Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tessuti fabric

3 meteres of gorgeously soft white linen arrived at the door this morning and I only ordered it yesterday!
I finally decided to try out linen for the selkie coat... I need to start at least. This is the first time I have ordered online from Tessuti and the fabric was beautifully wrapped in tissue paper, old pattern tissue and ribbon.

3 meters of linen

Monday, February 24, 2014


The joys of Suhner-ing... or grinding and polishing glass. 

Thank you Jeremy Lepisto for introducing me to these: Electrostatic Diamond Disks, Once I remember the size of the pad I will be getting more of these, oh and a Cerium pad too.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Lamp shade sample

I have been making a sample for a light shade for our bedroom. Stitches, piercings and cuts in differnt patterns on card. I show Dougie, holding it up to th light and ask for some feedback. "It needs to be a bit bigger" he says!

IT'S A SAMPLE! I say, it's not meant to be full size!

Monday, February 17, 2014


The entry to our house and hallway is lined with my diary and lists (no family photographs). Not content with the next 4 months plotted, I have another list on the back of the front door that takes each project, stage by stage. Feels good to start crossing things off

Joe will fix it!

Joe (husband of Leanne, Dougie's PA) & my pink drill & Dremel come to the rescue... Dougie and Van back on the road again

Thanks Joe!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sketchbook December 2013 - January 2014

My sketch and note book from December to January. A lot of these are done on the bus, so shaky writing happens

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Midnight grove conceptual drawings

Here are my conceptual drawings to go along with the wax that I have made for the Kirra Illuminating Glass Award (KIGA). Expression of interests closed today (mine's in) Just getting the drawings finished and then we wait for the judges decision of who gets in...

Conceptual drawings for Midnight Grove

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Tree Exhibition

Here is a better lit image of the piece i'm making for the tree exhibition. The front will be properly polished, the stag silhouette will be sandblasted and painted with the antlers more branchified (probably black) and the golden tree will be redone with finer detail. I was really making a mock up for a photo and substituting this piece of glass. Seeing it works so well I decided to use this piece of glass rather than the other I had been making specifically. 

I am still on the search for the origins of the 'tree-antlered deer'...

Here is my exhibition statement, thanks as always to my wonderful editor (or as a friend and I call blurb master)

My work draws on narratives from folk, myth and fairy tales to explore themes of individual transformation and metamorphosis. I am especially interested in how contemporary re imaginings from literature and film effect the continuity, meaning and relevance of an individual story.

In every culture the tree has a symbolic role to play. In the realm of folk and fairytale, when the motif of forest or woods appears we can be sure that our hero (or our projected self) will be tested or challenged in some way. The liminal space of grove and glade are sites of personal introspection and growth.

The history of the majestic deer / tree spirit is unknown. It is a modern hybrid, integrating the metaphorical qualities and symbolism of both the deer and the tree. Versions of this quasi mythical creature - who grows tree branches, sometimes in bud or bloom in the place of antlers, appear frequently in pop culture: from film to fantasy fiction, from t-shirts to tattoos. The popular image of the 'tree-antlered deer' is an example of 'myth blending', the seamless merging of symbol and folklore with modern storytelling genres to give birth to new tales that evoke the timeless pull of antiquity.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sharing artistic hurdles on twitter

I can't say how much these tweets lifted my mood, to share my current frustration with deer legs.

I admired and met illustrator Vesper Stamper through Pinterest. It was her folk and fairytale themed artwork and our shared history of being born in an army hospital that made me say "Hi" through her website. While I have plenty of glass colleagues in which to share the joys and frustrations of working with glass, sharing subject matter is less common. Thanks Vesper!

examples of annoying deer legs

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Tree exhibition project

Well what was the Dryad project has changed. After a day of drawing I came to the realisation that prancing tree spirits just weren't going to add to the work as a whole and it was time to change course.

I've started with another piece of glass and different imagery. I've decided to go with the 'Monarch of the glen' type deer with the antlers extended to branches. I'm curious as to how this image / trend started as I can't find references in mythology. I think maybe it's a blend of mythology and contemporary fantasy fiction...but I could be wrong.

 I'm learning how to use gold leaf, the attempt below is just to get an idea of how it looks with the glass. From this I think it will work well if I improve my technique.

trialling components on the kitchen bench, back lit

trialling components on the kitchen bench
example of the deer with tree branch antlers