Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. I’ve recently had a slight change of address so some of my business cards are now out of date! Please click on the following link to re-direct you to the new one, http://www.melanderson.co.uk/blog/ Thank you, see you there :) x
I must apologies for a complete lack of blogging recently :/ What with our holidays in Turkey (see cara25.wordpress.com..which also needs updating, hehe!) Quick preview..
..entertaining kids, work etc, the world is just going at full tilt at the moment! Our eldest son received his GCSE results this week, so this meant a few days celebration, he worked so hard and did so well, *proudest parents in the world*.. I don’t know where he gets it from :D
We also had a brilliant weekend at the V festival too, but I refuse to go again unless it’s in a Campervan with hot running water and flushing loo, or I get helicoptered in & out and a Champaign backstage pass, if anyone can help me out with that let me know?! Lol!..When I’m a famous artist..
Anyway, I hope everybody has enjoyed some kind of break over the summer too, even though there hasn’t been too many breaks in the cloud cover :)
I took My Mum to the second preview evening, of the NHS ‘Lost and Found’ touring exhibition on the 17th of August, at the friendly and unpretentious, Ten 2 Gallery and Cafe in Hinkley. She was really emotional to see a piece of my work on the walls, bless her and of course unbiasedly voted for me (all visitors get a chance to vote for their favorite piece of work during the tour) (just in case you get a chance to visit ;)! ) It was really interesting to see all the art in a different light and setting, different pieces stood out this time..
Again I was mesmerised listening to Jean Binta Breeze, poet, performer and patron of the trust (and she performed with Stevie Wonder at Glastonbury this year!) We also had a lovely chat with gallery owners Rose Allinson and Linda Flower. They have recently opened the licensed art cafe into the evenings till 9pm too, the menu looked fab and there’s often live entertainment too. Definitely worth a visit http://www.ten2gallery.co.uk/
A different event in which I’m taking part, and definitely worth a visit is Melbourne Arts Festival. The Festival consists of an Art and Architecture Trail and a Festival of Performing Arts, which takes place over a fortnight from September 11th – 25th. The Art & Architecture Trail, the core of the Festival, takes place over the middle weekend, September 18th – 19th. There will be more than 40 private houses, public halls and churches hosting visiting artists. This year The Dower House, Castle House, The Hollow, The Old School House and many others houses are hosting artists, none of these homes are normally open to the public. In these houses and halls professional artists and craftsmen and women will be exhibiting alongside good amateurs and local schools and art groups. All of the work is original, for sale and the artist and craftsman or woman will stand alongside it and many will demonstrate their skills. There will be everything from paintings, photography, pottery to sculpture and jewellery. (I copy & pasted most of this can you tell!) I will definitely be having a wander round the art trail, I’m so nosy, an opportunity to look in all those lovely houses is too good to miss..oh and see all the lovely art work too ;)
Please call in at The Open Exhibition in the Bill Shone Leisure Centre and have a look. Anyone wishing to visit or even exhibit should go to http://www.melbournefestival.co.uk/index.html for further details :)
I’ve also been busy with new designs and private commissions, I was really chuffed to be told a piece of my work was sent to the USA recently, and they loved it. A Union Jack and USA Stars and Stripes, will be on its way there soon too *proud grin*. Thank you to everyone for their continued support, customers, family and friends, I really appreciate you all! BTW If anyone is considering ordering Christmas presents, please let me know asap, I know, it seems a long way away….lol
I was so pleased and excited to have work accepted for the NHS ‘Lost and Found’ Exhibition earlier this month, and on Thursday attended my first preview evening at the LCB Depot in Leicester, we had wine and everything!
The Trusts patron, poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze (JBB) was there to support the occasion and read some of her amazing poems, what a wonderful voice truly mesmerizing. She told us she was off to perform with Stevie Wonder at Glastonbury at the weekend, how cool.
As I mentioned in my previous blog the exhibition, featuring 60 amateur and professional artists, will be touring around various venues in the Leicestershire area (details below). JBB will also be running a writing workshop at the LCB on the 14th July 3-5pm, as well as performing readings at ‘The Lyric Lounge’ New Walk Museum venue, along with more of the regions best performers as part of their anchor festival. Should be a really interesting event.
Oh erm by the way, each venue will have a comment form so you can vote for your favorite piece…pick me, pick me! Please ;)
LCB Depot http://www.lcbdepot.co.uk/ till July 17th
http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/community/museums/charnwoodmuseum.htm This venue will also tie in with other events at www.lyriclounge.co.
Hi all, exciting month! Getting very close now to the Diseworth Village Arts Festival, which takes place on the 19th-20th June. Really looking forward to it, the ladies who are organising it have been working very hard and I think will be glad of a well deserved, long sit down when it’s all over!
Originally a Scarecrow festival, with many residents building fantastic themed scarecrows for visitors to see, the organisers have changed the criteria a little :) Along with interior and exterior artwork and demos by local designer/makers, and art projects by local A level art students, people living in the village are being encouraged to make their own sculptures for the garden. As I’ve mentioned before, if the scarecrow are anything to go by they’ll be some amazing and inventive contributions. It will be a family friendly event with story telling and poetry reading and, there will be tea and cake :) Did I mention there are two lovely pub/restaurants…I’m SO looking forward to it!
My work will be exhibited in the Church and I will also be giving a short demo on Sunday morning in the Village Hall (eek!) I’ve asked that hecklers be thrown from the premises, be warned ;)
You can reach Diseworth by heading for East Midlands Airport, just off Junction 24/24A of the M1 The village is well sign posted and about 1/2 from EMA. Let me know if you’d like any further details.
More good news! I’ve had some fab news from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, They’ve accepted a submission from me, ‘Poppies’ for their ‘Lost and Found’ touring exhibition, yay!!!
It will be taking place from June 25th-July 17th at the LCB Depot in Leicester, then moving to The Hinkley Ten Two Gallery on August 18th-30th, followed by Charnwood Museum in Loughborough from October 1st-31st. Wow *proud grin*
The exhibition will be supported by the Trusts Patron, poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and other spoken word artists, who will be giving brief performances at each venue, and Jean will also be leading poetry workshops.
LCB Depot http://www.lcbdepot.co.uk/
http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/community/museums/charnwoodmuseum.htm This venue will also tie in with other events at www.lyriclounge.co.uk
Again if you’d like any more information please let me know, and if you visit any of the venues, please let me know what you think! :)
Thanks Mel x
Come on England!
One day beautiful sophisticated, sexy cuffs and jewellery..the next a new design perfect for the England fan in your life, a hand felted personalised England flag to commemorate the World cup 2010. Names, nicknames, family members (btw it’s fathers day next month) Just say the name and I’ll felt it… The one thing I think most of my designs have in common is the fun factor :D
Of course I have made several different flags now, so if you have a request for alternative flag designs please ask, it doesn’t matter if they’re not in the World Cup :p
New ‘lambchop’ range of hand felted art, homeware and jewellery. Diseworth Arts festival weekend 19th/20th June.
Hi Everyone, This really is a quickie..honest! Busy making for the Castle Donington Mediaeval May Day Market, (it’s so soon!) commissions to complete, new designs to photograph, download and photoshop, (YES I will be screaming for help with that, sometime very soon those who’ve offered :)) A village arts festival to think about, and of course all the normal family stuff. It’s all very exciting and exhausting!
I’ve also managed to ‘publish’ a page on my ‘partner’ blog, all about our rental apartment in Bodrum Turkey, please check it out, http://cara25.wordpress.com It’s gorgeous. There are still vacancies available late summer :).. Of course, I still have a few things to straighten out, like my old mate flickr, and how to add a publish button, to my new post page, why’s that not included? I’ll get there eventually :) (As you probably know I had a LOT of help to get this one so nice and user friendly)
Also wanted to show off my new arrival of postcards from moo.com. Nice eh? I’ll be selling these on May Day, and I will be posting more detailed pics of these, soon and if anyone wants a particular design they’ll be £2 each inc postage (unless you want more than a couple lol). Very affordable original art!
And finally, hopefully I’ll be having a piece of my work published, in a well known weekly magazine in May, as part of a Birthday celebration prize! I have seen the layout, but I won’t actually believe it, till I see it in print lol. So I’ll let you know then and you can all rush out, buy a copy and enter the competition ;) Xx
At last! I’ve downloaded a much wider selection of my work for you to see :). Now, Its going to take me a while longer to add tags, comments and prices, but it’s a start…And I’ve also thrown in other work I’ve done previously. These pictures were taken before Ali, from milly and pip, showed me how to use my camera properly, so I must apologies for the shakey picture quality, lol.
These include “muriels” (Hilda, Coronation st fame), maps of the World,( no I haven’t put country names on yet!) space themes, etc, commissioned canvas, and bit of interior design! (I may include more of those and garden design pics at a later date!)
Also included are a few of our rental apartment in Bodrum, Turkey, only because I’m setting up a blog for it, and haven’t quite worked out how to separate the Different pictures yet, honest! Nice place though if anyones interested there’s still availabilities outside the Summer hols :D (did anyone notice the little plug there) Brand new 5* resort, on 18 hole Golf Course and nature reserve, large luxury 2 bed apartment sleeps up to 7, Sea views..oops sorry there I go again, so unprofessional.. where was I
This morning I headed up to East Midlands Airport, to collect my work from where it’s been exhibition there, to make room for the next talented artists :) We’re going to be in the next EMA community news letter, out tomorrow, so please have a look before binning it, if your in the area. A really nice passenger came over and said how lovely my work was. It made my day. Thank you to everyone who left me such lovely feedback and support. Also today, My listing on the http://www.madeinleicestershire.org.uk website, has been accepted and I’ve received another commission for a Mono Tree felted picture, but in Chocolate Bown, yum, can’t wait to get started on it :) Good day really, busy but good, what with (nearly) conquering Flickr an all that.
Just photoshop to tackle next then :( But have had some great help from Ali, again, don’t know what I’d do without her. She makes really beautiful hand embroidered and appliqued gifts and cards available at http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/partners/millyandpip/products. But is also a tiny, mountain of knowledge on anything from setting up online shops, photoshop, and Cameras to Sock Monsters and James Bond! Brilliant person, thanks Ali x
Will go, but leaving you with a brilliant picture of previously mentioned Sock Monster, Bill, that youngest son ‘made’ I’m quite sure he only designed and supervised, whilst I did the making, and I don’t do sewing. He was inspired, after visiting the Sock Arts and crafts fair in loughborough at the weekend, and buying ‘Fred’ from the sock garden lady, http://www.folksy.com/shops/oddsox Gorgeous creatures! There were so many lovely things to inspire there, and not just sock monsters!
I don’t think we’ll be making too many more of these , although he is strangely, adorable :) and the sock monster.
How did March come around so quickly!?
I’m still very slow when it comes to blogging all my latest news, I’m sorry :) and I’m still thinking about how to work the flickr thing too “/
First I must say a big thank you to Vicky Ambrose-Jones of http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Derbyshire/Derby/DE74 for her article about the EMA depARTures exhibition, I really appreciated it, thanks. Soon it will all be over *deep sigh* My work will be there for about another week, before I’ll be replaced by some other talented young thing ;) But lots to look forward too..
I’ve been very busy collecting inspiration, learning and experimenting with new techniques, and coming up with lots of new designs, which I will get round to photographing and downloading soon, honest!
Last week I attended a brilliant felt jewellery making workshop, with lovely Laura Mabbutt at ‘The Beetroot Tree’ art gallery, in Draycott. It was really good fun, informative, and included food, which is always a bonus for me, lol. We had a lovely lunch in the vegetarian cafe, and coffee and biscuits all day. I’m really looking forward to the next one!
You can checkout Laura’s fantastic jewellery at http://www.lauramabbutt.co.uk, or see it at the gallery, http://www.thebeetrootree.com. Where they also offer a really wide programme of workshops and exhibitions. It’s a chilled out place to visit.
I’ve added a few pictures of our (son 3 ‘helped’) attempts, lol, hopefully I will get better with practice.
Also I’ve been working hard, to build up a huge and inspiring collection of stock to sell on my stall, at the Castle Donington May Market on Monday, 3rd of May. Every Mayday we close off the Village High street, Dress up in mediaeval (or interpretation of ;)) costumes, have a wander around the many stalls, eat Ostrich burgers, avoid homemade cake stalls, throw wet sponges at all the kids football coaches in the stocks, see the children dancing round the Maypole and watch the Morris Dancers, in case one of them actually gets hit with the stick. Then we all go to the pub for some beer and raucous live music and dancing in the garden. All the while hoping it stops raining. Brilliant day really! You’d love it.
If you do come along, please come and say hi, I’ll hopefully be installed outside Gaisey Maisey. Look, a picture of me from last year. Obviously feeling very silly in my wench costume, and half the garden on my head :) You may, (no pun intended lol) be surprised to learn that I was once the May Queen, many, many years ago, I had to join in a fertility dance with the Morris Dancers..when I say join in, it meant standing there blushing madly, while they pranced around in circles and waved their hankies at me. Very funny, it worked though!
For more information click on http://castledonington.leicestershireparishcouncils.org/medieval-may-market.html
Ok, think that’s about all my news, now.. just bear with me while I download some pictures :p
As promised, a much better picture of my work currently on exhibition at EMA, apart from the fact it has me posing on it too! Apparently I look much more confident than I really was. I was so nervous, despite Mark Warner from PageOnePictures.co.uk, being very kind and friendly..you were honest! I haven’t ‘big smiled’ that much, for so long, since my wedding day lol.
Chris Hardy from ‘Chris Hardy photography’ who has his beautiful black and white beach pictures exhibited, made us laugh by using alternative words to ‘cheese’…Some children he’d photographed came up with that, lol :) and we didn’t plan to co-ordinate our outfits, honest!
Anna Thomson, pictured and Leonie Parkin, camera-shy :) brilliant organisers of the whole thing, were really good fun, them dancing to the airport sound system, just added to the bemused Passengers holiday experience. I had a really fun afternoon, huge thanks to you all!
Btw, I’ll be working on my Flickr pics soon honest :)