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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Its been a while.....

Wow..... its been a long time since I have update my blog!! I must get better at this!, but in fairness I have been a very busy gal this last year.
 It has been nearly a year now since I joined as a volunteer artist at the Artrium art studio in hartlepool. The Artrium is a no profit organisation that offers art therapy to vulnerable adults and children. It focuses on providing person centered social care services for people with learning disabilities, mental health and other needs.

one of my roles within the organisation is to work one to one with members and develop their creative skills and help them with self confidence as well as their attitude to artwork.

I work with this wonderful lady every Tuesday. she is a big fan of music, her passion for this shines through within the pieces she produces. She created these beautiful pieces of artwork using oil pastels. Her confidence improves every week. Next week I with post more pictures of other techniques she has learnt within the passed 7 months. She can even use a sewing machine now!!! VERY PROUD!.......

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Morning after the night before! Workhouse Gallery opening.

'Myself, Dan Syrett and Jane Bruce.'

Recieved a great response to my 'Stitching up the Queen' collection. The Workhouse Gallery had a great atmosphere on its official open night on Saturday night. Wine and cup cakes flowing smoothly with a steady stream of lovely people turning up. Bloggers, press and artists attended the opening, it felt a little bit surreal to me but i loved every minute!!

'They were as delicious as they looked, mmm !'
Met a Great artist called David Jehan he has recently just came back to the art scene after working in the community art sector. Nice to share the same feelings and worries about the industy and an all round lovely family guy. Hope you do well David. :)
Where the decks are, you usually find me!
'The man in the Mirror' looking very smart there Mr Kung!
( Artist - Lee Webber)
 Artwork by Dan Cinnermann.
Now the hard work begins! I am working on a new collection which will hopefully be ready by christmas to exhibit. Look out for inspirations of the collections journey.
You can now find me on Twitter and Facebook.  Thank you for all your lovely comments if i didn't reply. :) x
My new journey begins right here, right now! as Norman Cook would say! :p

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

My Stitching up the Queen Collection goes travelling!!

After a great response towards my work at the Home and Gift show. Queenie has gained two exclusive residencies in The Workhouse Art Gallery,Harrogate and Home bird house,Scarborough.

The Workhouse Gallery is located in a Beautiful spot by the Railway in Harrogate. It has a very slick, quirky and vibrant interior,  The Workhouse Gallery launches its new and contemporary space this weekend starting with an official open night. Attending will be little old me,other exhibiting artists, Press and local celebrities.
I am very excited!!!!
I have designed exclusive new pieces especially for this event. The collection was inspired by the queens jubilee celebration earlier in the year.

                       "Her majesty the Queen"

"The Queens Bitch"

"Pigeon Power"

"Pigeon Man goes for Tea!"

"Mr and Mrs!"

Available with this collection are limited edition Greetings cards. Look out for my next blog "The morning after the night before".

Other artists exhibiting are D*face, Daniel Syrett, Dan Cimmerman, Adele Underwod, JehanMariaPreda and Dean Kemp .
 To view visit........

Which illustration do you like the most? Feel free to leave a comment I love to hear your feedback.

Good Luck Dan and Jane X

Homebird house

This beautiful little shop opens its doors to the public on its launch night on Friday. Alex Anderson (The owner) has a real creative eye to detail. His stock is very contemporary and on trend. It is located in a prime location in the town centre of the sunny seaside of Scarborough.

You can find one of my Limited Framed piece of the Queen, Cushions and Greetings Cards at Homebird house.

Good luck Alex you have worked really hard and the results are amazing!!! you are going to do well :)

Friday, 24 August 2012

The Madhatters Birthday Party.

My handmade tags sit lovely among the eclectic tableware and munchies!

I love the light in this image, Beautiful colour palette.!

                                mmmmm! Tweet hearts!

Next party nautical theme! keep you posted. :)

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Home and Gift show 2012. Back to reality!

'Me looking like a geek at my stand lol!..'

'My work at Home and Gift 2012.'

Well these last two weeks since the show have been a blur!! I had a great response to my work especially Queenie! and had a lovely time with friends. Myself and Jayne were just like naughty school girls lol! We shared a lovely cottage in Pately Bridge near Harrogate, with the amount of time we spent at the show I don't know how we had time to socialise, but we did! wine (Every night), the pub and a lovely girly night in/ and hour at the local pub with Jayne,Therese, Gill and Angela.  It was lovely to have time with the girls but I really missed my hubby and my boys! :(

             'Jayne's work looking lovely as always '

I would like to well done to everyone who exhibited along side me and hope you all got great contacts. I met some great contacts and other British manufactures/ businesses.

Look out for my next post ...... Handmade Britain! or not!

Mad Hatters Tea Party!!

On my return I was asked to do the party adornments for a mad hatters tea party! The party colour theme was flamboyant Alice.
So this was what I came up with............

They were hung on cocktail filled tea pots, cups and cupcakes.....mmm! 

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Home and Gift show 2012 - The build up begins!!

Well the UK's largest trade show is almost here! I was so excited to be selected to exhibit at this prestigious show in
 As a busy mum of three little boys, I have alot to plan before I can even leave for the show! (the usual household chores, I wont list them! There's alot!)

Now the nerves are really kicking in! and its making me think way too much!!! 

I have so many thoughts running through my head of which direction to take with my work! Is this the right time to sell British handmade products? I am hoping to get this answer by exhibiting at this massive trade show. And how many stands are actually selling a handmade product?!! This will be interesting.

As my best Friend Jayne would say "We will use this time as an adventure" and it is so lovely after all of the hard work to have the opportunity to exhibit with Friends who have the same fear and worries. It gives you a great support network in the current financial climate.

Watch this space!! x :)

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

The Perfect Backdrop!

I had a great opportunity of working with a very talented photographer called Ian Morrish.  
We worked on this shot on location near Church Street in Hartlepool. After a lot of looking around the North East for the perfect location to shoot my work,  we finally found it near where I lived and worked all along! We actually walked past it every day. This lovely graffiti artwork was hidden away behind a nightclub! A great backdrop top compliment my work. It show the initial basis from where this collection had grown from and I think it shows it really well!
There was four of us involved in the photo shoot, two talking to the pigeon to get him in the shot. It was very funny but once we had that pigeon he wasn't getting away!!

This is my favourite shot of the day! It show my chair really well. Well done Ian, good luck in your work. Also a big thank you to Jane and Jennie for all of your hard work in pigeon whispering lol! Couldn't have done it with out you x
The full collection will be available on my online portfolio very soon.