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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, 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

By jane2012, May 13 2017 09:38AM

Friday 12th May was the official launch of the Get Making in MK50 Roadshow. There was a lovely gathering at Westbury Arts Centre in Foxcovert Lane, Milton Keynes to start things off, with several of the artists in attendance to chat with visitors.


It was a really lovely evening and a great start to a unique project. Well done to Linda Wilks and Ann Pegg for developing the idea and supporting so many local artists!

By jane2012, May 7 2017 10:34AM

As mentioned in my previous post I have contributed a batik to the Get Making MK Roadshow which kicks off later this month with a ticketed 'Soiree'. You can find details of this on the Events page.


This all began a year ago with two women who wanted to research artists and makers in Milton Keynes for the town's 50th Anniversary year. Linda Wilks and Ann Pegg have put together a wonderful book and very kindly asked me if I would like to feature in it. I of course not being an idiot, jumped at the chance and one grey afternoon Linda came to my house and we spent a very pleasant hour in my studio drinking tea, eating biscuits and have a lovely chat! The photos were taken by Brian Tomlinson whose pics and link are on the front page of this website.


There are copies still available for £25 each from various outlets in and around Milton Keynes, including my good friend Mrs B's Emporium in Church Street, Wolverton: https://www.facebook.com/MrsBsEmporium, Milton Keynes Tourist Information Centre situated outside John Lewis in CMK and Waterstones also in CMK. You can also ask me and I will put you in touch with the authors.

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