Hand drawn aprons for crafters

Samantha Jolly is a local craftsperson who makes walking sticks, croziers etc through “Jolly Good Sticks“. Sam is also one of our regular Posties. We have talked about our shared love of craft / art often previously. She has seen on a number of occasions my growing range of hand drawn clothing items and during PAW we agreed that I would “decorate” her woodworking apron. She got me her new apron and provided photos of the tools she uses and two quotes that she favours too.

Yesterday, Sam came to see me at my boat shift and collected her apron. The project has already generated at least one more similar commission.

I drew and write quotes in pigment ink fineliner pens initially and then added colour using my Winsor and Newton ProMarkers. As with my own pieces I ironed the apron to help fix the colours on the reverse.

The pictures below show the entire apron design and close ups of some of the tools.

The overall project apron.

Two quotes that Sam had requested were incorporated into the design.

If this project / commission has sparked your imagination as a reader and you would like a custom commission please contact me for details / costs – your piece would be unique to you.

Commissions for houses

I have recently completed my first commission of a home for a client to gift for Father’s Day. It was well received. I have posted about this on Facebook and will share that here. I greatly enjoyed this piece of work and want to offer my services for anyone else who might be interested.

Use my contact form if you think this would be of interest to you.

Thanks

Andy

Next steps post PAW

A week where energy was in short supply on Monday. Thursday I was on duty at Purbeck Artisan Yard and had a few friends who dropped in to have a go with the pens.

The main art event of the week has been completing the commission I received in PAW. The image has been approved and it should be collected tomorrow all framed and ready to go with d-rings and non stretch cord ready to hang.

I have also been working on that old favourite stocktaking and moving stock from one place to another. The artisan yard bay now has the card carousel as I do not need it for an event until December. So updating of my stock records, identifying which card stock need replacing. Also it got me to update my financial records. 2018/19 was clearly an improvement on 2017/18.

I have several ideas bubbling for new pictures to work on inc. a new card series to start, some more yacht racing inspired pieces based on the feedback to “Racing” in the studio during PAW. Also further care investigations on original art clothing as work on my first clothing commission.

Just to show artists also look at other people’s work too, we bought an original moo selfie reserved with Lucy Tidbury before PAW, our favourite, a highland moo and Corfe Castle. Also after visiting Angelika Seik’s studio I am buying a statue (there’s a first) of “Reading and Drinking Tea” as it speaks volumes to Anne and I.

PAW 2019…and over

Yes, I missed day 16 as a blog post but to be honest by the end of the afternoon and collecting in my Street direction signs from Corfe Castle up to the village and track I was just exhausted.

So I thought this post could be about summarising what PAW 2019 has been for me;

a) I no longer have a problem admitting that I am now an artist. This seems an obvious thing to some but just 28 months ago this was a new direction for me totally.

b) I have greatly enjoyed the interaction / chat with visitors, although numbers have far surpassed anything I could have expected based on my 2017 and 2018 experiences.

c) The direction I have taken in being open about my own mental health and starting to keep sketchbooks have helped me to encourage others to engage in some “Art for Fun” and this is definitely a direction I want to continue with. I thank Simon Wells for his facebook posts and comments on this. I have had enquires about working with some adult groups and we will see what become of this.

d) Drawing on my clothes is fun and I aim to continue with this. The next step is to investigate the longer term care of said garments and see if there is a way to make this another item that I can offer to future customers.

e) I have taken on a commission doing something that I enjoy, we will see what the final feedback is, but maybe I am now in a better place to seek more of this type of work sometimes.

f) My art is fun for me and continues to be an important therapy. I must not let myself be distracted by creating a “career” as I do not need a direction that consumes time when I could be out and about, especially with Anne.

g) Living and working at Hillview gives me a great advantage as an Open studio as the walkers and curious take a chance to see part of the property they have walked past in some cases for many years. I just need to enjoy the experience of living here which in the evenings of PAW have involved watching the bird life and exploits of the local hares and roe deer.

h) Finally, that the local art community are a great one to be part of and an opportunity to learn and share with that I can enjoy for many years to come.

If you have read my daily posts, thank you.

Anything you would like more / less of – just use the Contact form to let me know.

Thanks

Andy

PAW 2019 day fifteen

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Well, penultimate day and the weather is sunny, just the 40+ mph winds put a slight dampener on the day. I got to sit outside most of the day except when showing visitors around. One dog today who was a return visitor – nervous but accepted their dog treat.

Sales wise a good day with one mounted and one framed print plus cards. A return contact re possible Art for a dementia home and two visitors today with interest about overalls and possibly using Art for fun in a mindfulness group setting. We will see where these leads may go to in the future.

Simon my Swanage pal came up briefly and drew another pic.

Also made some more progress with current commission piece too.

This evening I caught up with my stock records having done a check of home stocks of cards this morning. Over the 15 days so far, between Rollington Barn (13), Purbeck Artisan Yard (29) and the Open studio – I have sold 295 greetings cards in PAW 2019, this is almost treble what I sold last year. A stunning success.

My sales records are now the equivalent of 2017 and 2018 added together and 50% up on 2018. Visitor numbers are now at 416 after 250 in 2017 and 276 in 2018.

So, Sunday, the forecast is good for a warm, dry and less windy day and after that there will be some rest and trips out from the homestead this week as well as stock taking at the Artisan Yard.

Thanks for following my daily posts.

Andy

PAW 2019 Day Fourteen

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Yes a mixed day today with heavy rain to start the day – I used this time in the studio to start work on a commission piece. Later the rain eased and the first of today’s visitors came. Several local friends visited today and all 11 came from Purbeck. The best aspect of the day was the chance to chat quite extensively with people that we know and for some who know me from my boat job, seeing my art work for the first time.

We also saw 4 dogs who all enjoyed a treat. The weather brightened army in the afternoon so I was able to act as dog entertainer for a bit. Later the rain returned. Not a big day for sales but as I said yesterday I have surpassed all previous records and visitor numbers and sales are both up by almost 50% on last year.

As PAW draws to an end of 2019 I start looking forwards to what aspects of my work or subjects / topics to work on next. Ideas include more yacht racing pieces; start “Santa Over Dorset” series; complete commissions I have; make arrangements to do a wider variety of “Art for fun” activities; complete the care aspect of my original drawn on clothing so I can look at possible pieces that I might produce for sale… one fellow artist the other day said that the difficulty as deciding what to do next – as you can see, I have the what aspect, it is more the when or in what order to organise.

PAW 2019 Day thirteen

A bright and breezy day today. I sat outside for most of it except for guiding visitors around the gallery and studio. Drawing for me today was adding two sleeve designs on opposite sides of one sleeve of the Art for a fun overall. I was pleased with the effect.

My next clothing task is adding drawings of tools and possibly quotes from a local crafter who works with wood. She dropped her apron off today for me to start work on it.

The client who reserved the rowing picture, shared yesterday, came today and we arranged for me to frame it and I dropped it off to them locally after the studio closed.

Twenty one visitors today bought more cards and I have now sold over 230 this year in the thirteen days so far. Tomorrow a new batch of two designs are due to arrive just before my stock runs out.

My commission client dropped their deposit by today and tomorrow I shall be based in the studio getting on with their piece over the next few days.

PAW19 has been a record breaking event for me where I have exceeded visitor numbers and sales from my last two PAWs. I may actually have set a new sales record for any event I have taken part in.

So let us see what the next three days bring.

PAW 2019 day twelve

A mixed day with warm sun at points and others very cool and breezy. A busier day with visitors both in the morning, afternoon and some friends after hours. A chance to chat in several cases over a nice mug of tea or coffee. Sales were lower today.

So, what have I completed and / or been selling these last 12 days?

I have sold 210 cards in 12 days which is over 100 more than last year. The good thing is that I have sold copies of all my cards on offer, some cards have sold more obviously including the new Santa Over Purbeck cards for 2019 which I have never shared images of:

Santa over Studland

and

Santa over Kimmeridge

As the set of seasonal cards extends to 6 now they fit my deal of a set for £10.

I have also had to contact my printer as two very popular cards during PAW this year have almost run out of stock and new copies are due on Friday for:

PAW studio in the snow

and Looking up at a wintery sky

Yesterday I also completed my piece showing one of the ladies crews from Swanage Sea Rowing Club out training below Durlston Castle.

So, again more constructive time. I am about to start a commission that I received after a visit to the studio in the first week of PAW. I am also planning which order to do some other new pieces, what to draw is not an issue, which order to do them in is more of a challenge.

I look forward to welcoming more visitors over the next four days and to see how the event finishes in terms of visitor numbers, work sold and art cards drawn.

Thanks for reading

Andy

PAW 2019 day eleven

A day of mixed weather. A busy morning with several friends – Artisans from the beach, PAW artists and crafters, and friends and local villagers. I continued to sell a range of cards and this evening have needed to put in an order for new cards in two of my winter series.

The weather turned at 1pm and only one visitor this afternoon, but Gunner the puppy set my new canine visitor record at 40 visitors.

After hours we visited Moira Purver’s studio and saw her work plus Sinead’s art, Roger’s art and Marita’s jewellery.

I completed my rowing piece that I have been working on too, that has been pre- sold.

So not a lot of news today. Hoping to be creative again tomorrow and already have some visitors I am expecting.

PAW 2019 day Ten

Yes, I now realise that yesterday I posted it as day eight for the second day running. So a dry forecast and high UV, prepared with sun cream and sat in the shade, unfortunately the breeze meant I got a bit cold.

A new sign to go outside to give more information, maybe a paragraph style wasn’t the best way to write it.

A steadier flow today with 16 visitors, all who came specifically to see studio 22. 3 dogs means it am only 2 away from equalling my 2017 total of 39 canine visitors. All were happy to accept treats today.

Card sales today but also a discussion of the RedBubble Printing on Demand items which caught a few people’s eye. PAW visitors included Sue MacLean and Charlotte Heath.

After hours visited Angelika Seik’s garden to see her sculptures and Roy’s planting. It was great to visit again and we were taken by several pieces.

No art cards to share today and I admit I framed a piece and mounted the PAW studio new piece but wasn’t in the mindset to draw more today, maybe tomorrow.