Lately I have spotted this cheeky fat and adorable robin in the garden. Bold as brass he pops down and finished the dogs porridge (I know-spoilt).
Having learnt his routine, I set up the camera to capture the rogue.
Hidden behind the curtain, and patiently waiting, he wouldn’t come!! Realising he was onto me and suspicious of the quiet, I opened the doors and completely ignored him. Worked a charm!!
Heres a few pics, and some of the work that followed.
This is the branch he sits on every morning, next to the only apple on the tree!
Some of the pieces that Percy inspired.
You can view some of my robin prints here and theres more on the way!!!
And what’s a butterfly?, At best
He’s but a caterpillar, at rest.
Inspired by the stunning butterflies on the wild Buddleja growing outside, I veered away from my typical wildlife and fabric applique to try something truly different.
I made a few gift cards of these too. Wrapped in a little twine bundle, they make a perfect little gift in themselves.
These are the three butterflies,
Left to Right
I wanted to do predominantly Irish butterflies as I love to work from my own images, but I was taken by a few colourful exotic species too! I kept the plant life home grown though, with buddleja, thistle and wild daisy.
I had in mind that one could display their favourite two or three in a row, but when photographing, I just loved this little formation. Something extra quirky and distinct about it.
I framed these up in a raw wood frame from a sustainable forest, must take some pics of that soon… actually lots more pics to take but in the middle of shooting, I had a liitle visitor get very jealous!
I’ll post more soon, but if you interested in following me on facebook to see more progress shots and of course more of Hamish!
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Had a great weekend working at a local market. I have been so excited to try out new display ideas , and this weekend was perfect! Beautiful weather (miraculously) and fantastic company with the lovely Kay from https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruby-Robin-Boutique/160463837308134
Heres a few snaps of my new display props and ideas I tested out before hand…
Gorgeous close up of my new owl happily perched on this rustic ladder display.
I just love the flowering Irish Hawthorne I picked out the garden.
And some market snippets and close ups..
Original felted illustration of a butterfly in a dramatic box frame
Been so busy lately have really been neglecting my blog.
But I have been working on foxes since January.
This was the first one done over January. I’ve stuck with those earthy fabrics and colours throughout as its cutesy and rustic.
You can see where I have used fabric marker to outline the main charcteristics.
I gently build up the colours and tonal areas.
The face has such a pursed look and softness.
The tree came almost last, I felt it was a little lonely looking in terms of composition so added free hand stitching and fabric to create depth.
The second fox, I have made into a Giclee Print.
WHats a giclee print as opposed to all the others?
well its professionally scanned and edited to fully represent the original in terms of texture, colour, depth and longevity.
The image above is the beautiful Sarah holding the smaller of the two sizes with Hamish, but below is the actual print.
Its amazing to look at and touch, defies its flat surface.
Here it is with FREE P&P for a limited time only.
Here is a sneak peak of my two new foxes, not yet framed, as the frames have just been painted and need waxing
They will be a bit tighter in the mount, but like the overall composition and a true representation of the stunning clever and cute Irish Fox.
An advert for some of mine & my friends products, that have a quirky & original feel.
All of us attend the Fair Alternative, Cork City.
here are the producers featured….
Participated in a few lovely christmas markets recently.
they take some prep!!
These were from Ballymaloe… http://www.ballymaloe.ie/
Famous culinery house & cookery school.
Fantastic range of stuff & the quality througlout was staggering.
These were from The Celtic Ross in Roscarbery.
Think I did well on the merchandising, and definately felt I established an aestethic that complemented the work.
Love the fairy lights!!
The best buys were the e-reader clip on lights bought in the discount store to draw attention to the pieces, and the laptop cooler stands to raise up the flat pieces.
This close up is more faithful to the actual colours of the piece. The camera picks ups the stray strands esp across the black, that the eye doesn’t, but it shows the sensitive lines and tones of the piece.
This is a unique piece for me i many respects. It’s twice the size of my larger pieces. The fabric used is both retro inspired and referencing the arts&crafts era and more modern in many respects. The mounting is polaroid-esque which gives the eye more room to notice the strong contrast between the fabric and the deer itself.
It’s given me lots of inspiration for a series of pieces this big, so keep watching. x
Just did a smaller A3 version of this…