Saturday, 21 January 2017

Studio Sewing Workshop Tour

It was fun setting the studio workshop tables with all the accessories in the different colours and styles. Hope you enjoy the tour. like and comment about what video you would like us to make about the studio or what you would like to see:))
If you would like to be part of a session you need to book in advance to secure your place.
See the daily classes HERE

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Muggle Worthy

Working on a 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them', Journal. This is the first page with a small envelope. It is inspired by Newt's suitcase with the 'Muggle Worthy' dial:))
I will be holding a Journal and Book day on the 27th of January 2017. 10 am until 1pm. £10 the session. I will show some of the journals that I am working on.
How to manage a collection and put it in a journal or book form, so you can enjoy and continue to add to:))

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Christmas In The Studio

Christmas has definitely arrived in the studio.
The Tree is up and the decorations are those made by
Jane and the studio team. Take a tour around the studio, Here.
Crochet snowflakes, paper ornaments,
Victorian style lace decorations all hand sewn.
Not a fairy on our Christmas Tree but a White Rabbit:)))
The Studio window has changed too, a winter forest.
There are decoration in traditional reds and greens with a hint
of gold and of course Christmas Quilts, sparkle and glitter.
There is also the Christmas Bow Decoration, that
acts as a beautiful decoration or holds many of your cards
or holiday keepsakes.
We are so excited in the studio as The Christmas Bow is the first of 
our online patterns are are beautifully presented on your computer and can be 
printed so you have them forever.
you can take a look here and if you would like to receive
news, patterns and giveaways from the studio fill in your details:))
So have a look here at our first pattern.

Workshops and sessions six days a week:)))

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Autumn Window Display

Autumn is definitely here and we have changed the studio 
window display.
Lots of Black, White, Gothic and Steampunk inspiration
due to All Hallows Eve:))))
A new workshop List is available leading right up until

Maldives Holiday

We had a wonderful holiday at Meeru Resort and Spa,
in The Maldives.
All I can say is "WOW",
and "Breath Taking".
The blue of the ocean, the light and warmth.
I relaxing atmosphere:)
A great place to spend a Birthday or special occasion. 
I made a sketch and sticky book to document the 
holiday, which I do for every holiday or visit.
Inspiration is often different when you are away from 
your normal surroundings.
The photographs I took daily went on Instagram, 
and Facebook,these inspired many, 
which was so lovely. 
 and I put a sticky note in my book,
so I knew where they would go when I got home
and printed them out.
I picked up a lovely magazine in Gatwick Airport
called,'Breathe' and it contained all the 
articles on 'Mindfullness', Mandalas and thoughts
on how to re-think a purposeful life.
These I added to my book as a permanent reminder of the 
wonderful feelings and ideas that came to mind.
Thank you to all that have encouraged and helped
make this trip of a lifetime happen.
A re- visit I think:))
but it did take ten years to save for this one!!!!
See my tour round the Jacuzzi Water Villa 712

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Lampshade Making

Caroline taught Lampshade Making Sessions,
and had a great time with everyone.
We have Lampshade Kits available in the studio to buy or you 
can come along to a session and Caroline will teach you how to 
make your own:) 

Canadian Smocking

While I was away on holiday Caroline gave workshops on Canadian Smocking 
which went really well.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Artist in Residence

Hello one and all!

My name is Benedict Farley and I am a pencil artist. I currently study Animation and Visual Effects at Teesside University, up north in the town of Middlesbrough.

Drawing is a long-time passion for me, and the best part is always seeing people's reaction to the work I create. When I was younger, my parents encouraged me to draw to keep me quiet at church, and since then I haven't stopped. My favourite subject to draw is people and the human figure. All the proportions fascinate me, and always give a great challenge to draw. It astounds me how much beauty there is in ourselves, both inside and out. I also take commissions, often drawing pictures of people's loved ones. My aim is always to capture the essence of that person in a drawing. It can be easy to simply copy a photograph, but when we create art, I always feel that our soul is put onto the page as well as the ink, graphite or paint.

My best advice to anyone doing anything artistic is to practise, practise, practise! No matter how nervous you feel or how far down the artistic path you are, nothing beats making it.

Whilst I don't have a great opportunity to use drawing in my future career in visual effects, it will always be a favourite hobby, with the hope that I can always inspire and uplift with the work I create.

Here are the links to my websites, and don't hesitate to get in contact! I'll be at The Old Art Room all week this week. Pop in to say hello!

DeviantArt Gallery
The Journey is the Most Important Part
Vimeo - My university work

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Dressmaker's Window At The Old Art Room

This window at The Old Art Room Swaffham, 
is inspired by the Dressmaker who has just left to 
go and make herself a cup of tea.
The window is filled with fresh, pastel, vintage fabrics and quilts.
Her sewing machine, dressmaker's dummy, patterns, magazines and storage. 
We teach dressmaking on a Tuesday or Thursday 
and have some costume Fridays:)
The 10 week Creative Textile Course and other workshops 
are available look to the tabs above:)

The sewing machine is a lovely 1950's 'Jones' blue sewing, don't you just love vintage.
Some of the magazines for inspiration are 1950's Vogue.
The fabric on the machine is a quilt in progress, real icecream colours.
Lots of quilts made and inspiration in the studio.

Sewing Storage, a suitcase renovated by Caroline. 

A dressmaker's mood board:))

Our little artist mannequin fairy with his sewing top hat on:))

Window side wall art.
Adapted wall paper samples.

Next window will be celebrating The Flower Festival.