A Few Summer Activities

Sunny Turkey!

The hottest place I’ve ever been!

An amazing holiday spent surrounded by great people in a spectacular landscape.


Discovering good quality Fabrics from my local Childrens scrapstore in Bristol.

Grabbed a  great bargain at a jumble sales for only £2, I used my scrap store fabrics to create an interesting lining with pockets  to bring this bag up to date and make it more desirable.

^ measuring the bag to create pattern pieces for lining.


Distorting Patterned Fabric with the use of pin tucks. I used old floral curtain fabric obtained from the scrap store.


Aquarium Visit

Marine live and species have always intrigued me and I was drawn to the jelly fish the greatest but very disappointed as there were no octopuses on show; I expected a lot more but in all it was a great day out with the family.


Weekend away to Bournemouth ‘late Sept

Trip to the Sea Side! Unfortunately didn’t win anything at the Amusements  but had a lovely few days with the boyfriend and evenn managed to nab some shells and textured rocks for my desk at University.


The Printed Surface Exhibition – Craft in the Bay 22nd March 2011

Craft in the Bay is a place I love to visit to keep up to date with my artist research and is a great resource for inspiration. The current exhibition was called The Printed Surface, featuring work of artists and designers who had chosen a medium such as glass, metal, ceramics and textiles to develop along with a printing techniques to incorporate into their work for this exhibition.

Rebecca Gouldson
Jackie Field – Beyond The Window Syon Park


Nicole Thoss – Ceramic Picture Box
Dawn Dupree – It’s Never Black & White
Kimberley Scott – Everyday Encounters

Back home…

Last Sunday whilst walking around Bristol Docks with a friend I paid a visit to one of my favourite galleries; The Arnolfini. I hadn’t been since the summer and was curious to know what exhibitions were on that could inspire me. What Next For The Body was currently being exhibited. The work displayed considers the conditions and outcomes of the body breaking down, delving into the composition and decomposition of the body.


The work that stood out most prominent to me was from Zoran Todorovic; Warmth/Toplina 2009. The exhibit contains large pallets of blankets displayed for sale with fast motion videos clips of the manufacture around the room. After touching the felted fabric I watched one of the videos and soon realised the blankets were made of human hair, collected from hairdressing salons, prisons and military barracks. I was shocked to discover this and for a moment shivered at the though if sleeping with a blanket of that sort over me! The most interesting part of the exhibit for me was that the artist used a material that is frequently discarded and gave it a function; I feel this is the way the future needs to be in terms of sustainability.


I spent an afternoon watching my friend painting graffiti. I didn’t expect the weather to be as cold nor mucky but managed to spend 2-3 hours observing his fine skills whilst my teeth were chattering away sat on a damp newspaper. We also met up with a few local graffiti artists who were painting with him. I thoroughly enjoyed watching, despite the cold and now have a greater understanding of what goes into producing work in this style.

Before & After >>