Marcel and Millicent

 

 

Hello! Just a quickie as I have to pop out for a work meeting soon but I just wanted to show you a couple of the characters that were made for the Home..Oh! shop…Marcel and Millicent. I was absolutely over the moon last night to find out that they both found a new home yesterday along with the glass dome and the wooden bobbins that they were so beautifuly displayed in (really wish I had taken a photo!)

It sounds funny but for as long as I have been making things to go out into the world I am always shocked and stunned and ever so grateful when someone loves them enough to want to take them home – I can’t ever imagine that I will get used to that feeling…

 

I still have to write the stories for Marcel and Millicent (too much of a rush last week to get them done..) but now that I know they have a home together I think they should have a story together too. Now I just have to make 2 more characters to fill their space in the shop…

xxx

Falling in love….

yorkshire, originally uploaded by gilfling.

So much to love about the weekend we just had camping near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. I love camping… the fresh air, the being away from home with no distractions of tv’s, pc’s …stuff. Mark prefers campsites with better facilities…. me… it does not bother me so much and I am just grateful to get away. The campsite we were at had wooden pods, but I love the whole setting up of the tent, sitting in the wind, kettle on the mini-stove, coffee-making, bacon and eggs, watching the camp-site kids playing and running around. I just love it all.

I also fell in love with Yorkshire once again. The crooked patchwork fields with falling down stone walls and abandoned farm buildings all surrounded by the lavender and ochre coloured moors. There is such a strong sense of history here, of community and stories of times gone by that I do not yet know. I have my heart set on moving there someday – a house with an adjoining studio and the fields on my doorstep. Dreams can come true can’t they?

There are many places I wish to live in my dreams, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, the Highlands of Scotland. I guess the location does not matter so much…………the important thing is access to land, space and sky, to be able to traipse through fields, woods or beaches for hours on end. To be able to find new inspirations for artwork and dreams on a daily basis in my surroundings. To leave the city, the busyness, and it’s grey boxes behind.

I also fell in love with the shop I was delivering work to in Hebden Bridge – Home…Oh! is all I imagined it to be and more!! A real shop of curiosities and characters. Warren, Marcus and Christopher have created a beautiful space and the mix of work is wonderful – I almost cried when I saw how much thought and care has been taken with the way my characters are displayed. I hope to beg some photo’s of the shop from the boys to show you soon! One of my very favourite fellow makers also has his work there – Mr Finch and I was delighted to see how well our work sits together. He also has an etsy shop and I have my eye on so many of his pieces such as the birdhouses, magpies and especially the hares.  I was also very pleased to meet him in person at the grand shop opening!

I still have a few bits and pieces to finish off and send to the shop and will be showing you the finished ones throughout this week………..so it is off to the studio for me!

x x x

Mosaic monday 25th July 2011

Mosaic monday 25th July 2011, originally uploaded by gilfling.

1. Beams of Love for Annie, 2. Beetle dance, 3. 227 Untitled, 4. -blue- riding hood, 5. Duy Huynh – Suspension of Disbelief, 6. Untitled, 7. Finished Order, 8. hill for LOL, 9. untitled 7-25-11, 10. radio head On Show @ Aldeburgh Peter Pears Gallery, 11. crépuscule, détail, 12. keyhole, reworked

I am having a rather lazy Monday today after a lovely, windy at times, sunny at times weekend away in Yorkshire – more on that tomorrow!

The perfectionist in me wants to redo the top middle box of the mosaic to make it complete – but the more laid back version says just click on the link to see what is there!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the week.

x x x

Mosaic Monday 18th July 2011

Mosaic Monday 18th July 2011, originally uploaded by gilfling.

1. ceramica, 2. # 1322 “After The Rain”, 3. why, 4. Mary, 5. Fallen Tree. New painting. Acrylic paint on canvas., 6. angelo cerca l’uscio, 7. DREAM, 8. Tapestry 4, 9. The Wayside Confirmation, 10. big thicket, 11. weave grunge, 12. pross 008-väike

Another selection of inspring images from my flickr favourites – please click through to individual pages to see more…

Happy Monday to you! Although I am still busy creating work for the Home…Oh shop this week, hopefuly I will be back to blogging a little more regularly after my break and will be able to share works in progress images.

I had a fantastic but tiring weekend at the Craft Candy Fair in Sheffield on Saturday – I was delighted (and a little sad) to say good-bye to this sweet girl and it really was a great day. The response to my clay figures has been so encouraging and I can’t wait to see how they progress.

More later this week!

xxx

I am not here….

….nope – you don’t see me. Really I am just popping in for a second….oh ok then I shall stay just a little while…

Well I am at that stage where I have so much to do that I have butterflies permanently residing in my tummy and my hands and thoughts are all a flutter! But I have missed this place and just wanted to pop in ever so briefly and say that I am still alive, still beavering away in the studio, still trying to meet deadlines and get through everything that I must do. I have had a self-imposed internet break the last almost-couple-a-weeks only popping in to try and stem the never-ending flow of emails.

I have also allowed myself only one luxury – ten (fifteen?) minutes a day pinning and pinning – Yep I have a new obsession with Pinterest – do you know it? have you tried it? do you love it as much as me? I might be addicted – you can find my boards here so please friend me there! (I am Gillian Cox – at least I can tell Mark I have changed to my married name somewhere in the world….) I wasn’t going to add a board for my own work but have actually decided ‘why not?’ so I will!

In other news….

~I have been re-doing some of my photographs of my work for a couple of very exciting things coming-up-which-I-cannot-reveal-just-yet. Gosh when I look back at the first photographs of my work a few years ago I have come far – but there is always room for improvement! I have never liked my work on white backgrounds as I always wanted to add atmosphere and character – my ‘stamp’ if you will…but these opportunities required a white background and I have to admit I am rather pleased with how they have turned out.~

~I had an awful fall down the stairs on Saturday and am black and blue! Let’s just say sitting down is an interesting and painful experience as I have a very bruised tail-bone which isn’t much fun when all my work this week involves sitting at my desk painting and varnishing. That’ll teach me to be more careful in future (I am sure I have been saying that to my clumsy-self for years..)~

~I was delighted to discover this morning that one of my favourite artists and online friend Cathy Cullis is the featured seller on Etsy this week. I adore Cathy’s work, her process and reading about her inspiration. I have been collecting here artist’s zines for a wee while now and also have a couple of her lovely dolls. I would love to own an original painting someday. Anyway please have a read of her interview here.~

~Just a wee reminder that I am here this Saturday (come and say hello if you are there – sadly it is the last Craft Candy Fair) , my work will be here from the 23rd of this month and this print is here and here~

Best be off now! Hoping to get back to usual blogging, blog reading, monday-mosaic-making and whatever else it is that I do inbetween working next week. Wishing you well!

xxx

All framed up…..

Just a quickie post as I am sculpting, sculpting away and trying to stay clear of the distraction of the internet as much as possible in order to meet my deadlines!

It is always a thrill to see my original work framed up (and indeed my prints) and I just picked these up from the framers a couple of days ago. I have had a number of pieces framed up in these incredibly beautiful ivory baroque style frames and I like the fact that they are becoming another thing to trade-mark my work and make it unique and ‘my own’.

 A Moment in Time and Dreaming of the Dwelling Place are now both currently residing in my new shop on Seek and Adore as I am gradually moving the majority of my original work from Etsy to there whilst keeping Etsy for my prints.

I am now delighted to be able to offer my paintings framed as I have at long last found a solution to the packaging and shipping problem (for the UK) and to make it easier this is incorporated into the price of the painting. Progress indeed!

Righto back to work for me!!

xxx

Bits and pieces….

Aah tis the weekend and Saturday mornings are for relaxing, eating a healthily cooked breakfast, whilst watching Saturday morning kitchen and the bunnies playing in the garden. I have also been pottering around my vegetable pots and am amazed at how well they are doing. After my disasterous courgette plants that didn’t flower or fruit last year, now I can hardly pick them quick enough and we shall be making chutney soon enough in order to use up the excess.

This week has flown by and whilst I have been busy this has been more in the form of ‘planning’ rather than ‘doing’. But from Monday, for 2 or 3 weeks there will a flurry of ‘doing’ as the middle of July see’s a few deadlines all happening at once.  There is work to finish and finalise for The Art of Childsplay exhibition happening at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester to be delivered by the 15th and the Craft Candy Summer Fair on the 16th of July.

I am also incredibly excited to be creating stock for a brand new gift and lifestyle shop opening in the next few short weeks called Home…Oh in the beautiful town of Hebden Bridge. Warren and Marcus have been so enthusiastic about stocking my work and having already visited their beautiful shop The Yorkshire Soap Company, I can say wholeheartedly that I cannot wait to see the new venture which I know will be beautiful and quirky and incredibly stylish. (just visit the website for the beautiful YSC shop to see that it is the defintion of luxury!) Their new facebook page is here if you would like updated on the development of the new store and details of it’s opening. I will be hand-delivering my work their to coincide with a camping trip so will keep you updated on work that is created for them.

I am also over the moon to have been accepted to sell on a beautiful new Online Store – Seek and Adore which has the most wonderful vision and belief in the artists and makers that they represent. The photograph that I was fretting about the other day…. this is what it was for! I love the fact that Seek and Adore really want the customer to ‘meet the artist’  and that they believe that each product ‘has a story’. So my shop has been set up, my 60 second interview published and I will be gradually moving most of my clay characters and original artwork over to my new store on Seek and Adore over the next few days.  As much as I love Etsy, I often feel that my original items can become a little lost in my store which is full of prints. As someone who would rather be in the studio ‘creating’ I can’t dedicate the time it needs to promoting my original work as much as I would like to. So Seek and Adore seems perfect for me – a place to showcase my original work amongst a wonderful selection of other makers creating unique and one of a kind things. It has also made me think of how I package my work and present it – Hattie, the creater of Seek and Adore chatted to me on the phone (another wonderful aspect is the personal touch with the company – chatting on the phone!!) and she mentioned that the lyric

 ‘brown paper packages tied up with string

these are a few of my favourite things…’

was an inspriation for creating an online store that searches for beautiful things to share with their customers and that follows through to the packaging too! So if you order from me there I have the brown paper and string all ready with a fountain pen for your address – I love the thought of going back to the old-fashioned care and thought that went into packaging up precious things!

Anyway sorry to go on….(and for the gazillion and one links) it is just exciting to find something that ‘fit’s’ so well with what I want for my work and how I want it to be presented. Things are going to well at the moment in terms of my work that I often wonder what I have done to deserve it all, but I guess the years of hard work are finally paying off and I really, really hope it continues….

So I may be blogging and blog visiting a little less frequently over the next 2 weeks or so but I do hope to pop in from time to time to keep you updated on the characters soon to be appearing in my studio…

Wishing you well!

xxx