Tuesday, 8 September 2015

I Love Tea

Who doesn't love a cup of tea? Now you can tell the world with these earrings and necklace. These have been in my online shops for a while, but are most popular at markets. Inspired by the traditional willow pattern china.

Finally a rap song I can relate to. (Not being from the hood in the the club...) Beware of strong language!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Seoul Ssamzie-gil Craft and Art shopping centre

Recently on another #FolksyHour on Twitter we shared our inspiring holidays. I wanted to show you a little more behind the photo I shared of Ssamzie-gil a mini craft and art shopping centre in the heart of Seoul. It was an amazing building full of beautiful independent shops and stalls. There was a wide path that sloped in circles around the whole complex through all the floor. Giant plastic flowers climbed up stairwells, walls were covered with art and grafftii, at the top was a pretty tea garden. All in all a very inspiring place to be! This was where the idea of craft as a business first seeded itself in my brain - although it took many years for me to start myself. I talk about being there in my Made in Bristol Blog feature.

 This looks down into the centre of the open air building.

Left: Awesome little shop that sold cute porcelain items including wind chimes you can see in the window and necklaces with happy trees! Right: Giant flowers. 

Left: Giant flowers. Centre: A corridor with clocks, cupboards and lights all around. Right: Graffiti and post it note tree (which I added my name too)

Left: Cute shop full of bright and beautiful items. Top right: Handmade cork creatures sold on a stall. Bottom right: Spinning disc wall with cartoon artwork.

Plastic curtain covered in glittery creatures.

View of the little capsule shops , I love how each one was so different, wouldn't this be a great thing to do over here? Just imagine it in somewhere like Bristol full of small arty crafty groups!

I went to Seoul as a small stop over on the way to Japan. I really didn't know what to expect but I loved it! Two days here had a big impact and I'd love to go  back. I will show you more of my holiday pics as they make me happy and inspire my work.

Have you been to South Korea, what did you think of Soeul? Did you go to the Ssamzie-gil centre? Have you been inspired by a place you have traveled to?

Friday, 12 June 2015

My desk

Tuesdays #folksyhour on twitter we shared our desks and talked about what we surrounded ourselves with while we worked.
This photo is cutting out all the draws, shelves and tools that surround my desk but you get a better look at the pretty stuff. I never understand how people in craft people in magazine shoots / on pinterest get by with just a mac computer and a vase of flowers! It was good to see many other people from folksy have the same messy desk equals creative mind approach. I just need everything to hand. I get restless and jump from one task to the next so it helps to have everything i need within reach.

As my computer is on my desk where I work I can't help but be distracted by the internet somtime- but it the main tool for developing my designs and it's where I listen to music so I won't ever switch it of... maybe i should have just a quiet time dedicated to just drawing.

On my desk you can see my latest screen design of a moon bear drawn in pen and ink. This is part of a new project i am working on, more news coming soon!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Clown fish

I've been wanting to draw this for a while. When i was on holiday years ago I had a drawing travel journal. The picture (top right) was drawn after a snorkel in a coral reef (I know! It was a dream come true) I remember the coral was a lovely pink and there was a bright orange fish hiding within it. I thought the doodle was of a badly drawn clown fish and that's what I started to do a full colour version of. As it turned out it was a quite accurate sketch of a skunk clown fish (picture below left) But I stuck to the regular clown fish every one knows and lovely thanks to Finding Nemo.

Photos Left: ? Right: Steve Jones

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


It's a new Chinese year of the sheep! To celebrate I have made a new set of sheep earrings ( thank you to my Facebook followers who helped me pick a design to go with!) I've also gathered a selection of sheep items from other a Folksy sellers. We'll be seeing lambs soon too, spring is on the way. Enjoy:
From top left: 1 : Needle felt sheep . Sheep painting . 3: Sheep knitting pattern . 4: Sheep Journal . 5: Sheep Mobile . 6: Painting on wood . 7: Sheep Card . 8: Sheep earrings . 9: Sheep Photo print .

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Animal earrings

These are the latest earrings listed in my shop, I sold them around markets before Christmas, but now I finally got around to photographing them. I'm trying to put more details into the earrings, which is the great thing about shrink plastic - you can add lots of details. Even thought I'd like to move some of my design to other materials like lazer cut plastic or wood, i think I'll always use this plastic too!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy new year!  This is a good time to start a fresh and treat yourself with money you may have been lucky enough to receive over Christmas:

There is a sale in my Etsy and Folksy shops from today until 19th January 2015. So you have two weeks to use this coupon code at the checkout to get 15% off all my items including the ones that are already discounted and custom orders!

New year always bring new years resolutions. Even though I don't set out specific resolutions I still tend to look back at last year and hope to do a bit more this year. 2014 was great, but there are a lot of things I would of liked to of done and haven't :{ So i made a simple motto for 2015 "do it today!" because tomorrow can't be bothered, lol.

I had a look at this list of new years resolutions to help animals but generally I think if you write down what you want to do with the year and keep looking at it over the next 12 months you should get some things accomplished!

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to makes some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself". - Neil Gaiman