23 November 2012
...it has been a while since my last entry - lots of things have been happening. In and amongst, I started a new part time job as a library & information assistant which I am thoroughly enjoying! It is so nice to go to work and do something helpful. Art wise, I was very fortunate to be asked by Mollie Makes to contribute a project/tutorial to their magazine - Issue 21 which is on sale now! The original Robin Badges are now for sale in my Etsy and Folksy shops. I have also been finishing off loads of things from my 'to-do' box which has cleared out a lot of space and listed extra craft supplies over on eBay. Please check out the links for more information.
30 October 2012
...since Renegade back in September, I have been doing a number of things and having a little bit of a time out with Army Deb and Mollie Moo in their new home. I did take some stitching and the sketchbook. I have been making work, painting badges, sewing hedgehogs and clearing out my work room - there will soon be some things up for grabs in the online shops and on ebay. above is a page from the lion sketchbook and I keep trying to draw in it but nothing much happens in Coventry. I only really speak to John and the pages would and could be filled full of me and him talking, eating and riding about on Victor (the motorbike). I am hoping to start printing properly again soon and so I will wave goodbye until next time so I can continue preparing some drawings.
Nook & Cranny is a fantastic shop based at the are based at the Bluecoat Art Gallery in Liverpool - a selection of my work can be found on their shelves! go take a peek and if you can, support British Handmade and Small Businesses. x
24 September 2012
...phew! it has been a week since Kayleigh and I took part in Renegade Craft's 2nd London Fair and I have been intending to write about it but last week was spent resting, swimming, going to job interviews and making up work best I can. Taking part was such a big achievement for me as I have only ever taken part in smaller fairs - mainly all up North and so to show and sell my work in a different city - LONDON - was amazing. I spoke to many lovely people and met many 'web' friends - some for the first time. It a shame that I don't get to see some of these people more often - living in Coventry has been hard art wise but I am determined to find something creative to get involved in asap. The photo I have used is by Renegade Craft themselves and credit as such goes to them - I am now without my camera and only took photos via instagram. (debtheladysnail) I will be trying to upload new bits of work on etsy and folksy. May also make some more pin cushion houses and large screenprinted teeth as they were both well received - only one small one left! I will be printing new things once I have caught up with my lists. LISTS!
Thank you to Kayleigh - my fellow stall sharer and to her and Ant both for looking after me last weekend. Also thank you - many thank yous to each and every one of you that came, said hello, shared a hug and bought some of my work. xxx
If there is anything you wish you had taken home but didn't and can not see it online - please get in touch and email me. deb at debbiegreenaway dot com.
07 September 2012
...it is all go here in the work room as I prepare last minute pieces of work for RENEGADE LONDON! It is next weekend - 15th & 16th September from 11am-6pm at The Old Truman Brewery. Please see the poster for more details or click on the link. My very good friend, Kayleigh O'Mara and I are sharing a stall space and so there will double delights to look at and buy. Pop by and say 'Hello' as it would be nice to put actual real life faces to people who we know from twitter, etsy, folksy and the web! If you bring a sketchbook, I will draw a doodle - most likely a lion (if there is time to - fingers crossed it will be busy!). There has not been any photo taking or photo sharing for a while as my trusty camera no longer works - the Dr Mr tried his best with his science-y ways but thankfully, John's sister came to the rescue and has loaned me her camera. I plan to try it out these weekend. This evening I am in printing - my right shoulder arm is becoming very odd. It is taking on a life of its own with all this squeegee action.
19 August 2012
...another doodle. this was probably started about April time and finished who knows when. I have been drawing in the book a bit more these past few days and am back to being ahead of the game - so that is the plan. this weekend i visited the Festival of Quilts with my mother in law - Carol. it was a great day but there was so much to fit in, there were so many quilts and related quilted work on display, then the stalls/shops in which to buy supplies from. Carol is a avid quilt maker and we both had lists of things we wished to seek out and buy. one day was not enough and we should have really spread it out over two days. we were happy but shattered by the end of the day. today, i have finished off a huge batch of lion badges and am now tackling things in the workroom - printing and packing up other bits of work to send out to shops.
12 August 2012
...these beauties are hand painted laser cut wood badges. phew - what a mouthful. the idea came from the little doodle that started me making the hedgehog pin cushions. the other badges do well and it was time to upgrade to a sturdier material. the painting part is very relaxing and hopefully it will encourage me to get my paints out more often. these badges can be found in my online etsy and folksy shops.
A small selection of my work can now be seen and bought from Warrington Museum and Art Gallery - Creature Showcase in their Contemporary Craft Shop.
My work can also now be found in the The Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, Lancashire.
31 July 2012
...starting back with the on/off relationship with the lions. maybe i have drawn them all - maybe some are waiting to be drawn. there is definitely a story to tell with these characters - as to what that story is - i have no idea. its been a difficult time these past few weeks, lots of things good, bad and sad. above is a page i drew a while ago - maybe in April or May. i am in the workroom this evening and i am going to try and have an evening of 'doing'.
BIG DATE TO REMEMBER
London Renegade Craft Fair - 15th & 16th September 2012 at Old Trumen Brewery
Very proud to let you all know that Kayleigh O'Mara and I will be at the 2nd London Renegade Craft Fair. We will be sharing a stall and our tables will be full of our lovely work. Very exciting indeed and plans are underway to create as much as I can between now and then.
Click on the underlined links, for they will take you to magical places full of information.
26 July 2012
...today's post is dedicated to Ali Graney - a fantastic friend and tutor. She recently passed away after a short illness. Ali was the best, the best tutor and the best friend. She was lovely and words are hard to write. Above is one of her recent illustrations. She loved teaching and illustration/drawing, especially with ink and straws - drawing animals, chickens, flowers and dinosaurs. Always the keen gardener, I never came home empty handed - sent home with veg and stern words about getting the sketchbook out. We would often be in touch and if time allowed, made little visits to Sheffield Taps and then back to her and Lee's for food and wine. She will be missed. Missed by many and never forgotten.
03 July 2012
...shine in doors while the rain plays outside. this doodle has been in the sketchbook for a few months - maybe since late 2011 - some one saw it and said 'why don't you do something with that?'. I wasn't that keen on the idea as suns are a popular thing to draw but thinking about it lately, I thought I'd give it a whirl. Last nights hand drawn screen went very Pete Tong when washing out the drawing fluid so I had another go today, took me time and it came out grand. The print set up is also getting used so all is good. I am also learning how to mix colour but really that is a little lie as I am still winging it when it comes to colour and mixing it. The plan is to do swatches and all, learn how to overlay colours when printing but plans get sat on and nowt comes of it - so wing it, it will be. These beauts will be in the online shops soon.
A selection of my work can now be found in the following places,
The Imaginarium Gallery, 74 Main Street, Haworth, BD22 8DP
Ginger Pickle - Online Shop
15 June 2012
...using up fabrics from my stash to create bright and color co-ordinated strings of bunting for my online shops and stockists. I sent some to The Oak Studio yesterday and will be soon sending some to a new stockist in Haworth. There are some fox badges to be finished off this afternoon and then I hope to be designing a couple of new ones. There is a definite idea in mind for one or two of them but the third one - I aint too sure. I was planning to print today but this plan may have to be put on hold until this evening or when I feel calmer.
13 June 2012
...time. seen as the workroom is getting sorted out - i thought i would share the excitement and give away a print of mine. pictured above is a AP print of the Lion on a Circus Stand. All you have to do to be in with a chance of being the new owner, is to comment below, retweet or share any of the promotional links on facebook or on your own blog for example. i will try my best to keep a note of all your helpful activity but it would help if you could let me know about facebook and blog link sharing. For each retweet you will get an entry and for leaving a comment is the same so for doing both you could gain two entries and so on. It is open to anyone in the world and i will keep a note of names to put in to a hat. the closing day will be Wednesday 20th June 2012. Any questions get in touch - i hope the explanation makes sense.
This print was made in January 2012 - based upon a drawing I did in Spring 2010. The printed area is about 7cm wide by 13cm and it was printed using five printing inks on to the middle of Somerset Satin paper that measures about 19cm wide by 28cm - the extra space allows for cropping and framing.
in other news, i am working from home - cutting/making bunting and hopefully printing. there will be a trip to the post office to post some work to The Oak Studio in London - they will be the first to get some of the NEW fish badges. A small selection of these badges can also now be found in my Etsy shop - see the sidebar for a link.
11 June 2012
everything in place...
...all ready to get used. Thanks to sales from the Saltaire Arts Trail, sale of BOB, other payments being paid and careful saving in the business account - the time had come to invest in equipment. Let me introduce you to the new plan chest and new print rack - the later is now a manageable size - BOB, (we miss you!) the super large print rack i had, was re-homed in early May - he was of a good size but was too big for my current workroom area. The plan chest is for the storage of all things print and paper related - better than storing things flat on the floor, only to then have to move then constantly as and when needed. There was a Mr Bean type moment when the rack arrived this afternoon. I could not contain myself or my excitement and in the rush, I tried to carry the box upstairs on my own which got stuck. My Superwoman Arms helped me out of a pickle.
I have been away lately due to many many reasons - life gets in the way and time wasn't well managed in May - it happens. I have been getting back on track this week and last. The plan is to now print and get everything 'broken in' once I have got the rest of the work room sorted - the rest of it is a mess - the area you can not see!
04 May 2012
...out of my sketchbook and straight to Saltaire Arts Trail 2012, are these fish badges. I have umm-ed and ahhh-ed over wood/laser cut badges for a while - trying to up my game and improve the quality of my work so with the help of a great friend of mine, a sample batch of laser cut birch wood was ordered. I decided against etched details for now. They have been hand painted and varnished to high heaven. All i need to do is glue the brooch backs on tomorrow night after the trip to get back up North - should have been done by now already but the snooker tournament has been catching my eye - go Ronnie!
MAKE A DATE
Saltaire Arts Trail 5th, 6th and 7th May 2012 - Makers Fair in Victoria Hall - Come say hello & bring Hobnobs.
29 April 2012
...last weekend out came the paint and brushes to create a new batch of fish paintings. i had none left for the online shops and for the Saltaire Arts Trail Makers Fair which is next weekend so I thought six would do. They are available now for the fantastic price of £15 each (P+P extra) and unsold ones will be at the fair next week. I hope to do more but I think prices will be increased - they are hand painted and each one is quite individual. Please click on the Etsy or Folksy links in the right hand side bar to see them.
Good news of the week is that I now have a part time job with Ikea. Enough hours and a decent wage to be able to contribute to the household income and enough days/hours to continue with my illustration work. There are new badges in the works which I am painting up and varnishing - soon to be revealed. I think I have a plan illustration wise now we are settled in Coventry and the job search is over and done with. I am concentrating on getting as many things as i can ready for next weeks fair - then having an online/ebay clear out and then spending some time seriously developing work and my website.
20 April 2012
...it has taken me a while to get this page scanned in. i have been taking the sketchbook out and about but i haven't been that determined to draw in it. i took it to Stoke with me but i mainly sat and made hedgehogs them few days and helped looked after Mollie who is my friends baby - she is nearly three months old. i think Mollie will be drawn quite a lot and so will the birds from the back yard. there are now two robins. in other news, i have mainly been searching and applying for jobs - i had a three hour interview on Monday so that was a good start. fingers crossed i find something soon as the Mr needs help paying the bills.
11 April 2012
...in your diary for the Saltaire Arts Trail 2012. I am so pleased to be working towards such a great event - my only event so far of this year. Aye - you read correctly - my only event of 2012 (so far). So if you fancy popping on down on any one of the three days, 5th, 6th or 7th May, I will be there with a table full of handmade prints and wares at the Makers Fair. Please click on the super link here for more information. There will be loads of my favourite makers there as well which you can read about on the Makers Fair page. If you can't wait until then, pop in to the Saltaire Visitor Information Centre to see a small selection of my work for sale in the Saltaire Arts Trail Pop-Up Shop.
In other news, I am trying to find a part-time job of sorts - anything to help me and the Dr Mr financially as things cost a lot of money these days and unfortunately my income from what I do doesn't go far. yesterday was a sorting the wheat from the chaff kind of day and today I am applying for a couple of vacancies which I found. It is scary as I haven't filled in a job application in a few years but I will give it a whirl.
Also, I was contacted recently by Lucy through Folksy to see if I would take part in her Blog Interview Project - I said yes and the results of them Q & A's can be read here. I hope it reads ok and please let me know what you think. Also check out Lucy's website of great illustration work. Love the owl.
08 April 2012
...and a half of Lion Sketchbook 3. Started carrying this sketchbook with me a couple of weeks ago and it is taking some time getting used to drawing lions again. Hoping it will become easier to draw in - in time. Other than drawing, I have mainly been sewing hedgehogs and taking days off with the Dr Mr as he had some holiday time to use up. I have also been tidying up the back yard and we have put a bird feeding station in there to encourage the birds to pop by and say hello. We have two robins - one is more friendly than the other, great tits, chaffinches and some wood pigeons, oh and one pesky squirrel. It is lovely sitting out back on the seat swing that is there and reading away - this is of course when it is sunny.
19 March 2012
...after much thinking - it is decided - that Lion Sketchbook 3 will be started this week. I thought it may not be a good idea, doing too much of the same, people may not want to see more lion drawings and/or it was time to take a leap. But looking through the Lion Drawings made me realise I generated and developed a great character and I enjoy it. Tried to get the project started in Moleskine sketchbook about two weeks ago but the pages are too yellow for scanning in and I wasn't keen on the line/pencil quality on the paper so I rushed to the net to find a good old Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook and it came last week. Despite it's swift arrival - I haven't done owt to get going again except stick a sticker on the front. I am building up the courage as it has been a super long while since the lion sketchbooks. Also if you like sketchbooks, over on Sue Bulmer's blog is a little Q & A I contributed to. I hope it reads ok. There are other Sketchbook Peek's with other artists/craft/creative people. Have a browse if you have a moment.
If anyone would like to feature me on their blog, website, thing - please get in touch.
28 February 2012
...with another story to share. earlier in the year, one of my friends sent me a link to an exhibition opportunity at Artlink which is in Hull - i did not have access to my computer at the time as i was staying with a friend in Stoke but made an application best i could to meet the deadline date using pictures saved from the web with access to a little netbook - my friend's family helped out! Out of three prints - Brian the Circus Lion was selected to be part of Artlink's (n.) craft exhibition that started on 3rd February and it runs until 24th March 2012. It is a showcase of high quality craft work, created using both traditional and unconventional techniques. It features ceramic works, a variety of textile arts, printmaking, jewellery and furniture. So if you are nearby - please pop in and have a look - please let me know if you do visit it as due to packing/moving - I was unable to go to the preview evening. Also, please have a wander round their new shop area as you may also spy some of my work in there. From the exhibition application, I was then asked to submit work for their shop. Two applications with double success.
20 February 2012
hello said Mr Star...
...all the way from Coventry. Right this minute as I tip tap type, I am in a new work room in the new home that is in Coventry. Back to living with the Dr Mr and I am slowly making a work mess all over the floor. This post is going to be about a project I decided to contribute to that was organised by the lovely Chris Webb of Lazy Crafternoons. We used to both live in Mancland in the years of yesterday and originally met though the Manchester Craft Mafia.
Chris started a project earlier this year called '52 Weeks 52 Crafts' where Chris and other guest makers will be attempting to make and display a craft a week throughout the year, with him then selling the items online to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support via ebay. I am not very good at writing words as I keep reminding you all - so please do follow all the links - also Chris writes a lot better than I do.
My contribution, The Mr Star Cushion as pictured above can be seen here on his blog, there are bits about me and my work on there and be found here on ebay. I made it for the project and as part of my 2012 mission of using up supplies combined with new printed textiles pieces. Bidding starts at just £5 (P+P extra) and finishes on 26th February 2012 at 16.23pm London GMT Time. Please help out if you can as it would help and be much appreciated.
06 February 2012
...yep - another lion. i have been printing this weekend - well on Friday. The screen was exposed in early January but developments on that day and later on in the month, halted the printing of it. With house moving sooner than I thought - most plans and intentions have been floating around in limbo land while some art supplies have been packed away ready for this Saturday. This print is rather small - one of the smallest ones i have done. There are 11 of them in the edition and can be found for sale on etsy or folksy at a very reasonable price. Please have a click and a look.
22 January 2012
...sit down and i will put the kettle on. this is a cushion made from rescued printed fabrics and fabrics from the stash box in and amongst trying to draw. it was finished on Thursday but has taken me until now to photograph - ones i may redo depending on the weather. it is now on etsy for £20 (P+P extra). i think it is a way forward with the potential making of things but we shall see. i have the print table out today and so i may print some more bits to make up in to future cushions as the hand sewing element of it is very nice and relaxing - also means i can sit and watch Monk and have a semi-rest.
...I am soon to be moving to Coventry to live with the Dr Mr. Some how along the way we found a house and everything went well with it all so in a way I think it is meant to be. I will miss my hometown of Huddersfield - to a point but adventure is out there.
2012 QUILT UPDATE...
...made some more hexagons last night but i am waiting for some more templates to be delivered. i think once i have done some more patterned, green plain and red plain hexagons - that i could start planning the pattern out to see how it may look and the size of it. Hoping to make it big enough for a double bed.
18 January 2012
...i am unsure what to type on this blog as with working for yourself you end up spending too much time thinking. thinking about what to do, what to draw, what people will think of what you are doing or drawing, thinking about if you are doing the right thing, thinking about getting a proper job and thinking about thinking. it can be a struggle and sometimes the only thing that helps ease the mass of thoughts, i find is doing something familiar or sticking out the new stuff. so in between the new stuff, is the old which are the large plush teeth. these are now online in the shops and i will be printing a few more to put in the to-do box before the design is washed off the screen and retired - maybe not forever but for a good long while.
06 January 2012
...the hedgehogs have only been around for a little while but to say they are only small, they are fair managing to get out and about - spotted and seen - found and rehomed. Above is a treasury on etsy made by Laura. Some have home within the UK and some have flown to Australia and Brazil. It is very nice to know that they are well liked. There are drawings in place that I hope to be able to sort out, finalise and print or make soon in the hope they will also be liked. I am already missing the day job which I know is a little silly to say but I do. I am doing my best to keep at it with the illustration work and for 2012 I have started keeping a 'have done' list as well as a 'to-do' list. It is a piece of advice I read in one of them '1001 Ways to Relax' books - am finding it a very helpful task to complete. There are two new colours in the paint range and I am hoping to print from a newly exposed screen as soon as I can.
01 January 2012
happy new year...
...to everyone. today i celebrated the start of 2012 with some printing at home with the table top equipment. quite a Lo-Fi DIY set-up but it does what i want it to do. i have had requests for large plush teeth that i used to do, so i hand painted part of a screen with that design and one of my lion logo - its seems to have become my logo as of late so am running with it. I also printed off some more rainclouds and drops before the screen gets washed. these designs were in retirement but are popular and it is handy to have projects in the to-do box when there is a dry imagination spell. The Dr Mr took some photos of me printing but the one once above is the best one from a rather bad batch. i am moving on to sewing this evening and then some further drawing with an eye on the telly.