Thursday, 11 February 2016

Feature Friday: Avida Toys

Where are you from?
I live in Budapest, Hungary with my family.
Where do you currently practice your work?
I work in my studio, near my home, together with my employee. My husband also helps me a lot. In the busiest periods of the year, such as Christmas, I require temporary help.

Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
I graduated from college as a teacher of arts and mathematics but never worked as a teacher. I used to work as a computer programmer for years. Sewing was always my hobby and I’m self taught. I started making plushies for my children twenty years ago when they were babies and it became my profession only five years ago.

How do you develop your character ideas and what inspires you?
I do not make sketches. My creatures are born in my mind and then I directly make sewing patterns. Sometimes I find a fabric which inspires me to create a new item. When I want to create something new I try to find the appropriate form and material. I get lots of inspiration from my friends and customers since I opened my shop on Etsy. I always get requests to make new items and have a many more ideas than I could ever realise. I can say that my biggest inspiration is my audience.

To see more of Andrea's fun handmade animals visit Avida Toys:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/andreavida
Instagram: @andreavida1

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Feature Friday: Norse Kids

Where are you from and where do you currently practice your artwork?
Spain
Where do you currently practice your artwork?
In my home studio.
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
 I studied design but I consider myself self-taught, everything that helped me to be where I am I learned by myself.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
I like to mix digital and traditional media, I usually sketch with a pen and then do a cleanup and add colour on photoshop. For the textures I use photos I take myself and use custom brushes that imitate crayons to give my drawings a more organic feel, I love working digital but I also love how warm hand drawn art is. 

 
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
There’s too many to name, I love modern child books that are not afraid to try new things and styles and try to include some of these ideas into my work. I’m also very fond of minimalism and modern art, I like to think of my work as a minimalist approach to traditional kid’s books art.
To view more of Norse Kids fun characters and abstract prints visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/NorseKids

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Hole-in-one!

Last year I entered the 'Sock it to Me - Design a Sock' Competition. My quirky golf sock idea was a hole-in-one with the judges and made it all the way to the finals.
Here we are a few months later and the 'Par 4' sock is now available to buy! http://www.sockittome.com/men/crew-socks-men/par-4.html

Check out more funky socks at: http://www.sockittome.com
And follow them on Facebook here for more Sock it to Me competitions! 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Feature Friday: Obsolete World, The Artwork of Jeannie Lynn Paske

 
Where are you from?
Portland, Oregon USA.

Where do you currently practice your artwork?
In my home studio.
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
 I am mostly self-taught, however several years ago I did attend one year at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.
 
 How would you describe your artwork/process?
 I sketch out various ideas on scraps of paper and in notebooks. My process consists of drawing with pencil, painting with watercolor and detailing with ink, charcoal and pastel. I then add a bit of powdered pigment and fix the pieces with spray varnish.
 
 What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
 Its hard to pick just one as there are so many things. Nature is a big influence as is music. The sky is a tremendous inspiration and it is often the focul point of my work. I have always been fascinated by astronomy and the likelihood of life existing elsewhere in the universe. I am equally intrigued by death and the many possibilities awaiting us in the afterlife-whether it be something or nothing at all.
 
To see more of Jeannie's work you can follow her here: 
http://obsolete-world.blogspot.co.uk
  
 If you are interested in showcasing your work click here to find out more! 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Feature Friday: Chloe Giordano Embroidery

Where are you from?
I'm originally from Buckinghamshire, England, but I've lived in Oxford for the last couple of years.

Where do you currently practice your artwork?
I work from home, I do well having everything together so I can pick something up again if I suddenly get an idea (and someone has to keep the dog company).
 
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
I have a degree in illustration from the University of the West of England, but taught myself to sew in my last year and have continued exploring this medium by myself since.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
My previous study of traditional illustration comes in handy here, I always start work from a detailed drawing I've put together after studying some references, all things I learned to do when working with pencil and paint. Once I'm happy with the drawing I begin the embroidery, usually starting from the nose and working out, packing the stitches together to create that 'solid' appearance I like to aim for.
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
Probably the natural world, I occasionally stray out into other areas but always find myself back looking at animals and plants. I collect nature guides and look through them a lot for inspiration.
 
To see more of Chloe's beautiful work you can follow her here:

If you are interested in showcasing your work click here to find out more!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Curious Critters: Penguin Gift Box

You will need:
A Craft Knife and Cutting Mat or Scissors
Double Sided Tape
A4 White Card
Curious Critters Collection: Penguin Gift Box
1. Print the penguin craft box onto thin A4 card. Cut out the main box template and flippers as well as any optional accessories you would like to use. For this project we used the scarf, skis, hat and bobble.
 2. Score along the lines of the penguin box and fold into place. Add double sided tape to the tabs to assemble the box. Place your goodies inside and fold over the head, sealing with double sided tape. (If you don't want to seal the present inside, create a fastening by attaching a magnetic strip or thin strip of velcro to the head).
3. Attach the flippers and hat to the penguin using double sided tape. Attach the flippers to the edge of the box as shown (above) to give a better dimensional effect.
4. Attach the scarf to the back of the box first then wrap around, overlapping at the front – we found this to be the easiest way to attach the scarf. Overlap one piece of scarf around the other to create the effect of a tied scarf.
5. Take the skis and colour the underneath in a similar colour to the top. Curl the end of the skis around a pencil to add extra dimension.
6. Add some double sided tape to the skis and attach to the bottom of the gift box. Use the stripes as a guide for where you place your tape.
7. Attach the bobble to the hat using a sticky pad and you’re finished! You could use anything for the bobble, try something fluffy or how about a knitted hat?

Friday, 13 November 2015

Feature Friday: Bud Bullivant Sculptures

Where do you currently practice your artwork?
I have a studio in my small rural Minnesota home, but my artwork is not only minimal in design it takes minimal tools.  Therefore with a small roll of wire and a needle nose pliers, I can find a comfortable spot under a tree, at a picnic table or wherever I feel inspired to create.

Are you self-taught or have you completed any training?
My formal training is in art education, but my work in wire has come from a love of drawing and the challenge of creating them in 3D. I like to convey a lot with a limited amount, so I work with minimalism.

How would you describe your artwork/process?
My wire sculptures are one of a kind, three-dimensional drawings, simplifications of the intricate designs inspired by nature. I typical use 16 gauge steel wire, a needle nose pliers, and mount the wire sculpture on a piece of driftwood. It is my hope that my work reflects my love of the natural world and that it is kind to the environment as well. 
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
All my life I have been an avid outdoorsman and a storyteller, as an artist these two aspects of my character partner together in a wonderful way. I love to create art that shares my observations of the simple beauty of nature and the stories that come from time spent in the outdoors. My art is inspired by nature and reflects my great love for the world around me.
Have you ever received any artistic awards for your work?
I have been awarded a variety of grants to advance my work through the McKnight Foundation and the Arts/Cultural Heritage Fund of Minnesota. I have entered my work in local, state, national and international shows and have had some recognition at all levels.


Where can people see your work?
www.wiredbybud.etsy.com