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Mini Embroidery Hoops

Recently i found these teeny tiny embroidery frames on Etsy. I couldn’t help myself and i had to get some. They’re so cute!! The inner diameter measures roughly 1.69 inches and are perfect for jewellery pendants or keyrings.

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This is what i created with the first one. It was so nice to sit down and work on some hand embroidery after not working on any for so long (even though theres a lot of other work i should be doing). I have some other ideas on what i could do with these, maybe paint and glaze the frames with resin.

They’re pretty easy to frame and finish. Just trim the excess, glue down and add a piece of felt or fabric to cover the raw edges. The back of mine looked something like this when finished.

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2018 Goals

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This past year, i have been through a lot of different challenges (not all of them good). Since today is the first of a new year, i decided to set myself some goals and wishes for this year to really focus on.

New Designers

I would absolutely love to be invited to exhibit at the New Designers show in London over the summer. If that doesn’t happen, then i’ll definitely try to make it down to have a look at the wonderful work on display and spend a long weekend down in one of my favourite cities.

Pass Degree with Honours

I’ll find out about this one a lot sooner than some of the others. For this, i need to achieve a grade higher than a pass in my dissertation. I’d like to think I’ve gotten that but i guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Blog Posting

This part has always been tricky for me. I start a blog, post for a few months, and then forget about it or get to busy to update it. This year i’m hoping to actually stick with posting at least once a week on this blog until i get into the proper swing of it again.

Be Kind to Yourself

This one will be more than a bit of a challenge. I need to stop comparing myself and my work to others. It doesn’t help anything and just makes me feel bad. I want to find my little niche within the art industry.

Hopefully i will remember about this post at the end of the year and be able to review what actually happened.

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Blog, inspiration

Hello Again

Whoops, I completely forgot this blog was a thing until recently. I should really start posting more. And with the start of a new module for Professional Practice, that’s exactly what I’ll be trying to do. No Promises though …

I guess I should start with my new concept for my Final Major Project, since that’s a pretty big thing right now.

I started by looking at the word Perseverance and settled on drawing succulent plants as a starting point. It was mentioned by a tutor that I may struggle on a whole year long project just drawing little succulents and cacti, so I moved on to add certain things to my body of drawings. This expanded to allow me to look at collections and stuff that I have collected over the years.

As a creative, you tend to learn a very specific skill that involves coming up with excuses into why you should keep an object. Mostly, you think you may need it at a later date, or it was a present from someone, or you just can’t bear to part with it. This certainly seems to ring true with me. I have collected so much stuff throughout my life.

I sat and dug through so much stuff which seems to have just ‘appeared’ in my possession. The most recent obsession is the knot wraps sold by Lush Cosmetics. They’re all so pretty and such good inspiration (add that as another reason I can’t throw things away).

Other collections include:

  • Art supplies. So many art supplies. I’m sure nobody needs this many comic markers.
  • General superhero memorabilia. Harley Quinn is my favourite.
  • Disney Tsum Tsum toys. They’re too darn cute to leave behind.
  • Buttons and beads. I’m sure they’ll come in handy sometime.
  • Hand carved printing wood blocks. One of my favourite things.

I should move on to what I have created so far as my concept piece to somewhat guide me through what I’m doing.

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This piece was inspired by a box frame I have curated over the past few years with mementos collected. These include tickets from concerts I have been to, train tickets for trips, a small candle from a 21st birthday cake. Little things that hold importance to me.

My concept piece involves a wooden box frame, painted with my current colour scheme, containing photocopies of my collected tickets. There is a quote on the inside of the glass reads “I believe that everyone collects. I think collecting is in our blood as humans” written by Lynda Resnick, which I think is a quote that rings pretty true.

I may add more to this piece at a later date to further reflect my concept. I wish I had thought about how I was going to draw and write onto the glass beforehand, since I found I didn’t have any paint or ink suitable for glass that would be harder wearing than the paint I did use. Saying that, I did paint in reverse so the paint would be protected within the frame provided I don’t add anything that would majorly brush against the glass.

Thanks for sticking around!

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Embroidery Project

I was recently asked by my uni tutor to take part in a research project involving embroidery. The research was looking at people who have taught some kind of lesson, be it a family member, a friend, or a teacher. The idea was to create a portrait of that chosen person out of stitch onto the fabric provided and write a small paragraph about what lesson that person has taught. I chose my mother, since she has taught me far more than any academic teacher ever has.

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This was the final outcome of my piece. Unfortunately i will not be able to get this piece back as its going into an archive along with the other participants work. I am looking forward to see what my tutor has planned for these pieces when the time comes to display them as planned.

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