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Hello

My blog has now moved to www.janecameron.co.uk/blog.html

Please do join me there for more about my artistic process, fabulous hand painted silk and fused glass, and information about my silk painting courses.

Thank you!
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Hi All

Just to let you know that the winner of the "Golden Sunrise" silk scarf is Andi. Congratulations! I'll email you!
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Someone else is copying my designs! What can I do to stop them...?

There's a lot of things you can do ...
  • Watermark your pictures - that way people know where they have come from.
  • Look up intellectual property law etc. - the British Library run sessions.
  • Consider being a member of ACID (anti copying in design) or Own-It. There's also the Creative Barcodes scheme too.
  • If you have created an unique product / design and want proof that you did it first, then consider taking a photo of each new item and emailing it to yourself. If you want to print and post it you could do that too (as that way you have email timestamp and/or date postmark on proof of posting form). If you do the postal thing, sign across the envelope flap and don't open it when it arrives!
  • You can also get a boilerplate "Cease and Desist" letter (ask your local friendly lawyer) which threatens action unless they stop doing the direct copy, which you can send to them.
However, unless it is something which only you do in that very specific way, you often can't do much about it.

Here's an example: If you do round coasters with fish on, and someone else copies your idea and does the same thing but with birds on then you can't do anything as round coasters are a common thing, but if they use your own unique hand-drawn fish designs without your permission then that's another matter entirely!

If you see another person (possibly on Facebook) who has started using your own unique designs in their own work, a polite message is the best starting point, as often that may be all it takes to stop them using your designs. Occasionally, if you were considering licensing your designs, this may be able to be turned to your advantage (profit!) as you may be able to consider a partnership.

"Naming and shaming" in public just makes you look really bad.

Here's another few helpful links:

Sample of "Cease & Desist" letter.

What to do if you see someone copying your work on the internet.

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Important Note: This is just my opinion, which is no substitute for proper legal advice. If you have any other resources you would like me to include in this post, please do add them below. Thank you!
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It's been quite busy recently, with my solo art exhibition at the West End Centre in Aldershot in June being followed by some repair and decorating work on the house.

If you didn't manage to make it to my exhibition, pop over to the front page of my website (http://www.janecameron.co.uk) where you can watch a virtual tour.

The furniture is now mostly back in place, but we still have a lot of things in boxes including a lot of my art equipment. Once I'm a bit more sorted out I will reopen my online shop - please do email me if you'd like to buy or commission anything in the meantime. I have loads of new ideas to try out and can't wait to get started again!

On 4-5-6 September I, and my colleagues from the Guild of Silk Painters (www.silkpainters-guild.co.uk), will be at the Creative Crafts Show at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher. We'll be running mini silk painting workshops (£3) where you can paint a fabulous card, so do pop down and say hello.

Then I'll be running some more silk painting courses on 13th September (sold out, thank you!) and 20th September (spaces available), followed by our first appearance at Thread at Farnham Maltings on 26-27 September where we will be demonstrating silk painting.

I do look forward to seeing you at one of these events.

You can also join my mailing list to receive occasional newsletters, or follow me on Facebook.

Jane

http://www.janecameron.co.uk
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Thank you to We Love Woking for inviting me to speak about my experiences of social media as an artist at the Woking Arts Hub meeting last night, along with representatives from The Lightbox, We Love Woking and Dance Woking.

They talked about three of the main social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram), what they were used for and how to set them up, and I talked about my experience of using the business side of Facebook as an artist.

I had a fabulous time - it was so lovely to be able to meet other local artists in a social environment - too often we only see each other at craft fairs or other events where we have to concentrate on our customers rather than chatting to each other.



I caught up with some people I hadn't seen for ages, including Zahir from We Love Woking, Karen from Tilly's Magic Lantern and Caroline Rutter who makes lovely stained glass.

I also met some wonderful new people, including the fantastic Tim Rudman (go and look at his photos - they are stunning!), Melanie Paice - look out for her new project with The Lightbox, and the lovely Sally Medlyn who was representing the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

I also met Joanne from The Newson Academy of Performing Arts, who are looking for a singing teacher on Saturdays. Please get in touch with them to apply.

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About Woking Arts Hub:

This is a new organisation which has been set up at the instigation of The Lightbox, offering support, advice and networking opportunities to local people working in all branches of the arts in the Borough.

It is hoped that these regular networking meetings will provide the perfect opportunity for artists to find out about what arts activities are going on in the Borough and make the contacts to help develop new activities.

If you are interested in coming along to the networking meetings, then please contact Heather Thomas on heather.thomas@thelightbox.org.uk


http://thelightbox.org.uk/learning/ourmuseum/wokingartshub

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New work!

Apr. 17th, 2014 10:48 am
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I'm working on a series of new silk paintings for my Exhibition in June. Each one will be approx A1 size!

Here's a sneak preview of one of the pieces ...



You can find out more about my exhibition (4th-20th June, West End Centre, Aldershot) on my website www.janecameron.co.uk. I really hope you will be able to attend.
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I had a most fabulous day yesterday - went to see "Butterflies in the Glasshouse" at Wisley RHS Garden. They had a free admission day as they were celebrating their 210th Birthday.

I set off fairly early, and was glad I did, as we were queueing all the way down the motorway towards the slip road. I was surprised at the sheer number of cars pouring into the car park, but with the weather forecast promising a nice day I can see why so many people took the opportunity to have a free day out.

They had lots of parking attendants on hand to guide us to our spaces, which was very helpful, and lots of staff handing out membership leaflets on the door when we arrived.

I made a beeline(!) straight for the butterflies, as I knew there would be a queue. We had to queue for about 20 minutes before we got into the butterfly part of the glasshouse, which wasn't a problem as they'd suggested it could be up to an hour ... and there were loads of lovely cacti and succulents to photograph along the way.



So, I walked into the butterfly house, got out my camera ... and the lens steamed up!!! It was very hot and humid in there and the butterflies were having a lovely time. My lens did clear once it got acclimatised, so here are a few photos!





It was lovely to see so many fabulous butterflies - wish they had sat still for a bit longer though as a lot of my photos came out as "motion shots"! People were all pointing out hidden butterflies to each other - it was a really nice atmosphere.

I'll be adding some more pics of butterflies to my Facebook page, so do pop over there and say hello! http://www.facebook.com/JaneCameronArtist

The weather was cloudy, which was great for being inside the glasshouse. I left once the sun came out as it got even hotter!



After that, I had a little walk around the gardens - went to the alpine houses, the bonsai walk and their allotment. Then I went home for lunch as the queue for the cafe was enormous!

It was a thoroughly lovely day, and I'd definitely recommend it. The last two days for the butterflies are this weekend.

I'm feeling all inspired to paint butterflies now!
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Happy Christmas to my lovely followers!

Thank you for all your support this year - I really appreciate it.



Look forward to seeing you all on here again in the new year!
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Just to let you know that I've got a fabulous craft fair tomorrow at the Lightbox Art Gallery in Woking - full of local designer-makers and their lovely work, with musical entertainment provided by the Phoenix Cultural Centre. Open from 1030am-5pm, do pop down and say hello!

My last fair of the year will be at Godalming Independent Market on Saturday 14th December, 11am-430pm - it will be great to see you there too.

After that, I'll be getting the lounge ceiling replaced (at some point in the next couple of months ... happy joy, with all the associated disruption, thankfully the insurance are paying!) and then I'll be able to schedule some more silk painting courses (hurrah!).

Looking forward to next year when I'll have my own solo exhibition (*excitement*) at the West End Centre in Aldershot in June. I've currently got two pieces in their "Open Exhibition" which is on until the 18th December - there's some really interesting work - well worth a look.

If you can't make it to my fairs, you are most welcome to shop online via my website www.janecameron.co.uk

Have fun with your festive preparations!
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Hello everyone! Thanks for popping over!

CraftFest is an online craft fair which is running until 23rd November, so today I thought I'd show you a few of my favourite things from the other blog tour members.



A fabulous apron by The Old Button



This awesome resin button coaster by Cola Creations



A lovely brooch by Vicky Myers Creations



Gorgeous advent calendar by Fabrilushus



Amazingly detailed birdhouse by Hectic Eclectic



Sunshine Cushion from Loopy's Place



Christmas Coaster by Designs By Lisa



Autumn oak leaf copper pendant by Sew Jewellery



Tattoo-inspired Christmas card by Pastelesta



A stylish vintage collage from Elsie May & Bertha



Awesome purple felt angel from Bridgits Bell



Fun his and hers cushion from Shelly Berry Originals



Necklace with handmade paper beads from BeadedBazaar



You can find my fabulous hand painted silk and fused glass work over in my online shop, and a selection in my album on the CraftFest site. Please do pop over and say hello on Facebook too!

Thanks for looking, and please do pop over and visit the other blog tour members.
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I thought I'd give you a bit more of an insight into how I go about making my beads...

Once you have made the beads, you have to put them straight in your vermiculite / cooling bubbles / kiln to make sure they don't crack by cooling down too fast. It's also tricky to take progress pictures when you're juggling molten glass, but I shall see what I can do about that for the future ...



Once they have cooled down to room temperature - naturally - you can get them out and take a look.



do NOT be tempted to pull them out while they're still warm and have "just one little teensy peek", as they WILL crack!

So, on to the pictures and how I made them ...



I started off by making these spotted ones, as I wanted to try out my new frit from Val Cox Frits. This was the "Gold Pink", over white.

I deliberately made one bead bigger than the other, as I have thoughts about stacking them to make a pendant.



This one has yet another application of the gold pink frit over white, but I then melted it in really well and added some pink millefiori slices with clear dots over the top. I love the window effect this has made, and will be experimenting more with this.

Unfortunately this bead cracked (lots of spidery little cracks) but I think it may have been a compatibility issue with the frit (otherwise known as me using too much of it!) - apparently with frit you are only supposed to use 5% of the weight of your bead as frit, and I definitely had more than that! I think the combination of the two additions was too much for it. Still, a lovely bead and I shall definitely be trying this technique again.



This is my happy owl. I like to think it's singing "Whooo Hoo!". It's the first owl I have ever made, and is BIG! It's a white base with goldstone ribbon and clear encasing, with millefiori eyes and "silver black" mouth.



I love the way that the goldstone has made "feathery" edges at the ends of the wings. Those two pieces of millefiori were the same size ... I need to refine my application technique - I think I pushed one a bit further in than the other one.

On the other hand, I appear to have got the hang of millefiori application - none on the floor and none exploded! Hurrah!

I also realised that the stainless steel tool I bought for doing "pricking" work through paper will be perfect as a very pointy glassworking tool for making tiny dot holes - I shall experiment with this another day!

Now they're off their mandrels, I'll be putting them in the kiln for about 12 hours to anneal, which evens out the stresses in the glass and makes them much less likely to crack.

I'll be back soon with another post, probably about a visit I made to an exhibition!
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Yes, I'm making glass beads. It's fun. I haven't set fire to myself or the kitchen recently, which is good. The propane tank is doing well, the big BBQ lighting matches are really nice.

Lampworkers - I need something to hold my rod ends with (that's not another glass rod!) - contemplating car battery clips or metal clothes peg, but is there anything else out there (not too expensive and available in the UK)?

Also, mandrel holders - I've put my pillar drill attachment partly together so will be making myself some wooden mandrel holding blocks - currently got them stuck into a piece of polystyrene packaging material!

I made my first big heart shaped bead today ... cased and everything! We'll see if it makes it through the cooling cycle (currently in the vat of vermiculite) and then there will be PICTURES!

I also restricted myself to three colours (black / green / clear) and pulled some stringers and made some beads with dots on. Need to work out how to make fatter stringers (I have instructions somewhere, just need to find & follow!). I have decided I also like beads with the band all the way round the centre - note to self - must make more of these.

PS - I love the "silver black" effetre rod - it's awesome.

PPS - If you want to see pics of my recent glass work, including dinky glass fish, do pop over to my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JaneCameronArtist (It's a public page so you don't even have to login to see it!)
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The Guild of Silk Painters will be taking part in the Creative Crafts Show at Sandown Park from 5-7 September. Come down and meet us, and sign up to paint your own silk lavender bag.

Find out more here: http://www.sccshows.co.uk/13ss_proceed.html
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I've been asked many times where I get my inspiration from.

I think it's having an enquiring mind and being permanently excited by the details of things around me. However, sometimes even I run out of inspiration... so what do I do then?

There's many options ... you are welcome to use some, none or all of these (or use random.org to choose which one to start with!)

  • Leaf through your old sketch books / piles of ideas and choose something to work on

  • Go for a walk somewhere new - if you only have time to walk round the park walk round it the other way as that will give your brain something new to look at

  • Phone (or meet up with) an arty friend

  • Go to an art exhibition, gallery, or a concert - give your brain, your ears and/or your eyes something new to look at

  • Look at the Tate's (or any other gallery's) online art collection

  • Look at Time Out magazine to see what's on - just thinking about whether you want to go to something can refine your ideas about what style or medium currently excites you

  • Try doing a piece of work in a new medium - if you usually work in oils try pencil, if you normally work in fabric then try paper. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece.

  • Watch this video by Hennessy Youngman from his "Art Thoughtz" series, it's called "How to make an Art" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVFasyCvEOg

  • Do the "youtube random" ... start with a video less than 3 minutes long, follow any one of the recommended links at the end (as long as it's less than 3 minutes long) ... repeat 5 times (or 3 if you're in a rush!), use the final video as the starting point for your art exploration! You may end up somewhere quite different!

  • Ask your friends on Facebook for inspiration!

  • Look for your local Open Studios website and visit some artists webpages (or visit the artists if their studios are open!)

  • Book yourself on a course to learn something new, or do an "art exchange" with a friend who works in a very different medium or style

  • Choose a colour. Find 3 objects from around your house in that colour and draw them. Restricting yourself to one colour makes you want to go and play with all the other ones when you've finished

  • Put several objects in different opaque bags ... jumble them up so you don't know which one is which ... draw one at a time by feel without looking inside the bag.

  • Try drawing / painting / sculpting with your other hand

  • Get some plasticine or modelling clay and play with that

  • Read up on some of the mixed media techniques over at Cloth Paper Scissors magazine

  • Look up one of the many "daily art inspiration" prompts

  • Read blogs of artists who inspire you

  • Try working on a different scale - if you usually work small work BIG, and vice versa

  • Try working in a different artist's style - copy the style of Van Gogh, Monet, Kandinsky, Klee, or anyone else you fancy who has a distinctive style - see how it makes you feel to work that way.

  • Try working at a different time of day (if you're too tired when you get home from the day job try getting up early one morning and having a go instead), or in a different location.

  • Take a look on your bookshelf and read some of your art books, or go and support your local library!

  • Join a professional organisation (for instance, the Guild of Silk Painters!) or subscribe to a magazine which inspires you.



I hope that these tips are helpful - I'll add to this post as I think of more! Please feel free to add your own in the comments.
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Had a fantastic time in Oxford at the Stradivarius Exhibition yesterday. The exhibition was made up of two rooms, and you could get an audio guide. There was an introductory film before you went in, which gave you a brief history of violin making and a few sneak peeks of the instruments. You are allowed to take photographs, but not use flash.

The first room had a reconstruction of part of a violin making workshop (set up by Oxford Violins), with displays showing how violins and other stringed instruments are made. Many of the tools used in Stravari's time are still in use today.



There were patterns for scroll decoration, tools, some wooden templates, and I was particularly excited by the piece which showed how to mark the position the Cello f-holes with the aid of a pair of compasses...

In this first room there was also a big wall display showing the stages in making and varnishing a violin - interesting to see that a clear "sealing" coat goes on first, then the tinted coats which are built up gradually to provide the right colour. There was also a fabulous (but unfortunately silent) video showing someone making an instrument inspired by the Cipriani Potter (the one in the first image). It was fascinating to see how they create the decorative purfling.



The second room was full of Stradivarius instruments in glass cases, including the famous "Messiah" which is normally held by the Ashmolean. It was wonderful to see several Stradivari Cellos and to hear them played via the audio guide. I was disappointed that there was a mistake on the audio guide - with one of the cello pieces they said they were playing "Allegro Appassionato" by Saint-Saëns, but it was actually "Elegie" by Fauré! I did tell the staff, but they said they knew!

This is "The Messiah", which is in the Ashmolean's Collection. If you'd like to see more of the instruments let me know and I'll post up pictures of them after the exhibition has ended ...



The exhibition guide (£5) is good, with clear photos and lots of information. There is also a posh glossy book to accompany the exhibition, but it costs £60 and only covers the instruments in the exhibition rather than a wider range of Strads, so I decided to give it a miss.

I did buy the previous month's copy of The Strad (magazine), which was great to read on the train on the way home - Nice to see Raphael Wallfisch on the cover - his mother-in-law (Marianne Maxwell) was my first cello teacher!

I always feel a bit sorry for musical instruments in glass cases, but at least with these I knew that some of them were going home to be played again at the end of the exhibition.

Stradivarius is on at the Ashmolean Museum until 11th August. Go and see it if you can!
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Are you doing any craft fairs, open studios, exhibitions or other "selling your work in public" happenings over the next few months? If so, you might want to consider the concept of the "Emergency Box".

So, what is it? It's a box, obviously (or a bag), which has in it all those little things which make life so much easier when you're setting up to sell your work.

Mine has in it:

  • Scissors

  • Scotch tape

  • Duct tape

  • Paper clips (good as emergency picture hooks!)

  • Fishing line

  • Plasters

  • Ball of string

  • Spare business cards

  • Spare price tags

  • Tissues / wet wipes (for those "sticky bun" moments)

  • Pens

  • Pencils

  • Tipp-ex

  • Notebook



What's in yours and why?
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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit London Glassblowing to sit and watch some demonstrations. Headed up by Peter Layton, and near London Bridge station, this is a fantastic place to go and spend an hour (or three!).

They have exhibitions and the glassblowing area is open plan and has a few seats, so you can sit and watch them making or wander around the showroom.

On the day I went they were making these:



You start with a small blob of molten glass. Sometimes this is a block of coloured glass which has been pre-heated in a kiln ... then you build it up with various layers of glass and blow down the hollow pipe so it expands and turns into a vessel rather than a paperweight!



Sometimes you even swing it round in circles! This helps to stretch the glass into a taller shape.



This is a wooden block which enables the glass to be shaped into an oval ... the surface chars under the heat of the molten glass and gives it a beautiful smooth surface.



I also got to watch Ant Scala working on some glass fruit with applied silver leaf, and he gave me some really helpful tips for my future work. Thanks Ant!

Their website is here: http://www.londonglassblowing.co.uk/

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I was also very lucky to have the opportunity to chat to the very talented Layne Rowe, who had an exhibition on at the time I visited.



His latest work is stunning, using a clear glass base covered in bars of hand made multi-layer glass cane, coldworked and fire polished to produce these amazing layered effects. So inspiring!



His website is here: http://layneroweglass.co.uk/ and you can also see a video of him talking about his work on the London Glassblowing Facebook page. Well worth a look!

PS This is just down the road from the Fashion & Textile Museum, so why not visit both on the same day!
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Do you do silk painting on a large frame? Do you have trouble with it sagging in the middle and touching the table during the painting process?

If so, here's some ideas for you!

Raise or Reinforce ...

* Prop it up on books! Yes, simple and works like a dream! Just add a small pile of books under each corner of the frame (and half way along each side if it's a big one!). Wrap the books in a plastic bag if you're worried about splashes. Some people use plastic cups instead but I find that books are far more stable (though you could tape those on!). Another thing I found which was fabulous was square polystyrene blocks - sometimes you can find old packaging which is just the right size...

* Reinforce your frame with extra stretcher bars across the middle. Get wood battens or pvc pipe and duct tape it straight across the centre of the frame underneath to add a bit more strength so it can't sag so much. Do make sure your extra bars are flat enough and low enough.

* Tape the frame to the edges of the table!

* Use some string to tie the frame to itself underneath the table ... this one requires a picture!



* Don't forget, you can also move your pins and reposition your silk if it sags.

* You can also balance your work between two chair backs, two tables or a couple of music stands! You could even make your frame its own legs (if it's sturdy enough). This doesn't address the sagging problem but does mean it's free-hanging.

How do I know if it's going to sag?

Well, if you're going to be working quite wet, especially if your frame is made of plastic (e.g. the Artys Easyfix frames) then you will get some sagging as the weight of the water succumbs to gravity and moves towards the centre of your work. The tighter your silk is stretched on the frame the less this will happen. Some silks will stretch more than others.

If you want to check how far your work will sag before you embark on your painting spree then frame up, wet the silk and see how far it dips. You can then reinforce the frame as required.

Sometimes it's fun to use the "dip" in the middle to produce interesting effects, so it's not always a bad thing!

Happy painting!
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I recently went to the fabulous Kaffe Fassett Exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London. I was really glad I made the effort to go. It was really interesting to see the work of someone else who also worked in several media (knitting, quilting, textile designs, ceramics) and see how his style translated into the different materials.



The museum is quite small, but the work was detailed so it was good to be able to get up close and have a good look at it. There was also a "touching wall" which had loads of samples of fabrics stapled to it so you could really get a good look at them - definitely something I'd like to try at home! The framed samples of knitting were also really fun - a great way to show off trial pieces.



I found the sketches of fabric designs very interesting - especially the way the repeats were marked and how all the different colours used were in little boxes along the bottom of the page.



There was also a DVD running on repeat which was called "Kaffe's Colour Quest", which I sat and watched all the way through - it was really interesting as it showed him visiting India and Vietnam with a cameraman and showing where he had found his inspiration, particularly in terms of pattern and structure with a particular interest in the patterns people create.



I loved the way that the quilts were displayed wrapped around pillars, and cushions were suspended from the ceiling in stripy circles. I also liked the way that some of the patterns within the patchwork squares were quilted too - gave a new dimension to the work.



The concept of "no white between colours" is something I've been thinking about for a while especially in regard to my silk painting. I think I may have to do some more work on the "hidden gutta lines" technique as that will enable me to put colours directly next to each other which will make a lot of difference to the way they work together.

I'm so glad I went, and I also popped in to London Glassblowing on the way back and watched some great demonstrations - more on that in my next post!

Did you go to see the exhibition? What did you think of it?
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Yes, after a long absence I'm back!

I've taken my online shop offline this week, which means I will be able to do some maintenance on it and have a proper stocktake, which will be a fair amount of work but well worth it. Please bear with me and contact me directly if you need anything in a hurry.

I'm very excited that my work is now available from "Fayre & Square" in Centre Court Shopping Centre, Wimbledon. It's open Wednesdays and Thursdays and the last Saturday of the month, from 10am to 4pm.



It's an initiative being run by Volunteer Centre Merton, and I'm really pleased to be a part of it.

Here's a sneak peek of my display:



So yes, I'm back, and I hope to post about once a week. Please do add me to your feed reader and let me know if there's anything particular you'd like me to talk about!

I have some fabulous pictures of the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum and of demonstrations at London Glassblowing to show you! The kiln is on too...

Jane.

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