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Parrot tulips

Playing with drawing parrot tulips ! Sring is a lovely time of year for collecting and making inspiring images .

2016-06-04 15:13
Silver Birch Tea towels

New embroidered tea towels for Green Walk inspired by the beautiful Silver Birches outside Tate Modernthere are  only three  so come early so you wont be disappointed! Only a week to go !

 

2016-04-24 08:51
Green Walk Manchester 2016

Its the Green Walk event 2016 on the 3oth April and 1st of May  in Whalley Range Manchester and I shall be at number 14 in the beautiful kitchen of Amanda Suarez and her  family overlooking their lovely garden !I love this event and I get to catch up with my  friends in the north and sell my beautiful designs . Do try and make it if you can !!

 
This will be the 10th Anniversary of the Green Walk Open House Arts and Crafts Weekend. It is an event organised by a group of Green Walk residents who open their houses to local artists/designers to use as exhibition space to showcase and sell their work. This will include paintings, ceramics, glass, photography, jewelry and more for a full list of who will be exhibiting and in which house click here

Previously the event has attracted a large and enthusiastic following from the local community and further afield, with attendance growing year on year. With close to 50 artists taking part, the event is a must for those wanting to spend a leisurely afternoon over the bank holiday weekend. 

Cream teas, cakes will be served on the green as well as food from Cafe Ark, Tibetan Kitchen, The Manchester Tart Co and Gingers comfort Emporium. 

Car parking is available at the Carlton Club, Carlton Road, off Wood Road, to avoid parking on Green Walk. 

The houses will be open on Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May 2016, from 12.00 to 6.00 pm.

Join the event on Facebook here 

2016-04-18 20:04
Spring is here at last

How lovely to be able to enjoy the sunshine and get out drawing again at Kew and Kensington Gardens ! Lovely Spring flowers and the birds in full spring plumage !

 

2016-04-03 20:00
Thankyou !

Many thanks to all of you who made the CTF such a lovely experience this year ! There are some amazingly diverse and talented makers at this event so if you havent managed to get there this year put a note in your diary for next year !

My stand shone and I had lots of lovely complements ,good sales (Heron has gone to a good home !)and got to know some lovely new fellow makers !

2016-03-22 10:48
Nearly there !!

Time to see Big Ben and Hypericum in person ( my framed piece adorning the poster above ) alongside lots of other goodies on Stand 11 and on all the other fab stands  . Just a short hop from Waterloo to Teddington on the overland a stroll down the fab high street and its on your right . Lots of lovely textiles to be had so do come along !

2016-03-16 13:33
Delphinium cushions

My Delphinium cushions came from an idea for a London cushion (as yet unresolved )from drawings made in St James Park and Horse Guards Parade great fun to do. The Delphiniums are one off hand painted onto vintage linen and will be on my stand11 at the Contemporary Textiles Fair Teddington 18th to 20th March at a special show price of £60 each .

2016-03-01 09:15
Just Got Made Weekender

I have just come back from an amazing show at Somerset House London run by Just Got Made connecting designers and makers to the goods and services they need . If you havent heard of them then check out the website . I got chatting to people from print studios The East London Print Studios  and London Screen Services where you can go along and print your own products or get screens prepared also to Janet Warren from Print Me Pretty who provides a digital print service onto fabrics for very competitive rates , Inky and the Beast lovely letterpress work and workshops ,the highly talented  Lara Gorlach a printed textile designer who makes bespoke prints , Laura Adams from bespokelazeruk for all your laser cutting needs including fabrics and even found a potential new computerised sewing machine very sturdy with a large flat bed ideal for machine embroidery a Texi Ballerina that has 200 stitches £395 from Sew On and Sew Forth for a very reasonable price  to mention  but a few ! What an excellent idea as we all know how long it can take to source these things and being able to chat to the businesses first hand is invaluable . Such lovely people too !! The icing on the cake was a talk from Crafty Fox Market founder Sinead about finding the right market for your work amongst other things ! Fantastic !Thankyou Just Got Made more of these please !

2016-02-28 20:17
Hand painted cushions together

A selection of my hand painted cushions ready for the Contemporary Textiles Fair in March . A lovely collection photographed on my grey linen French Connection sofa which sets them off beautifully . They are hand painted onto white vintage linen in a variety of sizes with the designs fom drawings made at Hyde Park , Kew Gardens ,Westminster and Brockley . They all have envelope fastenings with the reverse in complementary colours and patterns in linen and/ or cotton sizes vary from 30/ 30 cms to 36/ 36 cms with duck feather pads prices from £50 for one off works of art !!

2016-02-19 17:30
Completed Heron Cushions

Heron and Willow Regents Park £75

Duck feather filled cushion pad  35/55cms

Applique and machine embroidery on dyed yellow vintage linen with envelope fastening on the grey linen embroidered back

 

Heron and Willow Dulwich Park £75  34/34cms

Square Duck feather filled cushion pad

 Applique and machine embroidery on dyed yellow vintage linen with envelope fastening and coloured linen back 

Two completed Heron cushions and a framed piece still to come . Due to theunique and  intensive nature of the stitch on these cushions they are  more expensive but are unique works of art as well as a beautiful yet practical addition to the contemporary home .

Please email me at rowenaardern@googlemail.com if you are interested in buying them .

 

2016-02-19 17:17