Sunday, 31 March 2013

Quilled Fish Tank and Other Quirky Quilling...

Aw I just love this little quilled television! Isn't it adorable :) Really impressed with some of the amazing quilled stuff I have been seeing recently, I had a tiny affair with quilling when I was younger and It was quite good fun but I had actually forgotten about it until recently when I discovered these lovely things. I found this little T.v on craftster on this thread

I found these very unique quilled pieces from a wonderful Etsy shop called Yakawonis Quilling.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Real Toy Story: Chinese Toy Factory

One of my facebook friends posted a link to these photos, I think they are really interesting but sad too of course especially the ones where you see the people sleep where they work and the first one of the woman on what looks like the most uncomfortable seating. Link to facebook page.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Strawberry Anarchy NSPCC Auction...

Hi everyone I decided to do a charity listing because I was broke when it was red nose day. My charity of choice is NSPCC to prevent cruelty to children. It's so important for children to be loved and protected and it breaks my heart to know that some are mistreated.

 I am going to be listing some more charity auctions from time to time and for different charities. 100% of this ones goes to the NSPCC and it is for one of my weirdest creation yet..

 This is Sible The Shoe Collector 

 She has a thing for shoes but only new ones because they smell the nicest, she also likes the smell of flowers and you can see some have grown on her head as well. Like a magnet new shoes are drawn to her head to stay there.

 She is a cheeky and loves to cheekily stick her tongue out at you for thinking she is a weirdo! This is a recycled jar, you can use it to store lots of things, buttons, food, sweets or whatever you fancy. Very unique and strange and perfect for someone who likes shoes.

 She was made with white silicone bath sealant, toy doll shoes, handmade eyes and tongue.

 This will be signed and numbered. She is approx 5 inches tall 3.5 inches wide.

  This is only the second Jar Head I have made so it's very special.

 Good Luck everyone and thank you for bidding! :) Here is a link to the listing (link)

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Strawberry Anarchy Interview with Mari Kasurinen for Cut Out and Keep

I sometimes write for Cut Out and Keep, this time I interviewed the amazing My Little Pony Custom artist Mari Kasurinen. I don't know if you remember but I tried my hand at doing  a Strawberry Anarchy custom pony a while back. It was great fun to do and so when the opportunity to interview Mari came along I was over the moon. It was a really interesting interview that went a lot deeper than I expected. Well worth a read. Here are some of her Customs below...

Friday, 22 March 2013

Strawberry Anarchy Asks Ogl Doll

Name: Hello-my name is Emma and I am the creator of the cutesy and whimsical critters that are Ogl Doll.
Occupation: I am a Graphic Designer; I think it’s the best job in the whole wide world because it means I can be creative during the day, not just in the evenings after work.
Favourite Colour: Hmmm-that’s a tough one because I have three, Purple, Hot Pink and Black.
Favourite Animal: LOP EARRED RABBITS! Oh my word they are just the most adorable creatures ever ever ever! I would have one myself but I just don’t have the time what with working from home, I just couldn’t bring myself to keep it cooped up all day in a cage or run 5 days a week.
Favourite Arty Book: Hmmm-Again that’s a tough one because I have many! I’m just going to say anything to do with vinyl character and toy design, cartoon animation, illustration and of course Graphic Design.
Favourite Song or Band: Aarrgghh another tricky one, seriously you are challenging me! I have grown up listening to many great bands from the alternative Scene, Metallica were my inspiration to take up playing guitar and so for that reason I think I’m going to have to say METALLICA!
Inspiration or Favourite Artist: OK- I am completely and utterly obsessed with Kawaii Japanese illustration, I think it’s just amazing and adorable! My favoutrite artist had got to be Italian illustrator Simone Legno-creator behind Toki Doki; both he and my love of all things kawaii Japanese have highly influenced both my own illustration and needlecraft creations.
Shop Name and Link:
Ogl Doll

What do you Make?: Plush dolls of course, which are based on animals and nature. Typical characteristics include large bodies of a rounded nature teamed with over exaggerated extremities (big long arms for cuddling and oversized ears) with itsy bitsy feet and wide apart facial features that are what gives them their unique whimsicalness!
Who Taught You What You Know and Do You Use a Sewing Machine?: My mum taught me to sew from about the age of 5, I have been hooked ever since! In-fact she introduced me to those little ‘make your own’ kits, you know the ones with the pre cut fabric pieces that made up an animal of some description. I made hundreds of the things! My favourite one was a squirrel that had a red gingham dress, I still have it I think, I’ll have to try and dig it out.
Do I use a sewing machine you question? No I do not. Absolutely every inch (apart from the thread, fabric and buttons) are lovingly sewn entirely by my own bare hands. I don’t actually own a sewing machine yet-although that may change in the very near future. My mum has one that she never ever uses and is going to get overhauled when she get round to it! Although I have not quite decided as I feel that there is an element of magic about my dolls-the fact that they are untouched by any means of technology. They tell a story of my creative past and I feel that it’s that element that adds to Ogl Dolls uniqueness, I've not come across anyone that creates plush dolls completely and utterly by hand.
When Did You Decide to Sell Online and Why?: I decided to sell online just over a year ago. The reason being is because prior to that Ogl Doll’s were still in the development process. I wanted to get them to a polished stage-I’m incredibly fussy like that, everything has to be just so! Also I wanted to test the market before hand by holding stalls at craft and gift fairs in my local area. It was the success that I encountered from those that I decided It was about time I built myself a website to show Ogl Doll off to the world.

I sell Ogl Dolls online because I love to share my enthusiasm for creativity with others and that so much can be achieved through perseverance and dedication. There is still such a huge market for hand-made crafts, the fact that it has come back into fashion in an age where digital is king is absolutely amazing! I think that It would be such a shame to loose the magic that the arts and crafts world brings and like to think that I have contributed to its on-going existence by not only creating cute fluffy critters, but pieces of art that can be loved, owned and cherished by everyone.
Do You Sell Off-line To?: Yes-I do sell off-line, I try to attend as many craft fairs as I can. I tend to book them two months apart from each other to give me a bit of leeway to create new dolls and re-stock on my prints. In-fact I have one coming up, it’s on 2nd March at Great Stukeley Village Hall in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire UK
Eventually I would like to own my own giftshop cafĂ© that not only sells my own work, but the work of other artists. I want to be able to support other budding artisans, I really love the sense of community for me it’s not just a means of making a nit of cash but helping others. Oh-and I would sell lots of scrummy home-made lunches and cakes too!
Where Do You Make Your Stuff?: I design and create my dolls in my work room, which although incredibly poky is jam-packed with all of my dolls (well- as many as I can cram onto my bottom shelf!) and some of my vinyl toy collection and other bits and bobs that I have made in the past such as the card-board retro Macintosh computer you can see and the boxy characters. I like to be completely surrounded by lots of colourful objects to help get my creative juices flowing. I also work in both my kitchen and my living room, it depends on how I feel and what else I’m doing. All of the rooms in my home are decorated with both my own artwork as well as the works of other artists.
What are Some Other Interests/Hobbies You Enjoy Doing?: As well as making fluffy happy dolls I play electric and acoustic guitar. I’ve actually been playing ever since I was 15 but I don’t play as much these days as I’m just so busy all of the time. Another hobby of mine is baking. Its actually another passion of mine-I adore it! I bake most weekends; one of my specialities is Date, Orange, Ginger and Honey Flapjacks. I also make a scrummy Banana, Carrot and Courgette cake too. I’m planning on getting the recipes posed up on my blog when I get five minutes spare!

What is Your Favourite Piece of Art in Your Shop and Why?: Oh my now that is a tricky question-you’re good at this aren't you! I have two-the first is my Sora the Owl, she’s one of those creations that stemmed from an idea that I started working on and wasn't quite sure whether it would work or not but ended up becoming a piece of art better than I could ever of imagined! I just love everything about her, particularly her feathers, which I have to say felt like decades to make because I had to cut all the individual pieces out, sew them then turn them pattern side out, hem, arrange and then sew each row individually. In other words she was a labour of love, a real achievement
My second favourite piece of art I have created as got to be my Tree of Enchantment doll. She is very unique, I can honestly say that I have come across a plush tree doll before; I think she has the sweetest little face too and boasts oodles of character! The idea of her just popped into my head one day, it took me a while to find the right fabric but it was definitely worth hunting for. Like Sora the Owl she is another labour of love, even just her branched took some work getting the correct shape, I spent ages trying to get the balance right! Then there’s all her leaves which where cut out and then pinched and individually stitched before arranging and carefully sewing them onto her wiggly branches with a tiny contrasting green button.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Strawberry Anarchy & Super Punk Rock Mom Giveaway Results

Hello everyone, if you didn't know, Sara from Super Punk Rock Mom Blog held a Strawberry Anarchy Give-away on her blog and she made the cutest video to announce the winners. It was really good fun! I hope you enjoy your happy flowers :) and thanks very much to Sara for holding the give-away :) Keep on making those videos xxx and to see the new happy flowers in my blog just click here.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

A Guy Who Turned the Ku Klux Klan... Jacque Fresco

Jacque Fresco of The Venus Project is a very inspiring individual, his intelligence is outstanding and I love his views on life and the world and completely agree, it's common sense really but he can voice it very well and I think everyone should watch it, he joined the Ku Klux Klan and managed to change the members within a month, just by telling them the way he thinks and his thoughts on life. Now if that isn't impressive what is? Please give it a watch ( it's long, most the videos are because they are in depth subjects) I like to watch these while making things. Really glad I found this channel if you want to check out more videos ( I have only seen a few but hooked and will be watching more) you can visit London Real on you tube. Hope you enjoy them too. Let me know your thoughts :)

I also watched this interview  the guy questions science and comes up with amazing points... and so you should Question Everything.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Super Punk Rock Mom: Strawberry Anarchy Give-away!

Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce to you my lovely new friend Sara Dixon and her brilliant blog "Super Punk Rock Mom" blog. Sara bought some of my art last year and we have became friends and talk online now. I love meeting new cool people, just wish I could meet all my internet friends in real life one day, I have already met a few and it was brilliant. I have met so many lovely people from doing Strawberry Anarchy it's truly amazing.  Sara has recently beaten thyroid cancer (how amazing is she?) and likes cool things, love her blog it's one of my favourites. She wanted to hold a Strawberry Anarchy Give-away  so There are two happy flowers to be given away-  Feel free to email me at Strawberryanarchy @ if you are also interested in holding a give-away on your blog too :)

Anyway without Further ado, I will direct you to Sara's blog... Super Punk Rock Mom

If you would like to visit my Etsy shop then please click here :)

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Artist Shintaro Ohata Mixes 3D Sculpture and Paintings

I love the mix of painting and 3d sculptures. I found these from this website, if you would like to read more... link
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