I thought I would end my first year of blogging with this picture below which is a collection of lovely things I have found over the last few months on the lead up to Christmas which are either hand made, are for a friend, remind me of friends or just nice finds.
Happy Christmas to everyone who has visited and commented on my blog.
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A lovely old, brown leather, collar box I found in an antique shop - this reminds me of new friends made in the STA and particularly Ann who is working on a piece that involves old collars.
A picture of a bowl painted on linen by Cathy Cullis - a favourite of mine over the years - made a nice birthday present for my friend Rene.
The small jumping jack gypsy I found in Amor, a small gallery in Falmouth, and which led me on a trail whereby I found the pattern and instructions and made the Lord A Leaping (on the cotton reel) as this year’s contribution to my hand made Christmas decorations.
Two presents wrapped in green and red paper - I found these hand painted wrapping papers on one of my trips to Cornwall - wonder who the presents are for?
A cut paper Christmas card of a winter scene by Sue Blackwell which I found at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey. www.sublackwell.co.uk
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Some fabric printed with rows and rows of tape measures - just couldn’t resist.
Christmas reading - an old Modern Painters quarterly journal dated winter 1990/91 I found in a second hand book shop in Falmouth for 50p. When I looked inside it had articles about Michael Rothenstein (a Bardfield artist), an advertisement for an exhibition of the work of Keith Vaughan who once lived in Toppesfield, an article on Gavin Fry and another article on the artist William Scott by Patrick Heron. Some years ago my friend Rene sent me several post cards of his work and I made a collage with them. All this and more in one magazine. bookmark-online.co.uk
More Christmas reading - Extraordinary Sketchbook by Jane Stobart, also an ideal Christmas present for the arty type. Jane Stobart is an artist-printmaker and features in the book along with numerous other, including Henry Moore. This reminds me of my walking chums, Gill and Lynne, when we did a walk that took us through Perry Green and the Henry Moore Foundation. www.henry-moore.org
A lovely illustrated diary full of little drawings by Edward Bawden, one of the Bardfield artists, which I bought from the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden. The diary can be for any year, you just add the month. www.fryartgallery.org
A picture from my sketchbook that became my Christmas card this year and which I had printed through moo.com.
All to the music of Leonard Cohen - perfect.
All sitting on a beautiful old table cloth I bid for on eBay and which is too nice to cut up.
Happy Christmas 2014
Happy Christmas 2014