Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Urbane Party! June 2015.

Party Time

The writing world: 'Urbane' party. 
What an amazing evening, filled with wonderful people and fabulous conversations.

Through the main entrance and off to find the elusive 'Black Door' of the speakeasy 'Barts'. 
Below - Words from the website…
Barts is a late-night, cocktail bar set in the 1920s prohibition era, run by Chicago gangsters who have set up in London. Uncle Barts’ gangsters are operating their bootlegging activities from this hidden bar within one of the many apartments located on Sloane Avenue. In order to avoid detection from the cops, this hidden speakeasy has been dressed up as the private apartment of the ever elusive proprietor ‘Barts’ – ‘Uncle Barts’ to those that know him best.

 On finding the door and gingerly entering, cartoon strip walls and a pair of scrutinizing eyes greeted me. I smiled, and like magic, another door opened...I was in! 

 Inside, I was greeted with Rosé - Perfect! :o) 
My nerves quickly disappeared on seeing a room filled with friendly, smiling faces.

 Cocktails anyone?

More photos of the event (author names) can be found HERE

This was my first 'author' experience away from the cyber world, excluding of course, the initial signing/meetings with Matthew. I'll admit, I felt a little apprehensive in the days leading up to the event, but honestly, everyone was so amazing that those nerves completely vanished . What a great bunch of people 'The Urbane Family' are. That's the collective term we use for Matthew's ingenious publication that connects us all, a team of friendly people that genuinely care and support each other. Urbane has an extremely promising future and displays collaboration at it's finest! I feel humble to be a part of this magical process and happy that I listened to my heart, which led me here. :o)

Please, feel free to drop Matthew a line if you have a manuscript/book idea that you've been itching to discuss. He's a great guy and doesn't bite, honest :o)
Matthew's email is on the website HERE

'A Carpet of Purple Flowers' website is HERE

Love and light,

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Sharing a beautiful soul ~Victoria Pettella~ ;o)

Sharing the images and words of Victoria

Soulful Creations

A Natural draw to the artistic and experimental side of things

Sparked by an explorative and curious nature; I love the experimental and intuitive side of creativity. Creation is always awake, it lives uncaged and free, no rules to follow, only new seeds to explore.
I love all that is unusual and mysterious . I find connection and meaning in all that is imperfect, flawed, poetic and beautiful. I am drawn to the unseen, the ethereal, soulful essence of both light and dark, the spirit of nature, the seasons of transformation, patterns of creation and finding hidden magic in ordinary things.

Victoria's Words - I first fell in love with photography many moons ago while working in the darkroom & seeing my black & white prints come to life before my eyes, I became fascinated.
This sparked a journey of self-exploration through imagery.
A natural draw to the artistic and experimental side of things.
I have a deep love for all forms of photography from Old World to New & feel it is a realm of constant growth & more importantly, a magical way to intuit & experience your own artistic journey as it speaks to you !
I keep you in the mists 
of my memory

we can dream
you will be safe

I keep you in the mists
of my memory
and I will hold you 
till I am 

~Victoria Pettella~

Wishing you all the best, Victoria. 
Thank you for bringing amazing beauty to the world.

love and light,

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Fancy popping over to the book website and letting me know your thoughts? ;o)

'What you seek is seeking you'

Hi everyone ;o) 
Hope you're all enjoying summer, it seems to have finally arrived, huh? Well, it's been quite the year already. Still trying to squeeze in some art activities, please bear with me. 

I wondered, hoped, that some of you would kindly pop over to the book website and let me know your thoughts. What you liked or weren't keen on. What would you like to see more of? At present I'm blindly posting what I feel may be of interest concerning the book, but it would be fantastic to receive more feedback. Please come back and leave a comment on the blog post, and I will reply, and try and improve on areas that you mention. 

At present, I'm working on Book Two - Awake in Purple Dreams. This is the middle part of the 'complete' story (of all three books). It has more action, twists and turns, with certain characters going through some deep personal journeys - facing fears/letting go/dealing with revelations. 

Fundamentally, this is a story about love, and we know that love's not simple, right? It can be all consuming, but one cannot give love without knowing the self, and this is where Bea's dilemma lays. 
The question is...can she find the answer within two hearts?

Love and Light

Friday, 12 June 2015

Textile Artists :o)

Hi everyone :o) 

I thought you'd love to see some wonderful work by amazing textile artists. I have a weakness for mixed media, especially when artists use fibers. Quite some time ago, I studied surface design, loved every minute. It's incredible what you can create using marbles/elastic/bands and a mix of other materials. Here goes: 
Arty Love

Roxanne Evans Stout.

Maggie Ayres

Rahola Drdul

Carol Walker

Maggie Ayres

Akis Goumas - bracelet - forged silver and fabric.

Rahola Drdul

Hannah Lamb.

Alicia Tormey.

Sara Lechner.

Deborah O'Hare , Walnut Shore.

Embroidery by yumiko arimoto.

Laura Cater-Woods - Fiber Art.

Landscape by Andrea Graham.

Embroidered coat by Alabama chanin.

Rosemarie Taylor Paper Fabric piece - Garden series.

Linda Vincent.

Liz Cooksey - Textitle Artist.

Red Bowl by Cas Holmes.

Willemien de Villiers - Image of The Mysteries.

Mawra-Tahreem   Self-consciousness.

Louise Watson.

'Margaret and Mary' - Julie Cockburn - embroidery.

Louise Richardson.

Marit Fujiwara.

Taking feathers to the next level. Jude's stitching is magical. (Jude Hill - spirit cloth ).

Nuno Felted Scarf Wrap by FeltedPleasure on Flickr.

Detail of Donna Sharrett's 'Love Songs' exhibition at Pavel Zoubok.

Love and light