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Introducing The Cycladic Wonder Tales

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I confess to talking with the story-sprites..a few spirits..and a variety of small, strange creatures! I can’t avoid them anymore..trip over a stone and you’ll find one! I’m proud and honoured to give them form and a voice!!!

Thank you Philip Pullman for your inspiration and your Grimm Tales, and to the wonderful Cycladic Museum, without whom these Tales could never “be”!!!

Finally! …. these first prints are traveling to the USA where they will watch over their new friends.

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The characters from the tales, in their many and varied forms, are getting very excited, as their online shop is almost ready…..I’ve even seen some of them preening in front of a mirror!!! Let’s hope they are ready in time.


New Character Designs

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For a while my work has been based upon, or influenced by,  a story that I have been working on for a long, long time.

Just when I think I’m happy with something… one of the characters appears and does something distracting, or a new character pops up and introduces themselves, demanding to be included in the current work.

Such is the case with these new characters.

Overseeing their “seadom” wisely.  Always graceful, kind and benevolent.

Please let me introduce

  “The Royals”

(in the making)

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The Royals have been hand-painted onto the mesh of the screen printing frame. For the next stage screen filler will be squeegeed over the painted image.

This motif will be printed onto a cotton “sea”………watch this space!!!

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How To Hang Wall Art, Grinling Gibbons & My Afto Coffee On The Beach

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When I was about ten years old, I attended a local school in Nottingham, England. It was an experimental school, we did a lot of art, crafts and drama, and I loved it.  My favourite teacher was the craft teacher, a lady born before her time. She insisted on using what we had at home for lessons and never asked us to buy anything for the class. We used breakfast cereal packets as cardboard to make cards and boiled egg shells to make mosaics. She herself always brought wonderful things into the class for us to use: scraps of material, old wallpaper rolls, wool etc.  I learnt a lot from that wonderful teacher , but one lesson in particular haunts me even now! It set the bar so high, that if I succumb, it is actually the bane of my life….

……….and that lesson was called Grinling Gibbons.

My fave teacher had taken us for a school trip where we visited a huge cathedral, unfortunately I don’t remember where.  There was a lot of renovation work going on at the time so some of the wooden furniture had been pulled away from the walls. So far as I remember, she showed us how to do brass rubbing and had a fun time.  When we were done, the teacher gathered us in front of a beautifully carved wooden choir stall and told us all about its creator, the great Grinling Gibbons.

Finely carved cravat imitating Venetian needlepoint lace by the master woodworking artist, Grinling Gibbons

Grinling Gibbons the sculptor,  whose wood carvings took your breath away because they were simply out of this world, indescribably beautiful, an absolute feast for the eyes.

I mean just look at this…it’s a lace cravat carved out of limewood and shows each individual stitched thread. Now in the V&A, London, it once belonged to Horace Walpole who greeted French visitors at the gate of Strawberry Hill, his neo-Gothic villa in Twickenham, wearing this.  Sadly the wearing of the piece probably accounted for some damage around picots on the lower edge

To continue on with my story, my craft teacher told the class to look carefully at the front of the choir stall before taking us to look carefully at the back of the choir stall.  Then she took us all to the front again and  asked us if there was any difference between the back and the front of the stall….and we realised that the back was just as perfect as the front!   She told us that even though he knew that the back would most likely never be seen, he still put effort into making it as perfect as the front.

“The sign of a true craftsman” she said.

“The sign of a true artist” she enthused.

She didn’t say…he’s too much of a perfectionist………….

…and I had a major artistic epiphany!

The result of all this is that there are times when I can’t see the wood for the trees and I get bogged down in minor details instead of seeing the whole picture and getting on with things.

Anyways, the point is that I just spent way too much time making and experimenting with various hanging sleeves and tabs that will be attached TO THE BACK of screen printed wall hangings.

They aren’t difficult to make and actually won’t be seen anyways (!) but…you know…I wanted them to be perfect.

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Hand sewing hanging tabs onto wall hanging

When I finished and rubbed the visions of perfectly carved wood from my eyes…… I took myself off and sat on the beach with a thermos of coffee and watched the sunset.

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Really…enough is enough.   Get thee behind me Grinling!!!

It’s not my fault!!!  Blame Gibbons!

 

 


Mixing Turquoise

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Mixing and testing my favourite colour for final Tree of Life prints with Alt-J for company!

Turquoise radiates the peace and calm of blue and the balance and growth of green with just enough yellow for zest and energy.

Focus on this color to feel instant calm,  balanced with enough energy to face the world (and kick some ass if necessary)

* All products used in the studio are strictly non-toxic and environmentally friendly!!!

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The Tree of Life in Mauve

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Test prints for Tree of Life in mauve.

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“Cycladic Tree of Life” Test Prints

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Have been busy designing and hand painting the Cycladic Tree of Life design onto screenprinting frames and these are test prints.

The image is based on my  illustrations of a story which is being developed and it’s a project that I’m very excited about.

Sadly, it seems I have to now put watermarks onto all my images if only to avoid any misunderstanding on “Fair Use”and copyright.

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Please Credit and Link Milos Crafts When Reposting Photos of Our Work!!!!

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Το Καλλιτεχνικό εργαστήρι Milos Crafts, όπως πολλές μικρές επιχειρήσεις στην Ελλάδα σήμερα, αγωνίζεται να ανταπεξέλθει στις παρούσες οικονομικές πιέσεις, χωρίς να κάνει συμβιβασμούς στα καλλιτεχνικά ιδανικά που το διέπουν από την ίδρυσή του. Με άλλα λόγια, ξοδεύω τόσο χρόνο και κόπο για την τελειοποίηση των σχεδίων, που γενικά δεν είναι δυνατόν να αποπληρωθούν μέσω οικονομικού κέρδους.  Παρόλα αυτά, η δουλειά μου με χαροποιεί και κοιμάμαι ήσυχη!

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Fabric Wall Hanging 110cm by 80cm crafted from fabric tiles individually hand screen-printed using strictly ecological inks and methods. To give the illusion of depth on the horizon, each row of “tiles”, from the bottom up, is printed using lighter colored ink than the previous. If you wish to go on your own voyage, the fabric tiles can be printed to order in any color.

Την άνοιξη που πέρασε, 2013, εμπνεύστηκα, σχεδίασα, ζωγράφισα στο χέρι, εκτύπωσα στο χέρι μέσω μεταξοτυπίας, και κατασκεύασα αποκλειστικά στο χέρι, μια σειρά έργων τέχνης patchwork που βασίζονται σε  υφασμάτινα “πλακάκια ” «κυμάτων της θάλασσας».

Φανταστείτε, λοιπόν, την έκπληξή μου όταν, εικόνα του μεγαλύτερου και κεντρικού κομματιού patchwork, η κατασκευή του οποίου διήρκησε μήνες, εμφανίστηκε στο facebook feed μου, ως post μιας ελληνικής επιχείρησης, μετά από αναδημοσίευση από άλλη ελληνική επιχείρηση.   Φαίνεται, επίσης, πως η φωτογραφία έχει αναδημοσιευτεί πολλές φορές, χωρίς να αναφέρεται πως είναι σχέδιο του καλλιτεχνικού εργαστηρίου Milos Crafts και χωρίς κάποιο link να παραπέμπει στην ιστοσελίδα του εργαστηρίου.

Αυτή τη στιγμή είμαι σε διαδικασία επικοινωνίας με την ελληνική εταιρία που αρχικά δημοσίευσε την φωτογραφία, η οποία είμαι σίγουρη πως για εκείνους απλά αποτελεί μια όμορφη εικόνα. Δυστυχώς δεν γνωρίζουν πόσο κόπο και χρόνο επένδυσα σε αυτό το έργο, το οποίο τώρα εκθέτεται στον χώρο του εργαστηρίου. Είμαι βέβαιη, παρόλα αυτά, πως η επιχείρηση θα κάνει το σωστό και θα παραπέμψει, έστω και καθυστερημένα, στην πηγή του σχεδίου, συμπεριλαμβάνοντας στη δημοσίευση τους το link της παρούσας σελίδας. Έτσι, δημοσιεύω ξανά τις φωτογραφίες από τον σχεδιασμό και την κατασκευή του έργου, το οποίο και είναι διαθέσιμο προς πώληση, και τους ευχαριστώ εκ των προτέρων για την αναγνώριση και την υποστήριξη τους.

 

Milos Crafts is a small design studio struggling, like so many other small design businesses in Greece, to balance financial pressures while sticking to their own artistic ideals without compromise.   In other words…I spend a lot of time and effort to ensure that what I create is as perfect as possible,  which means that I generally DO NOT make a profit! That’s fine, because it makes me happy and I sleep well at night !

Last Spring, I dreamed, conceived, designed, hand painted, hand screen printed and hand crafted a series of patchwork art works based around fabric sea wave “tiles.”

Imagine my surprise when a picture of the biggest patchwork piece, which took months to make, appeared on my facebook feed as a post from a Greek business..reposted from another Greek business, which has been shared many times WITHOUT A LINK BACK to Milos Crafts blog or facebook page!!!

I am in the process of contacting the Greek business and I’m pretty sure to them it’s just a nice photograph.  Little do they know the blood, sweat and tears that went into the patchwork wall hanging now currently on display in Milos Crafts studio.   I’m sure the businesses will do the correct thing and now post a link back to here and would like to thank them in advance for the recognition and support.

So, I am reposting the photos of the design and construction of the patchwork pieces …. which… to put bread onto my table….. are for sale!  The copyright for the images belong to me folks.  I’m happy that you copy and share them, and I dislike watermarks and never thought I would have to use them!

PLEASE GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE!!!

Thank you.

 

 


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