By jane2012, Dec 18 2016 11:39AM

The second new piece of work I presented to the world this week is another skull. This one has been done specifically for MK50 which happens next year. As the name suggests, 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of good old Milton Keynes, my home town. There will be lots of events and celebrations happening throughout next year to mark the momentous occasion including a touring exhibition organised by Maker-Artists of Milton Keynes. You can find our more about them on Facebook by searching for @makerartistsMK.

For those that have grown up in the town, the red balloons will make more sense. For those that didn't and don't remember the adverts, then I will explain: In the 1980s when MK was at the height of its growth period and the Tory government was pushing home ownership and aspiration, an advert was produced to raise awareness of the new city. It followed a young boy and his red balloon; he and his balloon got on a bus and travelled through the old and new areas of the city, finally ending up at what is now the National Bowl where there were thousands more people all with red balloons. At the end of the advert, they all released them into the sky. Heart warming eh? ;)

Anyway, I will post more information next year about where the exhibition will be visiting, so if you live in the area or will be coming to see MK then check back shortly. In the meantime, I hope you have a memorable Winter Solstice/Christmas and New Year, and lets hope 2017 is less of a shit show than 2016 proved to be!

By jane2012, Nov 2 2014 11:51AM

Two posts in one day - I know!

This weekend, while waiting for new supplies of soda ash and wax to arrive I thought I'd keep myself busy by making my Christmas cards despite it being barely past Hallowe'en!

I've always wanted to have a go at using a cap (pronounced chap) which is a copper stamp commonly used in Indonesian batik as way to block print the wax resist onto fabric*. Anyway, necessity is the mother of invention so I decided to make my own simpler version using Xmas cookie cutters and surprisingly they worked really well! I've already made one batch of cards and am currently working on some more which will hopefully be up on my Etsy page really soon, the link to which you can find on my 'contact' page.

I've included some pictures below of the cap (and me) in action and one of my finished Xmas cards.

*If you're interested in finding out more about caps then you can a look here: . I don't know the author of this page so can't take responsibility for any content but it's a very interesting article and shows some lovely examples of these tools.

By jane2012, Nov 2 2014 11:22AM

Hello again! It's been a while I know. While the website was being upgraded I was unable to blog, but the feature is back again now so here we are!

I recently finished this piece for my friends Hizze and jojo who got married in October. It measures 40cm x 40cm and is stretched on a box frame. The drawing of them in the centre was done using image transfer but the design surround is hand stitched batik. As ever it took me a while but I love the finished piece. As you can probably guess, the swirls were inspired by Gustav Klimt's 'Tree of Life' which I felt was very apt for the occasion.

Anyway, I wish you a long and happy life together Hizze and Jojo, I can't think of two people who deserve it more.

All my love Jane xx