Up-Cycled Dress

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This is my most recent clothing up-cycle project and it is a craft that I really enjoy, The feeling  from creating a new item from something old and adding your own twist is really satisfying. The bottom of the dress was made from spare black denim that I had floating around the house  and the top was taken from a vintage Monsoon dress that I found in the fabulous vintage shop Baklash in Nottingham. The original dress was long with long sleeves with the odd moth hole so I felt like I breathed new life into this dress.

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Sashiko

There are so many different methods of needlecraft and whilst trying to pick up some new skills I came across the Japanese sewing technique Sashiko which translates to”little stabs”

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I decided on The Flower of Life design which I then added to a sweater for my boyfriend.

He may not look like it but I think he was a little impressed!

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Mosaic Birds

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I very rarely consider doing anything animal based so this Mosaic is a first for me. I went to a local stained glass business and brought some amazing colours to experiment with.

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This is the finished bird design, I have taken inspiration from Mexican folk art..Now I need the slate!

 

 

 

Life Drawing

I do a multitude of different crafts and I thought it was time to revisit my true love.. Art! especially life drawing.  I love the quickness in which you have to work due to having a model and the tones cast from natural light, Everyone’s interpretation is unique.

These were produced a while back but having looked on these pictures with fresh eyes I am excited at the thought of producing some new work so watch this space.

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Charcoal and Pastel

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Water Colour

brown umber cycle

Brown Umber Water Colour

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Conte Crayon and Pastel

long curly hair

Conte Crayon

charcoal sitting

Charcoal

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Charcoal

House Number

After making my own House Number I was asked to make my first commission piece this was a little daunting initially, I really felt the pressure of wanting to do my best and please the customer. So I set about buying the glass with a brief of a simplistic design of natural glass Roman Numerals on slate.

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The chosen glass that I purchased online was alot darker in colour than I had hoped for so I literally had to select the lighter areas of the glass.

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I find working on mesh a good way to work and it allows for mistakes rather than working directly onto the slate.

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A Happy customer! Goes quite well with the style of house I think?

 

Mosaics

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Well yet another craft! and I must say it is quite addictive! I have learned some amazing skills from the talented Mosaic Artist Sophie Robbins based at Textile Workshop Nottingham. I have used my earlier felting project for influence and I think that for future projects I will experiment with previous work and change the mediums/techniques to fit a new craft.