Collecting images – still life

Collecting images – still life

This is a mostly visual post, where I just want to share some images with you. I recently spent a few days in a very beautiful country house, and was captivated by some of the objects found in and around different rooms, as I felt these reflected the stillness of the...
Josef Frank at The Fashion & Textile Museum

Josef Frank at The Fashion & Textile Museum

On a grey February day, the unabashed colours and energetic shapes that characterise Josef Frank’s patterns provided a welcome contrast with the outside, and it was a pleasure to walk into the Fashion and Textile Museum to visit this compact showcase of...
Spotlight interview on Gift Shop Hub

Spotlight interview on Gift Shop Hub

One of my intentions for the year is to gain more exposure for my work, so I was very pleased that before January was even over I had been featured by a lovely independent blog that offers resources for independent shops, small businesses and artists. You can read my...
Shoe decoupage: an advanced tutorial

Shoe decoupage: an advanced tutorial

In this post I will show you how to transform a plain pair of shoes into your own unique creation using just paint, paper and glue. Shoe decoupage is an advanced technique and this project will take you 4-6 hours. Tools and materials: An old pair of shoes: leather or...
A few pages from my sketchbooks

A few pages from my sketchbooks

My sketchbooks are where I play and try out ideas that may later find their way into my work. I often refer back to them no matter how long ago they were completed, and always find some inspiration – or even surprises and insights. The pages you can see here...
On the sources and uses of inspiration

On the sources and uses of inspiration

I am often asked how I use my inspiration. This partly depends where I am or what time of the day it is – I often get flashes of inspiration just as I’m about to fall asleep, or in my dreams! When that happens, I know I’ll remember them when I wake up and...
Camberwell Open Studios

Camberwell Open Studios

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December seven collective studios in West Camberwell will be opening their doors to to art lovers, collectors and gift seekers. Here at 6 Empress Mews, my studio and home since last year, you will find new jewellery, decoupaged glass...
Cecile Jeffrey and friends: Open House Sale

Cecile Jeffrey and friends: Open House Sale

My friend Cecile Jeffrey, knitwear designer extraordinaire, is celebrating her 30 years in the fashion business with a 30% Open House Sale on 28 and 29 October. I am delighted to have been invited to join her in this event, where I will also have big savings to share...
My life in nine objects: part III

My life in nine objects: part III

This is my third and final post about prized objects: the ones I couldn’t live without and would want to save from a fire. It was quite difficult to choose these three knowing they were the last ones; I kept telling myself they are just the last ones for...
My life in nine objects: part II

My life in nine objects: part II

In last week’s post I wrote about the first three objects I wouldn’t want to lose, the ones I would save from a fire. Today I share with you another three of my prized posessions: things I love for their intrinsic qualities and also as memory-holders. The...
My life in nine objects: part I

My life in nine objects: part I

A lot of my work is inspired by memories, and I see prized objects as memory-holders. Every once in a while I wonder which are the ones I couldn’t live without, the ones I would want to save from a fire. Without much premeditation I settled on nine, and today I...
My own version of wallpaper

My own version of wallpaper

In this post I want to share with you my biggest decoupage project to date: creating “wallpaper” from the pages of an old Larousse dictionary for a feature wall I moved house last year, and had been toying with the idea of creating a decoupage...
Ikea furniture hacks: kitchen chair

Ikea furniture hacks: kitchen chair

This is the second of two posts on furniture hacks where I share transformations of simple items from Ikea using just paper and glue. Last time, in the first of my furniture hacks, I showed you how I upcycled a Hemnes bedside table; this time it’s different...
Ikea furniture hacks: Hemnes table

Ikea furniture hacks: Hemnes table

This is the fourth post of a series where I share transformations of simple items from Ikea using just paper and glue. This time I want to show you the first of two furniture hacks. Ikea furniture is very affordable and even more so if you buy second-hand. There is...
Ikea hacks: Papaja plant pot

Ikea hacks: Papaja plant pot

This is the third post in my series on Ikea hacks: transformations of simple items from Ikea using just paper and glue. Last time I showed you decoupage using two types of paper on a Malma framed mirror. In this post I’ll show you how to add interest to Papaja plant...
Ikea hacks: Malma mirror

Ikea hacks: Malma mirror

This is the second post on Ikea hacks, where I share how I upcycle simple items from Ikea using just paper and glue. Last time I showed you different decoupage options for a small picture frame, a very easy project for complete beginners. This time I’ve used a...
Ikea hacks: Ribba frames

Ikea hacks: Ribba frames

This is the first of a series where I will share my Ikea hacks: transformations of simple items using just paper and glue. A small Ribba frame (£2.75 for a portrait version and £3.50 for a deep square) is an ideal base for a first decoupage project. In fact, we use...
Camberwell Open Studios

Camberwell Open Studios

It’s that time of the year again…   Studios in and around Camberwell will be throwing their doors open to the public on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June between 11am and 6pm.   A year ago now I moved to Empress Mews, a tranquil courtyard which is...
Is everyone creative?

Is everyone creative?

First of all, let me own up and tell you that the gorgeous picture you see above is not mine: it’s a collage on canvas that was created in just one day by a participant in my very first mixed-media workshop. I have been teaching decoupage for a while, which is...
Decoupage obsession

Decoupage obsession

I have been using both collage and decoupage in my work for a long time now, but only discovered that there was more to decoupage last year. The turning point came when I was shown how to decoupage the boots you see above, which were scuffed and worn but otherwise...

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