Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Work in Progress

I have to say I'm really pleased with my new collage work. Here are a couple of pieces which I've been working on over Easter.  I have had some postcards printed which should arrive soon and then I will put them up for sale - so do check back soon for further details or check on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CorinnePhillips.FairytaleMaker
which is where I seem to be putting most of my up-to-date images and info at the moment.

Obviously these pieces still need lots more stitching etc but it's great how they sort of come to life as I am working on them.  When I start off I'm not really sure what they are going to be and then as the work progresses new ideas come to mind.  I wasn't entirely sure about the garage (see pic 1) but I think it works and once I've completed stitching I think it will look better.
I'm aiming to do a bit of a freebie competition to launch my postcards soon - so do keep checking back!

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Work! (At last!)

The High Street (detail)

So here is some of my new collage work.  I have REALLY enjoyed doing this and it's great to have ideas flying around my head again!
I have some really old handwritten documents that I have copied and used for the background and then used found papers and objects for the actual collage - finishing off with machine embroidery.
I have also updated my website to include a new page of collage work. Please click HERE for details.

Please do let me know what you think about the new work. It would be great to have some constructive feedback! Also don't forget you can follow me on facebook

Thursday, March 6, 2014


I've had a busy couple of days. When my girls and I moved into our little house a couple of years ago, a lot of my creative 'stuff' had to go into my mum's attic. I wasn't sure how big my attic was - and there was no loft ladder so I knew that it would be best to have them out of the way whilst we got organised.  However, in the spirit of kickstarting my creativity (see last post), I decided that I would get all my stuff back and have a good sort out.  I had to wait until my son was able to help me as boy were some of those boxes heavy!!  
Anyway, this was the week we got all my lovely treasures back. It's been a long time and I have missed them! And isn't it funny that the things that inspired you once, continue to have that hold over you? Every time I see these things my heart skips a beat. (Sad, isn't it?!)
So now I am clean out of excuses as to why I can't create new work!  Watch this space - or follow me on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/corinne.phillips.18#!/pages/Corinne-Phillips-Fairytale-Maker/189705697727603

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Kickstarting my creativity

My "warm up" piece!
I don't know about you but I find creativity is an unusual beast. It is like a nagging thought in the back of your brain like you forgot to do something. But when you feed it, it rewards you with the most pleasant feelings of self-worth. 

I have struggled over the last two to three years, since my divorce, to get into gear creatively. My head has always been somewhere else and I have found it so difficult to allow myself to do anything - although I miss it terribly. When I actually come to sit down and sew or write, I immediately hear a battle in my head debating what the point of all this is.

Details of warm up
To this end, on a complete whim, I enrolled on a workshop with Jennifer Collier at Unit Twelve last Saturday. It was called Printed Canvases. As fate would have it as soon as I had paid my money warnings were issued that the Powick Bridge was due to be flooded on Friday - this was my only way to get to the motorway and I was worried that my spur of the moment idea would backfire. Luckily the water did not rise enough to flood the road and I was able to make it.

Thoughts turn to the final piece!
Even just assembling together my personal bits and pieces to take to the course was a boost.  It was great to look into boxes and little drawers that I hadn't opened in such a long time and see my lovely flea market finds again.

When I arrived at Jennifer's studio a warm welcome awaited. We were a small group of about 7 but it was lovely to be with like-minded people once again. Even then, half way through the morning my inner critic was whispering "What are you doing? This is such a waste of time?" but the fact that I had to stay there the whole day - and the expectations that I would create something that day was a great silencer to the voice in my head.

The finished article!
So now I hope to continue in that vein. I know that I am a creative being and that I feel so much better when I have a creative outlet. So I am praying that this is the start of feeding my creative soul on a much more regular basis.

Friday, July 19, 2013

An Evening of Cocktails!

Last Monday my lad, Dan, who is a trained bartender, came over to stay for a couple of nights.  Ruby, Dan and I went out to lunch to a place that served cocktails and Dan had the bizarre idea of us buying some stuff, including the cocktail shaker and having an afternoon/evening of cocktails in the sun! Not wishing to put a dampner on the idea - and always priding myself on being a mother who encourages her children (!) we set off to Argos to purchase said cocktail shaker. 

Then off to Sainsburys to buy juices, lemon and limes, ice and the requisite alcohol. Dan was sure we would need loads of fruit juice and so we bought 3 cartons each of cranberry, apple and orange juice.
We also phoned Ruby's friend who was coming over to stay as well - and surprisingly she found the idea to her liking too! Eve too entered into the spirit of the thing - but was limited to one cocktail only! Anyway it was a lovely afternoon/evening. We were sensible and paced ourselves and no-one was poorly the next day - it was just a lovely sunny day enjoying each other's company!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My morning walk!

These are photos I took whilst walking my dogs one morning. It must be a few weeks ago because the crops in this field are as tall as me now!

It really is so pretty and I love it when I am out there but the effort it takes to make me get off my backside is unbelievable!
It is just such an inspirational walk - especially when the weather is decent and I get to do a lot of thinking, sorting out things in my head. Once I am out and about I could go on for miles.

Distant view of the Malvern Hills.
And then back to collapse with the cat!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Name in Lights! - well almost!

I had a lovely surprise the other week when my friend Valleri phoned me from a Stitching Show at the NEC to say that I was in the April/May issue of Stitch magazine!

It's all about my Fairy Wings and how they came about.  It has been two years since I wrote the article and I had completely forgotten about it but perhaps it has been published at just the right time for me now.  It is two years since my husband and I split and my daughters and I are now settled into our cute little house (little being the operative word!), so perhaps my mind can finally get back to creating! I have missed it so much but when you go through any sort of trauma, the creativity space is the first thing to get pushed aside.
If you would like more information on my Fairy Wings you can find it here