Monday, July 25, 2011

chair redux

i gave my favorite dining chair a little revamp this weekend and i'm very pleased with the results. this poor old squeaky chair which i bought second hand about 12 years ago has been stripped but i never got around to recovering the seat. bye bye faded green velour and hello vibrant 80's geometric print. i've had this piece of fabric almost as long as i've had the chair but as i came to clearing it out of my fabric stash the other day it suddenly seemed that the two were destined to be together.
19th july: archetype
pencil and burning on salvaged book page

available in the restless things shop

notes: i had this on my mind for a while before i drew it. i kept on thinking i really wanted to work right up to the edges of the paper, to make something that bold which could barely be contained by the edges. although i feel that the drawing reflects what i had in mind and is pleasing in some ways the combination of the grey pencil and dark brown of the burn marks is a little too dark and heavy for me.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


today i've got nothing but brain fog - don't you hate that? i just can't think. there's too much mess and clutter here for me to focus let alone draw. i've been scrolling through all of my photos trying to focus on brighter moments from this year and made chocolate peanut butter cookies to cheer myself along. the cookies did a good job, i feel a little queasy actually :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

s carey

s carey

house & studio

over the weekend i've fueled my imagination and longing for a bright, clean and organized studio space by cruising the web and sighing at all of the wonderful studio spaces there are out there. i'm always particularly interested in people's studios when they work from home, it's interesting to see how the two work together. i can't even bare to reveal the state mine is in, we are existing in utter chaos right now and i feel like i can barely breathe.

the studio of carson ellis from a recent post on

the shared studio space of jennifer sarkilahti, see more on her blog

the oft blogged about shed of artemis russell

here's a few more lovelies for all you dreamers out there...

the makers project (wonderful photos and interviews by jennifer causey)
jackson pollock and lee krasner house & studio (this kind of size would do me a treat!)
studio violet (look at all of that light)

enough torture already.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


july 13th: rhythm motif
burning on salvage ruled notepad page

available in the Restless Things shop

notes: getting lost in some rhythmic mark making...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

something new

11th july: palindrome
burning on salvaged book page

notes: experimenting with something new this week...

Friday, July 08, 2011

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

more light

lots of comfort tv and old tunes keeping me going this week...

Monday, July 04, 2011

1st july: heaviness of imagination
gouache and burning on salvaged notebook page with found writing

available in the Restless Things shop

notes: i just love what it says at the top of this page: 'incoherency of thought, weight of quickness of heaviness of imagination' and that it doesn't really make any sense. good stuff.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

geeshie wiley

i've loved this song for years but never knew who sang it until today...

Friday, July 01, 2011

walk it

today was a 'day off' of sorts, although to be honest it's 7.30pm and i'm all tuckered out and ready for bed - too much pub lunch and cake methinks! we went for a long country walk in the area we are (fingers crossed) moving to - lots of country air and open space to be had as you can see. as much as i love norwich i find city living quite claustrophobic and i just can't wait to have this on my doorstep.

have a fab weekend!

bright light