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North Somerset, United Kingdom
My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I play with fire and (intentionally) break glass! Based in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets, I am inspired by the countryside around. Working with sea glass collected from remote beaches, soda lime glass from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond, I create artisan beads, for use in my own jewellery or for you to enjoy in your own creations. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration. Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

New bags

Just thought I'd share some new tote bags I've made. These are now listed in my Etsy shop. I have other bags in both my Etsy and Folksy shops and will be making more soon.

At a recent wedding I saw a mum and her little daughter with matching bags. Mum clearly needed a bag to carry round the vital things that mums need throughout a day; daughter needed a little bag to carry around her vital things for the day too - like something to amuse her whilst the grown-ups were being very boring and not playing with her. She was a little angel all day long.

Clearing out my many hidden stashes of fabrics I came across some small pieces of a floral upholstery fabric. There was just enough to make a couple of tote bags and a small piece that would make a small bag: for anyone who manages to go out with less than I do, or for a Mini Miss. The fabric, named 'Streatlam', was made by Textra in 1980. I've combined the fabric with some pretty embroidered cream fabric which makes a wonderful lining, complementing the colours of the Textra fabric.

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