04 Nov

#shoutoutrevolution – Just Sew Helen

Who are you and what do you do? 
I’m Helen & by day I’m a midwife working with high risk pregnancies. I have a small textile art business ranging from dressmaking to embroidery and fabric ornaments.

When did you begin embroidering? 
I have been sewing all of my life, well as long as I can remember, as Mom taught me as a little girl.  She worked from home as a dress maker in the 1970’s and I made little dresses for my dolls and teddies whilst she took in orders.  Over the years, I have undertaken many different projects and returned to needlework & embroidery in 2015 when I started creating remembrance pictures.

What inspired you to create your beautiful pictures and keepsakes?
Sadly, after a very short illness in 2015, my mom died from Ovarian Cancer (OC) and I wanted to use the skills Mom taught me to raise money for an OC charity.  At the same time, two friends also lost their Moms to cancer and I created each of them a picture in memory of their Mom using applique and embroidery.  Over time I researched the handmade market and joined Etsy and finally created my own website and launched my small business in 2016.  My most popular items are Angel Baby Remembrance pictures and I’ve been privileged to create some very personal keepsakes.

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without (for your art)?
As with any craft, many tools are required to complete a job – some vital and some just to help overall process.  However, I think my most essential tool would have to be my sewing machine as many of my items involve additional construction rather than just decorative hand embroidery.

Where can I find you on the web? 
I can be found in lots of places and would love you to come and say ‘hi’ –

justsewhelen.com
twitter.com/justsewhelen
instagram.com/justsewhelen
facebook.com/justsewhelen
justsewhelen.etsy.com
pinterest.com/JustSewHelen

What do you like to do when you are not creating? 
I procrastinate very well and can get lost on the laptop on Pinterest etc but I’m usually researching projects or techniques and so actually spend a lot of time creating in one way or another.

Our family is expanding, now with 5 grandchildren, elderly parents and our two boys at home are still at school, so spare time is precious.  We enjoy spending time as a family at our holiday home in Wales  – such a beautiful country and I can sit and embroider to my heart’s content.

Have you got any pets? 
We have two 15 year old ginger cats,  a boy Tigger and a girl Winnie.  Tigger is showing his age and is slowing down but is perfectly content to plonk himself on top of me and my laptop. His sister is a bit more particular often enjoying her own company.

What is your favourite art book?
My go to craft book is The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden and although I research a lot online nothing beats being able to flick through pages for inspiration. I also have a nice collection of vintage sewing & embroidery books that I inherited from my mom and I love flicking through and reminiscing my childhood and memories of Mom using these books for her crafts.

22 Sep

#shoutoutrevolution – @ffinlaysonart

**WildBunny asks that you please view this blog post on a laptop/pc, and click on the images to make them bigger.  Because the animals look amazing on a phone screen, but when I viewed them on a bigger screen, I was blown away.  So beautiful.**

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Fiona, I live in Scotland and I make needle felted animals.

When did you begin painting?
I have always painted since I can remember, all through school and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. always liked creating more 3D work which has made needle felting such a great craft for me although I do still paint.

What inspired you to create needle felted animals?
Last year I saw an advert for a class to learn how to needle felt and then have never stopped!

Can you give me a small insight into the process of needle felting?
For full bobby animals you first build a very simple wire armature, wrap this in pipe cleaners then build up core wool , wrapping and stabbing with a felting needle.  When you have a basic shape you start to add colour and eyes.

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without (for your art)?
Probably the wire as it allows such better results than without although I would be lost without a needle too!

Where can I find you on the web?
Instagram @ffinlaysonart
twitter @ffinlaysonart
Facebook Fiona Finlayson Art
and website http://ffinlayson.com

What do you like to do when you are not creating?
Gardening, tv, walking my dog and have a vintage crockery addiction!

Have you got any pets?
Yes, Dexter a yellow Labrador who is 2 who I adore

What reading at the moment?
The book I am reading at the moment is Island of Dreams by Dan Boothbyabout a man who lives in Gavin Maxwells old home – I love otters.

29 Jul

#shoutoutrevolution – Lauren C. Waterworth

Who are you and what do you do? 

I am an illustrator working in the U.K. and I create hand painted designs that I put together as downloadable/ printable clipart or Scrapbooking kits.

These kits will include a series of individual illustrations, patterned background papers, frames and a hand painted alphabet.

Customers who buy my kits use them to make digital scrapbooks, hand made cards, party crafts and much much more!

All my kits come with a limited commercial licence – this means that you can sell things you have made using my artwork as long as it’s a physical item (such as a card for example) but nothing that can be downloaded as that’s what I sell!

When did you begin making your incredible art?

I was hired by a company called Serif who are based in Nottingham, England to work for their DaisyTrail Brand – they specialised in creating ‘Digikits’ (Digital craft kits) that were sold to be used with Serif’s CraftArtist Software.

Prior to this I created a lot of different things, mainly acrylic and mixed media paintings, but I also created models out of polymer clay as well as many other things – I love being creative and trying out new mediums!

When I was asked If I’d be interested in applying for the job at Serif I didn’t have much experience working with watercolour but I picked it up quickly, now that is my primary medium.

What inspired you to create your form of art?

The joy of making digital craft kit is seeing customers use my artwork for their own designs – my creativity lets other people to be creative too!

Sadly the DaisyTrail brand was closed in 2017 but I enjoyed making the kits so much that I decided to continue making them under my own brand.

The versatility of creating matching sets of artwork means that I can then turn my illustrations into designs for other means – I also make Printable card making kits to sell through CraftsUPrint.com using the same images I’ve painted for my craft kits – I love having new opportunities to be creative with the artwork I have already created!

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without (for your art)?

Probably my drawing tablet. I could create the kits in any medium but I couldn’t translate them to the computer screen within my tablet.

Where can I find you on the web?

I sell my work through a couple of sites:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LCWaterworth

https://www.e-scapeandscrap.net/boutique/

https://www.craftsuprint.com/lcwaterworth/

You can also follow me on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/LaurenCWaterworth

Or Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/lcwaterworth/

What do you like to do when you are not creating?

I’m a mum to a very independent little boy! This is a whole new challenge that often means very limited time for creating art but I love him to bits and wouldn’t change him for the world, he is my masterpiece 😉

Have you got any pets?

We have a grumpy tuxedo cat called Neko.

What is your favourite book?

That’s a hard question – between working and looking after my little boy I don’t get much time to read but I’m always looking on Pinterest for art that inspires me!

I’m a big fan of Terry Pratchett and that includes the artwork of Paul Kirby who has done a lot of illustration work for the Discworld series.

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22 Feb

#shoutoutrevolution – Cara Lou Paper Cuts

This week I am introducing Emma from Cara Lou Paper Cuts, a multi-award winning business and artist who hand cuts the most incredible designs out of paper.

Who are you and what do you do? 

I’m Emma, a self-confessed rainbow addict, mandala loving, typography techie. I’m a Paper Artist.  From my home studio, I design and hand cut a range of art, mostly centred around the beauty and symmetry of the Mandala, but also incorporating my love of typography.

I also offer a range of printed designs to enable everyone, of every budget, to enjoy a Cara-Lou piece. After all, I believe everyone should get to experience art.

What inspired you to create your form of art?

My Children, I know it sounds cliche, but 5 years back I found myself in a pickle with my health, and not very much to look forward to, when my children described me as “oh Mummy doesn’t work, she sleeps” I knew it was time to do something drastic, ever the craft lover I discovered Paper Art 2 years later and the rest is history.

Is your artwork physically tough to create?  Do you obtain injuries from all that paper/blade action?

This is a tough one, it can take its toll, I have to schedule in regular rest breaks to prevent me getting pains etc in my rusty old body. But overall I would say no, something I consider to be physically tough is something that’s physically demanding like farming. Touch wood I have been extremely lucky regarding injuries, with the odd minor cut from lack of concentration, other than that I’ve been pretty lucky. I have had a few paper mishaps when the blade slices off an important part of the design, then its time to start all over again, even if its a 20 hour piece and I was 19 hours in, its the luck (or not so luck) of the draw.

Where can I find you on the web?

I’m like a bad penny! I’m everywhere you turn! but if you want to seek me out I’m at the following links:

Website:  http://www.caraloucuts.co.uk/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/caraloucuts
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/caraloupapercuts
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cara_loucuts
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CaraLouPaperCutsGB (I use Etsy to sell my designs to other Artists)
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD35V5rAY__oMmA-DBbyyTw (I dabble in YouTube occasionally)
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cara-lou-paper-cuts-552493141/

What do you like to do when you are not creating?

When I’m not designing or cutting, which, might I add, is rarely, you can find me snuggling my sausage, Frankenstein, the dog or helping to run my Husbands Martial Arts Business! I live in Greater Manchester with my Husband, Craig, aka Chief Brew Maker and My 2 daughters, Katie aka Little Cara-Lou and Kiera aka Littlest Cara-Lou.

Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have a gorgeous little Pug called Frankenstein, He’s only 10 months old, and is like the little boy I never had. I also own the most beautiful black cat known to mankind, He’s almost 5 and he’s called Fluffy, he’s extremely cuddly and was feral, he lost his mum when he was born on a farm because he doesn’t know how to miaow!

What are your reading at the moment?

I am currently re reading 19 minutes by Jodi Picoult, I have 95% of her books so far and this particular one got me into reading as an adult. It’s a phenomenal book if you can handle her style of writing.

02 Jan

#shoutoutrevolution – Kathy Grillo Design

Happy New Year!

What better time to start on new voyages than the beginning of January.  Last was fairly traumatic (see previous posts) and when I have had life difficulties in the past I’ve always found that instead of getting angry and bitter, if I do random acts of kindness, I get back to the positives much more quickly.

Kathy Grillo is an a artist that I’ve been following on Instagram for a few months now and she dedicates her valuable time to supporting other artists.  I loved this idea so have just joined her #shoutout revolution and will dedicate blog posts here to finding out a bit more about some of the artists that I follow and giving them a little shoutout of my own, right here

So, who is Kathy?

Kathy Hartwig Grillo is a digital artist and illustrator from Michigan specializing  in custom pet portraits.  Working from several photos she paints portraits with attention to detail.

She is very active in the social media art community and can be found on several platforms sharing her Art and doing Live Art Broadcasts

Where can I find her?

Www.facebook.com/kathygrillodesign
Www.twitter.com/kathygrilloart.
Www.instagram.com/kathygrillodesign.
https://www.pscp.tv/kathygrilloart/follow
https://www.youtube.com/user/msryllo


I asked her what gave her the idea to help and encourage other artists?

Recently returning to creating after a 20 year hiatus I have discovered the amazing social media community. Social media is a game changer for creative people as it gives us a platform to share our Art with the world.  As much as I do share and put myself and my art in front of the people I do remember how scary it was when I first decided to do so.

Maybe it is because I am a mother that I found myself naturally reaching out to support those that were bravely showing that creative side.  I quickly learned you get what you give and welcomed answering questions and giving tips, passing along things I have learned along the way.

Then I started getting the solicitations from places offering followers and features for the small price of……..  These companies taking advantage of people who just want to gain an audience and have exposure really ticked me off. So I decided last year to dedicate myself to sharing and feature one artist every day of the year on Instagram. This has naturally  flowed over to other social  media and I have been blessed with some amazing friendships, opportunities like this, and connections around the world.”

It costs me nothing more than a few minutes a day to share wonderful art that will hopefully encourage that artist and also introduce others to the art that is being made.

Finally, can you recommend an amazing art book?

I am reading one right now that is neat.  I just bought it at the Museum book sale.  It’s all about artists, musicians and writers when they were young and just starting out. *

 Here is a selection of her amazing art:

 *Amazon associates link