2016 was almost silent for The Grateful Red. I apologise for that! 2016 turned out to be a big big year for my family and myself outside of my business and unfortunately that meant something had to give… and it was my beloved Grateful Red.
However….. that also led to some time to think about what I am doing, what I want to do and on what journey I wish to take you all!
So…. welcome to 2017 and a year of new adventures. What does 2017 bring to The Grateful Red? A complete change in direction. A refocusing on what is important to me and bringing that all together to share with you in the form of new works.
Living in a lovely rural community, in a ramshackle 115 year old cottage, surrounded by my animals and gardens, I found that the consumerism of printed paper works was starting to grate on my love of all things vintage and recycled. So this year I am bringing you a range of works that focuses on ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’.
vintage blue and white plate upcycled with gorgeous curved shape to make this beautiful necklace
Blue and white patterned vintage plate hand carved to creat this beautiful pendant
SOLD – Willow pattern plate hand carved into an organic shape and finished with vintage costume jewellery chain
SOLD – Sterling silver napkin ring recreated into this gorgeous bracelet
Upcycled vintage tin is used to create these hand cut earrings. Green and silver tassels and sterlling silver ear wires
To kick it off I have been working with some of my lovely china pieces I haven’t had the heart to throw out once they were damaged and broken, as well as using some lovely vintage costume jewellery pieces I have collected over the years and remodelling some other vintage items. Keep up to date here and on Facebook.com/thegratefulredstudios or Instagram: thegratefulredstudio to see what I have been making.
All items are OOAK and you are guaranteed to own your own unique piece. I would love to hear what you think of this new direction (good and bad!).
Warm hugs and HAPPY 2017!
While on the subject of new works…. here is a sneak peek of three new designs that will be out at markets this week and in store soon : )
I am pleased to introduce my two newest prints to The Grateful Red family. Thank you to our wonderful Instagram and Facebook family for putting forward so many awesome names to choose from! My two beautiful sons each drew a name from the box and Marlia (left) and Keeya (right) were the two beautiful names chosen!
They are currently available only via direct message but I will aim to have them in store come Easter time when I do a refresh and restock.
I needed to remind myself today that anything is possible as long as you try hard enough…
What does your favourite flower say about you?
What do I love most about Spring? My magnolia tree is in full bloom. I absolutely adore magnolias and think they are one of the most beautiful, regal and graceful of flowers.
Inspired by our many flowers I have decided to put together a ‘Meaning of Flowers’ selection of prints. These prints are going to be available exclusively through The Handmade Exchange‘s new retail online gallery – with some great discounts for multiple buys.
It must have something to do with our kitchen renovations at the cottage… but I felt the need for a bit of kitchen inspiration. These prints are going to be exclusively available through The Handmade Exchange‘s new retail gallery store, with great discounts for multiple buys!
As many of you would have seen I am featuring alongside some amazing artisans on The Handmade Exchange (check them out) tonight with some of my newest works (at very discounted prices)
Here is a look at the items on sale tonight as well as a few of my other works that have been recently completed and will be in my store this week : )
And yes – for those that have asked – there are some new gold foil prints!
(I know I have been a bit slack on the gold foil lately as I have been playing with my watercolours)
blank picture in the room
I love custom designs.
Yes they are hard work but there are two main reasons I enjoy it:
1. Because the client trusts you to take a concept that is in their head and to put it onto paper for them; and
2. You use a completely different mind set and skill set – which is a lovely break away from your everyday creative process.
The real pleasure comes when you nail a design and it turns out even better than the client imagined!
Here are two items I completed last night for a lovely client : ) These are both for her son’s bedroom. One using my new feather watercolour and personalising it, the other designed to match it.
No, I am NOT getting clucky! However I have been having fun with some new nursery inspired prints this week.
Nursery prints bring a ‘back to basics’ approach to design – simple shapes with solid colours for little ones to focus on, coupled with inspiring quotes or cute sayings for the parents.
check it out here
Another nursery print 31st May 2015