Saturday, 25 July 2015

A new blog...

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Finally I am on the computer and properly looking at my 'online presence' and its pretty obvious, even to computer phobic me that this blog has been neglected and un-loved.

So I have sorted out some widgets? and thingymigegs and voila, a new blog that works!! Huzzah!!

So lets treat this post as if it was my first.

 Hello, I'm Lucy and I make creatures from textiles.

What else is there? Well I live by the sea in sunny Dorset ( Ha, sometimes sunny, it is England after all) . I am a mum which still sounds very grown up ( I'm not) my son is nearly 5 ( terrifying).

We live with the OH who has a giant beard and is an illustrator and tattoo artist in training. We are hoarders I think but in a very clean OCD organised way, but this 2 bed flat may well be busting at the seems with our weird collection of things and books, I LOVE BOOKS, obsessively. 

I have recently found out that I have Coeliacs disease, ugh, but after a good few years of feeling awful most of the time, an answer is an answer, so I am adjusting. The 'Deliciously Ella' cookbook from the inspirational Ella Woodward is a massive help ( although I still eat meat and drink wine, don't tell her). I run on the beach every other day, work and small child permitting and I listen to 6music whilst I work..blah blah blah..

I have been sewing for a good few years now and I am completely self taught, I seem to remembering thinking textiles was rubbish at school? and wanting to be a photographer. I studied fine art and photography at Degree level and well, that didn't exactly work out for me so I got a serious job and moved to London and then had no job again so I started to sew and realised I could do this and actually really loved it. My Dear Nan who we lost a few years ago ( not in a shop or anything, I mean moved on, left this earth etc) was a seamstress and a knitter and was always sewing. She would go round the shops and see a dress and think gosh thats lovely and then she would nip to the fabric shop and voila it was made, everything she had was hand made or found in a charity shop and recreated. So I suppose in the end I took after my Nan Phyllis who I miss, and while I know she was not always impressed with my technical skill she loved that I was making things too.

My mum is a printmaker and art obsessed ( she knows a lot, I mean A LOT about art), she is also a book collector, so it was probably inevitable that I would find my way creatively in the end. 

My textile pieces are based mostly on whimsy and imagination, animals that can talk or who have a story to tell, they can be  humorous too, a stag in some pants for example is one of my favourite silly ideas that had to be made. But mostly they are re-creations from something old, a forgotten garment in a charity shop, a scrap of lace, an off cut of fabric - to me these can become a creature, a curiosity. Something new from something old, 'make do and mend' and all that. Its how my brain works ( after coffee).

Currently I am working on a collection for the Nourish Festival at Bovey Tracey in Devon on the 5th September http://www.nourishfestival.org and I am obsessively making birds, its a bit out of control really but I am loving making the birds.

As this is a blog about my work I guess really I should show you some, so here are a few of my latest pieces. And I have now committed to THE BLOG so I will blog again, in a week or sooner but no later!




 This was commission piece for a lady in France who wanted a bird in a bird cage.

It has a music box movement attached and plays the tune from 'Amelie'. This began the obsession with bird making.



this a large bird piece on a wall hanging, made from leather scraps, hand stitched feathers individually cut.


... thats it for now....

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Etsy

This evening in my Etsy store I have a summer collection of new creatures and creations going live at 6.30pm GMT 
So be there or be ..... well not there I guess but you will be missing out on some unique handcrafted creations and missing out is never fun!!

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/thecatintheshoe








Tuesday, 10 February 2015

hello 2015, time to make something new.

I have been a little busy so far this year, finishing custom orders starting new ones getting a cold or two and trying to shed the Christmas mince pies.

But I have felt the need to create something completely new and set myself a new challenge......

So after the other half drew this....



I made this...

























So I think there will be a few more of these to come.


Friday, 5 December 2014

Etsy UK, Dorset Market tomorrow, 6th December 2014

eaaaakkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

Yep that is probably the best way to describe my over all feeling for tomorrows event.

Etsy have only sponsored a handful of events across the Uk and I am lucky enough to be taking part in the Dorset Teams event tomorrow.

It is being held in The Allendale centre in Wimborne Dorset Uk tomorrow from 10am-4pm, there will be about 80 stalls of talented traders selling their handmade and vintage pieces and Im going to be there too selling my creatures and curiosities.

Also Saturday the 6th December is 'National Support your Small Business Day' so this means free entry and free parking???

There will also be Etsy goodie bags being given away!!!


What more reason do you need to come along?

Maybe these guys will help.....






















Thursday, 20 November 2014

An owl in a waistcoat of course....

I work a lot to commission and I am lucky enough to be able to choose the pieces I want to make and pretty much get free rein with the design of the piece, That makes me pretty spoilt I know.

Every once in a while a commission comes along that not only stretches my skills but also inspires me and makes me not want to give it away.

This piece is one of those.