I was recently invited to visit Brighton art fair. A fantastic experience and a very high standard of work.
ARTHOUSE Meath were exhibiting work created by adults living with severe epilepsy. The work is often childlike spontaneous and very covetable. There are paintings, ceramics, graphics, cards and even a range of chocolate all for sale.
www.rokoro.co.uk makes three dimensional art works, many are made from old books with a cut out taking place on each page.
Jane Walker produces lovely prints such as the two below. www.janewalkerprintmaker.com
Another print maker whose work I like is Jennie Ing www.jennieingart.co.uk
Politics is at the core of of Jana Nicole’s work.http://www.jananicole.com As well as being thought provoking it is also often very funny. Particularly fine is the piece called the A-Z of swearing.
In complete contrast is the work of Rhoda K Baker www.rhodabaker.co.uk who makes 3D paper works.
For those who missed this show most of the artists have web sites. So if you are stuck for a present for yourself, or a loved one, look no further than these artists.
I bought an old Zara herring bone jacket from a thrift shop. I love the shape but it is so dull that I decided to embellished it.
You will need
Iron on Fusible webbing
Scraps of velvet
Needle and thread
1. Remove the original buttons on the cuffs and replace them with some interesting ones.
2. Add bias binding to the ends of the sleeves. This can be decorative like the one used here or just plain .
3. Iron fusible webbing onto the back of the velvet scraps. Cut out triangle shapes. Cut out pocket flap shapes and an odd shape to iron on to a sleeve. Peel off the backing paper and place the triangular velvet shapes down the back seam. Iron into position.
4. Sew with a double piece of cotton with running stitches to hold into place.
5. Repeat steps three and four with the other pieces of velvet. Add decorative buttons to the front edges of the jacket.
One of my most favourite pastimes is rootling in second hand shops looking for furniture or garments to makeover and relove. This afternoon I found some lovely very old knitting patterns from before decimalisation in the UK. They are mainly designed for slim women, and very fitted. There is one gentleman posing with his cigarette. The Pram set at the end is very Cath Kidston in vibe. Here they are for you to enjoy too.
My lovely ‘Joseph‘ sweater, very old but much loved, has had one warm wash too many and is really felted. I got a friend’s mum to knit a new one for me. It’s perfect and it fits. So I have turned the old one into a warm wooly cushion.
The first step was to undo the old seams using my lovely new Korbond seam unripper .
I cut off the funnel neck and then squared up the front and back of the sweater
so they were the same size.
With right sides facing machine the front to the back round three sides,
leave the bottom of the ex sweater open.
Insert a cushion pad and by hand oversew the bottom edge to close.
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