Milton Avery

If you're ever looking for a bit of colour inspiration you should probably peruse the work of Milton Avery - isn't it so gorgeous?

Fruit wrappers

Someones collection of fruit wrappers, found in the bottom of a box at Hitchin Market. Beautiful no? I'm getting back in to the toot! I roll the boy down there in his buggy and feed him breadsticks to buy myself rummaging time.

Vintage clothes and textiles from Augusta auction

Just a little post to let you know that, if you're at a loose end have a peruse of the Augusta Auctions site: it's wonderful. And here are the outfits I'll be having thanks, and a suit for Jack.

drinks labels

I've just been asked to design another drink label so I was very happy to find these old labels whilst I was looking through my studio archive boxes. They are called studio archive boxes because Jack won't let me keep crap in the house, quite a lot of stuff ends up in my studio. Anyhow - aren't they lovely? I spent a bit of time poring over them to find the best ones for you . . . 

 I like these less colourful, more geometric ones best -

Shaker furniture

Enjoying the Shaker look a lot - I'd like this bench please/
And this rocking chair. And the background cloth too, obviously.

Shaker pegs

I made some shaker pegs for our hallway, I really love them and they're super cheap to make. 
I used these pegs and a length of timber from the timber merchant. I drilled holes that the pegs would fit really snuggly in to then hammered them all in with just a bit of wood glue to make sure they didn't work loose. We've now got 30 pegs over 2.5 metres in our hallway which is really convenient and it all cost less than £20.
*nice pat on the back*

I got that jacket from a charity shop and came home to Jack all like "Do you like my faux shearling jacket?" to which he replied " . . . it's a fleece". Dammit! Why he always got to pop my bubbles. 

New best paper

I ordered a ream of sugar paper from this place I found. I like sugar paper for it's slightly cruddy, grainy texture, it holds the colour oil pastels really nicely and is nice and thin for cutting up. Just as well I like it because now I have loads. No sooner did it arrive in the post than Team Anarchy set-to for their inspection: Maggie ate a bit of the parcel tape and then the the boy managed to fall off it - all 5cm of it - and landed on his face. That's how my days go now.
To test the paper out I made myself some new collaged blog buttons -->

The Natural History Museum at Tring

We visited the Natural History Museum at Tring the other day (now we're locals) and it was very, very good. The little person had a good stare and also a lot of standing, beating his tiny palms against the display cabinets. 
I feel like a right mammal at the mo: having grown a life inside me and now feeding it from my boobs - so seeing the little man gaze in to the eyes of a chimpanzee (albeit a stuffed one) felt both unnerving and profound.
I will go back one day with my pencil and paper to do some drawing but for now I just have some photos that I might make some animally collages from . . . or not, depending on whether I find the time.
My only other observation from the day was this: birds and fish look amazing stuffed, as if you might leap in to life at any minute . . .
 . . . animals not so much.

Wedding comission

In the summer I made this collage as a wedding commission - I was asked to make a champagne label with their names on - so I made this But I also packaged up the original and sent it off for the happy couple as a keepsake - not bad eh? I like to go the extra mile (unless I'm too tired and hungry, then I like to have a tantrum and eat in bed)
Very fine photograph by Lucy Birkhead.

From the sketchbook

My banners have finally been taken down at Ditchling. One has gone off to be in a photoshoot (oooooh shmancy) and two are back in my studio ready to fight another day, you can see some pictures on my textiles page. The cards for the Edward Johnston exhibition were very well received and I think I will continue to print them for my wholesale customers. 
Here's a picture from my sketchbook that I made whilst I was designing all the different bits: I like it! I can only ever say that about pictures I make after I haven't seen them for a few months.