Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Manchester Musueum Bugs

Today we were set a new brief in Manchester Museum. We were led to the back room in the museum to entomology department, to view there extremely large insect collection. Manchester Museum has a worldwide collection of nearly three million species, it is the third largest and most comprehensive in the United Kingdom.

I was impressed by their butterfly collection, it was unusual to see something to beautiful so still.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

One-Inch Button Book

By Illustrator and designer, Stephanie Davidson

Thursday, 15 September 2011


While working on my 'zine' I have wanted to incorporate the text more with the image, making them as one.

Like: Carin Berger

Above, The text forming the ripple in the water, brings the image together and creates a more 3D and scenic view. Very clever!

Above, the text in a curved shapes gives it a swaying feel, very fitting to the poem and looks gentle.

 Above, the first line of text alone under the tree along with the text on right-because it is at the bottom of the pages feels very down and negative.

First brief of the 3rd Year!

For the first brief this year I have chosen to produce my own self publication - 'zine'. Self-publichsed, collated and bound by yours truly.

After failing to think of a relevant theme I headed to look for inspiration- the library! and found a poem book by Roger Mcgough called 'All the Best' and fell in love! the illustrations (by Lydia Monks) are fab! and along with the amazing poems set my ideas flowing.
This was my starting point but I am no poet, I realized I don't have to be, I can be the opposite- I can be an illustrator and the words can just be aids to my pictures.

So, I am starting to write some VERY short poems or pretty sentences (I have not thought of a name for them yet)

Some poems by Roger Mcgough and illustrated by Lydia Monks ♥

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


I had never heard of a 'zine' before today's brief but from the examples I remembered something similar I had at home, 


'The unfinished town' by Jess Wilson. (46/60) I bought it from magma when I was in my 1st year, I just wanted to buy a book to feel in the arty spirit but as has been really helpful with this project, I have learnt layout, binding and experimenting with different paper.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

My new love ♥ ♥

I just come across this book, Beading and Making Jewellery by Anna Kay & Lucinda Ganderton, and I wish to share my excitement!! 

This book covers, bead jewellery, beaded accessories, decorative home furnishings, machine embroidery, felt, rags and leathers, ribbon accessories, ribbon furnishings, enameling and metalwork and finally paper, card and wood.

A wide variety of excellent ideas such as, jewellery, brooches, bags, cushions to handmade buttons and quality finishes. I want to try them all!  make a hand-made home like Kirstie's homemade home, on channel 4....if only!

One of the best features of this book is the beginning pages to each craft section, there is a small, easy to digest, history section followed by a gallery of today's artists examples, then an easy to follow section of all equipment and material needed and a description of there use and features.

I have to say that while following a few of the crafts I found the instructions a little vague, I understand that they have crammed a lot of ideas into this book, so there is little room for full detailing on all instructions but as a beginner I can get a little lost.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Dancing Ballerina Buds

I have lived in the same house all my life (20 years) and this plant (Fuchsia, magellanica) has been there the whole way, situated in the middle of the flower bed, I have always loved this plant. When the buds are closed they are of a gem shape, looking very suspicious and beautiful but when the sun shines and they open, lots of little dancing ballerinas with flowing skirts appear.

My Jewellery Part2