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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for May 2014

Jennie Boxall: The Artistic Stamper

The Artistic Stamper

Jennie Boxall The Artistic Stamper

I discovered her work thanks to UK Stampers forum, but for those of you who haven’t yet found The Artistic Stamper aka Jennie Boxall, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are:

Jennie B: I am Jennie Boxall; Formerly a jeweller, now a rubber stamp manufacturer, and altered artist.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

Jennie B: Kent, UK England.

What you do:

Jennie B: Mainly I spend my days running a rubberstamp business, doing the paperwork, answering emails, and making stamps, but on the odd occasion that is my time, I create artwork for myself and for teaching on workshops.

Jennie Boxall's Book Cover

Jennie Boxall’s Book Cover

What got you started in your creative journey?

Jennie B: I have always done some kind of craft since I was little girl, so if it can be altered into something else, I will do it: paper, fabric, wool, metal, wood.

What inspires you:

Jennie B: The things around me inspire me, but I do collect lots of “stuff” from paper to boxes to mother of pearl counters, oh and I love bowls!! so my inspiration comes from those things around me, as well as magazines and books, and of course all those wonderfully creative artists in the paper world!

Jennie Boxall's 3 Canvases

Jennie Boxall’s 3 Canvases

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Jennie B: Travel to all those places I have never been to! with my sketchbook and camera, of course!

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Jennie B: I love the fact that I get to see such wonderful work created, especially in my workshops. Everyday is different, and I have never been bored in the 21 years I have been in the business.

Links

To find out more about Jennie and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below.

Thanks to Jenny for being our Featured Artist of the Month for May 2014.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Chinelo Bally, who is one of the lovely lady’s in The Great British Sewing Bee has kindly given this interview to become this months Featured Artist. Read on to find out more about her and her work.

Chinelo Bally

Chinelo Bally

I discovered her work thanks to The Sewing Bee on BBC 2.  I loved how she was making her own patterns to her own designs. For those of you who haven’t yet found Chinelo, here is a little more about her an her work.

Who you are:

Chinelo: I am a passionate lady who believes in going for her dream and making it reality.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

Chinelo: I live in Essex in the UK

What you do:

Chinelo: I am currently setting up my bespoke fashion label “Olivia Kabani” I am currently taking orders for bespoke garment and also working on my website.

What got you started in your creative journey?

Chinelo: I have always Loved fashion and I have always been interested in putting my own signature on clothes. Like you I was never fully satisfied with shop bought clothes so I decided to get a sewing machine and started learning.

What inspires you:

Chinelo: I draw inspiration from any and everything, I love colours, texture, shapes, so I’m constantly being drawn to the unique beauty of something. I have designed a dress that was inspired by red velvet cake; the rich red against the cream and the velvet name given to the cake just made me imagine this dress.

If money, time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Chinelo: I would love to have a boutique where people come to buy my ready made lines and also have bespoke garments made, but not solely for major occasions.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Chinelo: What I love most about my creative work is the fact that I can see a fabric and transform the 2d cloth into an amazing garment. When I were, or when I see someone wear something I have made, it just fills me with so much fulfilment. I have a strong support network in my family and friends, they all know and support my future plans, emotionally mentally and physically.

Links

To find out more about Chinelo and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below.

www.chinelobally.com

Thanks to Chinelo Bally for being our Featured Artist of the Month for April 2014

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for November 2012;

Kari-Helene Rane

Kari-Helene

Kari-Helene

I discovered her work thanks to Create and Craft, where she and her business partner Tracy, were demonstrating patterns Kari-Helene had designed for their company Purl Alpaca. For those of you who haven’t yet found Kari-Helene, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are:

K-H: My name is Kari-Helene Rane and I am a 32-year-old Norwegian who has been living in London for the last 10 years. I studied for my BA in Fashion designs at Kingston University, where I graduated in 2005. Although my degree was a general fashion degree I ended up focusing on knit-wear and using alpaca yarn.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

K-H: Now I live and work in North London.

What you do:

K-H: I am a knit-wear designer specialising in hand knitting and working with alpaca yarn. I run Purl Alpaca Designs with my business partner Tracy Birch and we provide designer hand knitting kits, luxury yarns and knitting patterns. We take the product right from the alpaca’s back and see it through every step of the way. We own 17 alpacas and use their fleece along with the fleeces from a select few alpaca farms in our local area to produce our yarn. The yarn is spun in Oxfordshire by a specialist mill. Our yarn is 100% made in England and it is undyed as we want to provide a natural and as environmentally friendly product as possible. Alpacas have such wonderful natural colours we do not see the need for added colour!

Geronimo Jumper; Womens Unisex; Purl Alpaca

Geronimo Jumper; Womens Unisex; Purl Alpaca

What got you started in your creative journey?

K-H: I have always been a creative person. I was taught knitting at a young age by my mum and grandmother and started experimenting with designing clothes for my dolls. I created collections with different themes for my cut out paper dolls and sewed and knitted garments for my Barbie.
I loved anything I could create with, drawing, sewing, embroidery, knitting and weaving. I’ve tried my hand at almost anything imaginable! It was only as an adult working in a haberdashery store I realised that doing fashion design could actually be a job!

Jerri Cowl; Purl Alpaca

Jerri Cowl; Purl Alpaca

What inspires you:

K-H: I can find inspiration in almost anything. I look at colours, texture and pattern in images, magazines, shop windows, old walls and in nature. Colours, texture and structure – there is beauty in pretty much anything! Mainly I find inspiration in actual knitting. I find that making and creating triggers my brain to think of new and innovative ways of using yarn and needles to create interesting designs. i also get inspiration from vintage clothing. I love the 1940s and 50s and I think this comes through in my work, although I try to give everything a contemporary edge.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

K-H: I love what I am doing at the moment, but ideally I would love to do it in a gorgeous house with a lovely garden set in a beautiful landscape somewhere where the sun always shines!

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

K-H: I love the creative freedom I have working for myself. I enjoy coming up with ideas and following it trough to the end product. I love hearing from customers when they have enjoyed making and love wearing something I have designed. It’s a real pleasure to know that my vision provides someone with joy – both making and wearing!

Links

Purl Alpaca is a wonderful company, both kari-Helene and her business partner Tracy Birch, regularly appear on Create and Craft TV to showcase their latest patterns and introduce the most recent alpaca’s whose fleeces are spun to create their yarns.

Kari-Helene and Tracy are people and a company with real heart, you can tell how much they care about the Alpaca’s.  Their passion for the whole process really shines through.

Kari-Helene & Tracy Birch

Kari-Helene & Tracy Birch

To find out more about Kari-Helene and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below.

Thanks to Kari-Helene for being our Featured Artist of the Month for November 2012.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our new Featured Artist, a few days early. Our Featured Artist of the month for June 2012 is:

Gina Barrett

Gina Barrett

Gina Barrett; Featured Artist of the month June 2012

I discovered her work thanks to her ‘Button It’ shows on Create and craft, and was fascinated by the intricate buttons she made from basic materials, sadly I’d never have the dexterity for making those, but more recently she has also show people how to create wonderful braids,  I adore anything historical, and would love to make some finger loop braids as book closures.

If you have seen Gina on TV and for those of you who haven’t yet found Gina Barrett, here is a little more about her and her amazing  work.

Who you are:

Gina: Gina Barrett, textile artist, illustrator, crafter

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

Gina: I live in the Midlands – (United Kingdom) but I am originally from   the US.

What you do:

Gina: Although I am an illustrator by trade, most of what I currently do   revolves around passementerie – making trimmings for clothing and interiors.   Part of this involves a range of DVD (which are still being made) showing   step-by-step the techniques involved in this discipline. I also do specialist   commission work for costumiers, theatre and film.  On ‘rest’ days, I like   to dabble in sewing and mixed media projects

What got you started in your creative journey?

Gina: I have always wanted to be an ‘artist’ – when I was little I made   books so that I could illustrate the stories! This was always paired with a   fascination for costume, (I had toyed with the idea of becoming a costumier)   and my journey took many paths in the beginning, including   historical illustration. In studying costume, I became fascinated by the   detail – which led to learning how these wonderful trimmings were made.   Initially my study was all about medieval trimmings, and in particular weaving   narrow wares (ribbons) and making tassels and braids. This expanded into   learning as many techniques as I can. I am still learning, and hope to always   learn.

What inspires you:

Gina: History, colour, skilled workmanship, historic portraiture.

18th Century Tassels. Before and after. Restored by Gina Barrett

18th Century Tassels. Before and after. Restored by Gina Barrett

Gina: The image is of a pair of 18th Century tassels that I restored for a stately home – one after the  restoration, one before

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Gina: Spend time studying museum collections of passementerie items first hand, buy examples at auction to study, and just make…

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Gina: Working for myself. It is full of stresses (and they aren’t always   great!) but the satisfaction of being able to devote time to create is a   wonderful thing, and I am very lucky that I can do this. I am also learning that I am really enjoying teaching/sharing the techniques, both through writing articles and books, and trough making the dvd’s. Showing others how to do something that I had to figure out without help is very satisfying.

Links

To find out more about Gina Barrett and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below.

Gina: My website is www.gina-b.co.uk where you’ll find links to  my blog, Facebook and twitter

Thank you Gina Barrett for being our Featured Artist of the Month for June 2012. Do visit her site soon to see more of her wonderful pieces, her DVDs are available from her website and also on Create and Craft.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for November 2011;

Gillian McMurray

Badger by Gillian McMurray

Badger by Gillian McMurray

I discovered her work thanks to Seth Apters art collaboration project; The Pulse but for those of you who haven’t yet found Gillian, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are: 

Gillian: I am Gillian McMurray and I am an artist and crafter.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

 Gillian: I live in the Scottish Borders in a little cottage in the middle of the countryside.

What you do:

Gillian: I split my time between drawing and painting the local wildlife and creating hand crafted items, from paper beads to notepads to silk scarves. My art is mainly executed in graphite, coloured pencil and watercolour with occasional pen and ink work thrown in for good measure.

What got you started in your creative journey?

Gillian: I tell people I was born with a paintbrush in one hand and a needle in the other. I grew up drawing, painting and sewing and TV programmes like Take Hart and Hart Beat with Tony Hart were always favourites. My mother was also influential in my creativity as I watched her sewing everything from curtains and bed linen to soft toys and was made to wear hand knitted hats (to this day I still hate hats). There are not many crafts that I have not tried over the years. I have done everything from card making and jewellery making to whittling and sculpture and love them all. However, at school I showed absolutely no talent in art classes and never had any of my work chosen for display around the school. Regardless of this, I bought myself a set of watercolours when I was about 16 and taught myself to draw and paint. Over the last 23 years I have managed to get to the stage where I am reasonably happy with the work I produce – but only reasonably. I still have lots to learn but that is part of the fun of being an artist.

What inspires you? 

Gillian: Nature inspires me most. I love wildlife and plants and rocks and weather. I can often be found dancing in the rain just for fun. My love of animals is what nurtured my ability to draw and improved it. I wanted to be able to represent animals that looked realistic and that was what pushed me to improve my skills. Autumn is my favourite time of year because of the colours of the leaves. The oranges, yellows and reds are just stunning to me. Which brings me to my next inspiration – colour. Colour is fabulous. I love to see them used in combination and alone, bright and strong colours or muted and soft. I can often be found searching Etsy just because I like to see the colours other people use in their products. Whenever I feel blocked I hit Etsy and come away with new ideas and inspiration.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Gillian: This is not directly related to my creativity but I would love to open an animal sanctuary and rescue animals that need help. It would also give me the opportunity to draw the animals too.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Gillian: There are a number of things I enjoy about my creative life. I work for myself and do not have to answer to a ‘higher power’. Through the ups and the downs it is all up to me. I enjoy the challenge that each piece of art turns out to be. When I start I often do not know how I am going to tackle specific parts of a drawing or painting. It is not until I have the brush in my hand and let my Muse take over that I know what I am doing. Learning new techniques and crafts is great fun. However, one of the very best things is hearing people’s joy when they receive something that I have created. I once had a woman crying down the telephone to me because she was so happy with a portrait of her cat. Sadly, the cat had died a few weeks previously but she was so pleased to have the portrait I had painted that she could not contain her happiness. That is something very special.

Links

To find out more about Gillian McMurray and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below. 

Gillian: Like most creative people who use the internet today I have a multi tentacled web presence.

  • You can find updates about my art and crafts on my blog, where you can also find links to join me on Twitter and Facebook.
  • My Etsy store, where I sell my art and crafts.
  • Flickr Gallery  

Thanks to Gillian for being our Featured Artist of the Month for November 2011.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for October 2011

Seth Apter

The Altered Page, Seth Apters amazing blog

The Altered Page, Seth Apters amazing blog

I discovered his work thanks to Julie Prichard but for those of you who haven’t yet found Seth, here is a little more about him and his work.

Who you are: 

Seth; Seth Apter from The Altered Page.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

 Seth: I live in New York City in the USA.

What you do:

Seth: I am a mixed media artist, blogger, soon-to-be published author, and collector of too many doohickeys, thingamajigs, and whatchamacallits to count.

An-Object-Found; by Seth Apter

An-Object-Found; by Seth Apter

What got you started in your creative journey?

Seth: A serendipitous meeting with an artist named Patricia Larsen in Vancouver, Canada. She owned a gallery at that time and although it sounds somewhat dramatic, my life was forever changed after I walked through her door. I was creative in many ways before that moment but never in the visual arts. I met her at a very transitional time in my life when I was completely open to discovering new options for myself. Patricia unlocked the artist in me and has fully supported my creative journey ever since.

What inspires you? 

Seth: Like many artists, I can find inspiration in almost anything. I think my biggest inspiration though is New York City. Everywhere I turn, I am surrounded by creative fuel. Of course there are an endless number of museums and galleries where I can experience the work of both emerging artists and famous masters. But more than that, I am inspired by the people, the architecture, the window displays, the graffiti, the design, the food, the style, and the never-ending energy of NYC.

Catori; by Seth Apter

Catori; by Seth Apter

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Seth: I would travel all over the world, set up a temporary studio in every country, absorb the local culture, and create. 

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Seth: Art for me is like a pendulum, swinging from completely isolated to socially stimulated. At one end I can get so lost in the process of creating that I lose complete track of time and become unaware of everything going on around me. At the other end, I am deeply connected to other artists through my blog and social media sites.

Blending both these extremes has brought a sense of balance to me. And that balance is what I enjoy most about my creative life.

Soar by Seth Apter

Soar by Seth Apter

Links

To find out more about Seth and his work, please visit his blog and website, details below. 

Thanks to Seth Apter for being our Featured Artist of the Month for October 2011.

Check out my dedicated page to the Featured Artist of the Month, to find out more about other artists who have been involved in earlier interviews.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for April 2011

Rosie Rowe

Rosie Rowe

Rosie Rowe

I discovered her work thanks to an online class with Julie Pritchard which we both took, but for those of you who haven’t yet found Rosie, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are: 

Rosie; I am Rosie Rowe – of Altered Art & Stuff! 53 years old this year, a mother, a carer, an angler and an artist! Mum to a 16 y.o., wife and carer to Nick and feeder of 2 dogs, a parrot and an old tomcat!

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

Rosie; I live in Cornwall, in the Southwest of England, at the moment, but I hope to move to Kent later this year.

What you do:

Rosie; I am an (experimental) mixed media artist, who likes to paint and alter things too. I am a real technique junkie and work in stages, although I am very impatient! Anything is fair game…!

What got you started in your creative journey?

Rosie; I have always been arty/artistic/creative since I was a little girl. I learned to knit, sew, crochet, cross-stitch and embroider from an early age and when I was 12, I helped my Mum sew my own summer school uniform dress! My mother was German and grew up during WWII, so she was of the “make do and mend” mentality, used to making things herself and we were always decorating, painting, dressmaking, etc. I used to paint pet portraits from photos when Mum had a little shop at one time.I would have chosen to go into Performing Arts or Art School, if that had been possible, but instead I became a Police officer and had very little time for arts and crafts. I lived and worked in Germany, France and Spain, (where I met my husband, Nick), for a total of 12 years and it was only about 6 years ago that I finally got back into the habit, when I lived next door to an old lady who went to cardmaking classes. So, that’s where I started back on my journey… cardmaking, scrapbooking, altered art and now painting and art journalling. I was always a bit rebellious for the DTs I worked with, pushing the envelope and my luck too! I don’t really “conform” very well and tend to think outside the box. When I blog, I do try and explain my thought processes so that people understand my strange brain. I love the arty folk in the Groups I belong to, who have also broadened my thinking and fostered my thirst for knowledge!

What inspires you: 

Feeling Hot hot hot by Rosie Rowe

Rosie; People, weather patterns, rubbish, fabric, emotions and my stash… I absorb ideas I see when I’m surfing the web and then later they translate into artwork of some kind. I am a very bad notemaker… If I wrote down all the things that inspired me, I’d never lack inspiration!  Mind you, I’d probably never have time to see all the projects through anyway! If I could mention artists who inspire me I’d start with my best blogging friend Barbara Hagerty (artiphy the heart), with whom I formed an instant bond. She has encouraged and mentored me, right from 2007 when our paths first crossed in Blogland and we discovered just how much we have in common! My next would be Michelle Ward (GPP Street Team Crusades), whom I hold responsible for my addiction to carving rubber stamps!! She has also been a wonderful influence and apart from my blog challenge pals, I have to mention Tam from Willowing who gave us all the precious gift of a month’s free Art, Heart & Healing in October last year and changed my life. I rediscovered a gift for drawing faces and imaginary friends!

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Rosie; I’d fly over to the States, hire a Winnebago, shop for art supplies and soak up some sun while I planned a route to visit my dearest blogging pals… I reckon I could be on the road for at least 6 months! Then I’d go off to Australia and New Zealand and do the same – although I don’t have as many pals there at the moment. I think travelling and art-ing along the way would be heaven. I’d also invest in a new camera – I love taking photos – and a really good small video camera so I can make videos of my processes. And Nick and I could do a fair bit of fishing and promotion of his charitable organisation too! Let’s face it, life is too short to waste time!

When I came home again, I’d start a Community Arts Programme around a Cafe, Gallery and Workshop, with free classes for youngsters with self-esteem issues, Dance classes for all ages and a Drop-In with cheap-rate hair, nails and beauty treatments. After all, everyone has the right to feel “good” about themselves in a safe environment. To raise funds, we’d have regular hair and fashion shows and art n crafts exhibitions.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Rosie; Making art has saved my sanity, literally. I have dragged paintings out of the depths of my despair and found an imaginary world that I can inhabit where my pain and angst can be spilled into the creation of some kind of art. I create characters who can do the things that I can’t,; who can do the things that you can imagine, etc. It’s been very therapeutic for me and helped me to deal with some really awful situations that we, as a family, have been through. I know from feedback that people draw inspiration from what I create, from mistakes that I make etc., and that makes me so happy. If I can encourage anybody, I am happy to help. I am only an email away… I love making presents for people too!

I do enjoy the interaction from online workshops/classes so much. It’s amazing the diversity of arty folk who can come together to share an experience and form such close, nurturing bonds. I mean, that’s where you and I first “met”, isn’t it?

Links

Sewing the Seeds by Rosie Rowe

To find out more about Rosie and her work, please visit her blog and websites, details below. 

Thanks to Rosie Rowe for being our Featured Artist of the Month for April 2011.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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