Saturday, 28 August 2010

Tattoo design class & new beast!

Last night I went to a tattoo design class with Dahlia Black at The Life Craft. This lovely shop has recently opened in the west end, selling some gorgeous yarns & patterns (I had to restrain myself from the super soft brightly coloured MillaMia merino).
So why the tattoo design class? I currently have three tattoos. I had wanted a tattoo for ages, but just couldn't decide what to have (if you can't decide - then you shouldn't have!). Then life events took over. One of my brothers, Wes died in June 2007. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour a few years earlier. He had lots of tattoos - a Gemini symbol, angel wings on his hips, a shamrock & Irish for family, handle with care written in Chinese - I might have forgotten some there! His favourites by far, were the black dragons he had along him inner forearms. So my first tattoo is in memory of him, a pink (to make it a little girlier!) dragon, on my inner left arm, so he is always close to my heart.
Now, the problem with tattoos is that they are addictive, the ink must contain something which gets you hooked! So my next two are wrist tats, for my crafty & science sides.
Next I have lots of ideas about a half sleeve, with a bird (owl, magpie or pied wagtail) surrounded by oak leaves, acorns & conkers - with a shamrock snuck in somewhere. My ideas were a bit muddled & I wasn't quite sure if it would all work together, so when I saw the class, I jumped at the chance!
The class was very relaxed, good coffee & company. I got to talk through my ideas, discuss options and actually get something down on paper. I think I've now decided on the pied wagtail (I think that they are pretty cool, and I love the way that they constantly wag their tails!), with a shamrock in it's mouth, and autumnal leaves around. So next I need to finalise the design (and actually look at pictures of pied wagtails!) & get booked in!
Finally today we have a new arrival to the family, after we lost poor Fletch. So welcome Godber's new friend Jim Mclaren! We are continuing with the Porridge names, although he does remind me a little of Pepe le Pew & Alan!

Friday, 27 August 2010

A trip down south...

Last week we started off by visiting Manchester.
We visited the Craft & Design centre, where I had to use all my stamina to resist buying anything! On display was Threadbare - drawings in thread by Debbie Smyth, who incidentally is in the latest edition of Embroidery.
Then it was south to Birmingham.
I spent 7 years living in brum, so it is a place very close to my heart.
A wander around the city, lead us to the Ikon Gallery, and an exhibition of work originally shown there in the 1970s.
I particularly enjoyed screenprints from Tim Mara.
A walk past our old flat, led us to the RBSA gallery in the jewellery quarter. Beautiful and inspiring works by textile & mixed media artist Stephanie Redfern were displayed in the craft gallery.
From brum, a short trip across to Leicester, to where our friends Amisha and Pun were getting married. A 4 day extravaganza of celebrations, amazing textiles & plenty of delicious food!
Congratulations to the happy couple!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


Busy, busy, busy. Last week I went to an exhibition at Lillie Art Gallery, from the Northern Fringes (an Aberdeen based textile group). The work was varied and inspiring, I particularly liked the free form knitting cushions of Jenny Longhurst. Unfortunately it was one of those exhibitions were photography is banned. So I have no pictures to share - sorry!

I have also taken part in my first ever
Craftster swap, see if you can guess my secrets!

Next week we are going to a friends wedding, I am quite excited as we are invited to the Hindu temple ceremony. We have been getting our outfits ready, here are is sneak peak.
Such beautiful embroidery! Finally a walk through the Hidden Gardens found this treasure...