As you can see from this image, the art speaks for itself! This is a genuine sculpture by Sam Jinks. She is so realsitic I feel like I am waiting for her to breathe. By far, some of the most stunning work I have seen to date.
Sam Osborne (a superb pattern designer) has been doing monthly features on artists from all walks of life and I took part in the May edition. Keeping a photographic journal of my month I share what I got up to and the things I made.
It's a really nice way to appreciate a month more instead of it speeding past in the blink of an eye. I used an app call PicCal lite to produce my picture calendar.
All the images of my work used in the calendar are fully copyright protected under the copyright law.
You may have seen a few weekends back now I was lucky and took part in the FIRST EVER Designer Toy Convention the UK has seen in London; ToyCon UK! http://toyconuk.com/
It was an amazing weekend and I am so glad I got to be a part of it. One of the main specials I had created for the day, was a selection of GIANT Monster Embryos. 10 were created in my original colouring; Brilliant Blue and another 7 were customised by some amazing artists! Haus of Loz, Jon Paul Kaiser (who customised his live on the day), Ume Toys, Stitches and Glue, Creo Designs (who also helped me produce these giant embryos), Lisa Rae Hansen and Matt Lunartik Jones all customised one in their signature styles and MY WORD they were outstanding!
The fab pink unicorn that Loz did for me has found a home and I was really overwhelmed by Rebekahs post that she was kind enough to share with me about her purchase.
i received a truly amazing piece of art :) the monster embryo in itself
is a design triumph but to have a one of a kind custom of such an large
scale is truly awesome, the attention to detail is second to none its beautifully produced in every aspect.
as a collector of these fine works i would define this as an epic
centre piece to my collection and would encourage anyone who truly
appreciates beauty and quality to invest in one :)"
Thank you SO much Rebekah for becoming the owner of this truly superb creation and also for taking the time to leave such beautiful feedback for me. There are still Giant Embryos left and trust me guys, these are even more amazing in person. If you'd like to own one then follow the link and check them out: http://tayloredcuriosities.bigcartel.com/
I am open to taking instalment payments on these larger pieces, so if you see one you want and would like to pay in instalments, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!
As most of you know I moved house again recently and have put most of my life into storage for the time being which is proving awkward at times when I remember I need something, but was also really great as it meant I went through and sorted everything first; finding treasures I'd long forgotten.
The best thing I found was this box of memories! It's actually the box my dogs ashes were put in by the vet many years ago, it even has a brass plate on the front with his name (bit morbid I know but the box is really lovely). Inside I seem to have collected a few random things over the years including two of the tiniest Russian nesting dolls (these open up to one that's only a few mm tall), a green haired troll, a cocktail accessory that fans out into a peacock shape, a wooden croaking frog, a cocktail umbrella (I've always had a bit of an obsession with these) and a tiny pot of crystals.
A strange combination yet each one makes me smile and takes me back to a certain time and place.
I haven't been sleeping much recently (less than usual for those who know me) and it gives someone with an over active brain like mine, EVEN more time to ponder life. I had a stroll down memory lane and thought about the people I have known and the friends I have lost and how sad and dark some of their lives must have been. They felt like they had no one to turn to. I went through it all growing up, so I understand how at times it feels like you just want to curl up into a ball and disappear and if no one cares enough to pull you out of the darkness, then you feel like there's no way out. Which brings me back to a post on an old blog of mine titled 'Safe Places' and something I said a while back.
"I have pinched the above image from One Tree Hill, who in turn pinched
the words from a John Mayer song, but it represents a feeling that is
often hard to find these days.
I know I am a creator, and that
side of me you see through my work and my website, but the side of me
you can't see is the people collector side. I tend to collect people as
I travel through life, they tend to be people who are lonely or are in a
low place. I hate to see people sat alone at lunch times when it is
not through choice and to see people being left out or bullied.
would one day like this to be a safe place, a happy
place for you to be. Whether you know me in person or just see my
work and posts online, I want it to remind you that you are not alone
and that there is always someone here for those days when the dark
clouds just seem too heavy to bear alone.
Don't ever let anyone tell you or make you feel like you are not strong. We know you are"
Thinking about these people who lost themselves and weren't helped makes my heart cry. I am not a psychologist or councillor. I have an A-Level, but that doesn't really mean much. But I have life experience. I understand depression and anxiety and fear and worry. I don't want anyone else to be lost because they have nowhere to turn. You have me. I may just be a virtual presence, but I am here. I may not have magic, but I can listen. I may not be a doctor, but I can try and help you heal emotionally.