Adventures in up-cycling, remaking and general thriftiness.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 26, 2017 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
There is something very therapeutic about making envelopes from hand. I am in the process of making tiny botanical seed envelopes for a friend which would make great presents for garden lovers.
There is also something lovely after the frenzy of making getting something boxed up ready for delivery.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 18, 2017 at 4:15 PM||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.
|Posted by [email protected] on May 17, 2017 at 11:50 AM||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.
|Posted by [email protected] on April 4, 2017 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
I recently found some botanical paintings from the late 1800's. Though most are torn and damaged their imperfections seem to enhance their appeal. Hung with a simple copper bull clip they look great and make great wall art for less then the price of a couple of coffee's.
|Posted by [email protected] on March 29, 2017 at 6:25 AM||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
|Posted by [email protected] on January 28, 2017 at 3:10 PM||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
|Posted by [email protected] on December 28, 2016 at 4:40 AM||comments (0)|
Liberty London are currently having a sale and my Salavaged Pages packs are currently 50% off for anyone not able to buy direct from store.
|Posted by [email protected] on December 28, 2016 at 4:25 AM||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!
|Posted by [email protected] on December 14, 2016 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
The Stanley Road Store has returned for a Christmas Pop up featuring the work of 25 local artists and some amazing affordable handmade gifts.
The house is using foraged branches and a range of other items that have been salvaged to display work and it's looking great.
Below is a wonderful handmade decoration made by Chiara of http://www.useandtakecare.co.uk
Work is available from the Stanley Road Store new website for anyone who isn't able to visit in person http://www.thestanleyroadstore.co.uk
|Posted by [email protected] on November 28, 2016 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Though the main focus of Bella Does Brighton is making creative paper packs & Stationery items, I can never resist a upcycling challenge. I stumbled into making these cacti planters when I was given a bag of damaged porcelain dolls that were in too poor a condition to be resold in a charity shop.
It's now become a bit of a Christmas tradition to bring out a new family of dolls head planters & these made their debut at The Stanley Road Open House this weekend. All now on their way to new homes.