I was at the late view of the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea last night, and had been planning just to wander around and enjoy it without taking any notes about which artists I liked... until I saw some work I liked and before I knew it out came my phone and notes were taken! Here are my favourites, none of whom I'd heard of before which was a bonus (click on images to go to artists' websites):
Months ago I bought a bargain 50x70cm Habitat frame from the local tip for the princely sum of £4. Of course I was thrilled with it, but ever since it has been propped up in my small bedroom, getting in the way. I've been umming and ahhing over what to put in it until this week when I finally decided what it needed. Here's the result - a new chandelier paper cut design. There's gold leaf on the candle flames although this photo doesn't show that very well. Finally, up on the wall where it belongs!
A couple of years ago a friend bought one of my bears as a present for her boyfriend. They call him 'beeb' (after my old label), and he's really become one of the family. So much so that they took him on holiday to Venice last year. And it sounds like the three of them had quite an adventure... I'll let these lovely photos speak for themselves...
This papercut was commissioned to celebrate a new baby - and has just winged its way to Australia where the eponymous Minnie lives! It's the first time I've used gold leaf on this kind of papercut, and I like the way it turned out, always nice to add a bit of glitz!
Last week I went to Pick Me Up at Somerset House. I'd been a few years ago and wasn't overwhelmed by it, but someone at work strongly recommended it and I was so glad I gave it another chance. It was really inspiring, lots of designers and illustrators I hadn't come across before, and a really buzzy atmosphere. Here are some of my faves: