Having spent the last week in Skye and having been blessed with extraordinary weather.Incredible views and some incredible sights.
Its been interesting visiting various crafters from yarn, dyers, potters, artists and weavers to see how the natural colours here have influenced their work. I have taken so many photos and collected a heap of colour inspiration, I thought I would share them with you and maybe they will inspire you too 🙂
This first one offers some classic colour combinations for me, rich teals and blues with rust reds and oranges.
Next are classic peacock colours, with a surprising hint of salmon pink.
Then some classic spring tones in these pretty Katkins
What do you see in these colours? does anything leap out at you?
Its the easter holidays in Scotland, as usual we took ages making our minds up about where we were planning to spend the time off. Three years ago we went to Skye with friends and loved it so we decided it was time to revisit.
One of the things I love about Scotland is the ease in which you can find somewhere remote to stay thats within reach of plenty of places to visit, this year we booked a small modern cottage on the northern most tip of the western peninsula, the cottage sits on a hillside looking out over Loch Pooltiel. From the large living room windows I can see seals on the rocks below and watch the rabbits outside.
This break for me will be something of a reset switch, its easy to get bogged down with the day to day of making to sell, each time we take a trip like this I pack note books and sketch pads, pencils and paints in the vain hope that I will be filled with new ideas and my pads will come home overflowing. It doesn’t really work like that, this is switch off time, time when I will wake up early, make myself a cup of tea and relish watching a sunrise whilst the rest of the house sleeps, sitting in the silence that fills and bubbles over in places like this. There is no demand to be anything but here.
When I first started on my lamp working journey I was determined not to create character beads, its odd really but at the time they somehow didn’t feel quite ‘proper’ ….I know, right! Since then I have had a massive change of opinion (helped along by selling a good few of them) Character beads are a touch of escapism, a journey into the storybooks and favourite toys of childhood. When I was little my favourite teddy was a rabbit (called raddit) so in honour of the easter holidays I’ve been making bunnies.
This weekend I found myself with quite a stash of my pebble beads, I like to let a bowl full build up and then sit down and pick out colour combinations. There is something soothing about sorting and arranging the beads into different sets.
Looking at these beads I have been working with a lovely palette of muted greens, teals and soft pastel tones, I am always drawn to teals and soft turquoise they have been my ‘go to’ colours for quite a while. Its hard to break out of that cycle of reaching for those colours when I have the freedom to make what I want rather than orders. I think this week I will make it my goal to work with some colours that I wouldn’t normally. Of course that will mean some time on pinterest searching for inspiring pictures, colour combinations and ideas of pattern and texture….all in the name of research 😀
What are your ‘go to’ colours? what are your tracks of inspiration, your colour hunting ground?
This week has been about trying out new ideas, playing with colour combinations and thinking about where to take my work next, it often feels like I’ve been making dolls for so long that I have forgotten where all this started, with a huge passion for beads, making jewellery and components.
These are my first lampwork headpins.
One of the greatest joys of trying out new ideas is opening the kiln in the morning, its like finding treasure, the anticipation of finding out if what you’ve made has worked, if your ideas have translated successfully into glass.
I love the versatility of these pins, they make great simple earrings, perfect dangles to a charm bracelet and are made more interesting by the addition of beads to the stems or wire wrapping, I can’t wait to see what my customers make.
Its that time of year again, planning our easter break with the children we decided to revisit the Isle of Skye, we found the perfect isolated retreat with views across the water and few neighbouring houses.
With hope that we will get a chance to see the Aurora Borealis it got me thinking about capturing all that sky in the dress of one of my dolls, knowing that it would likely require some of the more costly glass I didn’t then want to cover that with hair and so I decided to revisit my Windswept Lost Girl. I can just see her standing on the cliff top letting the wind carry her cares away can’t you?