Saturday, 29 December 2012

Gorgeous White Owl Window Display in Edinburgh Christmas 2012

I'm a sucker for pretty window displays, it's just a shame I can't remember what shop this one was in. I was in a hurry and managed to snap a quick few snaps... Owls are so gorgeous and this was just beautiful it looked like it was made from paper or card and burnt at the edges to add that lovely brown feather look. If anyone knows the shop then please feel free to share.

Friday, 28 December 2012

'Unfold', by alto (aka Chris Dobson) a Designer Toy Show in Edinburgh

This was a really exciting event for me to attend, my first ever visit to a designer toy exhibition, I got mixed up with the days and almost went one day early (thank goodness it was a day earlier and not later) I got a few photos... they were a bit rushed because I had my two year old there and she was tired but I think the photos turned out really well considering. I managed to speak to Alto (aka Chris Dobson) who designed the toys, it was really nice to meet the person behind them. I asked him about the process and he told me he modeled the designs in a 3d software package then printed them in 3d, from there the casts were made by DMS and Creo Design.

The Evil Origami toy was cast by DMS ( and Little Ox toy was moulded and cast by Creo Design (

One-off Evil Origami custom, by DMS, produced for the alto solo show, 'Unfold', at the Little Ox Gallery, Edinburgh. All customs available via the gallery itself:

laser cut white acrylic jewellery

                                                  Some customised pieces by different artists... The artists who did custom toys were: Robbie Porter, Daniel Seex, The Lindstrom Effect, Klingatron, Conzo, DMS, Verity Keniger, Lisa Rae Hansen, Badatmath, Effektive Design and  Berg Studio...

Some previous works from Creo... 

Thursday, 27 December 2012

"Did" Rainbow Hearts & Music Custom Order...

 I am not writing abruptly like a caveman on purpose the girls nickname is " Did"...

My latest custom order was for a friend of mine, for another friend of ours. Her nick name is " DID" and the brief was , hearts, stars, rainbows, music , big brown eyes and a little mole above the mouth. So this was a lot of fun because I love all of those things too and because I knew the person it made it a little easier than normal.

Sometimes when people ask me to make things for a person and I don't have a lot to go on I ask to see some photos of them or ask what art they like already, I can tell from what clothes they wear, the colours they like and fashion sense which can all help me decide the type of pot head they might like, another great thing that helps is home decor or a link to their facebook page, this person will be displaying the pothead someplace so you want to make sure it looks nice in it's new home.

So far this technique seems to work pretty well I've not had anyone complain yet which is brilliant and reassuring.

When coming up with a design for this particular Cutie Pot Head I wanted the musical notes to be on a rainbow instead of a music script. I also wanted it to have a bit of a retro 80's type feel to it and decided to keep the rainbow colours to just a few instead of the whole spectrum so the brown eyes would go well with the colours. Also I realised I hadn't included a globe in a pot head for a while so I wanted to do little red hearts inside this. These reminded me of a lot of stationery in the 80's that I loved.

Here is the finished piece, feel free to ask me any questions about my work and if you  would like to see more examples of my work then don't forget to visit my shop where you shall be invited into my weird world.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Cool Window Display in Edinburgh by Yayoi Kusama

This was the window display in Jenners  Edinburgh ( I think, it was a while back). It's pretty elaborate for a window display but I love it. The tentacles are really nice. Once I did some digging I found out who the artist was and read this...
 "After a nervous breakdown as a teenager, Kusama has lived with psychological trauma and has been in a psychiatric hospital since the 1970s of her own volition. During hallucinations, she says that dots multiply covering her field of vision threatening to overwhelm her. Her art has been therapy to help control these feelings and she puts the viewer firmly in her hallucinatory world, often in the domestic setting." link to blog

I decided to look for more of her art and just love it ...

More images I found for this artist...

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The Mosaic Wall

I passed a school on my travels and noticed this lovely mosaic wall. It looks like the kids might have helped and I loved it. It really does make a normal boring wall into a piece of art. I took photos of the ones I liked best.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Thousands of Thimbles

There is a small tailor shop not far from where I live in Edinburgh on Leith walk, I took some pictures because I love collections and this is a nice feature they have displayed in their windows. I thought it was an interesting collection.

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