Where the heart is …

I have lived in several different places over the course of my life, but none has ever meant more to me than the town which I am so proud to call home: Taunton in Somerset.

For this reason, I was thrilled to be awarded two prizes for my quilling at the prestigious Taunton Flower Show earlier this year (see previous posts here and here) … and, this weekend, I am equally delighted to have been accepted as a member of a vibrant local arts organisation called GoCreate Taunton – you can now read my profile on the GoCreate website here.  This connection has produced a very exciting opportunity for me take part in the Taunton Live 2016 arts festival next year – watch this space for further announcements!  You can read a review of last year’s event as a taster here .

Yes, home is definitely where the heart is – and yesterday my own house provided the venue for a really enjoyable quilling workshop, staged especially for 10-year-old Lily and her Dad at the kind request of our mutual friend, Janet.

It soon became apparent that Lily is artistically talented and very creative, just like her father! They both took to quilling like ducks to water!

Janet came along with them, and I insisted that she try some quilling too, despite the fact she’d assured me beforehand that she’s totally ‘cack-handed’! Not true … it wasn’t long at all before we got Janet rolling and coiling with the rest of us, and she surprised herself with the results (see below).

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After I had shown them the basics, Lily began by making a lovely purple flower and Pug (her Dad) got stuck into making a very impressive collection of marquise shapes for a poinsettia! I showed them some of my own quilled pieces, and Lily was very taken with my fantasy octopus that had won one of the prizes in Taunton. She was inspired to start making multi-coloured solid coils (just like the suckers of the octopus), and one of them quickly became so big that I had to help her reinforce the base with glue!

It was a delight to spend the afternoon with these three lovely people, and I’m very pleased to be able to share some photos of them and their creations here:

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Let there be light!

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Here’s the birthday card I’ve made for my friend Nicky … inspired by today’s post on The Quilling Guild members’ blog, and captured on camera inside my new photographic light box! I would never previously have attempted to photograph work on a dark winter’s night – but I’m pleased to say it’s turned out OK, thanks to some powerful lamps. No shadows, either! I thought about lightening the image even further using Photoshop, but didn’t want to ‘bleach’ the colours. It’s all still a learning curve for me.

I printed the lettering for the card via word processing software, and then set about decorating the initial letter with quilling, using a variety of different techniques. I could easily have gone on and on adding decoration, but I decided that sometimes ‘less is more’. Hopefully this was a good place to stop.

If you’d like to know more about the Guild’s blog and how you can access it, please visit this link. The blog has been going for nearly three years now, and I can promise you it’s a good read!!