Category Archives: Arrangements

Friday…with The Flower Arranger Magazine ( and my Granny )

February 17, 2017

Filed Under : Arrangements - ikebana - Spring

Towards the end of last year I was asked if I’d like to contribute something to the NAFAS Sping edition of ‘The Flower Arranger’ Magazine

( NAFAS is National Association of Flower Arrangement Soceities by the way )

I was really thrilled as it had been my late Granny’s favourite magazine, having been an avid flower arranger with The Coventry Flower Club since the early 1960’s.

I have held on to lots of her flower arranging bits and pieces ( including the metal frogs and ikebana snips and books in the image above ) as I knew they meant so much to her…little realising how much influence they were going to have on me over the last few years.

She would have been so surprised but also really happy that I had had something published in this magazine, so I wanted to create some arrangements which somehow included her and her work too…I have her sketchbooks, lots of photos of her arrangements and certificates… …she was evidently pretty skilled as these First Prize cards date from 1966 – 1995She had also achieved her advanced diploma in Ichiyo ikebana by 1973……and this is an image I really love as here is Beryl Stanton running what looks like a flower arranging workshop on a lovely wooden table!These were obviously some arrangements she was most proud of…even though they seem rather dated now…She had a beautiful garden too which I spent many weekends running around ( and dodging mud ‘grenades’ my brother would hurl at me from across the lawn! ) this photo is so reminiscent of summers spent there…I can almost smell it I also have a selection of some of her ceramics which she used. The keyhole one is my absolute favourite but they’re all brilliant to work with… …and here is her 25 years of flower arranging badge …and her NAFAS apronIt’s strange, but also quite comforting, to realise the influence someone has had on you during your childhood when you weren’t even noticing…I really wish I could have had a chat to her about it all, or even a class with her in her shed…

However, at least I’m able to share a bit of that history here…even though she’d have been completely freaked out by anything digital!You can order a copy of the Spring Issue of ‘The Flower Arranger’ HERE which is full of really interesting ideas and also a great piece about Japanese Cherry Blossom!

Thursday…with a Yorkshire re-cap

February 16, 2017

Filed Under : Arrangements - colour - trips - Winter

This Half Term my son and my mum decided they wanted to watch films together ( as well as a couple of ‘Midsommer Murder’s’ I expect if my mum had anything to do with it!! ) for 3 days at her house in Warwickshire, which meant I was able to sneak off to Yorkshire to visit my cousin Rachel @welliesandlove … ( well we’re sort of cousins;, her Grandmother and my Grandfather were an item for years! )

Rachel’s mother sadly passed away last year which meant she has suddenly inherited her Grandmother’s boxes of vintage threads, costume jewellery and old magazines which I helped her rummage through, and we spent hours into the night looking at it and arranging it  just for the sake of it…

I also became obsessed by Rachel’s windows…particularly the round ones and now have them on my bucket list for the perfect home!

I love driving North to see friends and Yorkshire is probably my favourite part of the UK and I was able to visit a couple of other friend’s too as well as meet up with Sara Tasker from Me and Orla ( instagram @me_and_orla ) to chat about all things creative and Instagrammy for her new podcast; Hashtag Authentic, which you can listen to HERE

So, here follows my visual re-cap of a lovely few days away…
( above is Rachel’s Grandmother Louise, and both of us below with our mums and Louise circa 1986! ) ( I amused 2 small elves just before their tea time by getting them to collect items and toys in their favourite colours so I could create eye-spy images for them…) ( magazine pages from 1948…imagine what instagram lifestyle images would have looked like then! ) domestic foraging for white things with Sara Tasker after we’d recorded the podcast muted tones were replaced that evening with wine and multi coloured thread action… …which was still there in the morning! I got home to Brighton last night and this morning was inspired by my trip; Sara’s white ceramics, Rachel’s boxes of treasured bits and as always telephone boxes…

Sunday…Weekly Snaps

January 15, 2017

Filed Under : Arrangements - Brighton - colour - cycling - London - My Home - synaesthesia - texture - Weekly Snaps - Winter

Photo 09-01-2017, 12 14 24I’ve been a slacker with organisation all over the board since even before Christmas, so rather than make any excuses, I’ll just get on with the snaps again…January and February is always a settling in time 😉

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Thursday…with a Scented Shed

November 17, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Art - Brighton - collaborations - exhibitions - My Home - Open House - synaesthesia - The Shed - Winter

photo-17-11-2016-08-42-16Each year at my Artist’s Open House in Brighton I create an installation in my shed/studio…themes over the years have included Shipwrecks, Pioneer’s Cabin, Nesting, Frozen in Time and the White Shed.

Earlier this year when I was working on the #myStJames project I visited Floris in Jermyn St, London; the oldest perfumers in the country, and I was absolutely fascinated with how a perfumer almost seems to paint with scent. ( you can read an earlier post about it here )

It made me become incredibly preoccupied with scents and memories which is why I decided I wanted to crete a space where people could almost smell their past and  to ‘dress’ the shed with a feeling of nostalgia and personal history; something smell and scent gives immediate access to.
photo-17-11-2016-08-26-12When I told Floris what I was going to do they kindly provided me with lots of scent samples which I was then able to subtly place within drawers, boxes, tins, jars and even a couple of handbags and a book; sometimes on their own and sometimes combined with other elements…I was also so chuffed when Susan Beech from A Petal Unfolds agreed to let me include some of her incredible paper flowers and Cable and Cotton gave me extra lights for the ceiling.

Also as a synaesthetic artist I often paint smell ( and taste ) and so also included within the installation some paintings which depict scent. photo-17-11-2016-08-32-17 When I was little my mum put a scented sheet of purple paper into a drawer in the spare room…I used to go in on a rainy day just to open it and take in that smell.
I can still recall it; not in a very tangible way, but more like recalling a dream; one of those you never forget…

As an abstract painter I enjoy emotional responses rather than representative, and was completely taken by surprise when I found myself weeping at the scent of ‘Iris’ having emotionally revisited one of the happiest times and places of my life 30 years ago, for a matter of seconds.photo-17-11-2016-08-28-24( the handbag above contains ‘ Madonna of the Almonds’ by Floris as well as a dusting of talc, the small top box contains ‘ 1962’ scent by Floris and the glass jar contains ‘Lily of the Valley’ by Floris )

( the binoculars case below contains Scent ‘No. 127’ by Floris, blended in the 1800’s. It’s one of my favourites because it is like directly smelling history )photo-17-11-2016-08-42-32photo-17-11-2016-08-36-10 ( drawer above contains ‘Palm Springs’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-36-59 ( drawer above contains ‘Cerifo’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-37-36 photo-17-11-2016-08-43-46 ( drawer above contains ‘Edwardian Bouquet’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-45-08 photo-17-11-2016-08-39-30 ( drawer above contains ‘Honey Oud’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-35-40 photo-17-11-2016-08-33-58 ( bag above contains ‘Mahon Leather’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-40-02 ( above is some of my mother’s old cream from the 1970’s and a box with pencil shavings inside )photo-17-11-2016-08-40-21 photo-17-11-2016-08-41-10 photo-17-11-2016-08-43-17 ( drawer above contains ‘1988’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-32-59 photo-17-11-2016-08-31-05 ( lilies and a painting of their scent behind )photo-17-11-2016-08-29-29There are 75 smells in the shed which you can experience in boxes, jars and drawers ( anything containing a smell has a little round sticker on unless it’s a plant ).

You can pick and choose and let the smells take you back to places you’d forgotten or never even thought about.
The identity of the smell itself shouldn’t be important; it’s where it takes you in your memory which should be savoured.

So far people have had some incredible responses and everyone has come out telling me stories of smells from their childhood or past…some of my favorites so far have been:

‘I’ve just smelt a ghost’

‘That smells like an old lady’s chair’

‘Oh my God, that’s the school soap!’

‘I’ve just visited my Grandpa’s front room’
photo-13-11-2016-11-33-21( tin above contains ‘White Rose’ scent by Floris )photo-08-11-2016-16-20-34( incredible hand made paper flowers inside a drawer with the scent of Floris’s ‘Edwardian Bouquet’ from A Petal Unfolds )

I’ve also included some smells which are not so nice…not many, but I wanted people to experience a range, so if you visit, beware of this tin…it contains asafoetida!!photo-17-11-2016-08-46-25There’s nothing quite like opening a drawer or a box which not only has some interesting bits and pieces inside but which also has a specific scent…I have absolutely loved putting this installation together and I think it is only the start of a new phase for me of working artistically with smell!photo-12-11-2016-17-24-58You can visit the Open House and experience The Scented Shed, in Brighton during the last 3 weekends of November 11am – 5pm, and you can follow the accounts @64sandgate on Instagram and Facebook for more details

Wednesday…Weekly Snaps

October 19, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Art - Autumn - Brighton - colour - cycling - My Garden - My Home - Shop Discounts - synaesthesia - texture - Weekly Snaps - workshops

photo-04-10-2016-12-06-17I’ve been completely distracted by getting my new 2017 Calendars and jigsaws in and forgot to post my Weekly Snaps…which are a 2 week batch anyway! ( You can read the post about them here )

Ever since I was little, I’ve always found Autumn really busy, beautiful and exciting; it’s almost like there’s too much to fit in!

…Anyway here’s the catch up!
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Sunday…with New 2017 Calendars and Shop Discount!

October 16, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Autumn - colour - Shop Discounts

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My new 2017 calendars are here!!!

They are now ready to order and will be ready to ship at the end of October…

I decided it was time for a re-design, which I was really nervous about, but I needed to change things partly because the postage on my old long ones was always expensive because of their size, and also because I wanted the images to be square, and well, I basically need to shake things up a bit!

Each month comes with a sort of contemplative and seasonal creative triggers, for example May encourages you to ‘Smell flowers until the scent disappears…’ , July to ‘Water the plants and listen to the sound it makes’  and November to ‘Enjoy wearing a scarf and sitting still with a hot drink…. I wanted to connect art, nature and the senses throughout the year.

Also the actual calendar format has changed so that now there are squares instead of skinny lines, and there’s space at the bottom for spillover reminders, although at the back there are sections for notes and lists.

I have also been able to make them a bit cheaper than before, and until the end of October there is a 10% discount on all orders ( to be shipped at the end of October ) with checkout code: 5FTINFAUTUMNALORDER

Below are the images in the calendar, and you can ord them in my shop www.5ftinf.bigcartel.com .

You can reach the calendars directly here

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And the jigsaws have also arrived and come in 3 different designs this year…

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So don’t forget the 10% discount code: 5FTINFAUTUMNALORDER at the end of your order as it only lasts until October 31st!photo-16-10-2016-16-33-56

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