I discovered The Henley on Thames School of Art last year - when I was looking for something creative to do that fits around working and making lampshades. Thank goodness I discovered it! What a lovely place it is! It's a warm, welcoming, sunlit studio at the back of Hart Street, with a little courtyard. You'd never know it was there, unless you spot the little sign at the entrance to the alleyway...
I love old buildings, especially the fine details that architects used to incorporate and that are often missing from new builds. I also love drawing old buildings. So it made sense to set myself a challenge to draw my favourite local ones as a personal drawing project. Something to do in between making lampshades, working part time and being a mum (not much time there then!)
I was contacted last year by a lady who was interested in having a lampshade made from images of record sleeves. I must admit I was a little confused about the concept at first but it all made sense after a bit of a chat. It was to be displayed at an exhibition in London on... Continue Reading →
I completed this drawing a couple of months ago but couldn't post it on here as I didn't want to ruin the surprise (it was a present for someone who loves their camper van, Jerby!) Ideally I would scan this into the PC and colour it in but this was requested as an ink drawing with the gilhoolie patterned sky background so here it is.
Lampshade making is not always easy. Mostly because they come in all shapes and sizes; not just the simple, straightforward drum shape. Sometimes a client has an existing lampshade they want recovering and sometimes they just have a frame that they want to see transformed into a beautiful light source. [Recovering, by the way, isn't... Continue Reading →
Where does the time go?! Being a busy mum of two, working part time and running a small business means sometimes I tend to neglect my blog and end up writing for others instead of myself - which is all very good but surely I can do both? I know it's my own fault but... Continue Reading →
I didn't realise how important logos were or really think about them much; until I had a go at designing my own a few years ago. And when a couple of friends were looking for logos for their small businesses I offered to help them out - it's lovely to have a bit of a project to... Continue Reading →
I love drawing but always feel as though I should take up painting or go back to screen printing or something to bring my work to life and give it colour and depth. The only problem is I think I'm a bit too lazy to get the paints out and I don't really have a space dedicated... Continue Reading →
I don't know about you but I feel as though Christmas was a life time ago, or was it all just a dream?! Not a bad thing I guess; good to get on with a new year and all that. I don't have any new year resolutions as such but I do have plenty of... Continue Reading →