A speeded up video of how I drew my red eyed tree frog – seven hours condensed into around 4 minutes.
When I began my career, I thought I would work as a hairdresser for ever. …after all, it’s what I’d wanted to do since starting school. But then…..
…I never thought I would own a town centre hairdressing salon employing up to 15 members of staff.
I never thought I would go to night school to learn how to teach.
I never dreamed that I would become a part time tutor at Blackburn College Hairdressing dept and have my own tutor groups to inspire, nurture and teach cutting and styling skills to.
I never thought that attending a weekly art class would lead me to studying for a fine art degree that I graduated from in 2008.
I never thought I would be asked by our local council to run our towns very first art market, and as a direct result of this I was asked, with a couple of friend’s to deliver a huge community project in Blackburn town centre called, POP – Project Our Place.
I never thought that a few of us from our degree course would set up a working artist’s studio in the town centre above a charity shop.
I never thought that two friends could set up and work together running Ribble Valley Art Studios and art studio collective in Clitheroe, and it be a success for 9 years.
I certainly never thought I would ever be teaching my love of art in southern Spain, in the town of Baza, with two friend’s that are the ‘Caves of Dreams’.
I never thought that in a worldwide pandemic I would set up, and make handmade wooden jewellery from my back porch ‘Bevart designs ‘was born.
I never thought that in April 2021 I would become sole proprietor of ‘Atelier Arts’ and art studios, art gallery with small teaching area in town centre Clitheroe.
…and I certainly never thought I would be self-employed for all these years, teaching art subjects to a vast array of wonderful students of all ages. Including adults, children, children with needs, young offenders, young people. Thankyou to everyone for giving me these opportunities.
Thinking back, my journey has been about considering options, making choices and taking decisions.
This CORE decision framework is a good place to start.
C – Challenges. Accept them and stretch yourself outside your comfort zone. Grow and develop yourself and expand your comfort zone. But not so much that you cause yourself, or others, stress. Find the level of challenge you’re comfortable with. What are the challenges associated with your options? Take on enough challenge to keep you interested and developing.
O – Opportunities. What opportunities do, or what could each of the options provide? Consider all opportunities that are made available. If the opportunity you want isn’t offered, or isn’t quite as you’d like it to be, then find a way to create it and make it happen.
R – Rewards. Identify what you value. This can be anything that really matters to you – financial rewards, family time, recognition, progression, work/life balance, personal development and so on. How do the options and choices offered provide the potential to get the rewards that are important to you?
E – Enjoyment. Think about what you really enjoy doing. Make sure the decisions you take allow you to do what you really enjoy. Then do it.
This CORE frame work I borrowed from AWD Development Solutions, all other words are my own, Beverley – Bevart designs
Hello, I’m Emma a printmaker based in Kingsbridge, South Devon.
I was introduced to printmaking when I moved to Devon in 1999. I had just finished my degree in Theatre Design and was keen to find a creative outlet. I heard about a printmaking workshop at Salcombe Art Club and went along – I loved it!
I tried various types of printmaking and found that I enjoyed creating collagraphs the most. What’s a collagraph? I hear you ask…I’ll save that for my next blog.
Looking to expand my love of texture, I started embellishing into my collagraphs about ten years ago, using beads, metal and threads.
The South Hams is a constant source of inspiration with it’s beautiful landscape and coastline, and I often use turquoise, blues and greens. I always look for new theme ideas and will produce series of pieces, I do find that circular shapes recur in my work.
We are fortunate that the local art club in Salcombe is equipped as a printmaking studio with large presses and I am part of the collective based there. We meet in the Autumn and Winter months. At other times I work from my little studio at home on my teeny tiny press which I love.
Well, that’s a little bit about me, thanks for reading!
If you are looking for an ideal winter birthday gift that will be appreciated and worn every day – please look no further than my latest ready-to-wear collection! This autumn I launched a collection of winter berets, finished with handmade tartan flower trims and petersham bows, which I designed especially with TBCH customers in mind.
Just in case you want something that’s extra special, there’s also a custom finished version, including my favourite version that I have nicknamed my “Holly and Ivy” option, so you can design your own curated beret and commission me to make it for you from a selection of nine beret colourways and trims.
Anyone can learn to draw but find out why you will never draw like me, and why you don’t want to!
Here is a little info about me, what inspires me to be creative, and what I love to do. Beverley, the jewellery maker behind the brand, ‘Bevart designs’.
If you are investing in original and bespoke artwork you want it to last! I am sharing the things I do to keep your art tip top and what you can do to take care of your artwork and keep it looking great!
Well, what strange times we are living in at the moment. I was, like most people, at a bit of a loss and feeling very unnerved by the whole Covid 19 situation. I love doing Craft Fairs….love them. Love meeting the customers, the other traders (they always tend to be so friendly, helpful and supportive), talking to people about my work and hopefully selling some items and I had some lovely fairs booked for this year. Then covid 19 happened and everything was cancelled or postponed and I felt at a complete loss and so I started to think about what else I could do. If I’m honest I’d avoided On-line shops. I’d looked at Etsy but it seemed to be soooo big and I couldn’t work out how my items would ever be found amongst all the other seller’s work. Then I started to see The British Craft House pop up on Facebook and Instagram and I looked at the site and talked to Willow and Twigg who follow on Instagram who already sells on here. The support offered by TBCH is brilliant; Dottie, who set the site up, is a wealth of knowledge and the whole TBCH team are friendly and helpful. After a bit of umming and Aahing I decided now was the time to take the plunge and so here I am! HELLO! I’m Sue, I live in Lyme Regis, I love glass (my grandad and great grandad both worked with glass), I still get very excited about designing new stained glass items and I never tire of making stained glass. I love everything about it, each step of the process from design to polishing and I always get a little thrill when I see the finished product. Last Autumn I started to run my own stained glass workshops which I was terrified of at first but I now love them and really enjoy seeing people develop through the day from being scared of cutting glass to start with to going home with a beautiful finished product. The first item I added to my shop was the Rainbow Heart that you see here; I used that as I thought it was a real symbol of this current time we are living through. So I hope you like my work and I hope to keep on designing new and fresh products that you will enjoy looking at. I will write some more another time about the processes that go into making a stained glass piece and what inspires me to make what I do. So thank you for reading this, take care, stay safe and I hope to see you all very soon.
I often find that January is almost as busy as December and I certainly have quite a few orders to keep me busy; Harriet Hares to polish, as well as a handful of my lichen keepsake boxes to make! I also have a large Sculpture commission to start of an extinct big cat which will be quite nerve-racking to start with…but I do like a challenge!