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Washi Tapes

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Finding frames is never easy. I had a pile of artwork to hang but I couldn’t find right frames for them – they weren’t what I was looking for in size, colour, style or price tag. Having my second “studio” in my new place, I wanted to have something up on the wall front of me and for not too long, I stumbled across a photo from somewhere that the art were taped on the wall with washi tapes. Washi tapes! I knew about them but didn’t take any notice of what they are/do and I am kicking myself for that!

What are they? Washi tapes are basically coloured/decorative masking tapes. They don’t damage the surface of paper when removed so for me it is a perfect alternative for hanging art. There were many pretty ones and I had fun choosing them. I bought these washi tapes from washitapes.co.uk, found via Google and I was impressed that they arrived sooner than I expected.

I’d also like to use them up so if you know any fun projects, share away! I had seen a project of taping them around the plant pots, which looked delightful.

The hung artwork pictured above are two of my prints available on my shop – Vegetable Pattern and Toucan. Middle one is Be An Artist by Charlie Felgate and all the profits were donated to Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital – read the story here.

Do you have washi tapes and what do you use them for?

Artist In The Limelight: Louise Lavender

Louise is one of the most loveliest person I’ve met through blogging. Recently she – in her own kitchen – has started a yarn dyeing business called The Cryptozoologist. As I enjoy knitting, crocheting and beautiful colours, what Louise is doing inspires me massively that I want to buy all of her yarns! I also backed her Kickstarter campaign, which was successfully funded. Yay! I am so looking forward to see her business to grow.


Hey Louise! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a twenty-eight year old wannabe unicorn living in beautiful Yorkshire with my husband, our cats Jiji and Arthur and our rabbits Felix and Fliss. I’m a complete night-owl, I generally don’t really come alive until mid afternoon, and then I’m at my prime in the night. I guess if I had to sum myself up it would be as a fibre artist – I’m an obsessive knitter, and I am also an indie dyer. I also appreciate a good cat, weird knitwear and spam watch Orange is the New Black.

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How did you become an artist?

I’ve been experimenting with a number of different crafts over the years – from painting to scrapbooking, felting to spinning – but I never really felt settled enough to call myself an artist, until I discovered knitting. I like to express myself with different patterns – both my own and other peoples, and I’m really into colour theory. So, I guess this naturally led to me beginning to dye my own yarn – I often found myself dreaming of strange colour combinations that no-one else really seemed to stock – so I decided to make the jump and produce them myself.

I have always been pretty into using British wool when knitting – so when I managed to source some lovely British wool, spun in my home county no less – it seemed like kismet.

How would you describe your art?

Squidgy colourful stuff! But on a more serious note I would say that I am taking heritage British wool breeds and modernising them with pop culture, geekery and unusual colours. I like to choose a theme and let myself get lost in colour. To me, there is nothing better than fibre art – I’m a very tactile person, so if you can bury your fingers in it – I’m happy!

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Who or what inspires your work?

My inspiration can be anything, a mobile phone game, a 1980s toy or popular TV shows. At the moment I’m working on Final Fantasy-themed colourways, and in the future I am hoping to add The Last Unicorn and The Moomins to my range. I love pop culture – I’m the girl quoting Buffy episodes in the corner and sharing inside jokes about The Princess Bride or Game of Thrones.

What is your favourite piece you have ever produced?

It’s so hard to pick a favourite! I think I would have to say that Princess Skylark has the most meaning to me. It’s based on a My Little Pony toy that I had as a child – and I adored her so much I never put her down. The idea to dye a yarn inspired by her was what sparked the idea to open a shop.

I’m also really keen on Moon Sugar. The Jacob yarn is so beautifully soft and plump – and as a unicorn girl, I’m predisposed to like pink!

Who is your favourite artist if you have one?

In the most traditional meaning of art – I absolutely adore Sandra Dieckmann‘s work. She creates these beautiful, fantastical animal-themed artworks that consistently take my breath away. But, in a more modern sense I love the work of Baz Luhrmann and David Lynch. I always feel so inspired after watching their work – and I could just live in Lynch’s Twin Peaks – it’s so beautifully dreamy. In fact David Lynch has coined one of my favourite quotes ever, that ties in with my adoration of night time “I like the mood at night, time gets funny at night.”

What advice or tips would you share with a fellow artist?

I’m still so new to this, that the only advice I can really offer is to accept no limitations. If you believe you can do something – you can do it. It might seem crazy, or weird to other people, but if you are passionate about what you are doing – you are already successful.


Louise, thank you so much for taking part of this series and I love your answers so much!

Her yarns are pretty, aren’t they? Be sure to follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Etsy and blog.

Interested to be involved in this series? Get in touch! You can be photographer, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, knitter etc too. Meet the rest of artists here.

Introducing Aneurin

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That handsome man is my boyfriend, Aneurin!

Last year we bumped into each other in Berlin after 7 long years. We went to the same boarding school but we never spoke, even the fact that he was in the same year as my older sister! They weren’t close due to their different means of communication – Aneurin was oral and knew a very little sign language while my sister was a full sign language user and don’t speak.

In Berlin, we got really well despite our differences of language but it helped that he knew a bit of sign language and I could speak (just not very well).

He brought up that he worked in London (he commuted from Reading at that time) and asked whether I would be up to meeting for dinner when we return from our holidays. I thought he was just looking for a friendship when he was actually falling for me, and then before we actually met up few weeks later, my feelings for him blossomed when we emailed back and forth. I’d realise how super lovely he was and that we had very similar interests, value, and humour.

But what confirmed my feelings for him was when I suddenly got really nervous before our ‘first date’ in Soho and luckily our feelings for each other were mutual as we had our first kiss right outside Oxford Circus tube station at the end of the night.

How did you meet your partners? Nothing is TMI!

Latest Artwork // Kingfisher

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Not feeling inspired, I went through my Inspiration folder (virtual) after a long time and found this lovely kingfisher picture. Personally, I think there are rooms for improvement – I painted too many layers that the painting looks heavy. I don’t know if this makes any sense!

Hopefully I will be feeling a lot more inspired tomorrow, if not, I’ll return to this magic Inspiration folder.

Do you keep a folder that gives you inspiration?

Covent Garden In Black + White

Remember my post about deaf photographers? I shared my photos from the photography gathering in Covent Garden but there were some more snaps in black and white film and since they were very pricey to develop (full time artist here!), I have just finally got them developed this week. I am very pleased with striking atmosphere in these photos.

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