New Year Update

It’s been a quick and busy start to 2016.

Since last summer (shamefully my last blog post) I have moved to a new studio in the centre of Bristol and am absolutely loving it! It’s a wonderful space shared with a whole bunch of other creative women, with everything from Lingerie makers, illustrators and bespoke wedding dress designers! I’ve got an amazing view out over the city IMG_20150823_194340and a wall to the side of me where I keep snippets of inspiration. I have been painting here recently too!

 

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The Space has  enabled me to do lots of making! I have been making commissions including another wheelbarrow inner tube rucksack IMG_20151119_161602(more pics soon to be on the ‘commissions’ page), drum stick bags,IMG_20150820_212423IMG_20150820_212416

and bum bags including a lined one with Leather trim for a friend:

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Working in an environment with so many other interesting creative types has been inspiring and I have been working on some costumes too:

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This jacket looked super futuristic especially with the horns. The rubber is so versatile and brilliant for imitating armour. It’s flexible and tough if a little heavy!

I have been experimenting with different layering techniques and tessellating patterns, although they take a long time and are painstaking I think  they look great:

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Also before Christmas I was luck enough to be involved in the ‘Art House Boutique’ a weekend pop up exhibition organised by a friend and fellow creative dweller of our studio space. I developed these geometric earrings for the sale:

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They are sticky back plastic on shapes of the inner tube rubber. They work really well and are pretty striking. I particularly like the bright orange!

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I wasn’t able to attend many christmas markets this year, but I did make it to the Christmas Bazaar at the Jam Jar evening Market:
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I managed to swap a few things and make a few sales too.

Excitingly the most recent progress with my creations is that they are now stocked in a shop! The wonderful Sancho’s Dress on Fore Street in Exeter has recently taken a few of my bags and a few bits of jewellery to sell. They are a wonderful company that focus on ethical fashion. Starting the business selling ethical pieces made in Ethiopia they are beginning to stock local designers pieces, including mine! check them out on www.sanchosdress.com and support ethical and environmentally sound fashion!!!

I have a very exciting collaboration in the pipeline for this spring, so watch this space for some new pieces. As ever I am keen to take commissions and welcome exchanges and alternative bartering, so get in touch if you’ve got any ideas of ways we can collaborate or if you’ve been inspired  by any of my work.

Let Spring be Sprung!

Ava