Funky mixed media and wire character workshop – 31st May 2014

Learn to make funky characters out of wire combined with found objects/fabric/your old treasures – whatever you’d like to bring along to incorporate.

Come and create your own funky characters from wire and found objects.

Bring found / up-cycle able objects that have a special meaning to you or small items that you’ve picked up on walks to incorporate into your creations.

Ideas for small objects to bring could include corks, beer bottle caps, shells, fabric from a favorite worn out piece of clothing, broken jewellery, beads, small photographs/postcards, and I particularly love bits of rusty metal I find on the streets like washers. Basically, anything that inspires or interests you!

You will learn a variety of techniques working with wire, snips and pliers and you’ll leave with a unique funky handmade character to inhabit a special place in your home.

Wire and tools will be provided, there will be a small charge for wire.

Times are from 10am – 4pm, light refreshments are provided (tea, coffee & cake) please bring a packed lunch.

Cost of the workshop will be £45 plus a little extra for materials.

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Up-cycled and found objects, Pistachio Queen

Today I finally finished making my Pistachio Queen!pistachio queen f She is made from stainless steel wire, silver plated wire, enamelled copper wire, a champagne cork, a piece of rusty metal picked up from the side of a road, drift wood and lots of pistachio shells.pistachio queen e
pistachio queen dI started her about 6 years ago when I saved and painted some pistachio shells gold and turquoise, and finally this year I’ve been adding to her parts when I’ve had the odd hour here and there.

On 31st May 204 I am running a workshop on making little characters out of wire incorporating up-cycled and found objects; while there may not be time in 5 or 6 hours to make something as complicated as the Pistachio Queen, you could come away with your own inventive person to hang in your home. Here are a few things I would be bringing along to the workshop if I was attending. The bits and bobs include washers, scribbles of fishing line found on the beach (make great hair!) bits of smoothed glass, zip pulls, fir cones, an old glasses lens… the possibilities are endless! You could always bring along sentimental items like scraps of favourite fabrics, broken jewellery or even old photos. The sky is the limit! For more information, please go to the contact me page or comment below.bits & bobs

Jenny Mendes

Jenny Mendes is an artist I came across when I first joined Etsy.

I absolutely LOVE her work. In a time when there is so much art being churned out by so many people in every media imaginable (or even unimaginable!) it’s so refreshing to find art which is so utterly unique; everything she produces is instantly recognizable as hers.

No more words, just take a look at these lovely pieces by Jenny Mendes.

Jenny Mendes - Ceramic Plate

Jenny Mendes – Ceramic Plate

Jenny Mendes - Mother and Child ceramic tile

Jenny Mendes – Mother and Child ceramic tile

Jenny Mendes - Giclee print - The Birdfeeder

Jenny Mendes – Giclee print – The Birdfeeder

























See more of her work here:

A productive day !

More mini collages this morning, then at lunchtime I remembered I was actually meant to be making earrings for a little shop in South Brent called

… so I started doing that but then got a bit more distracted and ended up making lots of new tiny stud earrings instead… so TOMORROW I’ll make the earrings I was meant to be making today!

Mini Collage from 27th January 2014 Mini Collage from 27th January 2014 Mini Collage from 27th January 2014 Some new tiny silver stud earrings