Thursday 28 May 2009

Swatch house & tree

The house & tree are inkjet prints on paper. The paper was probably a test print, printed when my printer was misbehaving and I recycled it for this picture. The shapes were cut out & machine stitched.

Wednesday 27 May 2009

Vintage Photograph

This is the back of an old photograph [1948]. The photograph on the reverse would have been hand coloured and on the back as shown are two lists of colours [including eyes] - one for the gent & one for the lady.

Monday 25 May 2009

Hat Designs

Hats again today. Would you wear one or are they too weird?
For more of my strange hats see my picture for 'parade' on Illustration Friday.
Illustration Friday is a weekly challenge website, anyone can enter a picture.

Sunday 24 May 2009


Another hat doodle. Looks a bit like an elongated police hat with a pattern on it.

Friday 22 May 2009

Wednesday 20 May 2009

Oriental Trees

I don't know what these trees are called but they are very unusual. Seen in the Japanese garden in San Francisco

Tuesday 19 May 2009

Gnarled Tree

I love trees, especially twisted, gnarled and in weird shapes. This one was spotted in California.

Monday 18 May 2009

Alien creature or flower?

I've never been to the Chelsea flower show - I would like to. I saw this plant in San Francisco, it looks like an alien creature.

Sunday 17 May 2009


Another one from my doodle book. I was wondering how long it has been since I started using this style of drawing with the diamond shapes. I can recall working in the general office of an accountants when I was in my teens [a long time ago...] and sticking the waste edges from sheets of stamps onto the petty cash tin and then drawing lots of irregular stripes with the triangle pattern in them, similar to the waves on this picture. I've evidently not got tired of doing it yet!

Wednesday 13 May 2009

Psychedelic 60's

One from my doodle book. I prefer this one with a bit of colour. I don't always colour sketches in, and when I do , it's usually at a later date, quite often when I can't think of something to draw, or while watching TV. So my doodle books are colouring books too. I used to enjoy colouring in as a child , but did you know that you can buy colouring books for adults? I saw some in a shop the other day.

Monday 11 May 2009

Recycled papers - house & tree

Experiments with recycled papers and stitching for the Vervey project 'Reworked, Recycled, Revealed'.

Saturday 9 May 2009

Jack Diamond Case

This is a little 'altered' case which I did as part of a college project - on the theme of games - product being fabrics, although I don't think I used anything from this particular piece on the fabrics, but I did enjoy doing the case. It contains lots of little found objects and it belongs to Jack Diamond of The Castle which has sparked another idea off .........& is one of the things I've started recently.

Friday 8 May 2009


A page from one of my sketchbooks - all bows of various shapes, sizes and colours.

Thursday 7 May 2009

New York reflections

This was taken in New York a few years back on a college trip. [taken with my old camera]
I love the way the old building is reflected in the glass of the newer building, two completely different styles of architecture.

Tuesday 5 May 2009

Victorian Staithes

This one is from one of my doodle/sketch books, drawn with pens after looking at a book of old photos.

Monday 4 May 2009

Wild Garlic

Went for a nice walk in the woods at Sinnington, North Yorks yesterday. I've never seen so much wild garlic in blossom in one place. Are the bulbs the similar to the garlic you buy in shops and can you eat it?

Sunday 3 May 2009

The game is never lost till won

This is a small deep type frame and in it are lots of found objects - mostly related to games. Attached to the front is an altered card of a queen.

Saturday 2 May 2009

House Wife Paper Doll

This is another paper doll made from recycled papers [old art work] etc All parts are made in the shape of houses with stitched edges and joined with brads - all moveable parts.

Friday 1 May 2009

Housemaid Paper Doll

This is another paper doll made from house shapes, this one is joined together with brads, has a pinny & hat made from doileys and is holding a feather duster.