Making things out of nothing.

On a cold blustery day in the Welsh/English countryside we found ourselves in this wonderful, worn little workshop. Tucked away at the bottom of a garden. Where a ginger cat ruled the roost and roamed in an out. A large old range stove constantly fired up and ready to go. Everything coated in a fine orange dust. Piles and piles of clay. Tools scattered. Projects ready to be created.

There is something about manual arts and crafts which always makes me feel better and more real. Making something beautiful out of quite literally nothing makes me feel myself and takes me back to the reason of being really. As cass as that sounds. I love from a lump of almost earth you can create beautiful objects that have use. I love that out of a sheep’s’ wooly jacket you can create clothes, out of a simple piece of cloth you can create a beautiful garment and out of a piece of led or ink on paper you can create a master piece. When nothing becomes something is quite magical. Thats the reason I make to create something out of nothing, to remind my self that thoughts become things.

Learning how to throw pottery is quite a task, it looks so much easier than it actually is. Its something I really loved doing, so much technique to learn. Its a craft I want to explore more and I am itching to find some studios here in Barcelona. I loved using my hands and getting stuck in, quite literally, I loved the feeling of making something useful and functional but beautiful at the same time.

In this studio, on a cold winters day, we learnt how to make little bowls with the help and guidance (and a hell of a lot of patience) of a skilled craftsman. Just being in this scene, in this studio, made me feel alive again. For its places like these that I do love the very most!

A little seasons greetings

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Where the bloody hell does the time get too? 2 months ago we were saying “Only two months till christmas” with that smug feeling of having a full two months ahead of you. Now its around 2 weeks away. I have so much to do. Too much.  I had grand schemes and plans to make my own cards/ presents/ wreath/ tags and decorations. I still have a few things to pull out of my sleeve but I need to get my skates on NOW!

Rewind back to last year where I was lucky enough to be able to design my own christmas card and for it to be sold in the gallery at work. I made 3 versions (for Germany, france and the UK).

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So here is my wreath, card and something made in one glorious form.

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As you can see I even made my own alphabet, floral and wreath like.

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Oh beautiful brown card!

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env5x7 Matching envelopes!

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Merry bloody christmas y’all.

BTW just sayin’ you can find it here: