Cool place

I’ve only been to Eastern Europe once and that was in Hungary and I absolutely loved it. I grew up with folk culture from all over Europe but it has always been the eastern European one that has struck a special cord with me. It’s in the colours, the melancholy, the general spirit that pervades this tradition. I really can’t explain and don’t quite know but I was happy to see, on this recent trip to Poland, that there is a renaissance, a rediscovery of this beautiful land. I really wasn’t expecting it. Wonderful food, amazing exhibitions, great bookshops and architectural beauty restored to its glory but not over-polished like it often happens here in the UK or in other richer European countries. If only I could have mastered the language, just a little bit. Really hard… Here are some of the images I came back with which will inspire me for a long time, I’m sure.MeWindowsKrakow1FoodLovely restaurantsKrakow2Wooden architecturechurchChurchesOpen museumGreat exhibitionsShows

Urban charm

I spent sometime in my old town visiting my mom I hadn’t seen for a whole year. It never happens as I always make time to go and visit her. Not this year though as many things have changed. I live between two places at the moment and summer has been pretty hectic with the b&b in my old house ( keeping two places is really hard work) and trying to be creative with lots of ideas in my head that not always get the attention needed. Ideas, sometimes I find, are like ghosts : you think you see them but they’re mere illusions till you grab them and make them real… The town I grew up has certainly changed, it’s not functioning properly and I found almost everybody I know going through a bad patch. But the place is charming with incredible architecture, unique cusine and blessed with eternal blue skies that almost hurt your eyes. I love going back as I’m an islander at heart after all… Some images below capturing some of it.October-Sicily

Happy

HappyHappy is one of the original fabric collages I made recently and is hanging in the sun today. It’s so rare to feel happy but when the sun is shining it gets a little bit easier to feel that tickling inside, so misterious and so volatile…

Stitching away

Lovely blue skies out there. I moved my work to the sunniest room in the house and although messy it feels light and airy. Whenever I go it’s the same old story. Threads, bits everywhere but who cares… Here is something I made out of an old silk scarf and other bits from everywhere. I called it Pueblo in honour of all the people in the world. The shape, long and thin and the warm colours remind me of hot climate and beautiful dark skin. It’s all hand stitched and hangs from a soft piece of leather. It can be used as a teapot/mug stand and when you’re done you can hang it and enjoy it on a wall. I really like it and will sell it together with other fabric things very soon.Hanging

Sunny studios

Lovely days here in Oxfordshire. Sunny, bright full of interesting things to see. New births. This time swans and their cygnets. Beautiful parents: attentive and friendly. So elegant. It is art studios month in May and we visited lots of great studios, nosing in people’s homes is wonderful… Chatting about art is fun and meeting great people gives strength to what you do. SwansCignetsBotleyStudio-in-the-garden

Spring happenings

Hello there. Sorry for my absence. If anyone noticed I’ve been away for a few weeks busy with spring cleaning my lovely old home. So back and forth: with a brush on my left hand and a brain full of brilliant ideas that don’t always work. Never mind: big and small changes in the house and it feels nice to be back in my cozy home for a while. As the house is by the river births occur and these ducklings were born just a few days before I saw them for the first time. They were thirteen in total and two days after I only saw five of them. Let’s hope someone pinched them and took them home… Don’t want to think of anything sad at the moment.

New cards will be in my shop soon and other new things coming up as well

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A day in London

What do you do in London in a day on a Saturday? Well lots of things and in the end begging for more. Flowers in the trees were in bloom and they were an unusual contrast against the milky sky. Lots of lovely shops selling all sort of things: from beautiful and tasty pastries at Lisboa pastellaria on Golbourne to the wonderful antique shops selling old and interesting furniture. We found a stylish material shop, we really liked, selling great linens and upholstery fabrics at very good prices with inspiring colours and stylish displays. Then down to overpriced Portobello road. Lots of things caught my eye but nothing so special I couldn’t live without… But hey I will go back very soon.London2Linens

Museum visit

Spent a lovely afternoon sketching and wandering through the treasures at Oxford’s Pitt Rivers museum. What a wonderful place! The gothic atmosphere is so unique and so are the specimens and wonderful artifacts from all over the world.  It’s hard to take good pictures as it is quite dark inside.The reindeer’s skeletons below reminded me so much of Jack Skellinton’s disastrous pack on Christmas day… I will go back as there is so much inspiration there, so many things I love. It’s like going to distant places and yet not really going anywhere. Totem-poleBirdsTurtleReindeer

Flying ships

Beautiful short video of Italian aircraft modelling artist Luigi Prina. An 83 year old architect who’s lifetime passion has become a work of art. These ships are pure inspiration and so is the man with his smile and gentle air. It makes me happy. I’m so glad I found out about him…