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Vintage Paper Packs - Source Materials

Posted by [email protected] on June 18, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Bella Does Brighton specilaises in making  paper packs from vintage paper that might otherwise end up in landfill. The following images give an indication of the type of source materials used in my packs. This is a stunning book but has been scribbled on and poorly repaired. In a few days I will post some of the packs that have been made using this as source material.




Artists Open Houses

Posted by [email protected] on May 17, 2017 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It's been a very busy few weeks at Bella HQ getting ready for the start of the Artists Open Houses. This is a key attraction of the Brighton Fringe Festival when artists and designers throw open their doors to hundreds of visitors.

For visitors it's a great opportunity for people to "meet the maker" but for us it's a great chance for us to hang out with other artists, share tips and most importantly get direct feedback on the products we make and sell from the people who buy them.

This year I am exhibiting at the wonderful The Stanley Road Store http://www.thestanleyroadstore.co.uk It's a relative new house on the Open House circuit but is getting some great feedback from visitors thanks to the great collection of artists that Maxine ( the house host) has put together.

It's also an opportunity to make something more fun and quirky such as my range of cacti dolls heads. Definitely my "marmite" product.



Never Judge a book .....

Posted by [email protected] on March 29, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

  This is fairly representative of the kind of books that I use as source material for my paper packs. They have little resale value or in the case of this Commercial Atlas from 1911example, no monetary value. At the moment I'm playing around with some ideas so will post the results later


#upcycling #reuse #salvagedpaper #reduce #waste

Lighting ideas

Posted by [email protected] on January 28, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

January is when winter really bites. It's cold and the dark nights seem to have been with us forever. It's also that time post Christmas when money is tight.

 The inspiration for this reuse idea came from Chiara the artist behind Use and Take Care. It involves few materials and equipment and is a quick low cost lightling idea that can be adapted and used in a variety of ways. 

The basic premise is find an image you like. I have gone for some botanical images that i found in a book costing £1.00. For the light source i have used a small LED candle which is powered by a watch battery so can be reused. Mine came from a floristry supplier and a pack of 10 were £10. Similar lights can be found in Pound Shops.



cut the image down to roughly the length you would like and mount the image on a plain piece of paper to stiffen it. You could also laminate the image. When finished the image will be rolled into a cyclinder so it's good to try wrapping it around the LED light to help guage how much paper you will need.

I have cut out some of the white spaces with scalpel. When finished simply glue the edges together ( i used a rolling pin to help support the shape whilst the glue was drying. 

Below is the finished daffodil inspired paper lantern helping to brighten up a dull mantlepiece and bringing a bit of colour into a dull corner.


#recyling #upcycling #decorative #lighting #reuse #ideas 

Festive Cheer

Posted by [email protected] on December 28, 2016 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I hope everyone had a happy and peaceful Christmas. Now entering that in between zone between Christmas and New Year and plan to use the down time to clean up my studio & hopefully free up some "space". December is often a frantic time for makers and I still have a discarded box of decorations that some how I didn't quite have time to put up.

My contrast my mothers house as always looked fantastic!




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