bits as well as the old favorites
Great evening  at the Staff opening Champagne and Pies made by Dartmoor KItchens who have taken on the cafe franchise - Yummy! Music by Show of Hands
It really is worth a visit - might take more than one though to see everything !

Next year sometime there will be a display in the museum of the pottery I helped families and Children make at West Exe Childrens Centre in the style of the Harvest Jugs - just out of the kiln !

Friday 16 December 2011


I am in training for going up a Mountain in Borneo in the New Year, so walking Bertie  the dog is now part of the daily routine, but he got a longer walk at Yarner than normal as I lost my glasses part way round  ( Luckily after retracing our steps I found them !)
                                                  This is Bertie at the start of the walk !

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Monday 12 December 2011

Christmas Bunting

                             The perfect present for Christmas - Bunting of Course !
                                                   Also the perfect  Birthday present !

Saturday 10 December 2011

Fab Presents!

During the last couple of workshops there have been some Fabulous presents created for some very lucky people from Christmas !
The Next courses are in January on Saturday 21 and Saturday 28 with the added possibility of a Mid week course added in on a regular basis.

Thursday 1 December 2011

Printmaking Course

The last two days I have been taking part in a Printmaking Course at the Red Earth Gallery in Bickleigh, run by Catherine Cartwright  and Simon Ripley of the Double Elephant - It was great fun and I learnt a lot , having tried out Monoprints, Collographs, Drypoint , adding Intaglio and Chine Colle - all those mysterious terms that actually mean something to me now!

Monday 21 November 2011

Silk Courses

This years last couple of workshops are Saturday 3 and Saturday 10 December, just time to make those few special Christmas Presents - I now have some spectacle cases and more Chiffon Scarves as well as the usual, ties, cushion covers and Hankies.

Then we go to The New Year - juts bought my new Diary so the first couple of Date are Saturday 21 and Saturday 28 January

Then looking at Half Term in February for the Next Family Workshop - the plan at the moment being to put that on in the Cricket Pavilion! Sounds like Fun!

Monday 14 November 2011

Christmas Gifts

The Silk Painting course went really well on Saturday and it gave me a few ideas for cards and presents that I could make
I have made a small silk  kit up which could be given to beginners , it includes a frame, some silk to fit x 2 a Gutta outliner tube and some silk pins. I am also doing Silk Workshop Vouchers which could be that present for Christmas that solves the problem of what to give her ( or him?)
                       Next date Saturday 19 November then Saturday 3 and 10 December

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Christmas Presents and Kits

I have started to stock more items which could be given as gifts - silk is ideal as a gift as you can send it  in the post so easily to people further away!
Also the next few workshops can focus on making Christmas  Cards and gifts
November 12 is now fully booked
November 19 has a few spaces still
Saturday December 3 has a couple of spaces
Saturday 10 December has spaces free contact me

                          FabulousTie - shame about the background - sack the photographer!

Sunday 30 October 2011

Power to Yarner

We had another great session at a Silk Painting Family workshop at Yarner this week as it was half term. The amazing thing is that there is now power to use hair driers and maybe by next spring the flushing toilets may be functioning! Of course they work by rain harvesting so now is the time to start filling the water containers.

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Christmas Card Workshops

Come and make you own unique Christmas cards and Presents that can be really easily sent in the post as they are so light being made of silk.
Next workshop dates are Saturday 12 November and Saturday 19 November

Monday 17 October 2011

Summers Over !

It is definitely now the  end of the summer as we took the last of the bunting down from the Riverside Mill with Max and his Cherry Picker - luckily no bike race this time and it came down much faster than it went up! It was little dark at 7am still , but thanks to Kate Martin for turning out and directing traffic it all went smoothly.

Tuesday 11 October 2011

Next Silk Workshop

There are still a couple of spaces available for the Silk Painting Workshop this Saturday 15 October 10.30 - 3.30 £20 to include a tasty home made lunch , silk products are available to purchase. Let me know if you are interested

Gorgeous Dragonfly Shawl that Gill made

Monday 10 October 2011

Yarner Family Workshop

Just organising a Silk painting Family Workshop at Yarner over the half term holiday - also over the time of the 'Big Draw'

Wednesday 26 October 10.30 - 12.30 £10 per parent and Child
Bookings from me

Thursday 29 September 2011

Kate Leighton

As part of my trip to the Midlands I went to stay with my oldest friend Rachel and her youngest daughter Kate is such a talented painter I have to share one of her newest paintings with you

Wednesday 28 September 2011

Bevere Gallery Trip

Its the time of year now for collecting work from Galleries so a trip up to Worcester was on the cards to pick up the last stock from the Bevere Gallery - luckily they did sell the largest or my sculptures so that was good news! It was a great space for outdoor work
                     We particularly liked this Gorrilla - but its all part of another story...

Tuesday 20 September 2011

Bunting Hire

The Bunting has now mostly come down off the Riverside Mill - apart from the bits on the highest parts of the roof which need a cherry picker to be organised - Poor Max gets roped in again !
The bunting is now available for hire / use for events so far it has been to a Festival, Birthday Party, Wedding and renewal of marriage vows,  oh yes and My daughters Birthday bunting  at Chagford show on the Vets stand !

Jenny the Greatest Bunting Knitter in Bovey Tracey

                                     Contact me if you are interested in using it

Tuesday 13 September 2011

Next Silk Painting Courses

Carol hair drying her scarf whilst doing a yoga pose !
The next dates for Silk painting are Saturday 8 October
Saturday 15 October
Saturday 12 November and Saturday 19 November
Also hoping to arrange a Family Workshop in October the week of Half Term at Yarner, depending on interest !

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Heathercombe Sculpture Trail

                                      Dartmoor Fingerprints at Heathercombe The Edge
                                                       3 - 25  September
                                        Open Tuesdays to Sundays 11 - 5.30

Thursday 1 September 2011

Hope at Heathercombe

I have just finished my new work for The Edge 'Hope' Sculpture Trail  at Heathercombe as part of the Open Studios starting on Saturday 3 September
                       Now I just have to go and set it up in its place in the garden this afternoon

Tuesday 30 August 2011

Education Space at Yarner

This is the new education space at Yarner , sounds posh ! but its improving all the time, the last of this summers Silk Painting Family Workshop's is being held there on Wednesday 31 August

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Hungry Fish!

Just one of the things I did in Yorkshire was to have Garra Rufa Fish nibble my feet- something you have to try once ! I would do it again though as might feel felt great afterwards. These were only small ones though as supposedly it doesn't tickle as much!

Monday 22 August 2011

Another Singer Sewing Machine

My mate picked up another Singer Hand sewing machine for me from a car boot sale , pretty similar to my first one , but hopefully working better. Just one small  thing it was in Yorkshire so I had to go and get it and bring it back on the train!

                                                        I got it and me back in one piece

Wednesday 17 August 2011

Yarner Wood

Despite the rain - the great British Summer time - a good time was had silk Painting in the middle of the wood at Yarner
There are spaces still available for the workshop next Wednesday 24 August and a few for 31st as well

Tuesday 16 August 2011

Family Workshops

Just a quick reminder about the Silk Painting Family Workshops in Yarner Wood that are on the next 3 Wednesday afternoons through August 1-3 pm
to Book contact me on 07766342723

I have had no home phone,thus no internet, for last couple of days ,BT have fixed it, so I am now back contactable again !

Tuesday 9 August 2011


A lovely little festival in Gweek a fund raiser event supporting Holifield  Farm Project space for learning disabled adults and young people, supported by the community - shame the weather wasn't so great on the Sunday, But the one thing there was lots of is Bunting ! - oddles of it and sculptures made by the members of the farm
                                    This was the Polar Bear Sculpture outside the Polar Bar

Saturday 6 August 2011

Silk Painting Day

Another lovely day with 'the ladies' Silk Painting , working hard and having fun at the same time
Getting back to  work after a great lunch of salad , cheeses , home made bread and Lemon Cake ! Next Date Saturday 3 September , although there maybe another date mid week in August watch this space !

Tuesday 2 August 2011

RAMM Play Day Wednesday

Wednesday 3 August is National Play Day , the museum are holding an event 'Under and Over' at the Chapter House next to the Cathedral in Exeter 12- 4pm
I am making Dolphins , to put onto sticks or hang up

    We will be using paper clay, but that can be painted and varnished when dry
Unfortunately the web site has the wrong location and times on it ! so ignore it

Sunday 31 July 2011

Joey the Lips

Great little venue the Sheldon Theatre at Doddiscombsleigh , small and intimate and thank goodness it didn't rain !
Joey the lips were good to see again - although I think I preferred Mad Dog McCrae and the Sound of the Sirens , that I saw there a previous weekend.

Thursday 28 July 2011

Reclaiming Clay

Today was a perfect day for Reclaiming Clay - I have been waiting all winter for the right time so that I can make all my waste dried up clay back into lovely soft stuff !
Also perfect as beating it up is soo theapeutic ! So much better than taking your anger out on people ! and it saves me money , so its got to be good !
                                                    Thank goodness summer is here again!

Monday 25 July 2011

TRAIL in Teignmouth

A Beautiful, balmy, summer evening so a visit to Teignmouth to meet my friend Angie, a stroll along the sea front to look at TRAIL was a good thing to do , plus having a drink in the Ship and Fish and Chips for Supper

                                                     Just a few of my favorite sculptures
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Friday 22 July 2011

Cockington Shop Opening

Devon Guild of Craftsmen opened a new outlet today at Cockington Craft Centre - the first opening event was yesterday evening, and luckily it turned out to be a lovely one! Worth going there  just to see the bunting - made by me of course -and my ceramic work is in the shop too!
See more on the Guild web site (link below)

Wednesday 20 July 2011


Went out to Heathercombe again to chose a spot to put my sculptures when I have made them!!
                                      we quite liked this little pond to put them in what do you think?

Hameldown Tor

Popped out to Heathercombe and then stopped for a walk on the way back to Widecombe Great Views from up there ! Even though not sunny at least it wasn't raining !

Monday 18 July 2011

Making Pots !

It seems like months since I actually spent a day making my own pots ... and it quite probabaly is!  Bliss back in my workshop... feeling human again!

Thursday 14 July 2011

Silk Moths

Wow ! these silk moths are amazing! Jane Deane natural dye expert breeds silk moths has let me have some of hers that have sadly deceased, so I can use them as a resourcewhen going into schools to show where silk comes from. Makes me want to paint them as well!!

Tuesday 12 July 2011

Leigham River Banner

I spent 2 days at Leigham Primary school working with small groups of year 4 pupils to create some really big banners with the theme of Rivers, they came up with some great work!
                                                                  More Fish !

Sunday 10 July 2011

More Dates for Silk Painting

After another fun filled day silk painting we came up with some more dates for workshops through the summer.
These are Saturday 6 August and Saturday 3 September  

Thursday 7 July 2011

Finished Firing Fishes !

Hurrah!  I have finally finished firing the sea creatures from Plaistow Hill Primary school !
I hope they like them ? I think they are great fun to hang up somewhere !

Tuesday 5 July 2011

Next Silk Painting !

Back to the real world without Bunting taking over my studio ,
The next dates available for doing Silk painting at my studio are
Saturday 16 July and Saturday 23 July 10.30 - 3.30

I have set some dates for family workshops At Yarner Woods in August set up as well see their web site
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Monday 4 July 2011

Last bit for Cockington!

This is really the last bit which is going to Cockington, where the Devon Guild of Craftsmen is creating  a new smaller gallery - Opening on 21 July so this bunting is recycled from Devon Guild  Bags  is going up to celebrate the opening, I am also back making some pods for the opening too !

Sunday 3 July 2011

Demonstration Day

My last day of making Bunting?
I was demonstrating how to make Bunting all day at Devon Guild , which was quite quiet as summer arrived and it was a beautiful day - too nice to be inside - so here's me ironing in the Courtyard at Devon Guild of Craftsmen

                               And me making just one more bit of potato print Bunting !

Saturday 2 July 2011


The day finally arrived to celebrate 25 years at Riverside Mill -a good time was had by all  after a tea party and a Private view with Pimms ! and the Bunting made all the difference!
Here's one of my lovely ladies , Jenny who knitted most of the Bunting you can see here !
Thank you so much everybody who helped !

Thursday 30 June 2011

Up the tower!

This mornings little expedition was up into the tower to hang bunting from there - it took two attempts, as the first bit was too small, so we had a fair bit of exercise going up and down the ladder - not good for Simon and I who don't like heights!
If you look carefully you can see Simon and Stephens arms out of the windows holding the bunting!

The cafe looks really festive ready for the tea party on Friday afternoon - don't forget to come and see me on Saturday making Bunting again!

Wednesday 29 June 2011

More Extreme Bunting !

Hanging out of windows, climbing up ladders and dangling from strange places ! All in a days work  of putting up bunting around the Riverside Mill, The Tourist Information centre and other key places in Bovey Tracey. We have nearly finished , just more to hang from the top tower tomorrow morning - do you think people have noticed yet?