Row of harbour cottages from an original artwork by (c) C.Rowe 2010

Friday, 30 April 2010

going live

My website is now offically online!

Bunting in the Harbour (c) C.Rowe 2009

I'm probably more nervous about this than I should be. There were no big bangs, champagne corks or party poppers. The site's looking great and I'm now really pleased with how it looks and can't wait to keep it updated with new textile illustrations, art works, cards, postcards, prints and brooches.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

busy in the studio

Outside the V&A, Saturday 24/4/10

It's been non stop this week, since I got back from London. I went up to see the V&A Quilt exhibition, which is excellent and would recommend it to anyone who has a keen interest in Quilts or related Textiles.

I've been writing invitations and flyers for the Open Studio event that is being held during the week May 29th - 6th June. Getting all the necessary information down in a relatively small space is quite a challenge. I'm nearly there!

The website's nearly up and running and i'm really excited to see this go live later on in the week, all fingers and toes crossed!

My new range of cards are at the printers being proofed. It's a key moment to see how they have turned out. The designs look so different once they've been translated into the card format. It's a slightly new departure for me as they are all square designs rather than the usual 6 x 4 inch format that I have favoured up until now. Watch this space.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Open Studios Catalogue Launch Day

It's here, the new catalogue for this years Open Studio event in Cornwall has arrived! It looks fantastic, over a 140 participating Artists across all disciplines are throwing their doors open to the public between 29th May - 6th June, (Cornish schools summer half term holiday).

Here is my page in the catalogue with one of my Textile Illustrations as an example of my work. Each page is really well laid out and is clear and easy to use.

I'm going to be open every day between 11am and 5pm, including a late night evening on the 3rd June till 8pm. Ideal for those artists unable to visit other studios during the day and people working normal hours.

I'm really excited about this year's event and the arrival of the catalogue makes it real. Only 6 weeks to go!

Friday, 9 April 2010

evening on the water

Last night turned out to be such a stunning evening. I've started to notice quite wonderful patterns in nature and have been trying to capture soom of these with my camera.

The fields looked like they were quilted with the rows of plastic covering the crops. Dark stitching on white fabric.... some inspiration there me thinks. For some strange reason all the undulations of the hills were really exaggerated.

The water became a sheet of glass as the wind dropped off and there wasn't a ripple as the sun disappeared from view. The local moorings are still empty with very few boats in at present, the marker buoys look like strange floating creatures bobbing on a opalescent sea.

Phew. Made it back to the mooring without hitting anything! It's too close for comfort in the marina and I have to close my eyes as we sail alongside the pontoon, of course i'm not steering at this point and only offer squeals of encouragement as we gracefully dock. Off to the marina bar for a large glass of cool New Zealand white!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

it's beginning....

My friend gave me these daffodils on Monday, they look and smell just like spring. Thank goodness it's finally arrived. The studio looks and feels so much nicer with flowers in it. The poor cheese plant has suffered greatly over the winter and my orchid finally stopped flowering, it had been in bloom non stop for 18 months, I'd be tired too if I'd been in flower all that long!
The daffs really cheer the place up and at last the sun is shining.

Monday, 5 April 2010

1st April 2010

Wow, I love this beach, it goes on for miles and miles and is dog friendly. A challenge in Cornwall to find one post Easter weekend. You can just make our Poppy's nose, I think she was probably as excited by the walk as I was! It was definately a day for blowing the cobwebs aways and putting the world to rights.