Sunday, 20 July 2014

What Else Can You Do With Embroidery Hoops..


I hope you are all well! Enjoying this lovely summer weather!^_^
It's been a very beautiful and sunny day even here- in Edinburgh! What a change after foggy and miserable Saturday that we had yesterday. It seems that we are now out of darkness and in for some more great summer again!^_^ Yey!
 Sunny summer days are amazing although I have to admit that great days like today make it quite difficult to work. to stay in, to focus, to create, even when you do something you enjoy so much!  My studio is right on top floor and it can get really hot. Well I guess I should invest in a fan and stop complaining!

 I have been quite strict with myself though in the last couple of weeks and managed to work on a few paintings and  do some sewing too.

So what else can you do with embroidery hoops? They don't only serve as an embroidery tool, embroidery hoops make pretty nice frames too, not only for flat objects but also 3D items.

Today I am sharing with you my rag doll embroidery hoop art. They are available in my Etsy shop. Clicking on the captions below images will take you to each individual item listing.




What do you think?


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Mixed Media Girls

Hello lovely people,

The artistic side of me has been feeling so happy lately, I've been spending a lot of my time working on mixed media paintings and drawing pretty faces. It's such a joy to be creative.

I think I said it before but here it is again- there is nothing else that feels more right to me than to be creatively messy. In mixed media art there aren't any rules to follow, which is amazing, nothing needs to be planned ahead, it's such a bliss to get involved into. And everybody can do it, right?

What are my favourite mixed media materials and tools? Ink pads and stamps! I love the fact that I get to use all the rubber and lino stamps as well as the mylar stencils that I cut and carved over the past few months, oh and I use punchinella a lot too, it's a great and cheap stencil that saves time as I don't have to cut it out myself.

Neon paper cut outs and neon acrylics! I have collected some lovely neon paper and I often need to stop myself from not overusing them  in my finished paintings, they make my work so fun and colourful. I also love to use the acrylic modeling paste, which when applied over a stencil creates an amazing texture.

I have a small collection to share with you at the moment but it will definitely keep expanding.

The first two are already art prints, they look really good, am so pleased!

Learn from the Brave.

The Beauty of the Butterfly.

 These are originals, a background only and my finished paintings:

Best Friends.

Believe in Love.

Hope is the Thing with Feathers.

Trust Love One More Time.

What do you think of them? I'd love to know your thoughts..


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Most Comfortable And Flattering Piece Of Clothing

This is by far the most comfortable piece of clothing that I have ever made- the design is so flattering and suits a lot of different body shapes too. The fabrics I used (both medium weight cotton jersey) in salmon orange and light grey are so soft and are great for printing. I hand printed geometric shapes in black, yellow and orange. And added ribbed cuffs, neckline and hem and I have to say it's a very nice and neat looking finish.

Again looks totally different when worn with a belt which gives it more of a shaped waist dress look. 
This time however, I think I prefer it without any belts, just loose and comfy. 

Waist Pleats High Waist And Prints

Skirt and dress season is finally here and I will be making more of those for sure!

This orange high waisted skirt has been hand printed (no surprise there since I love to print so much!^_^) and has front and back waist pleats - that's my favourite detail!

My hair looks so wild, it was quite windy up on that roof! ^_^

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Simple Tunic Dress

Simple straight line tunic is a very versatile shape as it give a lot of room to play around. I love my tunics with belts or elastics to shape the waist.
 The first one was made from a light red fabric with elastic stitched around the waist and a big bow stitched on the side ( I love the bow^_^) :

The red on is from last summer. 
My newest one is made from grey colour lightweight wool blend fabric with tight elastic casing as well as printed fabric side inserts:

  Playing around with details/ fabric choice when using the same simple pattern totally changes the outcome.

Sewing from Drape Drape 2

I love books so much that I often treat myself with them^_^
And when my new Drape Drape 2 book arrived I couldn't wait to start sewing! I chose something simple to start- my first piece of clothing is a vest.

It's a lovely 3 piece draped vest with oversized pockets. It's very comfortable and the fabric I used (heavy weight cotton jersey) it's so soft and warm too.

Pictures from the book itself:

And here is my vest:

I'm standing on top of the roof  where the lighting is great to take pictures. But although the sun was shining so brightly that evening it was quite windy and I was very cold.. Just putting a brave face, am acting as if it was hot cause the vest looks much better with bare arms^_^

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Finding my path..

Finding my path...

I love being creative and there is noting as relaxing and therapeutic as an expressive form of art, right?^_^

Recently I started working with mixed media again and there is no other feeling this good!
I found  my long forgotten box of magic-as I call it. It was hidden under the bed amongst other things for so long that I forgot it existed! My magic box filled with colourful, messy arty stuff-  acrylics, watercolour, paint brushes, gesso, charcoal, inks,pencils,oil pastels..
My hand printing materials seemed to fit right in this new field too.
I use my ink pads, hand carved lino and rubber block as well as Mylar stencils to make marks, my Gelli plate plays an important role too in creating backgrounds.
I draw- well learn to draw faces too and incorporate them with my mixed media backgrounds. I LOVE it!

And at the end of the day after having sat at my desk for a while- working, creating, experimenting I find satisfaction by looking at my stained fingers, black nails, palms covered in paint, inks, and smudges of pencil or charcoal on my face. I feel fulfilled in a way.. It's crazy!

I haven't touched my sewing machine in a while and I feel bad about it sometimes but as much as I love sewing, creating fashion garments, dolls, home decor- they don't give me the same kind of fulfilment, satisfaction and freedom. With expressive art there are no rules to follow, no plan of action needed, no boundaries, there is only that need to create that drives you far outside of your comfort zone.

I am trying to find my path in all of these. I learn. I express. I experiment. And I hope I am improving with each piece of paper that gets splashed with paint or sprayed with ink.

These are just my experiments. We shall see where they take me!^_^