I was 3 hours away from my home, my legs we’re aching after running up a steep hill and I was all dolled up in a pretty party dress and heels frantically trying to get in touch with a friend.
It all started weeks ago when my friend, and artist, mentioned an evening event at a gallery her art was being shown at. In passing Ash suggested that we surprise her and turn up to the gallery without her knowing. I looked at my Rota and I finished work early enough on the day to be able to get there just in time, plus I had the day after completely off!
So then it was a waiting game. I couldn’t wait to see the look on her face when we just randomly turned up, and I very nearly told her of our plans several times. I was just too excited!
On the day I finished work at 4, then I had to run some errands, post some packages, pack my bags. By the time we left it was 5:30 and we we’re definitely now in a rush. The drive was surprisingly easy, just the A1 for most of the way. We got there and it had seemed like the event had been cancelled, katy wasn’t replying to texts as she was other wise occupied so we decided to walk to the gallery anyway.
As expected it was closed, eventually I rang Katy and asked if she minded two people imposing themselves on her. She was very shocked but luckily seemed delighted that I had travelled to see her.
The next day myself and Ash left Katy to go to and open up the gallery before joining her later in the day after a bit of breakfast and sightseeing.
Her gallery really looks amazing. I knew her paintings we’re gorgeous, but they look even better in person than in the photographs! The colours she uses range from natural earthy tones to bright dazzling rainbows. Every painting uses colour to great effect, really catching the eye. The subjects are superbly drawn in a messy but elegant way, really giving life and movement to the pieces. I know I may be biased, but I really do love her Art and I believe it speaks for itself.
Whilst I was there I decided to do a little interview with her:
CR : What did you want to be when you were younger?
KD : Well originally I wanted to be a horse, then a tooth fairy, and then an olympic gymnast, but I’ve always wanted to be an artist. Always, always.
CR : That is adorable! So what was it about Art that interested you?
KD : Well, I would say its whatever is suggested in art, the small things like a glance, or a certain positioning, or the way that not everything is recorded in a painting but it is suggested and you can fill in the blanks yourself in any way you want.
CR: What inspires you?
KD : Sometimes, before I am inspired by the subject, I am more inspired by the want to paint something of a particular nature (powerful, strong or soft and calm) and then the decision the work on a particular subject and the research behind that is then the inspiration to actively get up and do the painting. I’m also inspired by artists like Odilon Redon who can work in dreamy and ethereal ways, thats why my work isnt always an accurate depiction of a scene, I like to add a dreamy quality to it.
CR : When you’re not painting, what do you like to do?
KD : Painting is quite a solitary process so I like to be around friends a lot. I like to go out for walks when it’s sunny, walking a dog, going out for food and drinks or getting inspired by other artists.
CR : What have you found to be the most challenging with your art?
KD : The process, the development and the actual physical act of the work seems to be very fluid and not exactly easy, but without its challenges. On the other hand, the part i struggle with is the side that I cant control as much, such as the material i am working on, if it takes a knock it effects the final piece. I am learning to see what materials work best to keep the longevity of my work to a high standard, i dont want that to compromise the work that is on it
CR: What can we expect to see from you in the future?
KD : Oh gosh! Well I have lots of ideas for collections, some conflicting ideas but all seem to relate back to my own style. As I experiment with other materials to work on I might see a shift in technique and therefore, maybe, some new styles. But for now I am still figuring that out, I will have to see what happens in the future and how my work translates into prints and merchandise.
You can see Katy’s Elegant Mess Exhibition at the Sam Scorer Gallery in Lincoln until the 14th of April. Or if you don’t live close enough you can follow her wordpress here, find her facebook page here and her official site here!
I’ve started work on a new big project that I want to build a whole range around. I’ve had this idea floating around in my head for ages, since I first started sewing really, and thought it was now time to act on it. It’s actually proved to be more difficult than expected but I think the effort will be worth it!
I went out shopping yesterday for the items I needed and some more material so now all that’s left to do is make it!
I think i’ll finish the christmas stocking i’m making first though, I don’t need any more half finished items at the moment.
I also bought some new work shoes whilst i was out, unfortunately I was in a rush and so just grabbed a pair with my size on. It turns out that someone had put the wrong size on the wrong hanger and so I now have a pair of shoes which don’t fit me and another with a massive hole in the toe. I guess I’ll have to go out again tomorrow when I have a day off.
Will be updating very soon to unveil my new items!
‘Till next time!
I’ve finally added a new Item to my shop!
I know I said in my last post that I was working on an apron but I found out that I don’t have the right coloured thread for the top stitching so I decided to make something else instead.
I was looking through all my materials and found some with a Christmas theme left over from gifts i’d made the family last christmas. Etsy has just had a big push on ‘Christmas in July’ and there was lots of advice telling shop owners to get festive items in their shops nice and early, so I figured I may as well get some in my own shop in preparation.
As there wasn’t a lot of material left I decided to make a tie. I made ties for all the men in my family last christmas and they seemed to be a big hit! My grandpa actually got the tie made from the same material as this one and seemed so proud to have it! It made me really happy to see him so excited to wear something i’d made!
I really like this material, it’s festive but sophisticated at the same time. I think it makes a tie that’s perfect for adding a bit of fun, festive cheer and can be worn to any kind of event, whether serious or more relaxed.
I also incorporated the penguin I spoke about in my last post. I’ve sewn it onto the back of the large end and think it works really well!
I’m very proud of this Item and think it is the best tie i’ve made so far (quite likely with the help of my new snazzy machine!) . It’s now for sale in my shop right here. So if you’re wanting to do a bit of early christmas shopping please stop by!
I’m sure i’ll be making more festive Items in the future, the only problem is i’m not sure what kind of items to make, other than Ties and Aprons. I had also thought of making a stocking or two, or some kind of festive gift bag. What do you think I should make with my material? What would you want to buy this Christmas? Please leave suggestions in the comments below or fill in the poll on my facebook page 🙂 It would be very useful.
I’ve been playing with all the different fun stitches on my sewing machine. (although not all of them yet as I never got round to changing the foot)
One of my stitches allows me to add applique work on a piece of material. This has given me an idea to be able to brand all my items.
I can’t afford to have my own labels printed to be sewn in, or at least I can’t afford the bulk prices which make them cheap (Money is a bit of a struggle at the moment) so i’ve been trying to think of a way to make them myself. Now with my ability to applique i had the bright idea of a small penguin to be sewn onto all my items. Its cute and cheap and will let everyone know where the items came from, a little bit like the sewn crocodiles/alligators on lacost clothing i guess (but obviously a lot cuter).
I’ve already had a go at one on a little piece of scrap material. At first i was a little messy, the feet look terrible, but once i’d made it round to the head i’d gotten the hang of it. Hopefully the next one will be a lot better.
Hopefully i’ll be able to show you one on an actual product tomorrow as i’m busy finishing off an apron I cut out months and months ago!
But for now it’s time to cuddle up with a film and go to bed, ready for my shift at work early tomorrow morning.
‘Till next time! 🙂
It was recently my cousins 10th birthday and I’d heard that she might like one of my aprons. So I toddled off to look for material with my sister and came across this ADORABLE cupcake stuff!
So I got to work. Aprons are pretty much second nature to me now after the mounds of them made for christmas and so it was pretty easy going, but as usual I seemed to leave most of the work until the last minute. I’ll learn one day i’m sure.
My grandparents also commissioned me to make her a bracelet and necklace.
When she opened up her present she was very pleased, especially as it matched a cupcake cookbook she’d got earlier on in the day! I need to find some time to go visit and bake some cupcakes with her I think.
Just a couple of days ago I went to a Conference/Awards Ceremony at my boyfriends work. Partly because I wasn’t doing anything else, partly because I barely see him with the hours he works. His office decided all to wear Maroon ties so I went to town and found some sale bargains so I could fit in with their colour scheme! This whole outfit cost less then £30 (Not including my shoes). I think the bag was the biggest bargain of the day, reduced to £8 from over £20.
There were lots of speeches which were actually very interesting and quite inspirational, some of them were even giving off the same message as ‘The Penguin Theory’ from earlier on in my blog. There was only one speaker who I started dozing off too which I think was pretty good going. Then there was talk of a ‘guest speaker’. We figured it would end up being maybe the owner of the company or something. Needless to say, we were very pleasantly surprised when out walked James Caan (of Dragons Den fame)!
He talked about how he got into business and how he got onto Dragons Den. It was very inspirational and he truly seems like a likeable, hardworking man. Apparently his first investment on Dragons Den was a Doggy Treadmill.
After the conference I asked Ash if we could go on a little date as we’d barely seen each other. We ended up going to a Giraffe restaurant. I had a posh Chicken Kiev which was very tasty. It was really nice to just be able to speak to each other and have fun, it felt like we hadn’t had some ‘us’ time in ages. Even though we now live together it’s doesn’t really feel like it as he works so much…He’s just a teddybear I cuddle at night (once he arrives home).
But he is a very cuddly teddybear so i’m not complaining.
For now though I’m having to rely on my Gromit (of wallace and gromit) hotwater bottle cover to cuddle as i’m back in the north. Not for long though as i’m just picking up the last of my things (including all of my craft things!) before going back again tomorrow.
I’ve missed my crafts far too much so i’m ridiculously excited to finally be able to pick them up!
Till next time!