News / Poisonous
Apr 01, 2015
Hi everyone *waves* Just finished this big piece, my second one arguably fully realising my creative expression as an artist in large format. So here's a nice juicey long blog post with lost of photos telling you how I did it. Just before I finished the God of Crabs back in September I began feeling around for the inspiration on the next piece. I just read back over my post describing the process for the Crab and see that I didn't explain any of the inspiration behind that one either. Sorry about that. I think it's because it didn't really...
Mar 25, 2013
I have been a bit quiet this week, as far as blogging goes anyway. But the needle has been stitching away as ever, and I just finished the Black Henbane flower yesterday, so here is part 2! When I left you last week I had completed the 3 petals using detached wire slips techniques. So here is number 4; And here is the fifth and final one. In some ways this was the easy bit over, now plunging the wires into the black ground fabric one by one, to constuct the flower head. As each petal is pushed through the...
Mar 18, 2013
This will be a post in two parts. I realised a funny thing the other day – that this (along with, I suppose, the Hawthorn Blossom) are not miniatures, but rather larger than life. This made by chuckle silently inside. I’m sad like that. Soooooo. Black Henbane. I think it is a GORGEOUS flower: And I wanted to capture all that lovely veiny detail, obvs. I decided to do a similar thing to the aforementioned Hawthorn Blossom and make detatched wired slips. And I got some nice heavy white cotton and using fine machine silk, couched it down: The little...
Feb 08, 2013
I had fun making this little chap. I knew instantly exactly how I wanted to create it. I was going to blog this in two goes but life is crazy at the moment so it’s a one hit wonder. Hope you like it! I bought some special silver plated copper wire. It’s 0.2mm thick and to be honest probably slightly too thin to be flexible yet firm enough to be controlled easily. But the stuff I had already was too thick and I ended up with this: Just a bit too chunky. So I made this little wire mandrake frame...
Jan 07, 2013
It’s 2013 and we’re all still here! This feels like a special year. This is the first year I have ever begun where Mother Eagle is the business I want it to be, with no fear or anxiety that it’s not quite me, not quite right. For a while now I have been gripped with the desire to create a series of embroidered jewellery designs based on magical and poisonous (sometimes both) plants and trees. Mother Eagle would have these in her garden, and in the woods around her, know them well and use them wisely. Many years ago I...