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Time and again, I revisit Eleni-Sophia –My first illustration after a very very long hiatus from hand making any sort of artwork let alone a simple sketch. I used to have a sketchbook on me everywhere I go but after returning to work and taking on more studying, I was lucky if I got out for a coffee + sketch. My sketches almost always record whatever time I found to myself, my thoughts or just a doodle. So it was a pleasant break when going about my day-to-day, I could clearly visualise her. I had already named her Ella and slowly she grew from my mind to paper on a single sketch! I hadn’t accomplished anything this fully conceived and executed in years. As usual, before I did the final version I thought I’d do a test run and see what it would turn out as. I took some left over but lovely water-colour card and sketched her directly and later painted her with pen and ink, water colours and other medium to bring her little details to life etc. The supposed draft felt so finished I have never made another one like it.

But something wasn’t quite right yet.

Until my pal mentioned: “She can’t be ‘Ella!’ She doesn’t look like a ‘Ella'”.

That was it! She isn’t ‘Ella’  she’s…

Eleni…

I added Sophia after her name just because I love that name. She finally feels complete my little Eleni… (Well… until I find something else for her to do like this bag!). Her pockets have little Yellow stitching and Pink buttons with Green ribbons at the top for that little extra something… I even added a little companion for her-a little Duck as I didn’t want any cuddly toys and it reminded me of my ol’ faithful Blue and yellow truck…

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The original Eleni hangs in a silver frame above my desk with the two corners at the bottom of the frame with two lovely ‘sayings’ that came stapled on a tea bag. I loved them! And promptly tucked it in my sketchbook for ‘another day’ just like so many other little things I have accumulated…

The ‘sayings’ are:

“On with the dance,

let joy be unconfined…”

– MARK TWAIN –

and

“Choose well, your

choice is brief and

yet endless.”

– GOETHE–

I couldn’t agree more…

Thank you for looking!

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P.S: 

The bags are made from lovely durable cotton and have extra long straps that can easily be carried over your shoulder or for cyclists…If you or someone you know would like to order one, please drop me a line allowing time for hand-painting + delivery. For more queries or customisation, please get in touch. Please note, hand printed/painted items, products vary as they are not mass-produced on a machine making each item unique in its own rights. Ta!

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I absolutely adore beautifully hand-made… Shoes (I know, so does most of the female population and a handful of men!)

But what better example of this other than the, unequivocally, beautifully crafted Brogues that I dote one. I love the detailing on the leather, the hard soles that ‘click’ authoritatively, the unwaxed laces that look like finely knitted brows or even the fine thin waxed ones, the fine stitching running along the tongue and the tip/curve of the Brogue which has to be just right…

I really detest the badly made shapeless silhouettes that I see a lot of people wearing. I call these ‘Foot Mittens’. I am no fashionista but I love a bit of an attitude and respect certain items demand from the wearer. Instantly making you feel sexier or giving you a kick-ass attitude. (Of course there are days I am more than happy to live off my totes/footsies or even better:bare feet when I am at home!)

This artwork is inspired by my love of Brogues…

It started as pencil drawings, moved to pen & ink and finally settled into hand cut prints. And now, re-invented the old pencil drawings I had done earlier onto lovely cotton bags with  hand-painted brogues on them (I love the simplicity of it when it is done in a single colour on the cotton bags).

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Items can be purchased as Greeting cards, Prints for Framing or Hand-Painted Bags (please allow at least 2-3 working days as I make your order, specifying any colours you would like me to use).

A5 Print on 300gsm non-toxic watercolour paper

Hand painted cotton bags available in single colour e.g black or 2 colours or your choice (definitely bespoke and one of a kind for every item + more designs available)

Drop me line to order, inquire or just to comment!

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Please order in advance allowing time for hand-printing, handmade paper and postage. For more queries or customisation, please get in touch. Please note, hand printed/painted items, products vary as they are not mass-produced on a machine making each item unique in its own rights.

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Have you noticed I tend to use exclamation marks quite a lot? Hmm… How else can I translate my excitement?! (see, there it is again! and again…) Anyway onto the subject of this post: Fayre or Fair if you prefer.

We did our First one a few days back from which I am still reeling and nursing my cold from. I haven’t managed to let go of it. I am stuffing envelopes and all sorts of things in my sleep four days on. Which explains why I haven’t posted in a while (that and the nasty sore throat and a cold). Plus I had tons to catch up work-wise. I’ve had to work straight through the days and nights to prepare for a Fair that I spotted down by De Beauvoir  whilst trying to sort out other work related emergencies. Remind me never to try and prepare for a Christmas Fair in a matter of ten days or so! Then again, who am I kidding? I’d do it over and over again if I could. It’s not all fun and games though as I found out. I have a lot respect to people who do these events now that I have had to endure it. As well as friends and  family who have had to endure it with me.

It’s one of the best way to find out how and where your product stands when you release it to your audience. Plus you meet some really nice people  and it’s a great opportunity to test friendships, your gut and find out your breaking point too…hehe 😉

Anyway, here are the pictures from the ‘stall’. More than anything, I loved the enthusiasm that came from customers who smiled and engaged with the products and learned a great deal from them about my prints, Morris Traveller vs Minor, Book marks & Book clubs etc and mainly the abundance in kind words of encouragement.

The ‘Stall’

I had the digital cards, Handmade cards for other occasions, gift tags, postcards , Bookmarks, and hand-painted cotton bags! (my first ones too!), notebooks, A2 prints for framing etc… basically, the works!!

 

 

Thank you to:

The organisers; Jen & Edward Benyon, Martin who let us use the beautiful studios. My friends & family,  The lovely ‘stall’ holders (for their company and support for each other), the two young florists, the lovely baker (who had original cinnamon buns on Sunday to die for!!), the lady with the safe back bags, The young lady with the hand-sewn purses, the lady with the glass charms & vintage items, the lads making us haloumi lunches, the lovely customers, and My favourite bubbly knitters/actors (actresses to be precise) and so many more…

Above all, a big thank you to my friend whose company kept me going and who I worked to the bone… testing each others patience hehe… Ευχαριστούμε

 

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/SamphireArts or http://samphirearts.coriandr.com

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