Monthly Archives: March 2013

Saturday morning 30.3.2013

Had a restful morning after much stress during the week.. thankfully all gone now :)
I decided to design and make some greetings cards for upcoming birthdays, taking inspiration from a little cardboard box with retro paris imagery on it. I used silhouette cameo files to cut the shapes and added some bling!!

Paris amour greetings card silhouette cameo

Paris amour greetings cards

Am looking forward to having 2 more days off for rest and play, we are hoping to get the river boat up the Thames on monday, in order to visit Tate Britain for ‘Schwitters in Britain’ exhibition. Hopefully it wont be too cold. brrr.. this cold snap is really dragging on and nothing in the garden seems to be growing. Am looking forward to warmer weather, exploring on my bike and enjoying nature..

Earlier in the week I finished a cute little miniature house with tiny furniture :)

Miniature paper cut house

Miniature house interior

miniature house exterior silhouette cameo

miniature house exterior

I hope your saturday is going good!!

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Saturday Morning.. 16.3.2013

I spent the morning cutting shapes out of scrap paper and card using my silhouette cameo :)
The purple butterflies below are gorgeous! You can never have too many purple butterflies :)

paper cut butterfly using a silhouette cameo

butterfly cuts

I also received a new batch of Shwe Shwe fabric from South Africa, will be making lots of new pouches etc for family and friends :)

Shwe Shwe fabric

Shwe Shwe fabric

I hope you are all having a fab weekend.

Tomorrow I will be performing a live cinema piece at the new Live Cinema Foundation launch event in East London, am very nervous but hopefully it will go ok.


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Afrique Geometrique..

adinkra symbols

Adinkra symbols

I have an interest in African geometry, especially in printed fabrics, wood carvings and metal work.
Whilst studying for my environmental biology degree (many years ago!!) I took up batik fabric printing and made cushions and wall hangings using African patterns.
More recently I’ve been visiting the British Museum in london to explore the African galleries, here is one of the videos I shot there, (it also contains imagery from the Horniman Museum in South London)

Last christmas I made zippered pouches as presents using South African Shweshwe fabric and batik


Shweshwe fabric was originally manufactured in the UK using an acid discharge printing technique developed by Gustav Deutsch
The patterns proved popular in Africa so when the Lancashire based manufacturer ceased production in the UK, the operation moved to Cape Town and it is now known by the popular brand name Three Cats

I also have an interest in Adinkra symbols and have used them in much of my artwork including this highly stylised painting of a rhubarb leaf and Adinkra symbols

Rhubarb Leaf and Adinkra symbol

Rhubarb Leaf and Adinkra symbol

Adinkras were used as a form of written communication in West Africa during the 1800’s, the geometric shapes express and symbolise various sayings and proverbs.

Another fascinating example of African geometry can be be found via this Ted Talk about African Fractals in buildings and braids by Ron Eglash the author of a book with the same name.

He studied aerial photographs of African settlements and found that some were built around complex fractal geometric shapes, many of which were considered sacred by the villagers.

The talk then goes on to explain how other symbolic traditions could have led to the development of the first form of binary used in computer engineering.

It really is a fascinating talk!!

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March 2013 desktop wallpaper calendar

Here is your desktop wallpaper for March. It was shot at the botanical gardens in Paris whilst vising the orchid exhibtion in the glasshouses.. more images can be found here

(click on the picture, then again to make it bigger then right click and save)

March 2013 desktop wallpaper

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Rue Mouffetard, Paris..

We spent a lovely 3 days in Paris last week, even though the weather was bitterly cold and snowing we managed to find a swanky apartment through situated near the wonderful market on Rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter

airbnb appartment

airbnb appartment

The apartment was architect designed with a bedroom, living area/kitchen, bathroom and toilet with floor to ceiling windows and all mod cons including a nespresso machine :)
The only downside were a few health and safety issues including a radiator leaking fuel oil onto the floor and a leaking sink :(

So although it’s a great idea to rent out someones flat online you can never be sure of what you will find when you get there.. so beware!!

On out first day we visited the market on Rue Mouffetard to buy supplies for our stay.
It’s situated in one of the oldest areas of Paris with cobbled streets and interesting shop selling great produce.

Rue Mouffetard Paris

Rue Mouffetard

Cakes at the boulangerie on Rue Mouffetard

Cakes at the boulangerie

rotisserie chicken rue mouffetard paris

rotisserie chicken

Street Buskers rue mouffetard paris

Street Buskers

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