Thursday, 28 July 2016

Feature Friday: OkieFolky Felt Art by Kim Carmichael

Where do you practice your work?
I work from home in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, in my spare time.

How did you get into Needle Felting?
I used to practice ceramic sculpture in my home town of Glastonbury. 

Desperate to find an artistic outlet when I moved to Peterborough, I found a small needle felting course and signed for two classes. I wasn’t a natural to begin with but now, after two and a half years, I have found my own style that seems to just happen naturally.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
My work is a mix of 3D needle felting and 2D textile work - using many different wools. 

What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
I am fascinated by anthropomorphic images and nostalgia so I create clothed animal sculptures adding small props to give them purpose and character with simple story telling possibilities.

What are you working on at the moment?
Although I have not started my next project yet it is fully finished in my mind, ready to pop out very soon. I will be making an upholstered wing backed chair for a goat psychologist!
Where can people see your work?
I have a dedicated facebook page where I show my ideas and the processes which bring these characters to life. I also run an Etsy Shop.

If you are interested in showcasing your work click here for more information!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Feature Friday: Shovava Wearable Art - Roza Khamitova

Where are you from and where do you practice your work?
I was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan and I grew up in New York City. I now live and work in Byron Bay, Australia.
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
I was born into a family of artists so I had an artistic upbringing.
I did go to School of Visual Arts as well. 
How would you describe your artwork/process?
At the start of every process is the idea and inspiration. I have always been enchanted with the image of wings, nature designed them for utility but blessed them with endless variety and beauty. I have especially been drawn to their inherent power and symbolism. 
My scarves are created using age-old artist techniques of draftsmanship and painting combined with the marvels of the latest technology. I first hand draw full-spread wings on paper with a light pencil. Then, painstakingly, I outline each line with black ink and proceed to add in details to create the illusion of three dimensions. Finally, I paint with acrylics to create a great variety of vibrant colours. These designs are then digitised on the computer  and I make final tweaks or adjustments. The artwork is then printed using the latest digital textile printers in a very meticulous and careful process that ensures the product retains all of the feel and detail of my hand painted originals.
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
I draw inspiration from everywhere and I don’t have to look far to find it. The natural world is the greatest source of excitement, visual beauty and intellectual interest for me. I live in the most beautiful area in Australia where nature shows off its beauty in all its glory. I am surrounded by the jungle, sea, forests, lakes and valleys and am visited by all kinds of birds everyday. A few weeks ago, swallows built a nest above my bedroom and I watched them fly by all day by simply looking out of my window. 
Have you ever received any artistic awards for your work?
My biggest award is the love and appreciation I get from my fans.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I'm working on a new bikini line which I'm super excited about. I have a new collection coming out: new kimonos, kaftans, skirts and leggings all adorned with my new art.

Illustration Friday: Gone Fishing

My Penguin Illustration seemed fitting for this weeks Illustration Friday topic with the theme 'Stomach'

Sunday, 17 July 2016

New Baby Washing Line Card

The start of summer has seen a few new arrivals with family and friends so it seemed the perfect time to share this card project before we post them.
You will need:
A Craft Knife and Cutting Mat
Double Sided Tape
Foam Pads
Curious Critters Collection: New Baby Dimensional Card
1. Fold an A4 sheet of card in half to create an A5 card blank. 
For this project turn your card blank landscape. 
2. Print off the dimensional craft sheet and cut out the scene on the left hand side of your sheet. Attach the scene onto the front of the card blank using double sided tape. (You can either leave a small even white gap around the scene or trim the card blank down so the scene goes to the edge of the card as shown above).
3. To create your washing line, pierce two holes through the front of the card at either side of the top of the fence as shown. Thread a piece of string through the holes fixing to the inside of the card. Attach a sheet of paper or card on the inside of the card to hide the ends of the string.
4. Cut out the rest of the elements from the craft sheet. Arrange the clothes across the washing line attaching each element with a mini peg as shown. Add foam pads behind the clothes to help secure them to the front of the card.

5. Cut out your chosen sentiments from the sheet. Arrange around the card and once your happy attach them to the card with foam pads.

This craft sheet contains both pink and blue elements ideal for baby boy and baby girl cards!