Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Technical hitch

I'm having a little technical problem with my website which means my email isn't working either. Not fun, but everything will be back to normal within a couple of days. Apologies to anyone who has been trying to get in touch with me, I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft

I just wanted to tell you about a really inspiring exhibition I went to last week at the V&A: Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft . Art made with craft techniques/ artistic craft (or whatever you want to call it) has received a lot of much deserved publicity and discussion of late and while this exhibition is small in scale it showcases some really inspiring international artists/craftspeople.

I was really impressed by Susan Collis, who uses jewellery techniques where you would least expect to see them. I loved her table, where what appear to be watermarks and paint splashes are in fact made from inlaid mother of pearl, howlite and opal, among other things. I also really liked her dust sheets, which look paint-splatted until you inspect them more closely and see that they're meticulously embroidered. I tried to find some good images of her work but this is something that really only comes alive when you see in up close and personal. The images just look like ordinary screws, rawl-plugs, paint-splattered furniture and dust sheets!

Lu Shengzhong's papercut work (pictured above) was amazing too and really quite moving. Incredibly, each of the thousands of figures that make up the work is individually cut with scissors and scalpels.

There are photos of each artist's studio space on display as well, which is really interesting if you're anything like me and enjoy nosing around other people's spaces!

Monday, 14 January 2008

Happy 2008!

I'm just emerging from my post-Christmas hibernation to wish you all a belated happy new year and thanks everyone for a great 2007!
Don't know about you, but all I really feel like doing at the moment is watching films, eating roast dinners and knitting (a new obsession), but I'm gearing up for a big shop update with new pieces for spring....hopefully in time for Valentine's day.
I'll keep you posted with a sneak preview here before they go online....