The Etsy Twitter Team, HeartsAndLaserbeams and VintageDay    Saturday, July 10, 2010

I recently joined a new team: The Etsy Twitter Team. And what a blast it has been! A couple of weeks ago The Etsy Twitter Team was briefly accepting new members. I have for a while been considering joining another team, so I took a good look at the team blog etsytwitter and did some other research. I really liked what I saw, so I applied and got in. Yeah!
It has been absolutely great. I'm still in the process of adding team members to my twitter, looking at blogs, etsy shops, facebook pages as well as adding the team tag. It will take a while before I have made the round, but I'll get there :-)The very heartfelt welcomes and embracing have been stunning. Thank you all!! You have made me feel very welcome :-)

Like in most teams there are a few requirements, and one of them is a monthly mandatory sign in. At the same time we were asked to twitter the shop above your own. The shop above me was Vintageday a shop with beautiful vintage jewlery. There are so many beautiful pieces in her shop, that is was difficult to choose.

Shortly after I recieved an email from HeartsAndLaserbeams
heartsandlaserbeams , who had signed in below me. She had a great suggestion to do a bit of cross promotion this week, hence this blogpost. Sandwiched in between two lovely shops, I thought that was really neat idea. HeartsAndLaserbeams, is a fun shop with a combination of lighthearted and humorous items, that puts a smile on your face. You will find a selection of lovely drawings from which is was really hard to choose. They are all lovely and again with a slight light hearted edge. The wonderful 'Apples Rock' badge at the top of this post is just one of many designs, that can be found in her shop

Absolutly not craft related :-)    Thursday, June 17, 2010

Victory! I'm so excited! I know this might sound a bit silly, but today for the first time in yoga class, I was able to roll on my toes in transition from 'up dog' to 'down dog'. It has only taken me sort of about 5 years to get to this point :-)
When we moved to the US about 5 years ago I was so furtunate, that in our rather rural area of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there were lots of yoga classes on offer. Prior to that I had only very briefly touched base with yoga, so I jumped on the chance to learn more and I have never looked back. I was totally hooked. One of my first yoga instructors impressed me in many, many ways, but her toe rolling.... well, I had never see any like it before. How on earth could she do that! How ever much I tried to get my (stiff) feet to do anything even remotely, well that just didn't happen.....untill today!
After moving back to England I joined the local yoga center,
The SelfCentre . A superb place with brilliant instructors and lots and lots of yoga classes. On avarege I attend classes three times a week and love every minute of it. Eventhough I'm not a youngster anymore, I'm as flexible as I have ever been. There are still lots that I cannot do, but thats ok, maybe eventually.... :-)

How To: Create A Roller Printed Background.    Sunday, May 30, 2010

The other day I was making some backgrounds for a couple of project. My camera was right there so I decided to take a couple of pictures as I went along. Making roller prints is one of my favorites methods for adding colour/pattern/texture to a surface. I love the randomness and the fact that you can play with both the positive and negative image of a design is great. It is easy to create exciting results in very little time. The printing block can be almost anything as long as it has a leveled surface. Too bumpy and the paint/design will be picked up too unevenly. I often make great blocks from recycled Styrofoam pizza bases. Here I have used print blocks meant for texturing polymer clay.

On my printing plate, in this case a sheet of thick acetate, I put dollops of acrylic paint of the following colours: 2 blues, white and gold. I like using a selection of coordinated colours. I like the random mixing of the colours and small traces of colour showing here and there in the print.

Load the roller and roll it relatively dry on the acetate sheet. Roll over the print block. Lift the print block and use as a stamp. One can often at least two prints from one paint application. I like the shadow effect as the pattern fades. For my work I prefer to place the print block quite randomly, overlapping building up more or less dense areas.

Then take the roller and carefully roll the negative paint imprint that is left on the roller onto the surface.
When working with acrylic paint you have to work relatively quickly as the paint dries quickly. An extender can be added if one needs a longer opening time before the paint dries. This technique works just as well on paper as on fabric.

The finished sheet of paper. In this case I wanted to keep the white background, but in other cases I have painted the surface with a diluted, liquid dye. The acrylic paint will work as a resist and one can create very exciting results.

Have fun and most importantly PLAY :-)

'Out Of The Fold' and Australia    Saturday, May 15, 2010

In my last blog post I was writing about our quilts from my textile group 'Out Of The Fold' going on display in Melbourne, Australia. Last Friday when the group met we had our quilts returned to us and Annette Morgan filled us in on her experience Down Under. Very exciting!

Tonight a friend of mine emailed me, to let me know that this Australian blog
suedennisartquilts has two blog posts about our exhibition. And I'm so excited as my quilt, amongst others, has been featured. But above all, it is a superb feeling getting a reaction from a lady who has actually seen our exhibition it in its context.

In the group we have chosen our design theme for our next exhibition in 2011. After thinking long and hard I have finally decided on my design source. I haven't had time to sit down and really get on with the design work, but what I've done so far, definitely has a lot of potential and I cannot wait to get on with it.

My art quilt at The Australasian Quilt Convention 2010    Sunday, April 25, 2010

I'm so excited, yet it is a bit surreal. An art quilt of mine is going to be on display at the Australasian Quilt Convention Melbourne next weekend. One of the textile groups 'Out Of The Fold' that I belong, made for our exhibition in October 2009 in Bury St. Edmunds, England a collection of art quilts all measuring 18'x45' on the theme 'Inside Out'. That collection will be on display in Australia next weekend. Annette Morgan , quilt artist, author and the groups mentor is teaching workshops as well as displaying the quilts. It is really so exciting. It could have been fantastic to have attended the Quilt convention. I have never been to Australia, and would love to visit. Maybe one day. It is always totally mind boggling visiting huge shows like that. The amount creativity, inspiration and positive energy makes it such an amazing experience. I hope Annette takes a lot of photos:-)

A lovely day in Cambrigde, England.    Saturday, April 17, 2010

A couple of days ago I went down to Cambridge, about half an hours drive from where I live. Needed to pick up a few art items for a project that I'm working on, that I couldn't get locally. That was my excuse for a lovely day out. I know that I have blogged about Cambridge before, but there is just something about that city that is so captivating. All the beautiful old colleges are lined up next to each other like beads on a sting, right there in the city center. It was beautiful weather. Sunny and very mild. Around lunch time I picked up a sandwich from a local tearoom and a nice large latte and found myself a lovely spot in the sun, sitting on the stone railing in front of Kings College. If you ever visit Cambridge I can highly recommend that picnic spot. Perfect spot for people watching and you just cannot beat the back drop of Kings College. I had planned to stroll on the back side of the colleges, but got side tracked and ran out of time. But next time. If you are visiting London, Cambridge is only a 50 minutes train ride from Kings Cross Station, so very easy to get to. I can only recommend it!

A little bit of this, a little bit of that    Monday, April 12, 2010

Well 'Fibrefusions' exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, was extremely well received. It was totally amazing to be part of the whole experience. It was absolutely wonderful to talk to the people who took time to stop by and have a good look. To see the spontaneous reactions on peoples faces when they entered the exhibition area was really lovely.

I have now had a bit of time off, done a lot of yoga, tidied my room which was much needed and caught up on other craft projects, that had been put on hold, while getting ready for the exhibition. Still need to get new listing ready for SewDanish but that will hopefully be this done this week.

Spend the other day playing with wool tops and various types of open weave fabrics, making nuno felt. I would never pretend that I'm a felt maker. In fact I have actually avoided working with wool tops after a severe moth problem some years ago. Moths still give me the creeps, and even thought I know there should be room for all creatures, out of all, that specie is not welcome in my house. But I had a lovely day playing and made some superb textured wool/fabric surfaces. Mind you, I couldn't get them to shrink/texture enough, so in the end I put them in the tumble drier on high heat for a while. That did the trick. Every piece puckered up beautifully :-)

Fibrefusion at The NEC, Birmingham, England    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

This weekend Fibrefusion , the Textile Art Group that I belong to, will be exhibiting at The National Exhibition Center, Birmingham, GB from Thursday the 25th - 28th March 2010 as part of 'The Sewing For Pleasure and Fashion and Embroidery Show' Fibrefusions extensive and very exciting exhibition can be found in Hall 12, stand ZM06. Please make sure to stop by and say hello :-)

Fibrefusion is an exhibiting group of textile artists who are tutored and mentored by Pauline Verrinder and we meet fortnightly just North of Cambrigde. The Aim of the group is to pursue excellence, based on a strong design foundation in all aspects of textile art and mixed media. We strive to share our expertise, passion and enthusiasm through exhibitions, demonstrations, publishing books and education

I will be heading down to the NEC tomorrow being part of the 'set up' team. That is so exciting and a bit daunting, as I've never done anything on this level before. Definitely a superb challenge that I'm so looking forward to. The piece included in this blog post will be on display as my 'touchy feely' piece. My other work on display is still a secret :-)

    Monday, March 15, 2010

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