How to make an egg tree

The design for this whimsical egg tree derives from eastern European folk art. The basket at the bottom is traditionally used for bread. The tree makes a spectacular centrepiece at Easter when More »

History of creative wirework

Wirework is an ancient art form, probably first practised by the Egyptians around 3000BC. Early examples have been discovered in the burial chambers of important people throughout the ancient world. In 2600BC, More »

Limed wood furniture

Several methods of decorating wood exploit its natural grain pattern. Limed wood imitates the old custom of painting wooden furniture with diluted limewash left over from painting the walls in farmhouses. Now, instead More »

Memory box

It is very nice thing to decorate the home with personal items. The objects that mean something to you and your family. Even better is you made it yourself. Creating a personalised More »

Andy Goldsworthy’s land art

Andy Goldsworthy, an internationally renowned land artist, was born in Cheshire in 1956. There are regular exhibitions of his work in Britain, France and the United States. Although he travels all over More »

 

Button napkin holder

Button napkin holder

Button napkin holders look lovely tied around  coloured linen and are a simple way to introduce your key wedding colours into your reception table scheme. Thread a few buttons onto a length of jewelry wire, using different sizes and colours. Turn each end over so they are not sharp. The lovely thing about buttons is the variety of looks you can create – for a folksy, muted palette, combine leather and bone – coloured buttons or, if you want sparkle, use diamanté encrusted pieces.

Painting with light

Painting with light

The effect of stained glass is so simple, yet so magical. It’s daylight! But coloured! Even if you don’t have an access to traditional materials, there are several easy ways to recreate the trick of the light. Nature does it’s best of course, with the dappled sunlight of a forest clearing, the golden edge of a backlit cloud and the renewing miracle of the rainbow.

Fabric storage screens

Fabric storage screens

Fabric storage screens can be simple lengths under the sink, hiding the household necessities, or complex three-way self-standing frames used as changing screens or simply to indicate an area of privacy. The free-standing, folded fabric screenis both stable and lightweight; its portability and decorative qualities make it functional, fashionable and very versatile.

Colour Highlights in the Interior Design

Colour Highlights in the Interior Design

The idea of a highlight in an interior design is to attract attention and perhaps at the same time distract the eye from a less deserving area. If colour is to be effective as a highlight, it has to be seen against neutral or tonally similar background. It will obviously not work in a room that is already a riot of colour. A highlight does not have to be a strongly saturated colour – a flash of pale apricot, for instance, seen against dark grey, would be as effective as a violet against baby pink.

800 Years of Magna Carta Celebrated in Embroidery

800 Years of Magna Carta Celebrated in Embroidery

As part of British Library’s epic exhibition celebrating eight centuries of Magna Carta, a new embroidered artwork by Cornelia Parker was unveiled in May. A landmark in constitutional history and a foundation of the concept of the rule of law, Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents ever written. What began life in the13th centuryas apeace treaty between King John and his barons has come to be viewed as the great charter of civil liberties and retains enormous symbolic power as an ancient defence of individual rights and freedoms.

Which fabric paint to use?

Which fabric paint to use?

Fabric paints are available in two basic sorts – those that are absorbed into the fabric and those that rest on the surface of the cloth. While both varieties are suitable for painting light-coloured backgrounds, if you intended to work on a dark ground you will need to select the sort that rests on the surface of the cloth. This is the most important in order to preserve a clear outline and to prevent the background colour from showing through. The main drawback of working with opaque fabric paints is that they do tend to stiffen the fabric, which affects the drape of the cloth. So, although they are acceptable for furnishing fabrics, blinds and cushion covers, they don’t work as well on garments.

How to hang pictures?

How to hang pictures?

One thing that is more sad than blank walls in ones house is to see a single lonely picture in acres of space. Especially if it is hanged so high up that nobody can see it. It does’nt have to be like this. And you don’t have to be in the possession of valuable pieces of art. Family photos, childrens’ drawings, posters or emerging local artist’s work – everything can look great on your wall. There are loads of different ways that you can hang pictures. Here are some ideas and methods to inspire you.

Calligraphy project – Italic

Calligraphy project – Italic

Calligraphy comes from the Greek Kallos Graphe, meaning beautiful handwriting. For centuries calligraphy was cherished and used for the most important writing documents and as decoration. In this text we will takl about the Italic, which everybody heard of. But can you do it by hand, not the keyboard? Here is the short introduction on how to start with Italic calligraphy.

Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol, Exhibition in Toronto, Canada

Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol, Exhibition in Toronto, Canada

At the beginning of May in Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto was opened an excellent exhibition Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol. This major international exhibition offering a fascinating overview of 20th-century textile designs from some of the the world’s most renowned artists. Through pattern design and industrially manufactured textiles made for the mass market, artists found ways to make their work less elitist and more accessible to broader audiences. Before arrived in Toronto, the textiles were exhibited in London (UK), Tilburg (The Netherlands) and Lowell (USA).

Annie Hutchinson: Textile Animal Dolls

Annie Hutchinson: Textile Animal Dolls

Textile artist Annie Hutchinson is born in Wales and she graduated from Cheltenham Art College in 1989. She experimented in different media as a part of her study of Fine Art Sculpture, but she sticks mostly with textiles because of its ‘limitless supplyof pattern, texture and colour’. She like the possibility of creating and developing the ideas while she is working on her art pieces, and that is something that thread and textiles allow her. Annie says, “Life in the 21st century can be a bit hectic: everyone is in such a rush, wanting things done yesterday… when I’m hand stitching or needle felting it allows me to jump off the merry go round.”