Monday, 12 December 2011

It's Christmas fair time again

Hello I will be here selling my wares on Saturday!




Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Napkin Rings



Here's the result of some practising on the wood and metal lathes...


Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Arty Christmas Party


So this Saturday I am running a stall on behalf of Zoe and also selling some things myself and there will be lots of lovelies to buy as well as live music, performance art and drinks and christmassy things so do come along!!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Some glasses

I've been seeing if I can make a few things which could be Christmas gifts and I engraved these glasses recently as a trial to get back into hand engraving which I have experimented with a bit before. I'm trying very hard to make the line quality less like that of postcards you receive from people who are "writing this on a bumpy road" in some distant land.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

British Museum




So on November 11th we welcomed people to the afterlife from 6 until 8:30pm and it was so fun! After our weeks of preparation and a lot of trips to Whitten Timber and much help from others, we sorted out roles for everyone, Vivi and Henry were at the ticket table inviting people to take part and they flipped a coin to determine whether they went to a nice afterlife or a bad one. we had an offerings table where people drew what they would like to offer to the gods to give them a safe passage; after that, they went their separate ways to get robed and into the coffins for a short while with the lids closed. I was at the end of the performance to take the offerings which people drew for the gods and got to talk to them about the experience.

Here is the coin we used which Vivi is modelling. I made it out of Fimo painted gold from some designs drawn kindly by Brigid

Here we all are on the evening. Apparently the height order was my idea

Everyone in position waiting for the first customers

Anastasia being prepared in robes made by Vivi, also thank you Zoe for being our photographer for the evening

Finally our offerings board by the end of the evening!
Thank you very much to vivi for having a camera and letting me use the pictures.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Welcome To The Afterlife



This is the title of a project which Vivi, Henry and myself have been working on for the past few weeks.

We're making two coffins with guardians of the afterlife on hand to help people climb in and then close the lid for a short while causing the person inside to experience what it is like to lie in a coffin while at the same time contemplate their life so far.
In Korea, a similar experience is offered as a suicide deterrent. We will be taking a more light-hearted approach with a ticket stand and a coin which we will flip to determine whether the afterlife you go to is a nice one or a dark one. We are all making the coffins and then Henry made the offering cards and tickets, I made the coin and Vivi made the gowns which I have no photo of at the moment.


This event is for one night only at the British Museum in Room 4 Living and Dying and is part of the Grayson Perry Late Night opening.

Here are some photos of our work in progress.











Saturday, 1 October 2011

Tiny People Earrings

I bought some architecture scale people which came in the tiniest packet ever and each person is about the height of my thumbnail, a sneeze and they're all gone..
I have stuck them onto silver plated blank earrings and they look so cute...



There's over 30 pairs all packaged up and ready to go... and designing the packaging probably took longer than the actual making of them and in the end I went for a slightly boring option with a really imaginative title but at least this way it doesn't detract from the tiny people..


Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Mudlarking

Twice a day the River Thames levels can change up to 7 metres! At low tides, you can walk down steps and get onto the foreshore in many places and look around on the 'beach' for any interesting objects. It is known as mudlarking and in the 19th century, it was a daily way of life for people trying to make money from what they found. I have been mudlarking on the river 4 times now and have now got quite a collection. To dig you need to buy a permit but there is enough on the surface to mean you don't have to dig to find things. There are so many ceramic pieces, it seems people used to just throw their plates into the river after every meal.

The jewellery was all found together in a hoard just under Blackfriars Bridge and was just sitting on the mud. I think it must have been a quick disposing of evidence from a robber.. it's mainly tacky fake jewels but sitting amongst ceramics, it's quite impressive.


There are also lots of old clay pipes which are generally broken and seem to be the 17th century equivalent of cigarettes.


Sunday, 28 August 2011

Spoon carving

At the beginning of the summer, I went to a spoon carving workshop by Nic Webb which was so much fun and I made a spoon out of the branch of a lime tree and then we got to take another piece of wood home with us to practice on; so here are my two creations, the one I made there reminds me of a giant goldilocks spoon.
I spent about a week on the second one trying to remember how I made the first one.
Carving of spoon number 3 began a few weeks ago but it's a bit of a work in progress so I'll post another time about that one..



Thursday, 16 June 2011

Copper


My last project of 2nd year at university was about my experimentation with copper. I made simple bowl forms and tried out making as many finished as possible using heat

I enjoyed the process of fiddling about more than trying to develop my idea so the forms of them remain relatively unchanged since my first bowls although I have played with scale a little bit.

as you can see, I didn't really conclude these experiments but had to show some final uses for what I made so here are some helpful suggestions for any potential users...

I also learnt how to enamel and made a few pieces using this technique

Monday, 2 May 2011

Milan

Here are my personal highlights from my brief encounter with the Milan Design Week 2011

Diederik Schneemann has recycled bundreds of old flip-flops into new objects

The sun made my glasses.
This glass sphere harnessed the heat of the sun's rays and concentrated them into one place and was enough to cut through a thin piece of slowly moving MDF which was moving in the pattern of a pair of sunglasses. Maybe you should look here

If I had to choose a favourite display from this year, these food utensils and bowls would be it. They're made from orange peel using 'Microwave technology'!!

I love this design for bookshelves, especially if you have some you rather weren't on public display..

These hanging plant holders were impressive even if this lady doesn't seem to think so.


Saturday, 30 April 2011

Italy

Over the Easter Holidays I went to visit my friend in Siena, a town full of high walls and narrow streets. We spent a week in Sardinia and here are a few snaps from our trip...


This is looking out to sea from Alghero, a town in the north of Sardinia

There were loads of cool trees along the beaches, unfortunately I had chocolate smeared over the lens of my camera for a while hence the blotchy contrast

Siena's Piazza del Campo by night

Hiding trees in Tuscany

Wednesday, 26 January 2011


Brigid and I started an event called Baking Sunday which we host at our house every weekend often with the help of Verity, a fellow of similar distinguished taste.
These were our sickly sweet valentine cupcakes