A little bit higher and you'd see my crazy - cheesey grin. Happy happy! Rebecca and I had fun peeling off the sticky layer which covered one side of each of the pieces, which I originally thought was just paint or from where the acrylic had been cut. Better than popping bubble-wrap I reckon! And it's half term! Wahoo! I'm going to get stuck into a few more of my own non-uni related designs which I may send off to get cut by Zap Creatives in the future.


Okay, so I attached all my acrylic sea shapes to a chain, but as I couldn't locate my jewellery pliers set I just used my hands. Wire ends and fiddly bits do not happy fingers make.


My acrylic laser cut pieces arrived! About a week later than they were meant to, but I guess that's the way of things. So I need to have a rummage for my jewellery pliers and bits and pieces to finally make my necklace! I'm really pleased with how they've turned out! The detail's just right and they don't look messy at all, as I'd half anticipated, considering my poor Illustrator skills. 

We've started the Cross Pathway Group Project. I like working on my own, or with other illustrators in the making, so this is going to be a (I almost said painful) tricky few weeks and already I'm counting down to half-term. 

Our brief is simply: KINETIC. Yey. I entirely understand the purpose of this project, and to be honest I think I'm pretty good at working within a group, but what makes it so difficult for me is when we're supposedly coming up with ideas, and the other people in the group just sit there. I can't stand that sort of silence, so it ends up being me suggesting ideas and trying to drag something up. But what pisses me off is when those ideas then get basterdized or don't meet my personal standards as a result of the group dynamic. It's so tempting to forfeit the 10% that the project makes up and stay home working on things that won't get me this highly strung. But that would make me one of those annoying people within the group who you can never rely on because they don't come in. So that's not going to be happening any time soon. Anyway, I don't think I need to stress too much just yet, as our group's pretty cool so far.

On a brighter, less whiney note: I've really enjoyed writing the Critical Analysis essay. Critical Studies always makes me miss studying English Literature, even if William Blake and sodding Emily Dickinson were the bane of my life at the time.

There's still so much work I need to post this week...and does anyone know where I could find a classic metal slinky?! I've looked everywhere! I think I may have to revert to Amazon.


Carrie Garrott

"Beauty is a major component that I strive for in my artwork. I design with elements considered universally pleasing to the eye by employing features found in nature, specifically botanicals. The shapes, forms and colors of flowers transfer well into jewelry and art. Some of the jewelry pieces I create are stylized representations of botanicals made of sterling silver. Others are composed of actual petals and blooms. The real petals and blooms are dried, coated in beeswax and often combined with silver. Even with a coating of wax they are still quite fragile. The fragility of these pieces is a commentary on the delicate and fleeting nature of life. The manner of these works forces the wearer to take care not to do damage. It is my hope that people will see my work and take it (even on a subconscious level) as a reminder of life’s brevity and preciousness."

Says it all really.

"Inverse Bowl II" Fine silver, beeswax, rose petals

"Gerber Daisy Necklace" Gerber daisy petals, beeswax, sterling silver

"Delphinium Ring" Delphinium blooms, beeswax, sterling silver

"Hydrangea Ring" Hydrangea Petals, beeswax, sterling silver

"Vellum Hydrangea Chain" Vellum paper, sterling silver, beeswax

Lindsay Taylor

Lindsay Taylor is an award-winning textile artist, based on the Isle of Wight, from where she draws much of her inspiration. Taylor has been interested in textile creations from a young age, as a result of watching her grandmother working away on a Singer sewing machine.

After experimenting with her own creations as a child, gaining qualifications and making bespoke bridal gowns, Lindsay Taylor has progressed into making her own complete range of organic inspired products.

These shoes remind me of a project I did in high school in year 8 where we had to make our own shoe. I made a fairy shoe, not unlike the Poppyhead shoe above; I used loads of dried leaf skeletons and came second place in an independent schools art competition (brag brag). I think it ended up getting mauled by my cats.

Droool! This is like something out of Alice in Wonderland or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the original old film, not the awful new one).

I'd love to try making jewellery like this. I may attempt to knit some lace.

I would love a hibiscus necklace so much.

And THIS is my favourite! Bracken/ mossy necklace, reminds me of seaweed too. I don't know what it is about that kind of leafy tendril that captivates me...

The amount and quality of detail which goes into Lindsay Taylor's work is stunning. The fact that her work is as beautiful as it is, as well as being something that is used or worn, is what I like best about her work. I think I need to attempt my own bracken/seaweed/moss fabric necklace. Or set up camp in a forest...


Is it sad that I welled up at todays Google image tribute  thing for John Lennon's 70th birthday?


I spent most of Tuesday morning emailing Zap Creatives about sorting my necklace out, and a few hours ago I paid £32 in order to get [as Zap dubbed them] Lots of White Sea Shapes cut into acrylic. Because they have a minium order quantity of £25, and one set of my shapes would have come to just under £5.00, I ended up ordering five sets in order to get them! Most expensive bits of plastic I've ever bought, so I hope they're worth it. 

I am actually really excited about them though! They should arrive by Tuesday and then I'll get them all hooked up onto a chain. I'm very grateful to Zap Creative's Dave, who was very patient with my queries. I'd really like to use their services again in the future, not only for uni work but for my own as well.

I think I'll attempt to sell the other four necklaces (maybe three if I like it enough) on Etsy and see if I can't get my money's worth back. Even just to sell one would be ridiculously exciting. Though not if it's to my mum.

I've been cracking on with my narrative sequence brief and I'm enjoying getting stuck in, though I need to consider it's presentation before Friday. I was surprised and pleased by todays tutorial, too. I am thoroughly enjoying the freedom that this year is so far offering; I feel as if there are a lot more possibilities and my mind feels a little freer to explore my own ideas and interests without being nudged towards a goal. I'm also feeling a lot more responsible for my ideas and work; I enjoy that self-reliant feeling, rather than feeling like I'm waiting to be told what to do.

And despite finding it hard to resist the urge to hibernate instead of getting out of bed in the morning, the minute I get into college I feel very happy to be there. Hopefully the rest of the year will be like this, including next weeks dreaded group project.


Blogger is being rubbish and not letting me post images and being all flickery. I am unimpressed as I've spent the day gathering stuff together to post. Error 503 my arse. 

The Fable of Annabell Lee

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The Fable of Annabell Lee

Zap Creatives

While desperately searching for an alternative to paying £100 for a four hour tutorial at Fred Aldous, I thankfully discovered Zap Creatives, an online laser cutting and supply company who may be able to cut my designs into acrylic plasticcy stuff which I will then be able to attach onto a necklace chain myself. So I've emailed enquiring about this and attached the required illustrator file for them to check and see whether they'd be capable of doing it, what with it being quite intricate. I really hope they will be able to. It would be nice to know that it's off being done and I'll get a lovely, if half finished, result in the post that I will (hopefully) be very proud of. 

So, the goal is: The Necklace! The rings will have to remain a pretty idea until I've had time to experiment more in more own time, which I'd really like to do. However, I may see if I have time to get them cut on the paper-cutter, perhaps in a thicker card. Though I think I shall put the settings that I have made already onto metal bases and actually wear them, 'cos I think they're funky!

Dave Mckean

A while ago I bought Neil Gaiman's 'The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish', illustrated by Dave Mckean. The nature of Mckean's work is very layered; he seems to manipulate photographs, patching them together and layering them over one another, and then layering his own specific drawings on top of the backgrounds. This makes his work seem almost surreal  but very textured. 

I recently recommended him to Holly, as elements of his work reminded me of a lot of things she's produced in the past, though I'd still like to mention him as he's pretty damn cool. Plus, he collaborates a great deal with Neil Gaiman so he's obviously doing something right. 

The above is from Crazy Hair, written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave Mckean, which I've yet to get a proper look at. How amazing is the hair!? I love that mix of photography and Mckean's collagey drawings. It's not necessarily something I'd incorporate in my own work I don't think, though I really admire the style itself.

These are two images from The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. 

The mix of photography, layered paper and drawings creates such a brilliant atmosphere, it has something of a comic style to it too in the way Mckean frames his images and the elements he focuses upon.

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