Introducing…The Crafty Prawn (fan-fair please?)
So the time has finally come to try and make some money from all the lovely things I keep making. Two quilts, numerous cushion-y business, enough hand embroidery to make your eyes water, and some bunting later; I’ve decided to bite the bullet and get a little Etsy shop open to try and turn all this creativity into cash…well, you never know eh…?
As those who know me well will know, I am often known as Prawn to my family – some wierd mutation of Siobhan…Vorn…Vornie….Prawnie. Anyway, I am the original Crafty Prawn.
The Crafty Prawn is
just polishing it’s whiskers and will be opening very soon… NOW OPEN!!! Just click HERE to be taken to a world of hand-crafted lovely-ness!
So, despite the fact that I haven’t posted anything since July last year, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth! I’ve just been busy earning a crust, so unfortunately the old blog has gone to sleep for a while.
But I haven’t been sleeping!
Since my last blog post I’ve…
…made some pretty lovely personalised name bunting for my gorgeous nephew Marley – complete with elf-y fabric;
…designed and decorated an engagement ring box for a friend (she said yes!) – mice featured quite strongly on this one;
…designed and constructed a very large, striking curtain panel for my fella’s birthday – he appreciated a curtain as a birthday present, honest;
…made Quilt No. 2 (this was a biggy – with a total of 220 patchwork squares, hand embroidering of a large portion of Pigling Bland and more bobbin thread than you can imagine);
…become Aunty Vornie for a second time to the delightful Finley!!!;
…designed and knocked up 7 fabulous Christmas cushions for that big family of mine (not at all last minute…);
…made a start on Quilt No. 3 (watch this space…);
…and worked full time on jewellery production at the dutch jewellery company Exoal.
Oh, and had a major hard-drive failure, resulting in all the documentation of these wonderful crafty things being momentarily lost…that was hair-raising. And expensive.
So that’s my last six months in a nutshell. You’ll be pleased to know that I will now be blogging to make up for lost time with lots of lovely images and stories of the things I’ve been creating. Here’s a taster…
Not very seasonally appropriate but I’ve been doing a bit of re-working of some christmas motifs and designs for my portfolio…here are some of the results…
‘Winter Scene’ design, perfect for christmas greetings card, gift bags or gift tags…see more here
‘Winter Owl’ with a snowflake background…see more here
‘Patridge in a Pear Tree’ with some friends!…see more here
‘Snowflake Baubles’ repeat, ideal for christmas wrapping paper…see more here
So, about a month ago I posted some drawings from my sketchbook where I mentioned I was working on some designs with textile designer Onno Raadersma for Evteks, a huge textiles and home exhibition/trade fair in Istanbul, Turkey, which begins tomorrow actually. After lots of hard work, screen printing and hours on Illustrator…the designs are winging their way to Turkey and the result is a nice collection of textile and pattern designs called ‘Fruity, Folky & Botanicals’. Fingers crossed I’ll sell some!
All the lovely new designs are up on my website portfolio, so please take a look, but here are a few of my favourites.
The ‘Fruity, Folky & Botanicals’ collection is a range of textile and pattern designs in full repeat, ideal for the interiors market. Consisting of over fifteen highly original and commercial designs measuring 64cm x 64cm; the collection has a strong fruity, folky and botanical flavour with a refreshing take on strawberry, apple and floral motifs. Each design originated with a hand-drawn motif, distinctive in style and featuring my own original handwriting, the motif was then coloured and formed into a repeat digitally. Either drawn from life, such as from real dandelions, apples and anemones, or with inspiration from old botanical illustrations; the hand-drawn quality is still apparent in the final designs and gives the collection a charming homely quality.
Each of the designs have been produced fully in repeat featuring a range of repeat techniques including square, half drop, border and striped repeats. Designed with table linen in mind, designs with large scale motifs such as ‘Raspberry & Leaf’, ‘Cuckoo Flower‘, ‘Anemones‘ and ‘Dandy Doilies’ would be perfect for table cloths or place mats; while designs such as ‘Vetch Leaf’, ‘Robinia Leaf’ and ‘Twig Stripe’ would be translated successfully into table runners. Or looking more towards the interior market as a whole, designs such as ‘Starburst’, ‘Yellowcress Flower’ or ‘Raspberry Ripple’would make fantastic wallpaper or curtain products.
Some sketches I’ve been working on for an internship/collaboration I’m doing with Onno Raadersma, a textile designer based in Rotterdam. We are working on a collection of textile designs for a trade show in Turkey, in May this year. These are possibles for table linen. Watch this space to hopefully see some results in the next month!