Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Autumn Days

Much has been afoot……………
I feel that I have been a relatively frequent visitor to Wales this year! We recently returned from a week of weather and mountains, sea and sky.
The colours and the light at this time of year in North Wales are out of this world. For me it is a rare place where the land still breathes it's slow and heaving breath.The veil is constantly thin and the slate feeds my soul like no other stones.

It is also an awesome opportunity to indulge in my love of stones, or rather should I say, our love of stones. As a family our idea of a holiday involves collecting stones treasures and then spending many hours admiring them, creating with and just generally enjoying our bounty, usually over a large glass of red wine.
for the love of stones…..

assorted slates

the finished thing.
This year I actually decided to make something from them, the girls and I found these masks blanks in a craft shop and had hrs of fun decorating them.

Wales is such a magical place I could bore you for hours with photos of castles, mountains and valleys but here is just a few, as small as I could get the collection! Count yourselves lucky you are escaping me reading the kids the Mabinogion in my best welsh accent……..

Brown skies at dawn
Mountains with their head in the clouds and feet in sea.
Long deep valleys
Ruined towers
Autumnal bubble.
Ancient views with modern editions!

Guardian trees.     

Those that came before……..

emerging from the fleshy belly of the mountain opposite Dinas Emrys
Fire and Brimstone.

The copper birth of the Dragons breath.

A pause at the waterfall in golden light.

In Arthur's footsteps.

Permission to Enter!

Samhain sunset.

Atop Dinas Emrys
The long shadowed watchman.
A well earned rest!
fun on the beach.

Taking Flight….

Quite literally! My cousin making the most of clear skies at dawn!

Wales has more castles than you can shake a stick at, much to the joy of at least one small boy. 
As usual I took a bucket full of work with me and did none! Well I did a little reading of a book lent to me by fellow artist Rima Staines about amulets. 

I have been busy in the jewellery designing and making department. Sculpting, casting and firing in silver and also collaborating with Miriam of Silver and Moor.
Here are some of our first ventures………
Dragonfly pendant.

Bee and Skep earings

Bee and Skep solid silver earrings

Running Hare and pearl moon pendant

Sunset Hare; Copper and silver with solid silver beads.

 These are some that I have done also. I am looking at doing more totemic native animals.
They also come with a hand painted honeycomb box.

The Honey Pot
Solid Silver Skep with glass beads and Honey Jade.

hand painted comb box

Flying Owl with Starry sky.
Solid silver and sunstone pendant.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Goodbye summer

It has been a busy couple of month. 

Enjoying the endless days of glorious warm autumn, Every minute has been spent outside knowing that it cannot last.
Here is a snapshot of what we have been up to!
There has been surf.

There has been sunsets.

Scarab impressions!

Shadow Shiva!

(boob) Shells….


and stitches :)

Not all play and no work………...
We have had open studios………….

and then a bit more silliness. It was our local carnival…… and we also spent a day prancing about in fancy garb on the back of a trailer being filmed for our friends crowd funding project, which is an extravaganza yet to come in the next couple of weeks.

Then there be Goblins…….
We also had a local film festival, where we had a Froud day!…
which involved talks, book signings and much more including screenings of Labyrinth.
It was great fun. In preparation for Wendy, Brian and Toby Frouds workshop with Puppeteer Todd Jones I spent a (very gluey!) afternoon, with Wendy,Todd, Danielle Barlow and another friend Philippa making all the blank heads and opening mouths. 
We then got to go along and play at one of the workshops….here's what I made!
You can see more about the workshops here

It's now back to the grindstone. I have been busy working away in the studio, working on the website and making samples of the jewellery that has been on the back burner for the last couple of years. It's very exciting and i'm finding it hard to put down the sculpting tools and do much else.

I have also been starting a new blog here .
Currently it is me wearing my more serious face! It is words and witterings, works and wonderings. Please feel free to have a look and let me know what you think. It has a couple of articles I've moved over and some more writing about a recent piece of work I have done. I am thinking about merging the two blogs together soon maybe?