An update

So when I started the day of what?! I had assumed that I would be feeling a lot better and I’m not… which is making it all a lot less fun that it should be… So, as you may have noticed, I’m mostly stopping it.  There are some days which I think are too important to go unmarked so there will still be some posts.  Hopefully I will return to this project in the future.

I am managing to do some very carefully paced art and writing though!  I am still doing a bit of dyeing but horrific brain fog and nearly burning my flat down means I have to have supervision to do it… The following are mostly works in progress, some almost finished:

bear claw wip wip

Left: Bear Claw.  Right: Ammonite

goat spine wip

Goat spine

lungs in progress

Human lungs

moorlands in progress

Moorlands nature reserve

scarborough in progress

Scarborough north bay

skull wip

Bird Skull


Dyeing with plants

Dyeing is one of few things my vertigo is letting me do so I’ve really gone for it!

Dyed with a few daffodil heads

Dyed with daffodils, the heads on the left and stems on the right

Dyed with avocado stones

Dyed with avocado skin

A comparison: Left is avocado skin, right is the stones

Dyed with grapes

Trees: winter

The final part of my trees project was using clay which I hadn’t done in many many years.

I was really pleased with how they turned out!

I used air drying clay which my carer rolled out then I pressed the leaves, seeds and twigs into the clay. I was worried that when we removed them, bits of tree would stick or the clay would pull but no. After five days they were dry and I painted them with gesso. Then I used brown ink to bring out the details. Another light layer of gesso, removing any that caught in the imprints with a baby wipe. And finishing them off with varnish.

I really enjoyed having a year long project and this year I am looking at the life cycle of butterflies! 

December Reflections: My word for 2017

My word/phrase for 2017 is everyday magic.

“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.”

– Charles de Lint


re-enchanting the everyday

everyday treasures

December Reflections: 5 things about me

I read tarot cards


I live in the beautiful city of York

york sign

I have been taking part in Wanderlust 2016 and have already signed up for 2017 (and you should too!)


When I was doing my Textile Design GSCE I had to make an item of clothing from recycled material


I have recently discovered painting with inks and love it