Some photos from my super trip to Bristol zoo earlier this month!
Some pictures from our trip to St. Ives last month 🙂
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So a couple of these pieces have been getting a lot of attention on Etsy this week – I think thanks to the awesome new homepage feature which allows everyone a personalised homepage showing featured items that are relevant to them! Then I realised I hadnt actually made a blog post about these maps which I finished a few months ago.
I wanted to make something really amazing, without worrying about time constraints which is always a massive issue when selling hand stitched products. I want to make work that is affordable to everyone, but at the same time I have a massive compulsion to hand stitch everything! So I usually compromise by combining hand with machine stitching, painting, applique, or trying to make the pieces as simple as possible (that last one…. never happens!) But for once I just wanted to stitch some maps for the love of it, and so I made these wall hangings. They are a much higher-end product than I would normally spend time on but I just love how they turned out!
As much as I completely LOVE stitching maps sometimes I really just want to make something for the sake of using super bright threads!
I also thought it could be fun to stitch into my new plimsoles:
Which kind of lead to more stitched shoes which are now for sale on Etsy
I made these a while ago after borrowing some amazing books from work about the Solar System and the Universe (and watching the old and new series’ of Cosmos!) and thought I’d have a go at stitching some planets!
I found stitching the Earth in such a small frame really tough, there’s just too much to fit in! So lets say it’s not exactly geographically accurate!
I also really wanted to make Jupiter MASSIVE, like the biggest frame i could find, imagine that!!! Buuuut filling a piece that big would take light years!
I based the colours of Mars and Uranus on photos from one of the books I borrowed (Neptune was a no brainer!) Next
I’d love to do Saturn, but I’ll need a much bigger frame to fit the rings in!
Featuring a cloth map of the Lake District, a super old Bartholemew map of Fort Augustus in Scotland, and an awesome road map of France (with bits of surrounding countries too)! They will start being uploaded for sale on Etsy in July.
Some of the highlights from this years degree show at Cardiff School of Art & Design, the last show at Howard Gardens!
Please let me know if you see your work here and I’ll add your name (I didn’t photograph everyones statement!)