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By jane2012, Jul 22 2018 10:04AM

Hello!


It's been a while, I know! I would love to be more disciplined and post more regularly here, but life has a habit of getting in the way!


It's been a busy summer here at Chez Sharp and between preparing for and completing my charity walk in June and working full time on top of that, there hasn't been a lot of time for creativity. Now that the walk is done (more of that in a later post) I have been throwing myself into some creative projects and it's been so nice to come back to!


Alongside my more traditional textile batik work I have been experimenting with batik on wood and have to say, I've been really enjoying it! I started off by having a go on some cheap off cuts from our local Scraps Store here in MK. They take discs of wood discarded in the making of speaker boxes at Marshall's in Bletchley and sell them on to artists and makers to do with what they will. The wood is only cheap ply so the finish was not brilliant but I was pleased with the overall result and it has definitely spurred me on!


The principle is the same as for textiles; you map out your design and apply wax to the areas you don't wish to colour. It is a lot more immediate than with textile though, which is quite satisfying, and when done on a nice piece of wood, the dye can really bring out the grain. This is definitely something I will be developing, so watch this space!


I've added the images here and as you can see I've also upcycled a star light purchased from Mrs B's Emporium in Wolverton, and an old Ikea mirror I bought years ago. My next project is another purchase from Mrs B's; a small ornamental dresser. Can't wait to post the pics of that when it's finished!

By jane2012, Nov 3 2017 10:39AM

'Rudbeckia' came back from the framers this week and has already sold! This is great news as all profits from the sale of all my batiks, prints and cards will go towards raising the £800 I have pledged, to participate in the Mind Hike 2018 in June next year in Cornwall.


If you would like to own a unique piece of textile art then have a look in my shop or commission me to produce a batik especially for you. If you can't afford the marked prices then #makemeanoffer, you never know unless you ask!

By jane2012, Oct 29 2017 01:29PM

Hello!


I have made the (somewhat rash) decision to do the Mind Hike Eden Project trek in June 2018. This will be a 24 hour trek around the beautiful county of Cornwall to raise money for Mind, an amazing mental health charity I have worked with over the past few years.


At the start of 2017 I decided to challenge myself more, to force myself out of my comfort zone and do things that would hopefully lead to change in my own life. So, I began by signing up to another charity called My Peak Challenge which is based around the concept of helping others whilst helping yourself. It has been an amazing experience, providing me with a monthly, weekly and daily training plan as well as nutritional guidance. The idea is that you set yourself a challenge (which can be physical or not) at the beginning and use the programme to work towards it. For some it has been to climb a mountain, for others to learn to knit, for me initially it was to just stick to the programme and increase my fitness and strength. So far I have done that and have seen a massive difference in my fitness levels and body shape.

Now I feel the need to do something more and feeling more capable of doing that has led me to this next challenge. I have had my own struggles with mental well-being over the years; when my son was young and I was feeling isolated and alone I'm not ashamed to say I used the Samaritans at a time when I felt so desperate and like a ghost walking through my own life. I have known friends and family too who have been through immense difficulties, and some who are no longer with us as a result. Ultimately we all have mental health, sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not but it's the one thing that we all have in common. I have learned over this past year that achieving incrementally small goals eventually builds into forward momentum until you have a whacking great snowball and that helping others is the key to helping yourself.


I have set up a fundraising page for donations but I get that there are a lot of people doing this so I totally understand if compassion fatigue sets in! Rather than just asking people to donate (although I hope you do!) I have decided to donate any money I receive from selling my batiks, prints and cards to this fund. I will also be offering some batik workshops for a small fee over the next few months and all the money received from these will also go to the fund. I'll release more information on all this as soon as I have worked it all out but for now, thanks for taking the time to read this.


If you would like to follow my progress over the next few months I will be attempting to set up a blog/vlog shortly so check back here for details soon!


That's all for now,

Namaste!

Jane x


By jane2012, Jun 10 2017 12:28PM

We had a great Private View last night at the Cornerstone Gallery in CMK to open our Mixed Stitch and Friends Bucks Open Studios Exhibition. There were lots of familiar faces there to support us as well as not so familiar faces, which is really encouraging.


Now that the Prosecco has been quaffed and the nibbles nibbled the exhibition will be up from today (10th June) to Sunday 25th June. It will be accessible during the church opening hours and manned on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday afternoons. Can't wait for you to see it!


Venue:

Cornerstone Gallery

Church of Christ the Cornerstone

Saxon Gate

Central Milton Keynes

MK9 2ES


Dates:

Saturday 10th June to Sunday 25th June 2017


Times:

accessible during church opening hours and manned on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday afternoons.

By jane2012, May 21 2017 10:18AM

Just a quick update to say that you can now purchase these beautiful A3 Giclee prints of my skulls for £25 each, unframed and if you buy all 6 you get one free :). They are printed on Matt Poster by a great little company in Essex called dStudio.


There will also be some blank greetings cards available shortly, so as soon as I have shots of those I will post them.


Happy Sunday everyone!


Love

Jane x

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