Friday, 28 August 2009

Kc Willis Collage camp

If you haven't seen the fabulous fabric art of KC Willis, head over to The Lipstick Ranch for a real treat. Want to take a workshop but can't make it in person? Then join the online Collage Camp, or buy the DVD (just as I have done!)

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Success At Last!

I am so happy as I have had these three pieces accepted to the Chichele Open Exhibition starting on Friday! It's my first one. Exhibition cherry has been popped!

Witches and Other Night Fears



Monday, 24 August 2009

The Lost Summer

The Lost Summer
This is a series of small images I have made that relates to the rather difficult time we have had over the past few weeks. each picture is created on an original Victorian holiday photograph, again to symbolise summer.

Things now seem to be improving and as someone pointed out to me, "nothing is permanent; all things must change."

The Lost Summer


This image incorporates a piece of beautiful glass that the children and I found on a walk in the fields, along with the last of the buttercups.


For my beautiful son who has Asperger's, who frustrates, exhausts, enrages and delights me.


This one is for my beautiful daughter as she prepares to leave for university and my hope that her heart will soon mend and she becomes again the funny, confident, lovely young woman I know she is. (A little Georgia O' Keefe symbolism going on here I think. This was pointed out by a good friend and I think she's right!)


There were times when things were overwhelming.


Lavender; the herb that I use to try and restore calm and peace; something that we have had little of this summer.. This image depicts one who's had enough and is longing for peace.


This represents the end of this summer, the last of the thyme, (the end of this time) the dying moths and the gathering in of my family after overcoming weeks of heartache. (Hopefully!)

A Re-working Of The Original "Sideshow"

This is the original.

I sold my collage "Sideshow" to one of my favourite customers a few weeks ago and happily posted it off to the US. After 3 weeks she still hadn't received it, so I refunded the money and prepared to try and re-create the original for her. (A near impossibility; they never work out the same!)

Anyway, the next day she sent me a message to say it had arrived. Hurrah! So I was left with a half finished copy of the original which I've been tinkering about with and this is the result.

"Post No Bills"

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Sophie Calle

I have been lamenting the fact that Simon and I could not go to the Venice Biennale this year. We have been to the last two; so today I am posting some of my favourite artists from the 2007 biennale, starting with Sophie Calle.

This is a translation of the e-mail that Calle's lover sent to her, to end their relationship.
Appalled at his callousness she asked 107 women to express this letter in any way they felt. Some danced, sang, cried, peeled onions(!). It was written in barcode and braille!

This seemed such a simple idea at first, but became more profound the more I thought about. I am so glad that I got to see this particular work.

Take Care Of Yourself

Sophie Calle / French Pavilion / 52nd Venice Biennale

Saturday, 22 August 2009


postcards#59, originally uploaded by done.and.dusted.

A beautiful new photograph from my partner Simon. (Shadowshow)

Monday, 17 August 2009

The Crow Whisperer

Finally I have some photos of my latest piece, "The Crow Whisperer" (in honour of my friend Eric!) Hope you like it.

All of the images have been printed on to fabric.

I am actually still looking for the perfect "something" to put in the little round hole of the watch part. I may use a tiny black feather. What do you think?

The image above is of Edgar Allen Poe's wife Virginia, who died quite young. It is printed on muslin, which allows the text of "The Raven" to show through.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Personalised giveaway on Art by Canace

Head over to Art by Canace for a personalised giveaway! (oh and check out her fabulous art whilst you're there)

Lazy Summer Days

The Witches Tree

There is something magical about a brook on a warm summer day. The sun slants through the trees creating dappled shadows; and there are dragonflies and pond skaters on the water. Our brook is like a little faerie dell!

It is such a beautiful place to take the children and to remind them that there is more to life than computer games! A lovely day, shared with friends.

The brook at Warkton.

Faerie toadstools.

Nico the naughty pixie!

Fishing for tiddlers with Queen Mab.

Beautiful faerie baby.

Too Little, Too Late!

My "Raven/Poe" collage is finally finished and I'm fairly happy with it, although it didn't end up as it was first envisaged. Do they ever? Unfortunately, the deadline for the exhibition was 2 days ago, so I can't enter this piece now; had to use some old ones.
Never mind, just glad the bloody thing's finished! Will post photos soon.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Joseph Cornell

Medici Princess

Just browsing through some of Cornell's work, which look surprisingly modern. This is one of my favourites.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Fun and Frolics at the Fishmarket!

Lazy Sunday afternoons

The Bicycle Basket Bazaar

Anyone who lives in the Northamptonshire area should really try to get along to some of the events taking place at The Fishmarket. Music, comedy, workshops and exhibitions all given a funky new twist, but not skimping on talent or quality.

Oh, and let's not forget the Sunday Art Markets, where yours truly has a pitch!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Lovely Small Things

These are a few of the magnets I have been making for the art stall. They are lovely, chunky ceramic tiles.
Ok, when I said I wanted a room of my own, that didn't mean that I was totally averse to having the odd visitor pop in now and then!

The Sunday Art market in Northampton was great fun. I've booked for the next two months, so I need to get going on making stuff! However, I'm in a bit of an arty slump at the moment; I'm very tired of the whole vintage image thing; (for me anyway, still enjoy seeing everyone else's) Not sure what direction to take. I'd like to get back to some good, old-fashioned drawing again. I haven't done it in so long, that I think I've lost my touch, but, as with most things, practice makes for improvement, if not perfection!

Monday, 3 August 2009