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Getting Ready for RHS Rosemoor

I have spent today in the marque at RHS Rosemoor Gardens, situated in the heart of beautiful North Devon, setting up my stall for the Devon Artist Network Art Fair running from Friday 8th April to Sunday 10th 10 am to 5 pm daily.
My lovely friend Ruth helped me out and I made her late to pick the kids up from school, sorry! Anyway, after much hard work I have turned my 3m x 3m space into my own little shop. I am really inspired by the work of the other artists who have some amazing work for sale, so if you can come and enjoy the sunshine and see some artwork at the same time!
I have made 3 pieces specially for the exhibition and framed them, love to hear your thoughts on them

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Another finished window!

A lovely couple from near Hereford came to pick up their finished panel today, they were on holiday in Devon for the weekend, so I had to get it done by lunchtime today!
I enjoyed making this 28×74 cm panel to replace the window in an internal hallway. The lady who commissioned the piece wanted the elements of an angel motif and peacock feathers. Her partners name is angel in German and her mothers maiden name was Peacock, This is what I came up with!
The panel has an etched glass face, acid etched feathers in the right bottom corner and uses a range of cathedral and water glass in rich blues and yellows. I think that this design has worked very well and I cant wait to see the photos of it when it is fitted into its window frame!

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Now I can get straight on with the next commission, I have several commissions on my list at the moment, this time for a front door and of a seascape! Its coming into busy craft fair season and I am doing lots of fairs in the run up to Christmas, starting at the weekend with a full weekend of craft fairs!
I have a stall at the Contemporary Home Handmade Fair Saturday 30th October at Victory Hall, Exminster from 10 am -4 pm
Sunday 31st October I will be at the PrettyPoshLocal Craft Fair at the Pavilion, Exmouth from 10-4pm

A panel for my house and one for Exeter Cathedral!

I have recently finally finished a panel for our bedroom internal window (above the Dandelion clocks, stained glass paneldoor) and I am very pleased with the finished design; which is of highly stylised dandelion clocks.  I acid etched some detail on to the circular clocks and I enjoyed using a limited palette of colours.  I used a gorgeous piece of opaque sage and cream glass,  mouth blown yellow glass, seeded clear glass and light blue cathedral.

All of our upstairs windows have these lights above the doors and I am slowly working my way around the house!

 

On the 25th November at Exeter Cathedral there is a performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and local contemporary artists have been invited to create a visual response to one of the pieces of the movement (sorry if the terminology is wrong I am not a classical buff!) to be exhibited along side the performance.

I have chosen The Bogatyr Gates (movement no 10). I initially just did some free sketches listening to the music and assigned different colours to the different phrases and instruments of the music. I decided to use the lines of musical staves as the background for my piece and I think I have managed to capture a sense of movement through the central yellow flashes of glass. I have used a wide range of glasses and textures in the piece, all of the glass used is recycled waste stained glass. I am looking forward to seeing everyone elses response to the music!

 

Super dad and Haunted Chapels!

Its been another extremely busy week for me! My brilliant father has once again shown himself to be a true super dad when I gave him an old bath I found in a garden in Exeter, some plastic sheeting and old bits of wood and asked him to turn it into a boat with a sail to become a sculpture! He did a fantastic job, as ever and is very tolerant of my hair brain schemes! I am keeping the full glory of the boat under wraps until it is finished, but here are a few photos of my dad making and me beginning to decorate my boat sculpture. Only 2 weeks to go till it is installed I had better hurry up!

Today I have come back from the first day of a two day craft fair at Salum Chapel, East Budleigh, Devon. There were not as many people come as any of us had hoped! I think the good weather and the women’s semi finals at tennis may have played a part in this! However, the setting is wonderful and what customers there were, were very lovely! I have made some useful contacts and may even have a couple of commissions! its not all about the money!

The Chapel is ancient, originally built around a tree, later rebuilt in the 17th Century with a false roof! where smuggled contraband was hidden! The chapel is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Devon and the chapels wonderful guardian Kathy was full of amazing ghost stories including taped evidence of ghosts talking and the fact that every time the alarms go off in the night (one of the doors unbolts its self regularly, sending an alarm call direct to the police) the police refuse to enter the building and get the eldery and disabled Kathy to go in and check the building, cos they are too scared!!!!!!!!! Anyway, my stall looks lovely and any ghosts better stay away from my stained glass tonight!

Craft fairs, commissions, drawing and making

My first week back from holiday has been so busy, we knew it would be and my husband Mark had the week off work to look after the children, so I could get on with stuff and he could spend a week chilling out with the girls (if such a thing is possible with our kids!)

I have spent much of the week making bunting, hearts and beach hut panels to restock what has been sold at fairs and online and to fulfill my wholesale order for Atelier Gallery in Barnstable (due this Friday).  The photos show a little of this activity; the bunting laid out ready to be soldered and then piled up, post soldering ready to be washed and hung on ribbon and the glass cut for 3 beach hut panels, (heading to Otterton Mill) with their sticky back plastic fish and waves stuck on waiting to be acid etched, then leaded and cemented.

The Exeter Craft Hub event on Saturday was a great success and they gave me a stall right in front of a massive window, which gave my stall a lot of light and I could actually hang things in the window to give people an idea of how they look at home.

My most popular designs have sold so well in the last few weeks that I have unexpectedly run out of certain materials, which is bad for the schedule, but good for some of my customers; as it means whilst I wait for supplies I have had an unexpected window of opportunity this afternoon to work on a new commission.

Jane , otherwise known as  Kind Dog (a fellow Folksy seller and talented illustrator, click on her name to go to her shop)  has kindly asked me to make a special panel for her niece’s wedding present.  I love doing special items, but this one is especially close to my heart; as she wants it to depict the North Norfolk coast which her niece loves and is the county where I was born and brought up! I hardly get to go back to Norfolk these days, the 7 hour drive is too long for my young children, so the opportunity to think about the beaches  I played on as a child has been a treat! I have prepared 3 drawings based on the North Norfolk coast around Heacham and I have gone from Holkham to Cromer in the drawings, I wonder which she will choose?

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Commissioned, Made, Sold, Photographed……..and cake

My feet have hardly touched the floor this week! Its been very busy, but very good.  I have just finished a 3 piece commission of wedding thank you gifts for the best man and the mother of the groom and bride. I am very pleased with the results and I got to use my new engraving pen! I have listed personalised lily designs on my Folksy shop, you choose the colour and the message engraved on the panel; perfect for wedding gifts or to commemorate special occasions.

I received photos of a recent commission looking beautiful in situ.  I am hopefully starting on a new project with these clients soon.

Following being featured in one of this weeks newsletters from Etsy I have had a real run on my Etsy shop, which has been amazing and I went from having no sales whatever on there to 9 in 48 hours! Needless to say I have been busy making new stock to replace my recent good fortune!

Ah, and finally, I had a brilliant, time with my friend Joe and my family at the Heart of Devon Music Festival on Sunday, it was not the most commercially successful of days, but we had a lovely time, met some lovely people and ate some very nice cake! My kids had a riot (they love a good music festival!). I also had a lovely view from my gazebo

Bow Music and Craft Festival

My husbands family live in the pretty village of Bow, near Crediton in Devon and this Sunday 31st May,  I will have a stall at their annual music and craft fest! I love a local music festival and Devon does them really well. You are never quite sure who will turn up, I have seen so many cool things from traditional broom dancing (South Zeal) to Seth Lakeman (Dartmouth Music Festival) so I am hoping for some unexpected treats!

My friend and craft co-conspirator Josie-Mary will be with me and it is (on the A3072 between Okehampton and Copplestone. The only info says its:  “a celebration of music, art and crafts. Many local art, craft & produce stalls, refreshments, children’s workshops, licensed bar and live music until 8pm. Headling is ‘Hazaar’ who play traditional Eastern European music. Also performing will be Jonathan Shorland (flutist and pipes), Sleepwalkers (trad & new folk), Tony & Leigh (original folk), The Swamp Gods (folk/punk), Ed & Sherrie (folk & blues) and more. Everything is under cover and entrance is free!”

Local events in Devon are very vibrant and  always a good laugh (think much more music festival and much less twee Church fete), so come along and see us if you are in the depths of Devon this weekend.

The flower photos are just a few I snapped yesterday in the gorgeous spring sunshine!


I am a stained glass artist working in Exeter and a busy mum of 2; trying to carve a path through the tide of washing and children's toys that stands between me and making beautiful things.

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