Posts tagged Creativity
Beautiful needlework and antiques

Look at these beautiful naive pieces of needlework . . . 

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I recently had the pleasure of perusing the website of Robert Young Antiques after I was sent a nice picture of one of their pieces by the ever wonderful Madeleine. (I was lying in bed with Maggie the marmalade cat asleep on me if you need a fuller picture)

Aren't these needleworks wonderful? So very inspiring: the sense of flattened perspective and the meticulous attention to detail in very specific and unexpected areas. I love that an artist might spend a long time picking out every single rope on a ships rigging but then show the see as a plane of blue: it shows where their interest lies. I will pop these images in my visual memory bank and see if some new cards might pop out.

On a moderately related note: I get really cross when creative people steal visual ideas from their peers, it's so counter-productive and anyone who does it is only putting themselves at a disadvantage. My advice if you ever need a little visual inspiration is to go way back, get historical on it, I like to look at medieval imagery: things were just better then . . . actually that's probably not true, what with the plagues and pestilence and feudal society and all that. For an example of what I mean by 'better' you simply have to look at an image search for 'mermaid', then adjust it to 'medieval mermaid' - see, much better.

Can you see a slight medieval vibe in the prints in the shop now? 


A look around the studio

I'm not a tidy studio worker: I often leave designs laid around unfinished for ages, I need to have things out where I can see them or they never get finished but I think there's a certain beauty in busy studios.

Here's a little sneak peek of the brain of the Hadley studio in case you're interested.


My Granny's collection of Indian nesting baskets crammed full of random sewing bits. I like to have things of sentimental value where I work.



Paste! For making paste paper. I'll upload instructions on how to make it soon.



Very low quality block printing ink, I love the goopy quality of it



BOXES. I can't throw a little box away - they're so handy! It's a curse



My glue shelf - because when you make collage you're basically a professional glue spreader, there's a real art to gluing things right.



My Mandrake print - got to have a reminder of the end point: what it's all about.



Very expensive Gouache! A real investment set there - from AJ Fitzpatrick, I love gouache, it's the most supreme paint, you can use it in so many different ways. Maybe I'll go in to that a little more in another post too.



The pretty pot graveyard. I have many pots for brushes, rollers, pens - you name it. If a pretty pot gets a bit broken in the kitchen it I snaffle it for my shelf and if I'm at a car boot and find a useless but pretty pot I have the perfect excuse to buy it. Perks of the job.



These drawers are incredible, everything goes in them. I know that's not handy because they were such a brilliant find that isn't replicable. If only Ikea did their Moppe drawers in a massive size it would be the perfect piece of studio furniture.

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