SO - has anyone noticed that summer has arrived ?? or are you all wrapped up in coats and hiding under brollies ?? !!
Well - in true british style the 'Big Spotty Dog Studio' has carried on regardless of the 'wet sunshine', and created some new work
we even braved the mud and ran up-cycled jewellery workshops at Port Eliot which were a lot of fun - but that's possibly a story for another day !!
Where was I ?? - oh yes - new work.
Hmmmmmm we have been itching to make bigger and more what I class as 'wearable-art' pieces for some time now - so we thought - why not.
AND IT'S SO MUCH FUN !!!!!
so much fun that we can't go back !!!!
'Angler Fish and his Chinese Friend'
Let me introduce you to Alan.
Poor Alan had a dodgy eye - so dodgy that it wasn't even attached - the furry footed ones helped to make him better (with help from 'sparklylynne') performed eye surgery (though not with a laser as they can't be trusted) and fixed him - he can now see.
He is joined by his green friend who brought with him a felted rope plus other treasures.
I love stones. I especially love stones that have rainbows in them.
I love stones so much that actually this one will never leave the 'Big Spotty Dog Studio'
(apart from being around my neck !!)
It isn't actually as heavy to wear as it looks - well actually it is - but you sort of get used to it.
You just have to be careful when leaning forward to clean you teeth otherwise your very expensive designer basin (that probably costs more than your whole boat !!) is likely to be in pieces
and worse still the necklace might break !!.
We are VERY pleased with this one.
The furry footed helpers would also like access to this one as the naturally shed deer horn seems to be sending them potty - which brings me on to...............
'Horn - my doggies love you but they can not have you' !!
This was originally for the furry footed ones - but they ain't getting it - this also will never leave me - hmmmmmmmm .... there seems to be a common trend developing - which is strange for a vegan !!
'Secret Beatle Head'
So this one - Ms Blonde Princess - she wasn't bought for my doggy workforce - she was however saved (stolen) from a doggy who belongs to the sculptor from the studio next door.
I am SO sorry doggy - honest !! - however she wasn't looking quite so glamorous when I saved her and washed off the mud and chewings !!
This one is a lot of fun - I love the tea strainer submarine -
(rubbish at staining tea but great at being a feature).
You will also never leave me !!!! - hmmmmmm there could be a problem here if I ever want to make any money !!
'Golden Buddha Seed Head'
I'm really pleased with this one - especially how it looks in this photo.
You wouldn't think that the fake flower head in the forefront was something that I bought about 25 years ago !!
(or maybe you would !!!!)
'Scilly Corals and Float'
Hmmmmmm - well what can we say here !! oooooh yes !!
This marks a new set of skills that are going to be put to good use as soon as life will let me get back into the studio !!
I learnt how to solder - wooohooooo - which is very very exciting !!!!
it now means that potentially there is no limit on what I can put into my wearable sculptures
(I would have added within reason but I have a feeling that that doesn't apply) !!
So the very large lump of coral (that looks like a brain !!!) is my first attempt at this new way of working (thank you 'Jewellery Making Cornwall' for teaching me)
It was a present so long ago that I cant even remember who gave it to me.
The other pieces of coral and the dried pieces of seaweed (that look like wood) were collected when I last went with my band on tour to the Isles of Scilly.
The float was found by the wheelie bin by my boat (home).
'Becky's Crystalised Shell'
More presents and obsessive charity shop buys, things collected and found !!
'Blue Robot and his Rubbery friend Mr Polar Bear'
Hmmmmmmmm......... where to start !!.
So poor Blue Robot - he was also a casualty.
Unlike Mr Angler Fish (who the furry ones were able to perform surgery on and fix) Mr Robot was actually missing his whole arm - his clockwork mechanics are also de-funkt.
He was therefore donated to the 'Big Spotty Dog Studio' to be given a new lease of life
(thank you Omaras Antiques for giving him to us to save).
As you can see he is definitely going to be living a newer happier life with his lovely blue friend.
'Silk Worms and Little Birdies'
Almost there - cocoons from an ex-student, brooch from a charity shop and everything else - business as usual !!
My final offering is this little lovely - created on a particularly wet summers day in Cornwall !!
Both the Flamingo and Little Yellow Rubber Ducky first started life as fairy lights.
They are now having a lot more fun out and about around various peoples necks and will be winging their way into my etsy shop soon.
'A Furry Helper - helping with my photo shoot' !!
So there you go - that's it for now.
As you can see we have been having lots of fun
and as you can see from the last pic - my helpers are as ever very helpful !!
All the best till next time - enjoy the sun and ciao xxx
Sparkly eco 'wearable-art' maker and crazy rescue-collie fanatic; living off grid on a 98yr old wooden ex-Looe Lugger in Penryn, Cornwall.