After the initial shock of having our lives confined to staying at home, under a cloud of uncertainty about the future health of the world, I found that it was quite liberating to have no pressures to create. Lockdown removed this completely and for me this was liberating. I bought a small gelli plate and started experimenting with printing flowers from the garden and wild flowers from nearby woods. What fun it is! Colours and effects so easily obtained, textures to dream off and no spending hours and hours waiting for results! Joy indeed. So after producing quite a lot of prints that I liked, the next step was to relaunch an online shop on Etsy. Whether this was a wise move remains to be seen but actually it gives me great pleasure to share the results with you whether anyone buys them or not. For me it is about the joy of creating something beautiful and I love them all!
I've listed some new sterling silver foil earrings and collages in my Etsy shop and all these items are available to buy from stock. There is no charge for postage in the UK! Please visit and if you would like to leave feedback on any items that would be greatly appreciated.
Been busy adding new items to my online shop. It gets easier with practice! Every piece has to be photographed from different angles. I need to find someone to model my jewellery! Having initially started with my trusty Panasonic Lumix camera, soon found that iPhone is much quicker and easier to upload and edit. My first sale on Etsy was a pair of paper globe earrings. Delighted that the shop is gradually attracting more viewers. Please pop over and have look and leave any feedback or add my shop to your favourites so that you can see new listings as they are added.
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.
MMDesign was founded by Maureen Mitchell in 2009 and has been building up a clientele from websites and various trade events.