How to Care for your Local Artist

Now that the recovery from Christmas is well and truly over, I am starting to come out of hibernation and into the world again. I feel like January and February are sort of reserved for sorting stuff out, rejuvenation, assessing things, sleeping, thinking about what’s what and then and then as soon as March hits, it’s like ‘What can I make?! I need to make stuff.’

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Me and My New Baby… Hermes Baby

It feels like I’ve been working on this powder pink Hermes Baby typewriter for ever! But it is finally finished, and will be shipped off to Belguim this week! I decided to make the badge the same green as the keys, rather than the original steel, just as an extra touch. Here’s a picture of me posing. I think I look a bit smug, but I’ve just got the sun in my eyes… believe!
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Remembering Why I do What I Do

The wonderful customer who ordered the beautiful baby blue typewriter sent me this lovely email today after receiving it. It always makes me really happy to receive appreciation like this and to know that something I have created can give someone real pleasure is what keeps me doing this through the tough times. 

Thank you so so much.  It is just all my heart’s desire in one object.  I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work, attention to detail, skill, thought, patience and kindness.  Please never ever stop doing what you do as you do it so well.
I am glad it was not a chore for you and you are proud of how it turned out.  Please know that it will be adored, cherished and pounded upon daily.  Just love it.  And I too will be trumpeting quietly your marvellousness and causing people to weep over the banality of their ipads.
Whenever I feel like giving up and going and living in a cave, I’ll read this and remember why I do it. 

Studio Days, Mysterious Musicians next Door

My studio is shared with other artists and musicians, and most days the distant sounds of bands practicing fills the building. For the last few days a band has been playing next door that I’ve grown to love, I don’t know who they are or what they look like but today, along with the sun filling the room, they are making me feel very lucky to be here doing what I do. 20140730-151038-54638910.jpg

A beautiful Baby Blue Olympia left the studio last week!

It was definitely one of my favourite commissions, what a doll. I hope it enjoys its new life in France. The customer was quite creative in her request, and I was asked to put some text just under the badge – in typewriter font that said “You’re my favourite type of obsession” – but with the b of obsession being a little wonky – like in a murder mystery story where they can tell who committed the crime by the tell tale wonky typewriter letter! You would probably have to have read a decent amount of 1940s – 1970s murder mysteries to know why that would solve a crime.. (or Bunty for Girls comics). 

Anyway, it was a beaut and now it has gone to a loving home. 

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