Friday, 26 October 2012

Follow your bliss

"If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors for you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be."
Joseph Campbell in Reflections in the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion

Molly at Gyllynvase Beach early morning

This photo taken one morning a couple of weeks ago sums up for me the joy of living in Cornwall - beautiful beaches and the freedom of walks with Molly. My path to the point of now has been rocky, but I count my lucky stars that I can work at home, designing and creating my poetry and music inspired jewellery and paper lampshades.

I count even more that my work is for sale here ... 

The shop opened in April this year, following the success of Studio Fourseven in Redruth, when a group of artists and makers chose to accept the opportunity and the open door offered  ...

... and through Two Red Trees original creations website

The inspiration for the name of this on-line shop is explained by the founder Anna Ward: "The name comes from a wonderful story. Whilst I was studying for my Masters degree in illustration I came across a picture book called The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. It's a beautifully illustrated tale of great things happening when you least expect them - I loved the message of hope behind it and somehow it just felt right to pay homage to this wonderful little book."

Friday, 12 October 2012

My heart must dream ... a love story

Inspired by the dreams, work and passion of an amazing woman - my sister Sally.

... only those who love can feel the pain
And only love will cause the heart to dream ...

The early 1970's and Sally is a trainee nurse at Westminster Children's Hospital in London.

Just starting her nursing career, Sally was heartbroken when the parents of twin girls took the healthy twin home, leaving their terminally sick baby, Ruth, in hospital. Ruth lived only a few short weeks, the nurses providing what love and care they could.

That day, Sally vowed that one day she would take children such as Ruth into her home so they could spend their days in a loving and caring environment.

Since then, Sally has provided respite for many babies and children, giving mothers of special needs children a much-needed break. 

In 2007 she founded the Spectrum Support Group in Vancouver, Canada, a non-profit agency that is committed to provide respite and support for women who are courageously caring for their children in difficult and challenging situations. The group became a Charitable Organisation in March 2010.

Fund-raising for Spectrum is a family activity as Sally's adopted daughter Devon (age 6) has designed and drawn a series of art cards to sell.

Creative Artworks Cards by Devon Livingstone.

These cards are now available at Fourseven Collective shop, Heartlands Cornwall.

I am proud and delighted to know that the sale of each bracelet will help fund the caregivers and mentors who are making a difference in the lives of the families they support.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Image and Imagination ... meet the artists Part two

Colours ... memories ... connections in the evocative images of Betty in Motion.

One of the benefits of belonging to a collective, such as Fourseven Collective, is that you have a group of like-minded friends to support and encourage you when challenges arise, celebrate and share success as it occurs, and inspire and delight you with their work.

Another gorgeous work by the talented Anne Boo Whetter.

Delicate imaginative porcelain work by Alison Van Natta.

The lovely form of cowparsley interpreted in Textile Art and Stitch by Brenda Fox.

Karen Fox  of Pebblecraft  uses pebbles, gems and slate to create mirrors and more.

It's where you feel a sense of belonging, where you can be yourself and be accepted.
There's no place like home ... ruby red shoes by Anne Boo Whetter ... 'HOME' by Naturally Heartfelt ... tiles by Humble Cottage.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Fourseven Collective ... meet the artists Part One

Based at No 2, Artists Terrace, Heartlands Cornwall, the shop is staffed by members of Fourseven Collective and sells only our original work which includes paintings, prints, photographs, jewellery, ceramics, textile art, cards, stained glass, mosaics and other unique pieces.

Mosaic artist Lorraine Cave of Artichoke Mosaics finds inspiration in the landscape around Heartlands for some of her pieces, as well as creating beautiful mirrors, hearts and more from vintage china, stained and tempered glass, beads and tesserae.

Clare Wainright's Stained and Fused Glass Art is wonderfully enhanced by the light shining through - here displayed with the Totem Circle in the background.

Landscapes, boats and feathers are among the subjects of paintings and prints by Louise Gale Artist and Illustrator 

You are sure to be enticed by the creations of Keri Valentine: her Humble Cottage gorgeous vintage inspired tiles, plates, original prints and photos.

Naturally Heartfelt's feathered paper lampshades include 'Home Sweet Home' with vintage music paper, and 'Rhythm & Read' with reclaimed book pages and sheet music.

These lampshades created with vintage maps are featured in the Sept/Oct edition of Pretty Nostalgic magazine's A-Z of Handmade Maps.

More artists to meet later on ...