17 May

#shoutoutrevolution – Destai Designs

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Victoria Sol, I’m a creative, disabled Viking making chainmaille in both traditional and modern ways.

How long have you been making your freaking amazing chainmaille jewellery?

It’s about 6 years now. I started out with other jewellery making methods but was taken with chains and making them myself. I found the amazing resource that is Maille Artisans International Leage (M.A.I.L. for short) and started teaching myself how to do it. I’m entirely self taught, with the help of the internet.

Tell me a little about the process of making a bracelet. It looks really intricate and tough work.

There are hundreds of different weaves (patterns) you can use, but the very basics are the same for each one. You buy rings that are half closed because of the winding method that’s used, so you either close them or open and then close them. Most bracelets start with closing one ring and opening the next. Sometimes you might close more rings to begin with, especially if you “speed weave”. “Speed weaving” is a time saving measure where you’ll close as many rings as you can to begin with rather than weaving them all in individually. It’s always important to know how to do it the basic way first, though.

I have a time lapse video that I made a few years ago, that shows how I make one of my Pride stretchies. It shows the build-up of a weave called Half Persian 4-in-1 with rubber rings to make the finished product elastic.

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without?

My pliers! I have a few, but my absolute favourites are the Xuron pliers made especially for chainmaille. I use a 90 degree bent nose and a chisel nose together for almost everything. They can handle anything from 24 gauge to 12 gauge wire, which in metric terms is 0.5mm wire diameter to 2.4mm wire diameter.

Where in the world do you live?

At the moment I’m in Brighton and Hove down on the south east coast of the UK. It’s a lovely, creative and LGBTQ friendly place, with lots of Good People.

Where can I find you on the web?

I’m pretty easy to catch in the online world.

I have a website at destai.com

I have a Facebook Page at facebook.com/DestaiDesigns

I have a Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/destai.beproudbeyou/

I have an Instagram at instagram.com/destaidesigns

I have a Twitter that’s used in fits and starts at twitter.com/destaidesigns

I also have an Etsy and an Amazon Handmade shop, but it’s much easier to just find my through my website. 🙂

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

More creating! If I’m not making chainmaille, I’m probably making macramé or music or crochet or fictional writing or something else creative. I listen to a lot of music as well (Current favourite is Soul Extract, All time favourite is Nightwish), and I cling to my Netflix account like there’s no tomorrow. I also spend a lot of time on the internet, especially talking to friends who live far away (across town or further afield) and pottering about with my web projects.

Have you got any pets?

Sort of – my partner’s cat has adopted me as step-owner. I can’t keep pets in my own place so this is the best I get for now.

What is your favourite book/art book?

I really like the art of H. R. Giger so the Necronomicon is a beautiful book. I’m also a big fan of Warhammer 40,000 art, so any art book that the Black Library has released is probably high on the list too. I like the gothic stuff.

I love to learn. What’s your favourite fact of the day?

I found out last night that in a fire it’s not actually the item itself that burns. The fire makes the item turn to gas and it’s the gas that makes the flames. Mind. Blown.

29 Apr

#shoutoutrevolution – Betty’s Bloomin’ Bazaar

Who are you and what do you do?

Mum of two Aspie teenagers.  Wife of undiagnosed Aspie.  Work part time for children’s charity.  In my spare time I craft.  I started needle felting in 2013, and have not looked back!

How long have you been making your art?

I’ve been making art all my life.  Creativity is so important and therapeutic.  I like to paint, I have in the past used fimo, I also do a little jewellery making as I have to make my inner magpie sparkly things.Needle felting has been a constant for me for 7 years.  I love it!

Where is the world do you live?

I live in the beautiful garden of Kent.  With my family and 5 rescue cats.

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without?

Time!  Or maybe Imagination ….

Where can I find you on the web?

I have a FB page: Betty’s Bloomin’ Bazaar
and I am on Instagram

Sleep! ? I love being out in nature with my camera.

Have you got any pets?

5 rescue cats, although one has been missing for 16 months. Still hoping he finds his way home to us.

What is your favourite art book?(or, what book are you reading now,
your choice)

Too many! I have books on Dali, Chihuly and Grayson Perry on my nightstand.

10 Apr

#shoutoutrevolution – Jiska

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Jiska de Waard and I work as an illustrator.

A big part of my job is making postcards for publishers, but also
individual ones for e.g. wedding invitations or baby announcements.
Apart from that I work for events and restaurants where I make hand
written menus and do chalkboard lettering.

How long have you been drawing and painting?

Actually all my life I’ve been drawing a lot but it became my
profession in 2015 where I made a book about Berlin.

What influenced, or how did you discover your amazing unique style?

As a child I always copied other peoples work and with the years it just
developed to what it is now. Mostly inspired by children books; my
biggest example is the Dutch illustrator Fiep Westendorp, her influence
you can still see very clear in my work.

People often ask you to do something similar from what they know from
you, so sometimes it’s hard to find the time and energy to try out new
things. That is one of the things I struggle with at the moment.

Where is the world do you live?

I was born in the Netherlands, but I live in Berlin since a few years.

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without?

Sadly enough it’s the eraser I guess…

For most of my work I use water color, but that doesn’t feel like a
must. The tiny little pencils are though because I love to work very
detailed.

Where can I find you on the web?

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

Eating lots of yummy food and drinking coffee or tea with friends.

Have you got any pets?

Not at the moment, but I would love to have a dog again!

What is your favourite art book?

My favourite art book is a book full of big prints from Maria Sibylla
Merian, I don’t know the title, sorry.

Another, more recent, book is ‘The atlas of beauty’ from Mihaela Noroc.
She traveled many countries and made beautiful portraits of strong women
all over the world.

04 Apr

Win a t-shirt & merch bundle

It’s about time that Wild Bunny Arts gave away one of her awesome hand printed t-shirts.

In 2015, WildBunnyArts had to close her previous blogging business due to a stalker, and start again from scratch. She painted some shoes as a thank-you gift for a friend, and found that she not only had a talent but that talent was wanted.

Since then, she has been commissioned to paint onto hundreds of pairs of shoes as well as jackets, bags and even the traditional art canvases. In 2018, she learned screen printing and digital design and now makes one-off special t-shirt designs for people, and prints them herself.

What you will win:

  • One white t-shirt in your size – mens, ladies or kids – hand printed in black, red, navy or deep green ink.
  • One packet of merch and a Cadbury’s cream egg, because of the arrival of spring.
Wild Bunny t-shirt

All you have to do is complete the tasks below, and sit back with your fingers crossed. Fab!

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11 Feb

Into the spiderverse inspired my custom nikes

Have you seen the animated masterpiece that is Into the Spiderverse? I loved it so much that I came out of the cinema just dying to emulate those Nikes that Miles Morales was wearing.

My son was the one who saw a YouTube ad for the film and told me about it. He’s a mad superhero fan and his enthusiasm has rubbed off on me over the years. Let’s just say that I’m a late starter to the genre but am hastily making up for lost time. Being a parent gives you some whopping responsibilities but it also allows you the chance for a second childhood.

I can’t drop any spoilers here for the movie but I was captivated by it’s visual style. Miles Morales, his friends and family appealed massively to me and made the storyline as joyous as the way that the animation looked. Those kicks of his got some real adventure time.

When I got home and googled Nike Air Jordan 1’s , I discovered that I wasn’t the first person to imagine some Into the Spiderverse themed creps. Nike had got there first, but, they weren’t exactly what I had in my head. They are also largely sold out in the UK, or available for 2.5-3 hundred quid.

My vision came true and here are my very own Mike Morales Spiderman shoes. I liked them so much, I made them into a (very short) movie.

14 Jan

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year everyone and here’s to a healthy, happy 2019 to you all.

2018 has been an amazing year for WildBunnyArts. I recovered from the events of 2017 and used this year to gain new skills and continue my professional development. From zero to hero in screen printing and design software, I’ve gone from being frustrated about getting one-off t-shirt prints done, to building my own printing press and learning the art of the hand screen printing, as well as he graphic design skills required to design and print unique t-shirts.

kindness is my thing.  screen printed t-shirt.

Custom Converse and hand-painted Vans have remained a core element to the business. I made the sideways step into leather painting, and had some amazing commissions for customised Dr Marten shoes and custom Nikes.

henna design hand painted doc martens

One thing I love about painting shoes- as well as providing an amazing personalised gift – is when my customers ask for fan art. These shoes were lengthy to complete but I had great fun with them, and of course I had to watch The Big Lewbowsky so that I could get a feel of the character for the artwork.

It’s an exciting journey and I enter 2019 buzzing with new ideas and projects. One of my focuses at the moment is to get writing here more regularly so that I can communicate with you all here, as well as on my social media channels. What would you like to see?

21 Nov

#shoutoutrevolution – Lizzie Skinner

Who are you and what do you do? 
I’m Lizzie, I paint watercolour pop culture portraits, bold mixed media posters and I hand sew dolls and figures, usually in felt. Also pretty good at existential crisis.

When did you begin making your incredible art?
I’ve always been a creator, I was actually more prolific as a child (although I can’t speak to the quality of that work) and my family really encouraged my creative streak so I was lucky enough to try lots of difference mediums early on. I settled into watercolours during college, I really enjoy the flexibility of their use for different colour payoff and effect, and the easy way they glide into paper. I’ve also been sewing since I was a teenager, I used to put pockets in all my dresses and became quite proficient at taking clothes in due to a long fascination of vintage aged antique clothes. I started making small felt mice in Victorian dresses a few years ago, and then making the dolls and creatures just sort of followed from there…

What inspired you to create your form of art? 
I like things that are tactile but also give quick results- I’ve got a really busy mind and get bored or distracted easily so I’ve learnt through the years that I’m more likely to finish things if I can see progress on it. That’s what I love about the little figures and the embroidered dolls, and I suppose it’s what I fell in love with about watercolours and ink. I take inspiration for the subjects from all over the place, at the moment I’m enjoying doing tiny pop culture portraits inspired by religious iconography, but it really depends on what I’m doing and what I’m into at the time! I do better when I’ve got a commission from someone as it gives me a focus so I’m more likely to run with it to try and make something that’s going to be loved. I don’t think I’ve settled into an art form or a style that’s fully ‘me’ yet, but I’ve always been an experimenter so maybe I never will!

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without (for your art)?  
Probably the internet! It’s so so vital for references, especially taking on the icon dolls I make. I’m making a Syd Barrett doll at the moment for someone who adores him so being able to find lots of pictures and information is critical to my process.

Where can I find you on the web?
I’m on instagram @fannyspangles
My Etsy shop is FURYmoonriver

What do you like to do when you are not creating?
I’m a great lover of film so I love to get stuck into a picture or a series, I also love video games and reading and get very drawn in (read: obsessed) luckily my SO is the same and our dog is patient and independent so neither of them mind!

Have you got any pets?
Currently one gorgeous dog Maya, I’ve only had her a month but I can’t imagine her not being here! She’s a rescue and she has some anxiety (like me) and trust issues from previous trauma that we’re working on together, she’s also going through her moody teenage phase so she can be a right little madam (also like me) but she’s so sweet and hilarious and genuinely brings me so much joy, I’m hoping that as we build our relationship we’ll both be much happier, more confident individuals.

What is your favourite art book? (or, what are you reading at the moment, your choice)
I subscribe to this incredible film magazine called Little White Lies, and every issue is beautifully illustrated so they’re very inspiring and just generally pleasing. I love reading but I’ve either got 3 books on the go or I’ve got a stack of 10 that I mean to read but don’t get around to, there’s no in between.

16 Nov

#shoutoutrevolution – Klaudia

Who are you and what do you do? I’m Klaudia and I’m student in Art High School in Poland.

Where is the world do you live? I’m from world ARTCREAT… I’m just kidding. I’m from Poland, the country in the Europe.

What are your dreams, when you have finished Art School? After high school I want to study fashion design on Art University and became good fashion designer who can help people around the world. I have also other dreams for example go to Paris Fashion Week and shoe my projects, go to South Korea and show that one of my fashion collection and some other dreams relevant South Korea. ?

What is your favourite subject in school? My favourite subject in school is Artistic Tapestry where I create lots of different things relevant tapestry, batik, linocut and the like and also I really like painting lessons because I love colours and to paint .

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without? I have a lot of this things but I almost always have pencil and hand held set for sewing( it’s often useful) with me.

Where can I find you on the web? I post some of mt art work on my Facebook account Klaudia Janikowska but I most often use Instagram to show my work( @world_of_beauty_poland) and soon I will create Twitter account and I will post name of it on my social media.

What do you like to do when you are not creating? I love to dance the most and I also like singing, listen to music and get to know interesting culture like Korean culture for example so if I wouldn’t became fashion design maybe I would became kpop idol or dancer. ? I also learn language like English, French, Korean, Japan, Chinese and watch Asian dramas and movies.

Have you got any pets? I have dog and I had fishes before.

What is your favourite art book? It’s hard question because I look for good art books and fashion books. I would say that it can be ‘ Sleight of hand ‘ Margita Šarnická it’s series of good books to learn how to make different kind of hand made things. I also read lots of fashion magazines like Vogue or Elle.

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.

08 Oct

Custom Dr Martens

As we stroll into the soft sun of Autumn and feast our eyes upon the rich russets and golden browns of the falling leaves, we may not want to be wearing our lovely customised Converse, or custom Toms any more.

Now is the time to get your Doc Martens out again and be able to happily skip through the mud and puddles (and snow?) without worrying about getting soggy socks.

Maybe you’re getting bored of your monotone black DM’s? Maybe you want your footwear to be as bright and as colourful as your soul? As beautiful as you are?

You know what to do.  I’m here if you need me.

Custom Dr Martens. Hand painted with Angelus. No, the paint won’t wash off.