Monday, 31 May 2010

Shameless Plug

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to give my new Blog a shameless push, I will be keeping this one upto date with all things folksy-fied, but my new blog will be focusing more on my art.

http://itshayleywall.blogspot.com/


Please go have a spy, and follow it too.

Thank you.

xx

Saturday, 29 May 2010

A little less doubt, & a little Motivation.

So I admittedly became a little removed from playing with polymer clay recently. Part of it is having a 5 month old baby who could give Usain Bolt a run for his money, well not really a run, more of a roll to be fair, but with the speeds she gets from one end of the room to the other you'd think she were training for a new event for 2012.
Well with my hawk eyed mummyness, and lack of folksy sales I have been having self doubt. And the other part is a high level of self doubt.

Yes I may have studied and passed two art degrees, but that never really created confidence in my work. Along with the apparent essential element of having to kiss bottoms to be seen to have any potential really made me annoyed.
So after graduating, getting married, working away from home for 4 months, and having a baby, all within an eighteen month period, didn't allow much time for being creative. Neglecting the creative demons lurking inside. However, although I may have said she takes up much of my time above. Lydia was exactly the creative push I needed.
She has made me completely re-evaluate what I do, realise that I need to push me and that I should do my work. Having a baby releases any boundaries you may have previously had, openly talking in babble voice and pulling silly faces, singing in public, just for tiny smiles. Who cares what everyone around is thinking. Lydia's smiles are more important than how I look to strangers.
And it has made me think again about my work. If I like it, why isn't it good. I make it for me, and if people like it that's a bonus. Yes I know I should have realised this a long time ago, but maybe it was just the courses I studied.

Applying for a recent residency course also made me doubt myself. When it came to a CV, well what can I say?
It comes down to this. Right now, I may not have much to add, but I know this. I have studied, and I have skills.
I am an artist, I can paint, I can photograph, I can draw.
I am a crafter, I can knit, crochet, embroider, sculpt, make jewellery.

I may not be a master of any of the skills, but I am certainly not the worst.

I may not have the longest list of exhibitions, or sold work, but I enjoy what I do.
In four months since I started working with polymer clay, I have sold pieces, and been featured in a magazine, and one who hunted me down, not vice versa.

Yes this blog is starting to sound a little self indulgent right now and very whiny, I don't expect anyone to be reading this, but after the absence to my obvious creative work, I need to put this out somewhere, to give myself a long term kick up the behind.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Desperatly seeking Rosie


Feeling a big creative void right now, looking forward to some exciting work related news which will be posted up towards the end of the month.

Having a 5 month old baby isn't easy when it comes to using fimo and keeping the house together, sigh. Maid robot for hire anyone?? I used to love the Jetsons as a kid and were Rosie real I'd hire her in a second, even with her sarcasm.

Not only is getting tiny bits of clay everywhere, constantly unpacking and repacking and now lil miss is trying to crawl, and into everything mummy has its becoming a slight hazard. I also want to get back into drawing and photography more. Not that I am turning my back on fimo, but just feeling until a self cleaning house with auto trim lawn is invented it will have to take a slight back seat. Ho hum.


Not to worry though, one handed bloggimg shal continue whilst the mini monkey naps on my knee.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

What the heckery is a Folksy Friday?


So, it has come to my attention, that not all of you out there are folksiers. Now that isn't a bad thing, I will give you the opportunity to become a convert. It is very easy I promise. But right now I want to get into a little explanation of exactly what my Friday postings are all about.

Well first of its called, Folksy Friday.

So I know you all understand what Friday is. That fabulous day that leads to the weekend. The event loved by 9-5 workers and school kids the world round. The anticipation of a forth coming break.

And in another way, that is what a Folksy Friday is in another form of the word. Giving a break, to a fabulous folksy sellers, and publicising them and their fabulous items to you lovely readers.

Righty-ho, so now you have that part, time for Folksy



Folksy gives, crafters, designers, artist, and creative types the chance to have their own online shop and be part of a like-minded community.

It also provides a great resource for buying unique HANDMADE items, everything from scarfs to paintings, buntings to furniture, jewellery to clothing. If it can be made, it can be sold. It also has many supply stores with everything for your new and ongoing creative addictions. Even if your not wanting to sell, Folksy is well worth joining to treat yourself, and ideal for buying gifts.

Now we understand both Folksy and Friday, what do they mean together??

Ahh, good question.

Well I am not alone in this weekly adventure. Many members partake in this event, but again all individually, creating their own unique insights into Folksy. Some promote an individual seller, some items they have liked, or bought. But personally I like to find a theme for the week, and generally showcase 6 or so items from different sellers each time. Trying to include new sellers each time, and never having the same member two weeks running to give a better variant.

By choosing my items, I give a slight background into my chosen theme, then post images of each of my chosen items, which are linked to the sellers stores. To show you their other wares and not just the given item. I keep the notes about items as minimal as possible in order to let the photos speak for the items.

And basically that's all there is to the event. A way of showing off the talent Folksy has to offer and hopefully to inspire you to make a purchase, supporting all things handmade, rather than high street.

So go on, join up and splash out!

Friday, 7 May 2010

M is for maps

Cherry DeLuxe Folksy Friday presents . . .M is for Maps
My picks of some of Folksys best geographically themed handmade goodies

Remember, as with all my Folksy Fridays, just click the image to go to the sellers folksy store, and although you need to be a member to buy, you do not need a store. Just skip that option when you sign up by clicking elsewhere. Don't forget to let me know if you make any of these purchases!


Buri Boo has this gorgeous brooch

1930S Underground map bag from Mrs Gibson

Keep track of all your notes, with Toggle's upcycled notepad

SwirlyArts has these fab pins, great souviners with a real vintage feel.

This card by Jen Owens would be fab for and engagment, or anniversary! Love the sparkles

I love this idea from, White Dove, would make a great wedding gift, one from home and one your Honeymoon destination.