Monthly Archives: November 2013

Painted antelope head (watercolour)

I decided to paint the Kudu antelope head in watercolour..

kudu antelope head painted

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Design inspired by nature

Hi all, I’ve been in my craft studio all weekend as its cold and damp here in London.
Yesterday I felt inspired to make an antelope head style motif, I knew how I wanted it to look, I just couldn’t remember the name of the species etc.
After a good look around the internet I found it.. it’s the Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) found in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Here is my interpretation..

Kudu antelope cut file

I made it using vector path software and cut it on my Silhouette Cameo.

I can’t stop looking at it!!

Hope you’ve all had great weekends too, what did you make this weekend?


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Crystal Palace Park

Hi all, today Cha-guy and I went for a long walk around Crystal Palace Park in South East London.
We passed some ruins of the old Crystal Palace erected on the site in 1854

ruis crystal palace park

This magnificent building was designed by Joseph Paxton and hosted the Great Exhibition of industry and technology. It was burnt to the ground in 1936, here is some archive footage of the incident

We discovered that the farm which had previously been shut for rebuilding was now opened to the public. Inside we found a hen chicken standing motionless and staring into the eyes of a group of miniature cockerels…
chicken love crystal palace park

Some Axolotls,
axolotl crystal palace park
I recently bought the Book of Barely Imagined Beings after seeing a talk by the author Caspar Henderson at the Horniman Museum,
book of barely imagined beings caspar henderson
it features a huge section on Axolotls as well as a passaged from the book of ‘Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge
‘…it is written that the animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) suckling pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) trembling like crazy, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies.”


We also discovered some Giant Mallard ducks which had been bred in Germany
giant mallard ducks crystal palace park

Hope you all had great weekends too..

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