Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Forward Planning

I am planning events for next year and as part of this process I have to select images which tipify my designs, as selection is based on the images submitted. After some serious consideration I have chosen the 6 following pieces.
Blue textured bracelet
A sculptured bracelet made with Czech seed beads and Czech glass flower beads . I was recently asked if I sketch my designs before I make them and have to confess i don't - I get a picture in my head and then work out the mechanics of how to create it as I go along.
Multi stone necklace
This necklace is made with a medley of stones and Czech seed beads. The semi precious stones are Agate, Turquoise and Jasper. I love working with shape and form and merging colours together.
Dalmation jasper bracelet
Dalmation Jasper is teamed with Delicas to create this lovely bracelet. The photograph cannot capture the drape of this bracelet which is so slinky.
Lapis lazuli necklace
Another design where I play with colour shape and form. Lapis lazuli form the focal part of this necklace which also uses discs of dyed Howlite and tubes of natural bone.
glass wavy necklace
More Czech Seed beads -  this time a garland entwined around the  central core of the necklace. The garland quivers with movement.
tree agate necklace
and finally simplicity itself! Some beads need nothing more at all and as designers we need to recognise this.
I hope you enjoyed this preview of my work.
I do have one event for next year confirmed already and that is as Artist in Residence at Burton Agnes Hall . I will be there for the 2nd and 3rd week of April and am really looking forward to this- I plan to design a piece based on the Hall and this will be donated for them to sell and raise funds to keep the Hall and gardens  open to the public

Friday, 10 December 2010

All things in the world are two

Quite some time ago I put out a plea to all my crafter friends as we were searching for a jeweller who could combine 2 rings to create one new one.
 These were the rings in question. The one on the right was Pete's Grandad's 21st birthday cygnet ring and the one on the left belonged to his dad.  He had worn his Grandad's ring since inheriting it but when he also imherited his dad's ring he had the idea of having one combined ring.
My requests on the forums were unsuccessful but a few weeks ago , quite by chance on facebook I found Linda of Wiccan Wear who is based in Dewsbury ,about 15 miles from where we live.
We contacted Linda and arranged to meet her on the Sunday and discussed  potentials and possibilities . We left quite excited as it was evident that we had found someone who knew what she was doing. Several emails , phonecalls and weeks later we went through to collect the finished article which is simply beautiful.

The outside is engraved with a Totem, designed by Linda from animals which Pete wanted including - inside is the quote

All things in the world are two
Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa) Pawnee

Monday, 6 December 2010

Advent Calendar deals still available

Right through until Christmas Eve there is a bargain to be had through my Advent Calendar. Each day a new door opens revealing another offer with the Voucher Code needed to claim the discount. The following deals are still available from days 1 to 5
40% Discount
35% discount
25% Discount
30% discount

30% Off
25% Discount

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Advent Calender - December Specials

I spent all day yesterday creating voucher codes and writing the code for an online Advent Calender . Throughout December there is one amazing offer each day- and you can't see what it is until the day arrives so don't try to peep ! I can tell you that today there is 30% off one specific necklace. Click the image below to go see the working Advent Calender.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Selling through Artfire now

My online sales are now all happening on the Artfire site - click on any item below to go and see the whole range

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Off the Wall Art @studio 7 Gallery 12a- Victoria England

I just took delivery of these amazing bags created by Victoria England. Victoria is our featured Off The Wall artist this month at Studio 7, Gallery 12a

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Launch Event - and you did ask for lots of pictures

LAUNCH EVENT - Thurs 30th September 2010, 12:00-6:00pm
Holistic Therapies by Sarah Vallance & Reiki Healing & Jewellery by Chris Linacre

* Free taster treatments
* 2 for 1 on bookings taken on the day
* 10% discount on Jewellery purchased on the day
* Refreshments provided

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Hive Creative Challenge- Fruits of Autumn

I finished this commission today and decided to enter it into the Hive Creative Challenge. The colours remind me of early autumn hedgerows when the leaves are starting to yellow, and elderberry and blackberry are ripe. It has been made with Czech Glass Seed beads Size 8 and 11s. The original design had the textured frill as a neckline focal but my customer wanted it to be all the way around - we had a chuckle about this request as I had created 6 different colour combinations of this design and every one EXCEPT this had the textured frill along the whole length

Hope you like it but even more so I hope my customer does

Monday, 20 September 2010

Artfire Special Offer for all Sellers

Artfire are offering fixed monthly fee of $5.95 a month if 20,000 sign up for the offer- got to be worth a shot
ARTFIRE Group Deal

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade

Friday, 27 August 2010

Made in Somerset :-)

Just a sneak preview of new stuff made on holiday in Somerset- they will be on sale at Art in The Park,Botanical Gardens Sheffield on 4th and 5th of September