Friday, April 27, 2012

Furniture Illustration

I have spent my morning doodling away and playing with photoshop! I had to stay in for the tumble-dryer man coming to fix our tumble-dryer door so it was a great incentive to get up early and use my time productively!

Here's what I came up with:

I have posted this as the background to my twitter account and I really like how it looks tiled... maybe a future wallpaper design?!

I am now onto designing my business cards and re-jigging my logo... only two weeks until Ziggy is on tour at Edinburgh's Funk Fair and the excitement is rising but there is so much to do!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Eggstra! Eggstra! read all about it:

Easter has been and gone but I've still got a few pictures that I would like to share!

I have been very busy working on my Ziggy Sawdust creations and things are starting to take shape... a few more days of hard work and they will be ready to make their camera debut!

But in the meantime, here's a little insight into my fun, family easter weekend:

Every year my family get together in Edinburgh to roll eggs, catch up and eat some good food. I have plenty of childhood memories of my sister and I sitting at the kitchen table with our paint sets, decorating every egg that my mum could find in the fridge! As we got older, this routine started to fall by the wayside and there was a few sad years where we ended up rolling undecorated boiled eggs... but this year I took matters into my own hands! I dug out some bright nail varnishes, glitter and made use of my treasured Japanese Washi Tapes to bring back family egg decorating with a vengeance!!

When I went to get started, I found that one of the eggs had been decorated by the hen that laid it! Sadly, as I only had 6 eggs to play with, I had to pull the feather off to give it a more glamourous make-over... but here's how it turned out! :

Then I got cracking with the Washi Tapes:

... and then used a nail art pen to make this one look like it was from a little speckled hen


Cluck! Cluck!

And here's how they all looked together:

The religious tradition of rolling eggs down a hill has become slightly skewed in my family, and instead eggs get thrown down the hill and directed at those who choose not to participate! 
(All in the name of fun of course- there have been no A&E visits... yet!) 

Here's an action shot:

Can you spot the flying egg?!

We normally throw eggs up and down until they smash but the Washi Tape seemed to make my eggs invincible!

With half my eggs still intact, I guess I won the game... yippee!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Funky Furniture Finds! BEFORE photos

The past few months have been filled with planning, inspiration gathering and a few trial-and-error tests... but finally I'm feeling ready to create some Ziggy Sawdust specials!

I rummaged and raked in my favourite Junk Yard and came across a few pieces that I just could not leave behind. I'm so happy with my purchases!

Upside-down on top of a pile of furniture I spotted this:

A 1970's ottoman/chest with a white fluffy top and brass tipped legs! How very glam! The fur is in fabulous condition and once it's been cleaned up, it should be as good as new! I have a good few ideas for this one and can't wait to get started on the revamp (... I've got a feeling it's going to be an emotional goodbye when the time comes to let it go to a new home!!)

Next to catch my beady eye was this very retro 70's, teak cabinet... can you spot the red perspex hanging tray inside?... Amazing!

Above the hanging tray there is a little drawer that had a selection of little christmas decorations in it- along with a hand-made christmas tree shaped name badge for someone called Jeanette... I love thinking about who used to own the things I find and it's nice to come across some clues hidden in drawers! I think I'll call this cabinet 'Jeanette' once it's all spruced up to keep some of it's history alive...

And last but not least, I picked up a set of vintage nesting tables:

I know they might not be the most unusual of finds, but they have some very pretty engraving on them and beautiful shapely legs! And, once I'm finished with them, they'll have an identity all of their own...

Redesigning these furniture finds will involve: sanding, stripping, drilling, filling, painting and waxing; using pinks, greens, yellows, creams and (to be bold) a touch of GOLD!

Drop back in a few weeks for the grand reveal of the AFTER pics!