This is an opportunity to create your own unique design and transfer it onto fabric. During the workshop you will be guided through steps to create a bespoke design and transfer it onto a fabric of your choice for use in whatever textile, sewing or craft project you wish. You will learn about products, techniques and equipment, how different fabrics respond to the process and how best to prepare them. You will be inspired by what your designs could become. This workshop is supported by ‘Colourcraft’.
The workshop can be booked through the venue website at
Celebrating 3 years: It’s now three years since I began focussing on art and making. After injuring my knee I decided to follow my heart and felt a need to let out the colour and creative potential that I instinctively knew was within me.
Switching to a less commercial line of work has not been easy and has taken courage and conviction, but as I continue to explore and my work evolves I’m keen to see what I’ll be creating next.
The highlights of the past three years have been two Art and Design year long course Distinctions, a solo art exhibition, and being commissioned by customers to create bespoke artworks and gifts.
Collage of my favourite 9 from the past 3 years…
Latest work: My latest creation is an embroidered work for a dear friend, inspired by an image. I felt real flow in this work and felt guided in creating it by some artistic wisdom that joined me while I hand and machine appliquéd and stitched.
Workshop Development: Exciting news is that I’m developing a heat press workshop. This will given people the opportunities to develop a design and print it onto fabric in just 2 hours. Watch this space for news and dates. if you’re not signed up to receive Inspire news then you can do so by typing your email address into the box above.
Work in progress: Miniature plants need a miniature place to grow so I’ve been building a greenhouse in Fab lolly sticks with a Magnum stick for decoration. I’ve also tried a more rustic ones from twigs pruned from my Japanese Acer. Need to eat a fab lolly or two more to be able to complete the roof structure. I’m considering whether to plant miniature climbing plants with the rustic greenhouse to encourage them to grown up and within it.
Greenhouse picture 1 &2
Ceramics: I’m exploring ceramics, its not an area I’ve studied before so I’m learning hand building techniques. More on that when the pieces have been fired.
Commission Time: Christmas is coming and its traditionally a time for commissioned artworks for loved ones, providing a bespoke gift made for them. My deadline this year for commission requests, to be ready in time for Christmas is 31st October. Please email me and I’ll help determine all that’s needed to begin the creation of your unique artwork.
Thanks for the support in the past three years and here’s to the future. To creativity, and beyond!
October is #Inktober: I’m taking the #Inktober challenge again this year. My intention is to try to illustrate the prompt words simply and clearly. You can see my ink creations in my Instagram ‘stories’.
Using my marketing and PR background I’ve been working on communications and brand work for Lancashire and Yorkshire based Steel Stockholders K Steels.
Keen to increase awareness and attract new customers and communicate with existing customers I assisted with liaison for a brand new website and new logos, created with Alpha State and US2DESIGN respectively.
I shot and edited two short videos to illustrate the business succinctly.
Then using photography, hand drawn and digitally created methods I illustrated key facts of the business. Creating an Infographic for use in social media.
Here are the two Infographic versions – one for each of the warehouse sites.
I then made the infographic into an infographic video, to demonstrate the key aspects of the business in less than 1 minute. Click on the above link to watch it on YouTube.
The work is part of activity to celebrate two landmark anniversaries, 40 years at the K Steels Lancashire warehouse and 30 years of The warehouse of K Steels Yorkshire. Here are the commemorative icons that I created.
The following creative is an image to accompany Facebook posts about special offers.
If you’d like help with brand, marketing, PR or illustration ideas for your business or service you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are links to related work. Thanks for viewing.
April was a bright and creative month, here are the highlights from my Instagram feed. Enjoy!
Better late than never!
First up was a cupcake themed cushion that I made for a close relation.
Lush pink, grey and teal design. It was a huge pattern repeat so I made a booster cushion with different parts of the design front and back. As I know I’ll be asked the question, the fabric was from Direct Knit and Sew in Sheffield.
Ta da! Here’s the finished cushion. It really was a work of love as it was for someone I love and I love the outcome. The pink ribbon edging the cushion really makes the colours pop.
There’s something lovely about pencil crayons, the potential to create and the nostalgia of art as a child.
Inspired by this leggings fabric I created a floral repeat pattern digitally.
Putting the repeat pattern into kaleidoscope created a stunning, striking pattern.
I had a little yarn left from the jumper I made which I put with my favourite yarn to make a Unicorn Inspired Pom-Pom. Love the effect and it feels so delicate and light to hold.
I created a repeat pattern with the Pom-Pom work in progress photo in my favourite app Pixelmator.
I celebrated International Women’s Day with a number of my fabulous females, here’s my favourite one. An illustration I created for a client who was organising a women’s empowerment event. This was created in Sheffield made product Brusho.
The inspired female brain, how it feels when my brain is inspired and loving an activity. A second Women’s Day illustration.
My first #Inktober was a great experience. I was approaching from an illustration point of view – hoping to illustrate concepts and ideas from my head – getting them into paper.
I experimented with different ink products at the beginning but settled into the wonderful humble bic biro.
In the course of the month my practice developed into a process for approaching the daily prompt words – brainstorming the word, considering which nterpretation/ meaning fit best with my intentions to inspire and motivate people. I created rough sketches, then developed one of these and often the third drawing would become the final detailed drawing.
I had a ‘no tracing’, and ‘only original work’, principle for #Inktober as I wanted to create solely from my mind. Through the daily practice I started to feel I could represent the image in my head more effectively, felt that the pen sat in my hand as a multi mark tool that could be used for line, shading and definition and could see improvement in my pen control and precision through the month.
The daily practice and seeing the benefit has been inspiring for other areas of my life and I’ll be applying that daily practice principle for improvement in other areas.
Thanks for the inspiring prompt words, to the great global #Inktober artists, it’s been wonderful.
What an experience Inktober has been. An ink drawing a day for 31 days. This was my first #Inktober.
Week One, Week Two, and my favourite week Week Three, drawings are at these clicks. Interesting to feel the progression and development of daily practice has had on my drawing skills, I feel that I use and hold the pen differently and can mark the paper more accurately. My typography and lettering is much more how I’d like it to look as I try to convey different energy in the words.
It’s been great to part of something global and see what different responses have been created to the prompt words (pictured). The challenge was to draw and instagram a drawing each day for 31 days.
I’m looking for live illustration briefs to get stuck into so if you have one please give me a shout. I’ll be developing these drawings further under the guidance of your illustration tutor, working on sewn art and ski fitness for November too.