Tuesday, 21 December 2010

All I want for Christmas is

I love giving presents, thinking what others might like but I am hopeless at giving people ideas of what I might like. But I have been inspired for a while by the work of Julie Arkell and whilst turning the pages of my Country living magazine ....

.... I was reminded that I really wanted her book but had had trouble previously tracking down a copy from Amazon

I find her figures mesmerising and would love one day, to attend one of her workshops but fear my lack of sewing and knitting capabilities may be a disadvantage.

This post has also been inspired by a very talented lady - Vanessa Cabban. She is a woman of many talents, a children's book illustrator, colourful knitter, inspiring blogger and now the creator of some amazing papier mache figures.

When I first saw this picture I couldn't help study it in every little detail. This piece is my favourite - it captures such a magical little character.

''She's called Evangeline.
And she's having a break from the dusting. She's heard an old favourite tune, and it makes her want to dance. ''

This second piece is so detailed and really would look lovely on my mantelpiece.

''The little girl is called Emily, and her piggy has won Best in Show at a country fair. They were both awarded rosettes. ''

Vanessa attended one of Julie Arkell's workshops and has continued to develop her own projects, which are beautiful. Follow her blog if you want to be inspired.

So, I'm really hoping I may get a copy of this book under the Christmas tree this year, maybe a figure of my own one year or a day at one of her workshops! Shouldn't be greedy - the book will do fine. And Vanessa, if you ever start to sell your lovely creations please do let me know. Now all I have to do is find a little 'me' time to have a go myself.


Tracy x said...

i think that the amazing Vanessa is selling some of her creations :)
t x

dots and spots said...

Is she selling her lovely papier mache work?


They are lovely!

Mermaid said...

Wow! Their work is amazing, off to find out more about them both.

Wishing all at Dots and Spots a wonderful Christmas and every success for 2011.


vanessa said...

Hello Becky, WOW! Thank you sooooooo much, this is like winning a prize! I'm ever so flattered by your glowing review of my work, I'm bowled over, really and truly! I haven't got any papier mache figures up for sale yet, because I'm waiting for the boxex to send them in, if they should sell. With this weather of snow, no big deliveries are happening in the north east, only a few letters here and there. But I'm working away on my papier mache (that sounds like a rhyme doesn't it ?!). I also want to do special lino-cut tags to go with the pieces, so those need to be done. I'll let you know when I put them in my etsy shop, I'm thrilled you're interested. Thank you again for all the wonderful things you've said about my work and blog, your words are like lovely flowers. Love Vanessa xxx