Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The Art Market at Holmfirth- June 10th 2012

Over the past month or so I have been so busy preparing for The Art Market at Holmfirth Indoor Market which happened last Sunday. I was working none stop to get everything ready, not only my work but me and my brother (mainly my brother)have been working on boards to present my work on, as unlike an fairs which I have done so far, the art market has market stalls, which I really like and I was able to think about height for my work. I was really nervous about them and if they were too big or too small.

When I got to Holmfirth everyone was so friendly and really interested in the Art work and there are so many talented artists exhibiting their work.  A really friendly, interesting and great art market.

And some very exciting news! I won ‘Outstanding Artist Award’ on Sunday at the Art Market; I was so shocked that I won this award with so many amazing artists there. I really wasn’t expecting it and it really means a lot! With my award I get a stall at the next Art Market in November and also mentoring off the wonderful Fiona Pattison fromHappy4PR. Really looking forward to November and hopefully my new product will be done and refined by then.

Here is a podcast done by Fiona Pattison with me and winning my award.

Thank you very much to Ffion Atkinson for the pictures who was taking wonderful snaps thoughout the day!

If you are free on Sunday 24th June go see some amazing artists at The Art Market, you wont be disappointed!

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Hello April!!


Gosh its April already!! I have been so busy, moving into Jill Shaddocks studio. It nice and bright and can’t wait to get started on my new product!

My Solo Show at Yellowstone Art Boutique, Trentham Estate has started and it is on until the 25th May. The opening of the show was also Yellowstone Art Boutiques 1st Birthday Party, it was really special! Was so happy that Hannah Stoney chose me and my work to help to celebrate this special event.
Me at the Opening and Party

My nana and grandad popped in to look at it too.

I loved making the work for my solo show as I had so many ideas that I wanted to do and also I was able to do loads of different sizes and shapes. My favourite is the long cream ladies walking with the dogs.

Its really nice to have an exhibition so close to home as my milk customers are able to see my work and what I do. They are all really supportive. And I have even been in the local paper with it.
Me and the best milkman in the Midlands (my dad) in the local paper

Additional News

My work is currently at the Royal Exchange Theatre Craft Shop until 28th April for the ‘Selected’ exhibition which runs along side ‘Memories’ exhibition. This exhibition comes with my ‘Royal Exchange Craft Shop Graduate Award’ which I won back in June last year at my degree show, which I still cant believe.
Work at the RX Craft Shop
At the end of March I was exhibiting at ‘Sock’ commission and retail arts and craft fair in Loughborough. It was such a lovely fair and the people at the SOCK gallery are very friendly and you will find a selection of mug and cosies there.
A lovely comment at SOCK

I am now stocking work at LeedsCraft Centre and Design Gallery, I had a lovely trip up there on a wintery day a couple of weeks again. So friendly had a little chat and had a look around with a nice brew!

A selection of work at Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery
Up and coming events
Eunique Arts and Craft Fair 2012- In a couple of weeks am off to this wonderful trade and retail fair in Karlstrude, Germany to exhibit for Hannah Lobley, a Enviromental Paper Artist. She creates objects using an unique recycling technique layering paper to form a woodlike material. Her work is amazing! And it is a pleasure to have been ask by JC Middlebrook to have this opportunity to go to Germany. I can’t wait, I think I will gain a lot of experience from this.

May all your dreams come true exhibition at HeartGallery- My work is going to be included in this magical exhibition in Hebden Bridge. It will include artists that incorporate vintage stories, nostalgia, fairytales, rhymes, etc. The private is 13th May where Ursula Holden Gill will be telling magical stories! Should an exciting event and so happy my work will be there during this event.

Quirky Worky exhibition at Ferrers Gallery- I am amazed that I will be exhibiting at Ferrers Gallery from the 1st June- 12th August, this exhibition is a mixture of artists creating and making fun and distinctive styles to brighten your day up.

The Art Market 10th June- I am going be exhibiting at the 10th Art Market in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. It really very exciting as I am going to be one of 90 artist at the market over two dates in June. Can’t wait for this event and starting to get ready for it too.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Happy February!!!


Just a quick update, I have some wonderful news!!

You can now find my work in the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford which is very exciting. Its a wonderful centre which put on some wonderful exhibitions.

Also I am busy preparing for 'Memories' exhibition at the Royal Exchange Craft Shop in Manchester (5th March- 28th April) and my very own solo exhibition at Yellowstones Art Boutique at Trentham Estate, the private view is the 17th March and this is a part of the 1st Birthday Celebrations of Yellowstones Art Boutique!

Also I have updated my website with some new pictures so take a look

Thanks for reading!!!


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

A very late Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!
I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I was so busy up to Christmas with my Christmas craft fairs. I exhibited at South Hill Park, Bracknell which was a lovely first craft to show my work at as everybody was so very friendly, also I had a stall at Craft in the city in Nottingham and Merge Contemporary Craft Fair, Oundle. Everybody was so pleasant at all the craft fairs and really enjoyed them. It was really nice to get feedback from customers and most people couldn’t believe I was actually milk girl.

Over Christmas, I also was busy with commissions and did a lovely one as a wedding gift for the happy couple. It was a real honour to do as it was going to be a present off the mother of the bride, and I loved designing it. The bride was so surprised how alike the dress was to hers. I hope I get a few more of those because I really enjoyed it.

I have also been busy stocking art galleries which are totally amazing to have my work in, and I will be doing a photo-shoot over this weekend so you will finally be able to buy my work online.
My work is now stocked at
Bakewell Arts and Design Gallery in Bakewell,
The Seed Gallery, Crich                             
Debbie Bryan Shop & Studio, Nottingham                             here am mentioned in her blog post
My work is currently at Smithy Studios, Glossop.

For Christmas I had some new screen printing equipment which is enabling me to develop my new range ‘On the High Street’ which will highlight the decline of the local high street and those independent businesses which are disappearing.

I am pleased to announced that I have been selected to be a Design Factory Flow Member which is very exciting.
I am now also sponsored by Gutermann Threads which I am very thankful for.

I will be exhibiting at Sock, Arts and Crafts Purchase and Commission Fair, Loughborough (24-25th March)  Am really looking forward to this event; it will be my first craft fair of 2012.

Other exhibitions I will be in later in the year-
A group showcase of the Royal Exchange Craft Shop Graduate winners (name to be confirmed) 5th March to 28th April
‘May all your dreams come true’ at Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge (14th May- 8th July)
‘Found’ Exhibition at Unit 12, Stafford (2nd August- 27th October)
I will also be doing a workshop at Unit 12 ‘Upcycling Ceramics’ on the 5th October.
Thank you for reading!!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

New Product- Mug Cosies!!

Hello again,

I have a new product which I have been developing over the past few weeks, its a mug cosy which will keep you tea warm in these cold winter months! I have a two designs of mug cosies, one my screen printed doors, and the other is my milkmen. I have also up-cycled the mugs with my Illustrations , so everything relates.

I need to put little wooden buttons on them but I think they are looking good!

What do you think?

Thanks for reading. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2011



I have the fantastic news that I am now sponsored by Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machines and with my sponsorship I get this lovely machine!

Thank you very much!

Thanks for reading.

Drum Roll Please for my Website!!

I was like to introduce to you my very first website, I have been slowly learning how to use it and what not. Soon enough there will be online store where you will be able to purchase some of my work, which is very exciting!
Feels like ages since I have written a blog as so much has happened in those few weeks. I have some very exciting news; I have now started my 3 month artist residency at Smithy Studios in Glossop which is very nice to have somewhere creative to go and be creative, and the journey in also gives me time to update my blog (or fall asleep).  The studio is a fantastic space with a lovely kiln that keeps us warm, I have only been in there a 3 weeks and already put a bisque and transfer kiln firing on (with some help from the wonderful Catherine Carr) In addition we have converted the garage in to what my dad likes to call ‘the office’ where I can do my drawings, screen-printing and applique work, I seem to live in there when am not at the studio.  And YES you heard right I know can screen-print from home!! I love screen printing, it’s so relaxing and I have been very eager to get my screens so I could get printing!
My lovely studio

My Office in the Garage
I am starting to develop new work based on butchers and the decline of butchers on the local high street, so I have spent a few days filming in a butcher in Mansfield, Nottingham so I can start illustrating. I want my new work to include slab built vessels, so hopefully in a few months they will be developed and ready to show you.
No Milk Today work is progressing too; I am creating more original textile wall pieces which are coming along nicely ready for THREE craft fairs I am exhibiting at!! BREAKING NEWS!!! I have the delight to have the opportunity to show and sell my work at South Hill Park Craft and Design Fair, Bracknell, Craft in the City, Nottingham, and Merge Contemporary Craft Fair, Oundle. So I have been really busy preparing for them, creating a mug and mug cosies which look really nice, my upcycling work is developing well with a range of blue and green cups and saucers, I am also doing coffee cups and pots.
I went on a trip to Origin at the end of September; it was amazing so many very talented crafters, Catherine Carr with her amazing glass, Abigail Brown who I was really looking forward to seeing and it didn’t disappoint, and Jennifer Collier with her unique paper sculptures.
I also have a few exhibitions coming up which is exciting and my work is currently until the end of the week in an exhibition Cheeky Stitches at Punch Gallery in the Corner House in Nottingham. It is a really lovely space and all the other artists are so friendly and very talented.

Thanks for reading!!