Floribunda 3 – Arrangement on Mocca

A five-petal flower is always a challenge. So, I finally made a successful one! The plum shapes fill a pentagon that looks like a bird house. The tri-coloured grey, pink and green flower is a dimensional one that I’ve bent and shaped on my index finger pads. I like how it undulates. The lavender flower…

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Floribunda 1 – Folly Flowers on Pale Blue

This year’s Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower show inspired me to make some new folly flowers. These are now a summer tradition. Those big chocolatey ones look so exotic. The pink one on the left corner is a new ‘quill and pinch’ manouvre that looks good in six petals. The background paper actually has some…

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Birthday Roses

I have made this birthday card for a special person. Sometimes, the best way of ‘composing’ a layout is through simplicity. And sometimes, the best inspiration is right in front of you staring you in the eye. The sun had a particularly strong light when I made this card and my early roses were starting…

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Barrio Fiesta

Whilst working with my Warwickshire Open Studios series, I became nostalgic about fiestas. Perhaps, becoming slightly homesick, again (a perennial problem for me). For the uninitiated – they are simply parties, a good excuse for getting together, sharing food and feeding people in a spirit of generosity. Where I come from, there is a religious…

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April Evening Song

This is my homage to early evening birdsong heard from my back garden. I thought about how best to suggest this beautiful chorus that lasted for hours. I came up with this. There is definitely something to be said about having all your papers just laid out and using what is in front of you.…

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Delish

Thought about mixing pleated papers with coiled and ‘bendy’ ones. The juxtaposition of these two methods was the starting point. Then it became about how the papers cast subtle colourful shadows on the support. Played with several ‘arrangements’ and finally decided on this offering, which reminds me of restaurant food. So my inner gastronome is…

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New Directions

Spring is here! And I have been busy making new works for an upcoming exhibit called Warwickshire Open Studios. It’s based on my hometown here at Coventry where artists open up their studios for some ‘art fix’ for everyone. This is my first time joining, so I am anticipating it with equal measures of positive…

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Forty

Forty is a landmark moment, I think, as far as birthdays are concerned. This card was a specially notable one which I made last year for my friend. I am posting it today to share. This is definitely one of my ‘maximalist’ cards, hopefully still achieved with some visual sophistication. But this is relative to…

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Coming Together

This is the second piece for the Healing Arts Winter Exhibition mentioned before. Here is a link of the project in its entirety. This work was all about movement. Wreath shapes have a universality across cultures due to its round shape. It looks very comforting, enveloping. So the shape kind of encapsulates this feeling of…

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