OH MY GOSH!! This is NEXT WEEK!!! I've been soooo busy that I totally forgot to post this up! It's a charity craft fair so do a good deed and come along, get a head start on your Christmas shopping and help us raise some money for a cracking cause!! I hope to see you there :) Please Share and tell everyone you can, the more the merrier!
It seems much to early to be thinking about Christmas, but I am super (sort of) organised and have bought some lovely new fabrics and have come up with a couple of new designs. I have a charity craft fair in the next few weeks so I will be knocking a few up for that, for those super organised Christmas card buyers! More to come on the craft fair, I've been a little bit busy recently with my other job and new college course so the artwork and card making has had to go on the back burner for a little while! I will post up some pics of a few card commissions I've done too at some point in the future. Watch this space!
I am excited to announce that I will be taking part in the New Mills Festival this year! I will be one of the 49 artists from around the country displaying my art work in the windows of local businesses in and around New Mills town. The New Mills Arts Trail has grown in size since the start of the festival and I am really happy to be a part of it this year. A full list of artists and venues and all the other events taking place this September are on the New Mills Festival website: www.newmillsfestival.com
I've had a little bit of a creative lull this past few months what with holidays and work commitments. But, I got an order for No12 in Marple for birthday cards and blank cards which threw me back into it! Thought I'd share a few pics with you.
I have a few little updates regarding my artwork and things but for now I say goodnight!
I have decided to take a short break from all things creative but when I get back to it I will be sure to update you! Thanks for stopping by and check out any older posts to see what I have been up to!
Here is a very long awaited blog post about Derbyshire Open Arts weekend. I had a successful three days, sold lots of cards, got lots of positive feedback on my work and some very kind words about my watercolour prints, which I have never exhibitd before. So, here are a few pics to show off how the amazing Spring Bank Arts Centre venue looked in all its renovated glory and how the eight of us artists fitted in...
Left to right from the back: Adele Kime, Lucy Gell, Paul Smith, John E.Walter, Clare Allen, Karl-Christian Geleff, Jo Orme, Me (Helen Harkawenko, incase you weren't sure!)
...To our Derbyshire Open Arts preview evening. Friday 1st June from 7pm at Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mill, SK22 4BB. Join us for wine, nibbles and a sneak peek at all eight artists fantastic works. Hope you can make it!
New Mills Original are hosting an art auction to raise much needed funds for the gallery itself. Take a peek on the website www.newmillsoriginal.co.uk to see all the goodies up for grabs, all made and offered by NMO members, artists and craftspeople from the High Peak, Derbyshire. There are some beuatiful pieces; hand made quilts, found sea-glass jewellery, photo shoot opportunity, original art works and many many more!! Take a look and see for yourself!
Update!! I've been so busy lately and not even on exciting makey things, but just at my regular part time job. So here are few pics of my latest embroidered piece, which took forever! It needs to framed yet and I'm yet to decide whether to get it photographed professionally or not... This piece will be making it's debut real life exhibition at the Derbyshire Open Arts event over the Jubilee weekend at the newly restored Spring Bank Arts Centre. If you can come along please do, it's a fantastic event and there are loads of amazing artists exhibiting all over Derbyshire, and especially in New Mills. Anyway enough babble, enjoy!
I won a giveaway! On my Birthday! And I never win anything :) So this was super special! Thank you to Dawn Machell a.ka. pop-i-cok, who is an amazing illustrator/designer. I absolutely adore her work! Pop on over to see what she does, she is amazing! When I get my goodies through the post I'll let you all have a little look-see. Yay!
I'm being (sort of) organised and getting ready for Derbyshire Open Arts 2012. So far I've had 2 embroideries framed and 4 prints of my watercolour drawings, and they look fab!! I'm so pleased with them, cannot wait to group them together for the exhibition. Next on my to do list is to get a few more prints made and some new artists cards done. Time to get in gear!!
The weather yesterday was glorious, perfect for a walk around Castleton. I took my fancy camera out and snapped a few photos, mainly of the cute little lambs that were ambling about the fields. Just gorgeous!
I've not posted for a while, I've been super busy with my part-time job and it hasn't left me much time to do anything else really! But Derbyshire Open Arts Festival is creeping ever closer and I am a long way off from finishing this particular stitched piece. I hope to get this done and another by June, fingers crossed! So, here is a sneaky picture for you. Hopefully I will update again soon when I've made a bit more progress!
I'm running the Sport Relief Mile in Manchester in two weeks time! If you would like to donate to this fantastic cause, click on my sponser page and whack a few pennies into my fundraising total. Even if you only know me through this blog and my work, any money you can spare will really help. Sport Relief and myself will be truly grateful! Thank you :) My Sponser Page
Into the Fred Aldous newsletter!! So chuffed :) I've already got a few new blog followers from it, Hello!, and a few more Facebook fans too! Really excited to be in a wonderful artist showcase put together from one of my all time favourite shops, Fred Aldous in Manchester. Have a look at the newsletter here
A hand crafted original Mother's Day card and a hand made stuffed love heart together for just £8. Get yourself down to New Mills Original Gallery, New Mills for this special offer :) Or if you're not local let me know if you'd like a duo deal!
It's not far away only 2 weeks to go! If you 'like' my Facebook page you'll know I've been a busy bee making up card orders for The Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, No.12 in Marple and also a few of my friends have requested some too! So I've listed a couple in my Etsy shop so everyone can order one! Happy Sunday :)
I'd like you to meet Bob. He is the newest resident at St Georges Primary School in New Mills, which I used to attend way back in the day!
The children all helped to paint him green so he would fit into his environment in the wooded area.
Then each child drew a line drawing based around the theme of nature which me and Mrs Bartells (my artist friend who is also a teaching assistant there) transfered onto his body.
His froggy tattoos were inked on in one day with the help of some of the kids. Then finally he was varnished to make him weather and water proof so he can live happily in the wooded area, once the weather improves!
I really enjoyed the whole process of helping transform Bob the Frog from a fibreglass shell into a wonderful nature themed art piece! The children all got to take part in every step too, which I thought was an important part of the project.
The frog sculpture was from the organisation Wild In Art who have organised events such as Pride in Bournmouth, Go Superlambananas in Liverpool, Rhino Mania in Chester and WOW! Gorillas in Bristol.
Just a quick post as I haven't given you a card update for a while! I bought some lovely spotty washi masking tape and decided to use it in a Birthday card design. I've embellished it with fabric paint and a sprinkling of glitter, adding a stripe of yellow ribbon to brighten it up and finally making it abit girly by adding a hand tied bow, wooden flower button, a shiny diamante and pretty pink hand painted dots. Finally the hand stamped message in violet coloured ink reads 'birthday wishes!'. So, if it's your Birthday this month consider this card from me to you :)
I have started a new Embroidery; it will be called 'Cat sat on Rocks' which kind of gives it away a little bit. But here is the work in progress. Whenever I get a chance I sew a bit more, with the hope that it will be finished by the end of February!
I hand craft greetings cards for all sorts of occassions, and I am more than happy to take commissions! I am also a Textile Artist creating hand stitched images reinterpreted from drawn observations of the nature and environment around me. I am a BA Hons Embroidery Graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University Visit my website: www.helenharkawenko.co.uk Contact me at: helen.harkawenko[at]hotmail.co.uk