News from Elsewhere

Beth of Felting in Fibrespace has been kind enough to give me this Arte y Pico award (thank you Beth!). I'd like to pass it on to five textile artists who produce unique, quality work. Last time I got this I was a bit foggy about the rules, but apparently they are thus -

1) Pick 5 blogs who deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and who also contribute to the blogging community no matter what language.
2) Each award must have the name of the author and also a link to their blog.
3) Each award winner must show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award.
4) The award winner and the one who has given the prize must show the link of the “Arte y pico“ blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5) Show these rules.

So there we are. I'm choosing -

Kay Petal, of Feltnalaska whose video I used when making my first, tentative steps in needlefelting. What Kay can't do with a felting needle isn't worth doing; she makes utterly brilliant and sometimes downright scary characters with more personality then some humans I know.

Lindsay of Tart's Tales, wonderful supplier of handspun yarns, rovings and creator of many lovely crafted goodies.

Merry Moon Designs, who makes gorgeous cupcakes of the inedible-but-seriously-gorgeous-eye-candy kind.

Nicky of Green Phoenix, really special papier mache dolls and sculptures.

Oohh, who to have next, I read at least 200 blogs and I love (nearly) them all. (Some I read just because they wind me up in kind of 'scratching a scab' way). Let's see...

Ingermaaike of Daily Felt, a felt maker in the Netherlands who makes amazing organic creations, mainly with wet felt - she often shows projects step-by-step, and it is incredible what she creates.

While I'm here, a special thank you to Sooz and Miss V. Not only the lovely purchasers of Eloise, who was welcomed to her new home with much love and kissing but generous benefactors to the studio chocolate stash.

I ate the chocolates. Well...you have to really - it's a hard job, but someone's got to do it. I am just embarking on the chocolate Chukar cherries and I am making a supreme sacrifice, and using the dried cherries in Andy's next cake. As I get so many generous gifts, it seems fair to pass the love on.

And much gratitude and smiles to Miss V in particular, a creator of beautiful and too-be-kept-forever cards. I'm one of those sentimental hoarders who keeps ephemera treasures in special boxes, and I was in need of a new one, so the now-sadly-empty chocolate box has arrived just in time.

My toys are spreading to all the corners of the globe - Egg Nest travelled a little nearer home, it's owner, Puddock, of Two and a Half Acres blog kindly sent me this photo of the birds taking a short vacation and enjoying clean, Scottish air, Now where better for an egg, than in a tree?

Speaking of which, toys kind of slowed down recently, due to multiple factors - not least of which was my Epson printer dying, so that I couldn't print my toy tags out. I've had many enquiries about 'where I get them printed' and without wishing to give away the secret of how I saw the lady in half, the simply answer is that like most of my stuff, they are homemade; I couldn't afford to get them professionally done. They're just typeset in Quark and punched out. Nothing fancy. Without a printer I'm stuffed, so I forgot about my overdraft and found a cheap Canon. (Sorry Epson, your inks are just too expensive and the cartridges can't be recycled. And your printers die too quickly). Normal service is now resumed. I'll be putting two more toys up for sale on Friday, when this wretched snail is finished...

It's kind of ironic that Synthia the Snail has progressed at, well, a snail's pace. She seems to have taken forever. I'm not sure if I entirely like her; she is more decorative than characterful. I am also working on a special and lovely custom order for my old blog-chum Stephanie, and to my complete amazement and delight it looks as if I have a new illustration job, hopefully my first British book - all to myself. Not allowed to say any more; as with all publishing jobs, it's top secret. Great fun though, hugely enjoyable and it's good to be back in the saddle. Oh yes, and there's the little matter of a cupboard full of letterpress equipment I'm rescuing at the weekend...


Fibrespace said...

I'll have to go take a look at those sites, I nearly picked daily felt myself.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who reads blogs that irritate. I always seem to subscribe to one or two, but eventually I get fed up and move on.

Love the new sculptures, the snail looks like you have spent many, many hours creating it. You must be a very patient person.

Gretel said...

:) thanks Beth! I have spent more hours on the snail than I should have, but I do get lost in my own world when I am felting.

Unknown said...

Oh I think Synthia is lovely and she will be snapped up and be wonderful and decorative in her new home ... I have ordered some felting supplies and soon I shall attempt my first felted 'thing' ... I say thing because it might be just a blob ... but know that it was you that inspired me to make the first blob :-)

Soozcat said...

'Twas indeed a brave and noble sacrifice to have consumed the chocolate. It is like slaying dragons, I tell you... once you vanquish one, they just keep expecting you to take on another.


Miss V, in addition to being The Next Generation's Great American Illustrator, is one of the most sweet-tempered people I know. (Being her auntie, I own that I may possibly be a little biased on the subject.) She is also quite excited to have been featured on the blog! Thank you!

Tart said...

Thank you Gretel, I am really chuffed to have received a posh award. I shall have a good think about my choices and post them up in a day or two or three.
x L

Vickie said...

Your illustrations are wonderful.