Astronomy Photographer of the year.

I’m currently finishing some new Bumbies.

‘Snow Moon’ and ‘Planting by the Moon’ are both inspired by the names of Full Moons.

The nights are beginning to draw in and even though it means less gardening time, it does mean more time to observe the night sky! We try to get away to dark skies as much as we can because even rural Staffordshire is terribly light polluted these days – oh to live in Mid Wales or Herefordshire – what skies!!!

Talking about skies! The 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has produced some awe-inspiring images, see them here!


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Lost in Lace

‘Lost in Lace’ at the Gas Hall in Birmingham was an exciting exhibition at every turn! First thing Saturday morning I was in an almost empty gallery space – what a lovely experience!

From the doorway the viewer is enticed to look through some beautiful paper and fibre ‘lace structures’ to the Victorian plasterwork on the ceiling of the gallery and beyond!

Layers of pattern and texture, combined with the ability to look through structures created an exciting dimension at every angle.

Perception of size and scale change with the viewers’ movement around the gallery space where time can be spent appreciating close up detail and skill or the larger sculptural effects created by the installations.

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“I don’t know about you, but I when I heard yesterday that Kodak was filing for bankruptcy, I felt a sharp pang of nostalgia. The old Brownie cameras, the Instamatics, the smell of developer… it all came back in a flash.
I remember my excitement, as a child, at trying to load a new film, snapping the camera shut, and winding it on to the first frame.” Brian Draper on ‘Thought for the day’ 21st January 2012.

Listen to the whole broadcast here.

When I heard this ‘Thought for the day’ this week it took me back to 1976 and my Kodak Instamatic 56X.

I was so excited to receive this for my thirteenth birthday!! My first pictures back from the developers were a bit disappointing though!!

Ironbridge, Shropshire 1976 from my first ever film. It took a few films to realise that what you saw through the lens wasn’t exactly what the camera was seeing!!!

The family dog Cindy.

My 13 year old self (in my favourite Brutus flared jeans and cheesecloth top) with my sister, grandma and grandpa at Hodnet Hall, 1976.

Cindy again.



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Paper shoe workshop with Jennifer Collier at Unit twelve

I spent a really enjoyable couple of hours at Unit Twelve on Saturday making paper shoes. Here’s the results….

Alice shoes

Alice shoes using paper pattern

Alice shoes

Alice shoes using paper pattern

Lace up shoe

Lace up shoe using collaged paper and stamps

The workshop was made even more enjoyable as we could admire the beautiful exhibition ‘Wonderland’ while we were working! “An exhibition of the mystical, fantastical and fairytale” Work from Betty Pepper, Mandy Tolley, Jennifer Collier, Samantha Bryan and Ruth Green.

'Brains Emergency Landing Apparatus' by Samantha Bryan

'Brains Emergency Landing Apparatus' by Samantha Bryan

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