Hello! I'm thoroughly behind on all things bloggy, chiefly, saying hello to blog pals and visiting blogs. I'm so sorry about this, so sorry, something always has to give when things get stupendously busy.
But on to other things, like my jewellery making!
It's a new year, and things are evolving in every area of my work, from the books I illustrate, to my sculptures, and now there has been a progression in my jewellery making.
You may remember these brooches I made, which I sold before Christmas..........
Welllllll........ Fliss, from blog Joshy and Belle, you may find yourself going oooooooohhhhh wonderful! at some of the things she makes, the Debbie Bliss pattern for a fair isle top she's working on at the moment is amazing, the link to Fliss' blog is here. Fliss' writing is magical, and her new baby is very, very, sweet. I'm not sure how she manages to look after three young children, write a blog, run a home, have a job outside the home, and come up with wonderful ideas, but she does.
Fliss bought a holly and berries brooch from me, and then decided on the strength of the brooches I had made, to commission a necklace.
For someone to have so much faith in you, over such an unknown quantity, feels amazing, and a bit scary, incase it turns out to be not up to much.
Fliss told me about her influences, images she likes, things she collects, and she asked for a necklace in two parts. A basic necklace that could be worn during the day, and then a part that could be added to make it more of a statement piece for the evening.
Fliss is like a muse, she feeds me ideas, and I act on them. Fliss has been imagining a jewellery range for me, which is rather exciting that she has so much faith in me. At the moment, I'm spending spare moments making the components for necklaces and brooches.
I've just been looking at the dog in the brooch above, and realised he needs a red collar! How annoying that I missed that.
I did, however, put in finishing touches like little red bells to cover the knots in the ends of the cord, which Fliss can shorten if she finds the cord too long, by cutting the ends shorter and tying new knots.
The details are important to me, like tending to the ends of cord or string. That expression "the devil's in the detail", I think it must be referring to the detail being devilishly difficult and trying of ones patience. For me, I find that "joy is in the detail", and is essential. If I had a mathmatical brain, maybe I could have been a watchmaker, I like sitting hunched up with my entire focus on a tiny thing.
Such a nuisance I didn't apply myself enough to realise the dog should have been given a red collar. Sloppy of me.
Well I must now apply myself to the making of a cup of tea, and the savouring of a little something sweet of taste. That'll be some chocolate then.
Just before I go, talking of tea, Helen Stephens, a hugely talented writer/illustrator of children's books, came by to say hello and draw my doggies yesterday. Helen has a website here. Her work is magical and funny and touching. Her partner, Gerry Turley, was at The Royal College of Art at the same time as me, and I love his work too, which you can see on his website here. Hugo very generously gave me one of Gerry's gorgeous prints for my Christmas present.
I like to share wonderful talent with you all, it's enriching, don't you think?
Now where's that cup of tea I've been going on about?
P.S. Something else to share with you, a rather wonderful giveaway from Lori, of superb blog Lori Times Five. If you read her magical blog post here, you will be inspired, and it will lead you to how to enter her giveaway, it's wonderful. The time for entering finishes tomorrow, Sunday 22nd.