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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.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Beautiful textile art and crafts by Aileen Clarke

I recently entered a competition run by Aileen Clarke on her Facebook page and won the gorgeous notebook above.  I love notebooks, comes from having a poor memory and writing everything down.  I would love to own an original felt picture like this, perhaps one day ............

The picture on this book attracted me because it is the sort of place I love to holiday - remote, surrounded by beautiful scenery in a pretty cottage, ideally with a fire or wood burner as I hate to be cold!  This looks just like the cottage I stayed in last week - only there's no snow on the hills, so this must be the summer view!

Aileen lives in rural Fife in Scotland. She is an artist and designer maker, working from her cottage studio in the beautiful Fife countryside.  Over the past couple of years she has built up a flourishing cottage industry making fused fabric and fibre crafts and now makes a wide range of textile art, craft and jewellery some of which is available for you to buy from her shop on Etsy. Her work is very affordably priced from £2.50 for a card to £85 for an original picture with notebooks and sketchbooks being under £10.  I can't draw, but if you could, imagine having a little sketchbook with one of Aileen's pictures to inspire your work?

Aileen loves using wet felt and needle felting techniques and is the proud owner of a fabulous embellisher machine. She likes experimenting with colour and texture, using up fabrics from unwanted garments and other sources as well as using hand dyed, hand spun yarn in her work which she collect on her travels around Scotland and Ireland.
You can see more of Aileen's work at www.AileenClarkeCrafts.com as well as keep up to date with what's new on her Facebook page.  


Some pretty tasty new beads on Ebay

Just a few new sets of beads, some focal beads, and a bit of a general household clearout on Ebay this week - 

so if you are reading this, looking for beads to make something from that don't come from some cheap-jack foreign import shop that buy by the ton and pay peanuts to the overworked, underpaid makers who work in appalling and dangerous conditions, but actually fancy supporting  a British artist trying to make a living then perhaps you are in the right place. 

Yeh, I know, something made in Britain - amazingly there are a few of us still around, the Government has already issued us with the instructions on how to turn out the lights when we leave.  Wouldn't want them to miss their targets for carbon saving etc now, would we?