Tuesday, 27 December 2011

It's All in the Presentation

A few day's before Christmas, in the thick of all the last minute shopping and present wrapping, I received an invitation from Talent House to enter a competition to design a pattern to put on to an UGG boot.They said that I had been invited because they had liked the designs in my portfolio on Artsthread.
I was flattered and thought I might give it a go so this morning I logged on to the website and discovered that voting was about to start. In rather a rush I tried to submit 3 views of of the UGG boot, with one of my designs featured, to find that it only accepted one image - and of course not the one I would have chosen.

The voting is done via Talent House's website and you can canvas supporters to vote for you so my daughter posted a link on her facebook page and I tweeted about it. Now however I wish I had paused a little to think about the presentation - which quite frankly was pathetic! To try to rectify this a little here is the same design but presented slightly better than on the entry.
My Design for the UGG Boot Competition

If however you did wish to view my portfolio click on  Talent House
If you like what you see support me by voting for this entry by simply clicking on "Support Mavis Glover" here .

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Ready and Waiting

Lights are twinkling all around the house especially those
on the stairs that I made myself at the 1 day course at CCAD

"Deck the Halls..........."
With Christmas only a few days away the title of this post "Ready and Waiting" would suggest that I'm super organised and have got all of the food for the family Christmas sorted as well as all of the presents wrapped. In fact it is the title of the dry point etching by Emmerson Mayes, of two Redwings sitting on the branch of a tree, that my husband and I bought each other as a Christmas present. It took a bit of getting as the original print I saw at the Biscuit Factory was sold by I took Paul to see it. After e-mailing the artist it turned out that the other 5 prints had also sold in other galleries around the country. However after meeting Emmerson in November at his one man exhibition in Harrogate, featuring his latest collection of paintings from a year's work carried out at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, we agreed that we would buy the original "artists proof" which we had framed and is now hanging in our hall just in time for Christmas. It looks wonderful!
Ready and Waiting

Monday, 12 December 2011

Martha's New Cardigan

As Martha is going to the ABC Christmas party later today dressed as a reindeer she is wearing her brown tights and T-shirt ready for the transformation. More importantly she is sporting her new designer cardigan knit by grandma!
I made the pattern up my self but it was inspired by about five others that I had knit previously. Hope you like it.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Linen Brooches

Collection 1

Collection 2
I have just completed two collections of linen brooches using my own drawings. I digitally printed them on to linen and then hand finished by adding paint, sparkle and stitch. For the first set I used a black background and for the second I left the colour of the line. These were all round in shape, lightly padded and soft to touch whereas the black ones were mostly rectangular, lightly padded but stiffened at the back.
Lotus design based on the ones I saw at Kew Gardens
Desmid design of a microscopic marine creature
All comments on the different designs and styles would be gratefully received.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Iconic Landmarks

If you saw a much earlier post you might recognise my design for a cushion depicting a cosmic shower cascading down over the iconic Transporter bridge over the river Tees. This received a lot of interest at my degree show and from my blog, including a request from Alison in Abu Dhabi who wanted to commission two large 1m x 1m canvases. Being originally from the North East of England she also wanted a similar one but of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North. This time I had them digitally printed but have still embroidered the cosmic showers, one in red and one in orange to suit her colour scheme. She is going to have them stretched over a frame out in Abu Dhabi so sadly I won't get to see the finished articles but I'm sure she will e-mail we some photos when they are in situ.
Now that my hands have recovered from all that stitching into canvas I am about to embark on some more cushions using these designs.