My children’s world

 

There is joy and wonder, when you see the world through the eyes of your children….

I am really pleased to show you some new work. I have been busy over the past couple of months on a lot of different projects. I set aside time to just play like a child with embroidery and see what came out of it. So I was wondering how to introduce you to this work. What I think works best is over a series of blogs, I will introduce each piece.

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A little unsteady, but ready to take off…

what's art without a little heart....It’s been a special time over the past week, as our children had their birthday. So I thought it was fitting to launch my new work around their special day. As it is thanks to them that this selection of work has come about. They are my little interns and love that this business is about our family.

The new work I have produced has taken a lot of time, as anyone knows it’s trial and error. Sometimes a piece works and then sometimes I spend ages on one piece to find that something doesn’t quiet sit right in my eyes. Then it is put away for another day, when I might pull it out again and think yes, I’m ready to go back to it.

When I began this series, I wanted to combine different elements of childhood. My children are writing now, so I thought it would be great to incorporate this into the artwork. This work you see (below) is called  “I give you my heart”. It came about through revisiting “The Big Hearted Giant”. I always liked him and thought the heart could be 3-Dimensional and could be worn by the person. It could be placed back up into the frame when not worn. I also wanted to allow the client the option of giving me fabric that is personal to them.

To be continued

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My children took my heart the minute they were placed into my arms….

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Stamp of approval at International Exhibition

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I received an email from Plymouth University last November. It was from Pete Davis, Director of the MA Postgraduate programmes in Design and his research assistant Sophie Harbour inviting me to take part in an exhibition called Envelope. I was intrigued by what I read.

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The exhibition called for leading designers and emerging designers from across the world, with contributions from Australia, the United States, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand and much of Europe, to send what they valued and are valuing in an envelope.

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Among the most notable names contributing to the exhibition are award-winning British designers Tom Dixon OBE and Michael Marriott, German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, Japanese furniture designer Tomoko Azumi and Spanish designer Martí Guixé. Dutch trio Marijn Van Oosten, Marcel Wanders and Gijs Bakker also feature, as does New York graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, and Guardian cartoonist and illustrator Steven Appleby.

I was humbled to be invited to take part at such an unique exhibition in the Peninsula Arts Gallery.

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I set about thinking about what I could place in the envelope – asking the question, “What do I value as a person and as a designer?

My values in my work as a designer are deeply connected to my experience as a parent. Through my children’s drawings, I am conveying the story of family life and childhood. My commission work is based on helping parents hold onto the memories of childhood, through interpreting their drawings and using their children’s clothes to create special keepsakes.

Softie Lula

I started to research softies and looked at the characters my children had drawn. I thought what if I make them out of their pre-loved clothes? I made my first softie in Sept/Oct of 2012. Jack, aptly named by my son, was the first of the friends. Lula was the next to follow. The children just loved seeing their creations come to life to hug and to hold.

Thanks

J

 

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A Day of Inspiration

This drawing is by my son. He loves drawing houses and cars and puts a huge amount of detail into his work. I always enjoy waiting to see what he is going to come up with next. The designer in me started to look at the drawings in an innovative exploration of how to turn them into exciting products. This is where I first produced the appliqué of the houses in July 2012. I had lots of fun with the children, cutting their old clothes up and putting it together like a jigsaw.

My First Post!!

I never thought I would get to the stage of writing this first post, but here I am. I hope you like the website and enjoy the characters that I have designed from my children’s drawings.

This idea has taken over a year to develop into a business. There are so many people I would like to thank. I think I’m firstly going to have to give myself a pat on the back! As a full-time mum for five years, it hasn’t been easy trying to get a business off the grounds and most parents would understand this. But what has made it fun, is playing with my children through arts and crafts: watching them learn, develop and explore using simply paint and paper to begin with.

Each one of their drawings is special. My son loves drawing cars and houses. My little girl loves princesses and butterflies.

Putting the drawings into a folder and taking them out maybe in 20 years time didn’t sit right with me. I wanted to use my skill as a designer and to transform them into something special now.

The aim of the blog is to showcase new work, designed by me for you and your children. They make great gifts for both your children, grandparents, godparents and for the older child if you have kept their art work.

I hope to run workshops for you and the family in the New Year.  If you would like to contact me about a particular idea you have in mind please do so.

Thanks to everyone who has helped me. It feels great to have got to this point.

Cheers