WIP wednesday

WIP wednesday, originally uploaded by gilfling.

It is as hot as a midsummers day here as we are nearing the end of September (seriously?? October already?) and I have spent the day in my studio. It is time now for me to get really focussed on making for all the shows and exhibitions I have coming up. I will be spending as much time as I can being a hermit in my top floor studio – honestly, it is my favourite place to be.

A wee bit rabbity….

whimsical creature, originally uploaded by gilfling.

Just a quickie this morning as it is time to go up to the studio and I have an exciting appointment later today (more on that later…..)

But I just wanted to show you the prototype that I made for the class I taught just over a week ago. I am going to make a few more of these whimsical creatures and also tinker with some variations on patterns and see where it takes me….

I have made my list of work I want to do for upcoming exhibitions and shows and rather than being scared… I am super excited!! Now that my studio is easer to move around and work in, there is no place I would rather be.

I have also been hatching plans to make some more ambitious pieces so I shall hopefully be able to take you with me on that journey too…..

This whimsical creature is now available in my shop at Seek and Adore – I have been gradually adding all the new original characters I have been making and am pleased with how my shop is coming together. I love etsy and feel it is great for my prints etc but to have all my original items in one clean, tailored space where they can show off their unique charms is a good feeling.

Wishing you a wonderful week

x x x

Whimsical Creatures Workshop

Whimsical Creatures Workshop, originally uploaded by gilfling.

Aaah Monday, Monday. I am excited to be starting a new week and hopefully getting back into the way of blogging on a more regular basis after a Summer of busyness. I have so much to do and so much to share!

Last week we had a wonderful few days away camping in Yorkshire where we were joined for a couple of days by my dad and step-mum. I love everything about camping – I still need to check my camera to find out if I took any photo’s at all (although I fear not…) so will blog about this later in the week.

Today though I wanted to share some images from a workshop I taught just over a week ago at Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham. This was my first workshop in over 2 years so I was incredibly nervous – also, although I have taught felt-making and bookbinding and mixed media techniques I had never taught something so close to my current practice. After a lot of planning and making I came up with the idea of creating simple ‘Whimsical Creatures’ out of cloth with hand-painting.

What a wonderful day it turned out to be!! I had the seven loveliest ladies who were incredibly patient with me and an inspiration in that they worked incredibly hard and created the most wonderful creatures. I only wish I had more (and better) photos to show you.

It was quite an ambitious day and I had worried before hand that it might be a little too much to complete in one day especially as everything had to be hand stitched. But everyone worked so hard and I loved every minute of it. I really must thank each and every one for attending and helping me to gain just that wee bit more confidence in my teaching abilities as I am a bit of a worrier!

It was also lovely to meet Charlotte from A chest of delights – a fellow Nottingham resident and blogger who is also a wonderfully talented artist. You can read her blog post on the workshop here. Anyway here are just a few photos from the day and I am now looking for further teaching opportunities for the future so have a list of places to email this week. Wish me luck!

x x x

Space to breathe…..

Hello friends! Gosh I have been absent from here for a while, haven’t I? Every so often I just need to switch off for a little bit, spend alot less time on the computer and on-line, recharge and put all my energy into work and living and that is what I have been doing. I also had a lovely trip up to Scotland to visit with my family and friends, seeing folks I hadn’t set eyes on for almost 2 and a half years, walking, talking, drinking lots of coffee and just taking it all in.

But now I am back and as much as it is not in my nature to think ahead (I much prefer living in the moment….) I must now get focussed on preparing lots of work for all my upcoming shows this season. I feel in a really good place right now as far as my work is concerned. After last year where I could only attend one show, I now have some of the very best ones coming up and I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted for them.

Number One on my list of ‘things to do’ last week was to get my studio in order. Although it doesn’t have to be pristine for me to enjoy working there, it needs to be functional and the previous lay-out just wasn’t working for me. So I decided to have a complete switch around and now I couldn’t be happier!! So if you don’t mind a few photo’s and are interested in seeing my creative space then read on ………

Please excuse the darkness of the images – I only have one small window at the end so it is a really hard space to photograph!! Anyway here you can see the before photo – yes, it is a huge space and I am so very lucky to have this room to work in…. but this table in the middle just wasn’t working. It was covered with all my painting materials and I really wanted to have this table clear so that I can make myself some dresses as it is the ideal height – so it had to be moved.

I had the idea that I really wanted to create clear areas for all the different things that I do, instead of the chaotic mess that it was before, where I was constantly having to move stuff around in order to do anything.


So here is the room now – still dark, but with the central area clear it feel so much bigger and I have room to breathe.

So now this is my main work-table where I can do all my sculpting and making of characters – anything that I need to do sitting down. All my tools and materials are to hand – it might not look like it, but it is actually very organised!

This bookcase has always been used for finished work but was previously tucked away in a corner and was quite hard to get to. Now it is next to my work-table I will find it motivating to see all my finished work in one place.

This was the table that was in the centre of the room, covered in all my painting materials. Last year I bought some fabric intending to make myself a couple dresses and got all my paterns out from uni, with a real desire to start making my own clothes but just could never summon the energy to clear this table so that I could do my pattern-cutting at it. Now I have, there is no excuse! New clothes here I come!

My sewing machine is in place and now all I have to do, is dig my overlocker out from under a pile of boxes and I am good to go.

So now I have a new, clear painting area on an old table and with my new easel. It is much closer to the window and now I don’t have to worry about clearing the table to work on other things – it can stay just as it is.

I have so much stuff but on this occassion I didn’t throw anything out – I may need it in the future! But now that it is tidier and more open, it doesn’t feel anywhere near as cluttered or oppressive. It might not be pretty, my storage doesn’t match and it won’t win any awards for style or appear in any publications for being a beautiful space, but I do love my studio. It is functional and has everything I need. I also don’t have far to go to get to work in the morning. Goodness knows what I will do if I ever have to move into a smaller house. So now I have a clear space and a clear head to start preparations for all my upcoming exhibitions and events!

Hope you enjoyed my studio tour and well done if you make it all the way through. So now I am off to work and to immerse myself in making 🙂

x x x