I have added new items to my new Etsy shop. Please pop over and have a browse. All items are in stock and can be posted within one working day. This Saturday however (8th Sept) I am lucky to be going to Orkney for a short break so will have to close the shop for a few days. Any feedback on my new shop and products greatly appreciated. I'm using the "grafikmo" name as it matches my Instagram account! Lots of business seems to be generated through instagram, in fact two shops contacted me last week.
/Just to let you know that I have opened a new online shop on Etsy. Since my recent return to making jewellery, I thought that this would be a good platform for displaying and selling my work. Of course, the hardest part of starting out with any online shop is attracting visitors! I had an Etsy shop some years ago and remember a huge amount of networking to obtain a sale. This time I am prepared to be more patient, confident that when people do visit they will like what they see.
The other thing about opening an Etsy shop is that there is a bewildering amount of stuff on the site. But things have improved regarding linking to social media and ease of uploading photographs. It is a lot slicker that the early days - but then most big online sites are developing rapidly. I hope that you can take a few minutes and pop over to say hello? It would really help to get things going. I plan to work hard at adding more art, jewellery and prints over the next few weeks, so if you add the shop to your "favourites" it will let you know when new stuff is added.
Today has been a return to the watercolour paintbox. I love working from imagination and somehow this doodle reminded me of a thistle as it developed! What do you think? It was very quick to do (an afternoon) and is available to purchase framed in a black wooden frame. Artwork size is 4.5" square. Get in touch if you would like any more info.
Was at the opening of the wonderful exhibition Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery yesterday. It was very busy but still managed to see most of it and plan to go back for another look. My husband's great-aunt is Ann Macbeth, one of the Glasgow Girls famed for her embroideries and painting on ceramics. On display was a very attractive cinema programme. She designed not only the cover, but the entire interior decor of the cinema. The versatility of the Glasgow style artists is impressive. Nowadays, people expect artists to be media specific - very annoying if you would rather be defined by what you produce that how you achieve it. Go and see this exhibition if you can, its really inspiring. Forget "Mockintosh", a term used to degrade the artistic merits which have on occasion been over-popularised - think Glasgow Style!
After a very uninspired start to the New Year, today I visited two exhibitions at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh which have re-kindled the creative flame!
The four artists participating in "A Fine Line" exhibition, Lizzie Fary, Angie Lewin, Frances Priest and Bronwen Sleigh are all contemporary artists based in Scotland The exhibition explores the fine line between art and craft in two and three dimensions bringing together printmaking, drawing, collage, sculpture and ceramics. My particular interest was in Angie Lewin's prints as I have admired her work for some time. Luckily I had tickets for the talk the artists gave and it was a joy to hear them describe their practice and listen to their thoughts on creativity and their art. The exhibition is on until 18 February, its free and truly wonderful to see.
The 'surprise' extra show was by two artists based in the Scottish Borders, Pauline Burbridge and Charles Poulsen. Again, drawing features at the core of their work and they complement each other so well. I particularly liked the smaller works in the side room. You can sense the commitment and dedication and a sense of unity in their work.
These small pictures are all the same size, 25cms square and look lovely when hung together. Each collage is designed using layers of tissue paper on a cotton canvas board. Small pieces of paper are cut out with a scalpel. Detail has then been applied using pens and inks. The frame is wooden and painted with Farrow and Ball "Skylight" paint and then waxed for a soft sheen. The canvas boards have a gloss finish as they have been glazed to preserve colours. Each picture is only £28 each inc postage for UK buyers. If you would like to buy all three, message me and I will offer you a discount price!
This is a lovely fan shaped enamel brooch with added copper decoration fused onto the enamel. Unique, handmade by Maureen Mitchell. Shades of amber and emerald green enamel. The brooch will be posted in a box, free of charge, UK only. For worldwide enquiries please message me for a quote. Measures 3x3cms. £15.00 BUY HERE
Please check out my new shop on my website for handmade enamel jewellery, paper collages, and cards. All items are unique and only available to purchase HERE Postage free for UK buyers. Worldwide shipping please message for a quote. Check out securely using Paypal.
MMDesign was founded by Maureen Mitchell in 2009 and has been building up a clientele from websites and various trade events.