My friend Clare at We Make Here is really great at reviving old techniques in a fresh, interesting way so I went on her Dishy Doodles workshops. She has a great studio in the garden, with lots of inspirational ideas, work and books. I had a really relaxing afternoon there, with good conversation and a delicious tea as well (pistachio cup-cakes with cream cheese topping!). A great treat.
I really like her lino printing too – as well as cards and pictures, she makes fabric that’s usable – so you can see it and use it every day. It’s particularly creative as it’s using everyday techniques but really inventively.
I took along a few white china dishes I had in the house. One had a raised pattern, which I drew over and painted in, in a kind of free-flowing Quentin Blake style. As usual, this dish which I painted with least effort, came out the best & I look forward to serving up crazy cakes on it!
I’ll be doing more of this at Peckham Platform later in May. Kathrin Bohm of my villages is curating a show of contraptions there, one of which includes spin painting. I’m busy collecting up white china for it – I’m also hoping to make some ‘limited edition’ beakers for the shop.
There are more blog entries about myvillages.org, and more on Claire’s workshop on my website – page down to 30 March 2012. I can’t get you nearer the entry with a link, I’m afraid – it was one of the reasons I started this blog!
I’ve been making my website responsive, for the third of you who read this on tablets and mobiles. A lot of new code written, so as a reward I’m considering the Craft Council’s Sonic pattern and the textility of code conference. Knitting and coding – what can go wrong!