This small sculptural glass bowl adds a delicate touch of color where ever it is placed. The open lattice work makes these pieces appear to be light as a feather. And, while they are delicate the overall form is sturdy, like actual nests. The process used to make these insures that no two are ever alike. Each unique with its own twists and bends. This aqua color is like a cool drink of water.
Heather Palmer is a craftsman, artist and maker. Heather primarily uses glass to create objects but loves lots of other mediums too. Her work is varied including both functional and non functional pieces. She is inspired by communication, experimentation, play and from learning new ways of working. From these inspirations she and her work continually grow.
Halloween is my sister Kate’s favourite holiday…after Christmas and her birthday (she’s a holiday fiend). Kate lives in Canada, where I am sure she has much more opportunity to celebrate Halloween than I do in the UK. You see, we just don’t ‘get’ Halloween here and our efforts are somewhat half-hearted compared with our friends across the Atlantic.
My childhood memories of Halloween involve dressing up in a black leotard and tights with a black headband, knocking on about three neighbours’ doors before I’d get bored. My eyes were opened to the potential of this glorious occasion when, at the age of 10 I visited Texas at the end of October. People went crazy over October 31, with children dressed in elaborate costumes (not a cat or witch in sight!) and specialist decorations, candies and other sweet treats on offer.
It’s still not catching on here, despite my family’s best efforts. I’m not to be deterred though, and this year I’ve rounded up the best of British-made Halloween-themed treats in a bid to inspire my fellow citizens!
Kate would approve of byanne‘s adorable resin heart necklace (above), which reminds me of the huge plastic beads filled with candy I would lust after as a child. Anne of byanne is a fellow Halloween lover who is drawn to bright, attention-grabbing hues. Her inspiration is vintage gumball and the necklace includes real candy pieces and shiny confetti to give it a real vintage Halloween feel.
Truss up your Jack O’Lantern with sneddonia‘s glow-in-the-dark decoration. The inspiration for this beautiful wire decoration came from some beads that Jen found while searching for Halloween supplies on Etsy. She thought that the cute beads would be the perfect focal point for a new design.
Continue your decorating with keitosan‘s little witch print (top), which features Millie and her cat Tofu. Kate at keitosan decided to go against drawing a traditional scary witch and black cat and do the complete opposite to create a fun feel, reflecting the fun that comes with Halloween festivities.
Kids will love FurWillFly‘s sweet vampire plushie, inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Claire loves the show and wanted to create some unusual plush creatures based on the dark side!
This lovely necklace from ichbin was inspired by Caroline’s neighbour’s little black and white cat, Tia, who sits on the conservatory roof and peers in her bedroom window every morning! It’s the perfect complement to a grown-up Halloween outfit – who says only children get to dress up?
What are your favourite Halloween traditions? Share them here!
When I first came across this shop, I immediately was reminded of the Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro. So it should come as no surprise that Jacqueline, the artist behind UsagiRabbit is infatuated with Japanese culture. A student slowly working her way toward a college degree in linguistics, one of her goals is to learn to read Japanese. These whimsical bunny creatures are part Totoro and part Care Bear and so cute! Some are just for loving and cuddling, while others are put to work protecting your small electronic devices.
Jacqueline got her start in handmade when she couldn’t find the things she wanted in the stores. Though her shop has only been open since May she’s been creating art since she was old enough to pick up a coloring book – from making clothes for her dolls to patching up her jeans.
I used to knit scarves and a friend suggested I try selling some of them at a small local craft fair. I took the plunge and it was a blast! I loved meeting all those other crafters and artisans. Artists are some of the nicest people you can be around. Finding Etsy really got me thinking that I could make a go of this. It’s full of so many inspiring stories and helpful fellow sellers. I really want to try my best!
Her skills have been honed over the years with help from her mother (a lifelong seamstress) and various friends and teachers along the way. Isn’t it wonderful how the creative community came together to help this artist learn the skills to realize her vision?
There’s something about the feeling of the wool in my hands and the slight hum the thread makes that fills me with satisfaction.
Jacqueline first starts planning her creatures with a drawing and some key concepts.When she’s inspired a piece can come together very quickly; sometimes the process can take days or weeks. Once a design is decided on, she chooses colors and felts and cut out the pieces. The most time consuming part of the process is sewing the pieces because it takes a long time and the stitches have to be just right! Lastly, her creation is stuffed with pure cotton and sewn shut. Thus is born the latest addition to the UsagiRabbit family!
Well, I love all my finished creations (even though some of them can be quite beastly during the making) but if I had to choose just one I guess my favorite would be the orange rabbit with a yellow flower on its belly. It makes me smile when I see it.
Born and raised in New Jersey this Texas transplant is inspired by her travel and experiences of other cultures. She has no sales so far, so let’s get her started – shall we?
Taylor’s Eclectic: Entirely hand sculpted of paper and wire, this extremely intricate abstract vase truly is the queen of the ocean. The second installment in my ‘Under the Sea’ series, this vase is translucent on a sunny table and equally beautiful on a cloudy day.
A highly tactile piece, the Jewel of the Ocean has individually pieced ‘bubbles’ that rise and fall across it, creating various dips and rises to run your fingers across. These dips and rises are inspired by the constant ebb and flow of the ocean and its’ abstract texturing and shapes.
The rich plum base color has been painstakingly pieced around each and every ‘bubble’ to allow for optimum translucence so that the colors and textures in this vase may be fully realized.