Sunday, 22 February 2009

Drawing Paper Pendants


I had a need to draw tea cups the other day, and here is what happened...



As well as sketchbook sketches, I drew this little chap. It's a Mason's 'Queen's Silver Jubilee' mug. He has always been a little source of inspiration. The image was so mini and sweet I felt it needed to be incapsulated in a pendant. I think I will have to do more of these, it was fun.





Thursday, 19 February 2009

Egg cups and hearts and all things shiny!



Today I collected my ceramics from the lovely ladies at Paint-a-pot,who have kindly let me fire all these happy hearts and egg cups. It's extremely satisfying to see them turn from matt and pastel shades to their full technicolour shiny glory! Some came out much better than I had anticipated too, top banana! I would like to say a little thank you at this point to Doodles in Edinburgh, for getting me into this ceramic painting malarke in the first place!)





If anyone is interested in owning their very own Jeff Josephine Designs egg cup or heart, then do send me an e-mail. Sadly my online shop is still not up and running as yet, but they are for sale none the less! 






Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Time to jolly up this old blog of mine.

Well, I decided it was time to get rid of my temporary "page topper" of mine, and get something a little more Jeff Josephine Designs. I'm still not sure this is quite right, but for now, it is a vast improvement! Any suggestions or comments would be greatly welcome. 

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Snow, snow everywhere!



Well as you can see, I was partially distracted by the snow today... but I was also being very productive and finished painting lots of these tiny ceramic hearts. They can be hung up as decorations, or worn as a necklace. They are beautiful as both, and will soon be fired and all bright and shiny, and available to buy. Woo! 

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Edward Bawden - Fortnum and Mason



The book 'Entertaining A La Carte', was published in 2007 by The Mainstone Press, to celebrate the tercentenary of Fortnum and Mason. The book contains over 200 images of Edward Bawden's incredible illustrations he produced for Fortnum and Mason in the 1930's and 40's. I personally think the images are absolutely fantastic, and I wish I owned a copy of the book. Sadly, it was a limited print run of only 1000, and although it can be found, it is a little pricey. Maybe one day I will get my hands on it. But for now; I will have to be contented with looking at these exciting snippets. 


       


It's hard to believe they were created nearly 90 years ago, they still look incredibly fresh and vibrant today. The thing I love most about them, is the playful childish quality. I get the feeling Bawden was really enjoying himself when he created these images. They show such a great sense of humour. I'd love to get this into my own work.

Monday, 2 February 2009

February came, and so did the snow!




I think I need to become a little more diligent with my blogging. It's been far too long! Today I was supposed to be going to London to see St. Jude's in the City, exhibition at The Bankside Gallery. However, the snow kept me away, so I thought I would get on with some book colouring and blogging!

'The Sea Dancer at St. Abbs', is very close to being complete now, and here is a sneak preview of some of my favourite pages! 







Just a couple of pages to finish and details to add. I can't wait to have the finished book bound and in my hands. 
Other news is I'm currently painting some more ceramics, and making more card decorations! More on those later...