Monday, 27 April 2015

The Thingamabob

I picked The Thingamabob up in a charity shop by fleeting chance (all decisions are quickly taken with a child in tow!) ... and it's beautiful.  I thought it would be a book that Liam and I enjoyed and Feets endured, but no, she loves it too.  A beautiful book for children indeed.
... And so it led me to, firstly start including twiddles and twirls in my doodles, and secondly, finally (well, just now), look up Il Sung Na.  Now I'd like to collect all his books.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Tiny Turners at Orleans House

IMG_7444 IMG_7438a The theme of Tiny Turners and a (lovely) exhibition at Orleans House, by Katie Sollohub responding to Turner House in Twickenham, is no casual starting point for a 2-hour workshop with up to 30 children aged between 4 and 7. I gave it my best shot! Lots of experimentation, lots of mess and lots of fun led to these concertina books that demonstrate painting tools such as fingers, twigs and cotton wool buds, in response to still life objects that you might find in Turner's house.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Origami Bride and Groom

IMG_7404 IMG_7406 My brother- and sister-in-law got married in Canada couple of weeks ago and were keen to let me get involved in some way ... with something small but crafty that could fit in our luggage as we crossed the ocean. So I was given an open remit to create the cake-toppings. With a theme of Japan, it seemed the perfect opportunity to try an origami bride and groom, and I was thrilled to find the brilliant you-tube videos of Tadashi Mori to help me create something suitably special!