Wednesday 21 November 2018

Michelle Forrest-Beckett At The Ropewalk...

There's still time to see the brilliant exhibition by Michelle Forrest-Beckett at The Ropewalk in Barton.

Childhood recollections of sideshow attractions at Whitby, and the strange and unsettling qualities of Victorian and Vaudeville side shows, these characters are truly evocative and characterful.

I love her use of vintage and found materials, I absolutely love old dolls' heads and the really powerful effect they have.

Michelle Forrest-Beckett.
'Fairground Fables.'
The Ropewalk.
4/1/18 - 2/12/18

Sunday 11 November 2018

Hope & Elvis Collaged Animals Workshop! Whoop! Whoop!

I'm really glad to say that my paper collaged animals workshop will be running again at the ever so lovely Hope & Elvis on October 12th 2019.
'Mrs Bracken, Miss Briar And Long Eared Ladies' will be a day full of chatter, creativity (and cake,) and some of my favourite animal characters will be coming out to play again.
If you feel a little nervous about the drawing part of the workshop then worry not, I will provide you with a template kit, (which you can follow, use for inspiration or completely ignore!)
On the other hand, if you want to create your very own creature that is absolutely fine too.

We'll also have lots of fun using a wide variety of materials and techniques, (some of which are very sparkly indeed!) so that your animal will be dressed up to the nines!

Have a great weekend chucks!

Thursday 8 November 2018

A Fab Vintage Day Out At The Ropewalk!

Last Saturday was the very first vintage fair at The Rope Walk Gallery, Barton.
The whole event, which included amazing stalls of loveliness, a tea room, music and dancing, was organised by Miss Pigeon Vintage.
There was a real buzz of excitement, (and I really started to feel all Christmassy and giddy!)

This is the glamorous Rosie Hearts Vintage, I just had to photograph her amazing outfit and beautifully curated stall.

My friend Debs tried on quite a few of the gorgeous frocks from Mel's Vintage Emporium.
We were both swooning for quite some time!

I loved the high heel fluffy slippers!

'Roll up!
Roll up!'
(Why! It's Miss Pigeon Vintage herself!)

There was music, dancing and a one man band!

And here is the wonderfully quirky stall of Miss Alfie Robot Retro, her vintage treasures always makes me smile.

It was a truly wonderful day at a beautiful location.
Congratulations Miss Pigeon Vintage, it was ace!

Friday 2 November 2018

Painting A Queen...

A couple of days ago I had the painting-itch,
the fact is I haven't painted in a while, and if I don't get the brushes out, I can get a bit mardy!

I managed to take a few photos along the way, (although there are some big gaps I'm afraid, as I get pre-occupied!)
As with all my paintings, I never plan what the piece will be about, as I really enjoy working it all out as I go along.

All of a sudden she demanded a crown...

Her eyes took the longest time to paint...

I'm not yet sure if there's a story, (I think that I can feel one formulating in my head!)
I hope that you enjoyed painting alongside with me!

Have a creative weekend chucks x