Saturday, 22 January 2011

An afternoon puppet play

Scribbled on the tube of summer 2010 on my way to a puppetry workshop as part of the puppet festival at Central school of speech and drama.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Embroidery on card

My brother Charles was always the observant one, unravelling mysteries, cracking codes and saving the day. His 18th birthday card uses recycled card and red,black and brown embroidery cotton stitched over brown paper with newpaper imprint on lens.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Nexus life drawing

I went to Nexus life drawing this Tuesday. I have not drawn anything for quite sometime so found it quite challenging but one of the most rewarding and exciting things I have ever done. The class is directed by the lovely artist, Liz Gaunt,who breaks up the sounds of scratchy sketches with nods of helpful advice. Liz directs the cafe into a soft haven of light as the budding artists slowly dot the basement cafe with a humming bubble of creative chat. The class is accompanied by mediative music, a basket of charcoal and a relaxed, welcoming ambience. The model was proffessional and posed in multiple angles for short 1 minute intervals at first to 2, 20 minute periods after a short caffiene break. (Although this may alternate according to the session.)
 It is on every other Tuesday 7.15-9pm on Dale, Street Manchester, see you there. (Oh and of course see you at the Craftivism event I'm helping run with Duncan and Sara from Crafternoon this Tuesday 6pm-9pm)

 30 seconds

Sunday, 9 January 2011

I'm no longer cold hurrah!

After a Christmas with chilly legs I finally crafted him some splendid stripey slacks. (elasticated waist included, in case of shortbread over eat.) Marvellous.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Oh My!

Oh My!
Little My- embroidered by myself at the Moomin Stitch workshop.

Footsteps away from the Bury tram line, and hidden by obscure cobbled architecture is where you shall find The Moomins at  Bury art Gallery. Delighting and attracting an ‘average child of 40,’ the gallery is currently holidaying original illustrations by Tove Jannson, creator of the marvellous Moomin world. The exquisite sketches from early political comic strips to fantastical illustrations for Tolkien's hobbits and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland  are being temporally borrowed from the Tampere Art Museum in Finland. Which is wholly devoted to Moomin world historicism. The exhibition celebrates the 65th birthday of the nimble fingered characters, along with a production of board books by publishing house, Puffin and a 3D film sound-tracked by Bjork, who was hoped to open the exhibition. 
 You shall enter the Moomin world by first following the foot prints of light trailing the floor in a drearily lit room, this is where you shall find a playful Moomin valley containing red and yellow chunky wooden ships and a miniature curtained theatre. This subtly mirrors the Moomin Valley tableaux stage at the Tampere and is a playful reanimation of the first Moomin book from 1945, The Moomins and the Great Flood.
Bury art gallery has certainly given an interactive lease of life to the 65 year old hibernating creatures.  with the adult Moomin stitch and children's workshops, including making Moomin puppets and storytelling afternoons, The activities have been held at the compact gallery since the exhibition was opened in October by Tove Jannson's niece, Sophia Jannson. Who also gave a talk on her nimble fingered Aunt at Manchester Literature festival in October. The lantern nosed hippo like creatures have created a Moomin mania across the globe, with the books and comics being translated into over 33 languages. Capturing a specific Nordic mentality in their popularised foraging adventures and melodic forest habitation. Although behind their kitsch presentation the Moomins gloomy ponderings of life, philosophy and nomadic traits encapsulate a buried darker meaning. Tove was a humble hermit herself brought up and inspired by bohemian artistic parents, her life was very much led in happy solitude, obsessively sketching and scrawling scribblings of the broad nosed travellers. The drawings published for satirical Garm magazine and Finnish daily newspapers reflect her melancholic political subtext. This is coupled with thoughts that her prose was very much about ‘what was not said’ suggested in the charming quirks of the Moomin trolls, revealing wiser whispers behind their peaceful hobbit habits and the comic paunchy sketches of dictators depicting a political hypocrisy of the time.
 If you are in the Lancashire/ Manchester/ anywhere area, you should most certainly visit Bury art Gallery before the 15th of January.

Monday, 3 January 2011

A ripped photograph

A favourite picture of my father and I on a trip to the Lake District.

Sunday, 2 January 2011


If only we could all be as talented as this 9 year old.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Bat project

Why not welcome the new year with a project about the flying mammal?

Transformed into a marvellous embroidered puppet!