Sunday 14 April 2013

A big round-up!

 Gah, I had such good intentions of keeping this blog up to date, but I have failed miserably!!
This post will mainly be lots of images with brief descriptions, so congratulations to anyone who makes it all the way to the end!!
Firstly I need to say a MASSIVE Thank You to all of you who donated to my Comic Relief raffle (see last post). 

This was the total on Red Nose Day - and there are still donations trickling in. A fab result - thank you, and congratulations to Annette Knight who won the driftwood cottages.

A couple of commissions from recent months: the one above was a dream come true for me as the customer wanted a large piece (this one was approx 80cm wide) but incorporating all the items I love to make: cottages, a caravan, bike, lamp posts and bunting! I have had several requests for similar since - its fun to work on a larger scale!

This customer wanted a pub and washing line!

And this one an old-fashioned telephone box.

This one was for a florist who wanted something springlike for her wall! Click on the picture for a better look...

Another commission: Gone Fishing.

I have 2 exhibitions on the horizon (my excuse for neglecting my blog!)
The first is at Baxters Gallery in Dartmouth, which runs for 3 weeeks, starting on May 24th. The exhibition is called "Smile", so hopefully it will make you do exactly what it says on the tin!

This piece is based on the iconic "Boatfloat" in the town.

 This jolly sailing boat on the waves will be heading there too.

 I will also have a few pieces at the "Worn Away" exhibition at Unit Twelve (May 30 - Aug 31st), including this one, entitled "Pier At Night".

I love the barnacles on this piece!

I am also frantically making for the event of the year, The Contemporary Craft Fair, which celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year!

This piece, called "Esplanade" is probably the longest one yet - and was tricky to photograph, so click on the photo for a better view!

This one I made recently, using this gorgeous piece of oak, which must have been part of a boat. The original copper nails go all the way through to the base, and I had no chance of getting them out, so I decided to incorporate them into the design and create some trees!

Another peaceful fishing scene...

A lighthouse made from an old armchair leg and metal drawer handle for the roof...

 ..and this pretty little number - more akin to the Scottish Highlands than native Cornwall -  was inspired by the bottom piece of driftwood, complete with gorgeous heather coloured paint.

I have also made a few smaller, quirky one-offs...

This whale....


...and plane made from an old fishing float and metal strips.

Nearly finished!!

I just have to tell you about an amazing workshop I took part in at Cowslip Workshops last weekend! It was run by Edwina Bridgeman who is one of my most favourite artists. She creates amazing art from found objects and junk, and I found her to be really inspirational. You can see her website here, but I recommend you look her up in Google images as there is a whole range of her fantastic work there.
This was my attempt - I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out!

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Well done! You made it to the end of my epic post!! 
I thought I would leave you with this sweet picture of my partner and youngest son, who are collecting plastic from our local beach. There is something very exciting in the pipeline re this, but that is another story!
Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings, hopefully I will be back again before too long! xxx


  1. I love all of your new work :D

  2. i don't care if you only post once a year.....but...PLEASE never close this site....You are a genus!! I adore your work...I am a collector of driftwood as well and also make things but you are just please just post once in a while for one of your biggest fans!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Bless you Miss Holly, what a lovely thing to say! Sometimes I think about giving it up (one less ball to juggle) but I like looking back once in a while to see how things have developed. It's the closest thing I have to a diary :)

  3. It is so wonderful to see all your wonderf you haven't been a-bloggin! your work is soo varied and evocative, well done with all your ventures! thanks for sharing such great pics!

  4. Fantastic selection Kirsty! It always amazes me how you can see the potential in and get inspiration from so many bits and pieces - truly visionary... I want all of them!

  5. Wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (as usual ;-))

  6. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I'm sure I say the same thing every time I post but your work astounds me. I LOVE IT! Thanks so much for taking the time to share when I know you are so busy.
    Anne xx

  7. Ahhh I LOVE your work! and congrats on raising all that for charity :-)
    Cant wait to get your I Love Handmade post back up again xxx

  8. Love 'Girl on Bike with Dog' the best. but love them all.

  9. I am really impressed by the work you did in this article. It’s great enough to pull my attention and in reading this article for once to understand that your pen is really mightier than the sword.

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  10. You are amazing . . . don't you get tired of hearing that. But, what can I say, It's true :)

  11. You have been busy! Really wonderful work, I love the panorama ones especially the semi-circle one-lucky recipients!!

  12. Je suis fan du phare et de vos réalisations !

  13. i am so in love with your work. i live in Miami Beach, Florida. i check your blog all the time!

  14. Really impressive card will helping me a lot..!!!!!

  15. Your littel homes are fantastic!!!

    I also worked the wood
    if you want to see my work pasate po

  16. Marie Christine1 June 2013 at 12:27

    Très joli travail, j'aime beaucoup.

  17. Such fabulous pieces and a wonderful imagination Kirsty.
    Imagine my delight when catching up with my reading pile last night - June Period Living's beautiful article on you and your wonderful art! Many congratulations :o)
    Rose H

  18. Thanks for sharing, great post!

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