I gave you the treat of a sneak preview of some current work I have been making last week and I would like to thank all those people on my various social media platforms for getting back to me with their thoughts and opinions. It really did make my week to get feedback. Today I will be taking you back to 2011 for the Fire Blast work. This time I will be sharing my epaulette piece with some amazing photography from Steve Mcdonald. This art piece has been shown in fashion shows as well as The NewAshgate Gallery in Surrey, Carmarthen School of The Arts and New Designers in London. Made with hand dyed, wet and needle felted Welsh wool, had knitted wire, beading and teeswater fleece.
I would also like to thank my amazing model who was standing on the wall with a sheer drop on the other side with heels on, on a very windy and wet Welsh day. The memory of this makes me laugh as well as smile at how brave and professional she is.
I hope you enjoy :-) Have a fab week!
Nice sunny Saturday to pop into the greenhouse to water and check on the seedlings. These may not be yet fully grown but I am extremely proud of their progress so far. I haven't even had any help from my gardener farther. Who said I didn't have green fingers ? ;-) Looking forward to planting more crops soon and mainly eating the ones that grow nomnom!
Tonight's blog post is going to be a bit different than usual. I have been been thinking of new directions to take my work in recently which has hurt my own brain with my indecisiveness, especially today. I have started sewing a new Wall Piece (though you will have to wait for that). But I am today wondering what people are thinking of part of my sketchbook so far? This page is my all about butterflies where I have been drawing using a range of media and trying out some different styles. I feel like developing these in to some types of prints, including more handmade ones or even sending them off to go on to clothing etc. I am thinking either looking into creating a design for fabric to sell? Screen printing on to women's clothing? Or even butterflies or surrealist scenes for children's clothing.
So to help me today, I would really appreciate a message (private or public) if you have any feedback. The image is below with a temporary tag on it as I am unused to showing my artwork in the process.
Hope you have all had a fab week! And Thank You as always to my amazing supporters.
After a rough start to the day (unwell again :-( ) I finally feel a tiny bit like a human again. I have to give big credit to the delicious 'Ginger Bread Smoothie' Recipe by the awesome CagedFire. This recipe doesn't only quench your first but has that delicious taste of wintery Christmas.
It is made with some simple ingredients that can be found around home and the only thing I left out was the date syrup as I couldn't wait to get some from the shop before trying this smoothie out.
Cool, Refreshing, Winter drink. Thank You CagedFire.
Recipe found on this link: http://www.caged-fire.com/#!recipies/kbmdg
It's the weekend again, so time for a new blog post! So the first picture is a sketch of a beautiful springer spaniel. This is one of my 'pet portrait' sketches which uses simple lines to bring out the personality and capture the moment and composition of the animal.
Now to the new! I am slowly getting on with some of my own work (even though rather unwell this weekend). I will be holding off showing you exactly what I am doing until I am at least midway through this project work as I don't want to spoil the surprise. But for now this sneaky photo may give you a hint of some of the processes I am currently experimenting with.
Fingers crossed I will be showing you some more very soon ;-)
After moving into a beautiful new house in September I had decided to try to grow my own fruit and veg and try to be slightly self-sufficient. This may take awhile as seeds (rather annoyingly) mainly are not to be planted in winter months. However my rhubarb plant I have been growing for the past few years is now settled happily in the veg patch. And even more exciting the seeds I planted on Christmas Eve are sprouting!! So I will leave you with a few photos for now and hopefully I will have more to come by summer. As one of my New Years Resolutions is not to waste food and to grow lots of different types of food in the garden and greenhouse there deffs will be more to come!
The original 'planting of the seeds' on Christmas Eve
Today I am showing you my favorite Etsy find for December 2015. I love decorating my house with unique pieces from designer makers. My show off piece for over Christmas is my colourful and beautiful glass cow chopping board which brightens up my kitchen. I loved it so much I ordered different designs to give to family members for Christmas!!
So check out Vivaci on Etsy and buy from local Welsh Artists and Designers
It is always lovely to wake up in the morning seeing that people are responding to my tweets/blog or facebook posts about my work. Today was even more exciting to be included on this website: https://www.rebelmouse.com/textile_cuisine/ for my Hiraeth 2010 work. To be selected to have my work alongside so many talented Artists is amazing! So have a browse and remember to keep sharing. Have a fab weekend everyone!
I forgot how busy the New Year can get and the only art work I have managed to fix a bracelet up this week. I am going to at least get some drawing done this weekend before I go completely mad!
So I am going all the way back to 2015 looking at my Hiraeth project. These 'nests' have all been made needle felting Welsh sheep's wool. This work is close to my heart as unfortunately my Nana and Grandad have passed away. So the meanings behind each piece.
Nana: My Nana's nest is full of some of her pearls representing how she taught and inspired me to sew and create art work. She supported me throughout my life and was my best friend.
Grandad: His nest has twisted, hand dyed silks in the colours of some of his World War 2 Medals. Some of my fondest memories were listening to his War stories and telling me jokes on a weekend.
My Parents: I have created machine embroidered flowers looking at photos of flowers from their wedding day. They have shown the World how true love can last.
My Brother: Has blue material and bead sewn into his nest representing not only his own love for swimming but how he coaches others to enjoy it as much as him.
My Grandma's: Has buttons representing how she taught me a variety of crafts when I was younger including sewing, knitting, card making and canal boat painting. She is still the person I go to when I need help with crafts!
My Grandad: Has a pattern based on a golf ball pattern. His and my Grandma's trophies are always shown proudly in their house.
Finally my nest. My nest is completed full of beads. This represents the time spent and love for my art. Through childhood, my teenage years and as an adult art has consumed my life. Through teaching, looking at other's art work or creating my own, my World revolves around Art! And I know this is going to continue throughout my life.
I will leave you with some pictures of my work for now. Hope you have all enjoyed this rather long blog post and are having an amazing New Year ! Talk soon :-)
Louise is an Textile Artist/ Designer and Secondary Art Teacher. www.louiseswanton.com