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4 art shows to see in London this May

4 art shows to see in London this May

Can you believe we are almost out of lockdown? Until the museums open on 15th May I've been making the most of the smaller exhibitions currently on in the West End private galleries and in this blog post I share my recommendations for 4 art shows to see in May.  A...

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Art inspired by ephemera

Art inspired by ephemera

​ Those of you who are familiar with my work will know that found images combined with vibrant colour and pattern are at its core. In the collage below, a courting couple find themselves in the middle of a whilwind of colour, oblivious to the presence of flying fruits...

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Pound shop transformations: upcycled glass

Pound shop transformations: upcycled glass

In recent weeks I showed you how I upcycle simple items from Ikea using just paper and glue. Other places where you can find interesting things to transform are the "pound shops" found in most high streets. I recently started teaching reverse decoupage on glass so I'm...

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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 versions...

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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...

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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...

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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 framed...

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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...

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Camberwell Open Studios

Camberwell Open Studios

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. Here at Empress Mews there will be seven other artists and designers showing and selling work.
Empress Mews is just off Kenbury Street, London SE5 9BT. On-street parking is free after 6.30 on weekdays and all weekend.
If you’re coming by public transport, the nearest bus routes are 35, 45 and 345; nearest train stations Denmark Hill and Loughborough Junction. Brixton underground is just over a mile away.

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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 very...

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On the importance of appearances

On the importance of appearances

Click below to read my contribution to the Autumn edition of UK Handmade Magazine. I talk about "the art of display" and what I consider when arranging my work for sale.

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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 fine. So fine in fact that I was bored of wearing them, and while the soles and heels were in really good condition, the leather had lots of creases and looked “tired”. In other words, they were perfect for upcycling! In a few hours, with just paper and glue, I transformed them into this exuberant riot of pink flowers.

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Take a look behind the scenes

Take a look behind the scenes

Today I want to share a whole sketchbook with you, all 42 pages of it - I hope you can take a few minutes to look through as I think you'll enjoy it . My sketchbooks are where I play and work through ideas that later may find their way into my work. I keep going back...

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Dulwich Open House

Dulwich Open House

It's that time of the year again... Over 100 artists in and around Dulwich will be opening their doors to the public on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May between 11 am and 6 pm I am delighted to be part of a curated group show at the intriguingly named Zora Arkus Duntov...

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