Wednesday, 11 July 2012

At last I'm going over to the dark side...

I've bought a domain name, and attached it to my own blog/website

Take a look!

I won't update this blog any more.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Shetland ponies and the problems of photographing wool

I haven't been able to completely finish my big Shetland stallion model yet, alas, as I am waiting for more wool to arrive. So I've settled for a baby version, in colours of wool which I do have.

This model is smaller (maybe even about the actual size of a foal compared to its daddy, though I wasn't consciously trying to make it so). It has a wire armature, which gives it structural stability and also enables me to give the model skinny baby legs.

I have out more effort into the face than into the hooves. But wool, while ultimately mouldable, is not so easy to photograph. It always just looks woolly! Really fine wool like merino or corriedale can be very firmly needle felted to a smooth finish, which I always aspire to. Coarser wools like Shetland wool usually has a few fibres sticking out even after felting, which is suitable for wiry terriers, but not so good for sleek cats, or human skin. I am very pleased with the finish of my pieces as I look at them with the naked eye, but through the eye of my digital camera they always look too bushy and woolly, and just not as good as they do in real life. The camera seems to highlight bits of wool that my eyes have airbrushed out. I suppose making a photo look as good as the real thing + my perception of it is what makes a good photographer.

So you'll have to take my word for it that this baby's nose is as soft and kissable as the Shetland foals in the photographs that I have used as models. Frances' photographs are truly amazing, and her descriptions of her animals bring them to life. The more I look at them the more I want to cover my walls with them, especially these ones. (When I do cover my walls with them, I will be able to buy them from Frances' From the Wilde shop, by the way.)

Monday, 11 June 2012

Work In Progress - Shetland Pony

I have been planning to make something a little bit more gobsmacking for ages, and at last I have begun it.

I love Shetland wool, and I also love reading this blog by Frances Taylor of Thordale Shetland Stud. She takes the most amazing photos (which you can buy), and her ponies are just begging to be made in felt.

So this is my half-finished large model of a Shetland pony, made in Shetland wool.

It is the first model of this size I have made, so it is a bit of a learning process. I underestimated the strength of the wire I already had (actually I was too impatient to go out and buy more), so I now I have the tricky job of making the legs stronger a posteriori. And I have almost used up all of my freshly-acquired black Shetland wool, so I will have to recalculate how much wool I buy in in the future.

But I am very pleased. This is the first rough sketch of the horse, minus ears, eyes, mane, tail, round tummy, with palsied-looking back legs and a bit of a fat bum.... But after a few days he will look just like this incredibly handsome boy.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Social Networking!

Apparently social networking is the way forward for small business to advertise. Interacting with customers and potential customers, stepping over the barriers that apply to purchasing online, improving SEO... all good.

And yet I have to say I find Facebook etc extremely time consuming and annoying. I don't want to spend my days fiddling about on my computer looking at what inspiring pictures friends of friends have decided to share with the world. My instinct tells me that social networking is another way of describing prevarication, time wasting and Not Getting On With Some Proper Work.

But of course for me, in my current attempt at running a tiny business, this isn't the case. Social networking is the online equivalent of walking down the street chatting to people and trying to get them interested in my micro-enterprise. And it has the added advantage that the people I (hopefully) reach cybernetically are already mildly interested, rather than being random strangers.

So for this reason I plod on, with my IT illiteracy, in my attempt to grapple with the sundry forms of social networking and online marketing.

And as part of this attempt I'm running my first giveaway. To enter all you have to do is write a comment below confirming that you've
1) Liked my Facebook Page , and
2) Liked my website on Facebook.

When my Facebook Page reaches 100 Likers, I will give each person who has left a comment a number, and select one at random. That person will win 1 small sleeping cat in a colour of their choice.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

My Creative Space - Socrates, and Lightboxes

So, it's a long time since I wrote something on my blog. Could be a matter for a New Year's Resolution - but it isn't. No point making promises that I will probably break.

Today I have just about finished off my Socrates figure, and attempted to photograph him.

He looks mildly concerned - possibly because there's a cup of hemlock waiting to be drunk - but, knowing Socrates, more likely because he thinks the TERRIBLE light isn't doing him any favours.

Here he is in profile - and this is his good side - but the light is still DREADFUL!!!

The time has most definitely come for me to build a lightbox.

To see more creative paces, or to play along, visit Kirsty's blog.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

My creative Space - dragons

I have been making some more dragons.

A Purple Prussian Dragon

A Welsh Dragon

A baby green dragon
To see more creative spaces go to Kirsty's blog

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Name Change - The Greedy Crocodile and friends

Attention Attention Achtung!!!! I am changing names... I've already changed the name of my etsy shop to, now I will get on with changing everything else!!! Including the name of this blog....