Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The September Bundler

I thought I'd kick off this month with a variation of a previous design, The Bundler.

I let myself go a bit with this one - 
it emanates a rich bohemian life. 
Prior to opening it, 
you might imagine it is already full of words, 
snippets of nature, 
photo-booth mugshots, 
and small corners of paper napkins with phone numbers
 or strange cartoons on them.

I have some vintage linen covers in the press, 
more paper stained and waiting to be bound, 
more paper to be ordered. 
There are small pieces of leather in my stash -
I am gathering them up, 
like leaves in autumn.

I smell jonquils, 
daffodils & other spring flowers in the air; 
and despite the heavy persistent rain, 
I'm out in it, 
soaking it up, 
while getting soaked myself. 

Only then, 
is it the best anyway. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Making & Planning

There has been alot of making going on in the studio. 

Tea staining, paper tearing, pressing, drying, stitching, rummaging, listening. 

And such.

When I close the studio door, I make a concerned effort to fold the orchids back gently so to not shut them in the door. Yes, they ought to be inside. Or in a sun-room, perhaps. They like the attention I give them. Don't underestimate your plants, they are watching and listening, and love to be fussed over.

This book I worked on for a week, not consistently so it took longer than I had liked, and most of the work was in the preparation of materials.

Other things happened, and are happening.
My glue brushes were watching me, so I took their portrait.

I created some hard cover panels for a new Coptic stitched journal, which will not be ready for a couple of days as there is much paper to prepare. This is part of a small French antique linen sack. It's going to be a sweet one. 

Between all of that, I made time for this.

Back to the pondering of things.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Writer

I have just completed a new journal. 

There are more in progress. 

Despite calling it 'The Writer'
this one (the crafter) has not strung enough words together,
 to write an actual blog post. 
They are jumbled, in disarray, 
and must be arranged accordingly.

So imagery and captions for now. 

But do know, that there are words in progress.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back in Miniature

I completed this wee book yesterday, I thought of the covers sleeping all night in the old green press and couldn't wait to fish them out and start stitching. There was some fantastic classical music on the radio and each stitch became like some sort of symphony.

On other things, I woke in the small hours of the morning yesterday, at 3:30 am to be precise, and proceeded to write 4 pages in my small notebook with an expiring Biro pen about a subject that I may bring to my blog soon. 

This used to happen to me alot in the past; I'd keep a book by my bed incase I'd wake from a dream and want to write it all down - as by morning, it would have been erased from my memory. 

I still have this little book. I shall endeavor to find it....

Spring Scriptures in Miniature, now available in my Etsy store.

Monday, August 4, 2014


...A new necklace in the shop...
some I love more than others,
this one, I have become 
particularly fond of.

It has grown a face.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dreaming in Emerald

A little archaeological dig in cupboards of sorts produced a piece of leather that I thought had long ended.

The thrill elongated over days.

I got to recreate a past journal and use the last large piece (if this is large?) of this fervent colour to my Etsy store, which - is a little more colourful than it was a couple of years ago, might you agree?

I noticed this recently, it was not an intentional thing. I just let myself go where I will with my art, as with any artist it is an extension of self, a wander of the mind, an amalgamation of self -

Exploded with what materials are at hand.

Perhaps I am unveiling some rainbows. 

This morning walking in the sunshine infused grey sky, 
I saw a giant rainbow -
a super-rainbow - like a super-moon; 
spreading itself over the ocean vista before me.

Emerald Dreams - back in my Etsy store.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Broken Silence

New in the shop:

reclaimed black leather
vintage fabric patch
tea-stained archive text pages
(beautiful teamed with black ink)
Irish linen thread

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