*Cat's Creations*

My Photo
Location: Norwich, United Kingdom

I'm a final year ecology student making jewellery and art in my spare time. I started this blog to keep track of my progress and meet other artists and crafters from around the world.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Goodie bag

I received a wonderful bag of goodies in the post recently from Christina at www.skybluepink.com (great site, check it out!). It was like Christmas coming early as I opened all the little craft supplies. Some of the delights will be used on charms I am making for two charm swaps I'm taking part in, I'll post about them another time. Other bits and pieces will find their way into my jewellery and collages. I'd like to try making some art dolls as well. I just can't wait for the holidays to start now so I can play with my new supplies!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

A girl's best friend

I went to see this exhibition today in Norwich castle. I've been meaning to go for ages but finally got around to it this afternoon. I have a bit of an obsession with shoes (who doesn't?) so the chance to see examples from all over the world, throughout history, and by the best designers and artists was too good to pass up! If anyone is in Norwich before the middle of january I strongly recommend this exhibition!
They wouldn't let me take pictures in there so these are postcards that I bought. As you go through the rooms the displays told the story of the history of shoes, beginning with why people wear shoes in the first place. Then there were sections on what shoes can say about the person wearing them, branding, style, the associations with sex, and fantastical shoes. There were also interesting exhibits on chinese foot binding and designers who put comfort before style in their shoes.

My favourite part was actually in the children's room at the back! It was about stories and fairy tales and featured shoes inspired by them. As part of my art A-level I did a project about the significance of shoes in fairy tales so I found this really interesting. I looked at stories from "Red shoes" by Hans Christian Anderson to Puss in Boots to Cinderella. I was fascinated by how they could represent good or evil, and freedom or restriction and suffering. My final piece was a pair of tissue aper shoes, one of which stood for all the good aspects of the stories, and the other all the bad. It was a really fun project. They're still at my parents' house so I'll try and remember to take a picture of them to post on here when I go home for Christmas.

Friday, December 01, 2006


This is a picture of the first bracelet I sold, at a craft fair in my village. The woman who bought it has just phoned me for a commission! She wants me to make two more, in different colours, for Christmas presents! My first commission :) I'll post pics on here when they're done.

I needed the pick-me-up because I broke our only casserole dish today. And because it was pyrex it didn't just break into a few pieces, it completely smashed into hundreds of miniscule salt-sized grains that went everywhere. So I had to get into all the little corners to try and clear it up while various housemates looked on, either tutting or laughing. I think I got it all but I'm not going into the kitchen in bare feet for a while!

Free Web Site Counter
Site Counters