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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.

Friday, 13 February 2009

New velvet scarves for my shops

I've been busy screen printing and block printing velvet for velvet scarves this week, and at last have finished making them. I think my favourite is the black with multi-coloured spots. I hand dye the velvet black then use a vintage Indian block to print on the discharge paste (isn't that such an ugly word!) to make the spots. Once the colour is removed I patiently hand paint each spot a different colour to its neighbour. I usually do the last bit when there is either a good play on the radio, or with classical music playing - it aids my concentration. My scarves are then sewn double sided to make a luxury accessory.

The nice thing about printing one at a time is that you always finish with something that is original. There may be similar but never two the same. I mix my own dye colours too so, never making a note of what I'm doing I can never remember just how a colour was made.

These scarves will be listed in my on-line shops, I hope you like them. Each is made with beautifully soft silk/viscose velvet and is washable so not a difficult item to care for.

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