Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Handcrafted Star Style......

OK ladies, just look at these fabulous hairbands worn by Jessica Alba, how gorgeous are they?? Not only would they look great with a dressy evening outfit but as you can see here they look equally stunning just running around doing your daily chores.
So after seeing these I just had to make them and offer them for sale to all you lovely people out there, so we too can share Jessica's style for a fraction of the cost (apparently they cost her around $48!). Below are some examples of the hairbands I have created.....

Each hairband has either a selection of peacock feathers, dyed pheasant almond feathers and/or hackle feathers, all shaped onto a fabric pad which is then secured to a velvet black headband. They look absolutely stunning on. These will be available in my website shop by the end of this week for £15.00 plus p&p, however, if you can't wait I will take pre-orders by email. So go on, treat yourself to a bit of Star Style!

Sunday, 27 June 2010

My Garden.. Fueling my Creativity...

The sun is shining finally in the UK and my garden is in full bloom, we have planted a new vegetable patch and are enjoying watching the seeds grow before our very eyes. With each passing day this summer my garden is constantly changing with new blooms bursting out to reach the sun's rays casting wonderful colours and fragrances around the borders.
Everything in my day to day life is a constant source of inspiration for my creativity, but at this time of year my garden is a huge influence on my thought process and direction for my art.

I love nothing more than strolling around the garden at the end of a sunny day reflecting on the days events and running creative ideas through my head. My hubby and I have tried to create a fun, whimsical garden with hidden surprises along the way and these help to fuel my creativity as I stroll amongst the fairies!
Time stands still for a while in my garden as I indulge myself in the fantasies of my mind, thinking up new and unusual ways to work with the many vintage images and finds I have collected over the years.
I like to treat my garden as a blank canvas to create upon, having my creative personality shine through in the garden is a wonderful reminder of my Artful Life.

In the words of a fellow artist and blog writer, Rebecca Ersfeld, "Life is a process of continual discovery and growth, and our surroundings should bear witness to the search".

Whenever I feel at a loss for inspiration I spend time in my garden amongst the fairies, it always kick starts my creative thought process.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Creating With Acetate

As some of you know I am a big fan of working with Acetate. I enjoy using it to create my Fairy Wings in particular as it gives them a flimsy, gossammer look as well as being transparant.
There are other ways I have used Acetate in my art, and this collection is an example of one of them. I created these pieces a while ago using acetate as an overlay to give the impression that the fairies are behind the foliage.

The foliage images are taken from Japanese Art and printed directly onto the Acetate. The fairy images are then placed behind the acetate to give depth to the piece.

These vintage lady images worked particularly well in contrast to the Japanese foliage designs. They are some of my most favourite pieces I've created.