Thursday 30 October 2014

Yoga at the 'Green Fair', Bury St. Edmunds

On Saturday 1st November 2014 the action group 'Sustainable Bury' is hosting the 'Green Fair" at the lovely venue: The Apex in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England. The 'Green Fair', a free family event, will be open from 10am-4pm with lots of exciting things on offer.

I'll be instructing a free Hatha yoga class 10am-10.45am so if you want to 'have a go at yoga' please come and there will be a mat waiting for you. After the yoga session I can be found at the lovely Neal's Yard Remedies and Holistic center's stand, so do stop by and say hello. If you have a moment please take a look at the beautiful website by Neal's Yard Bury St. Edmunds .

For information about the 'Green Fair' please visit Sustainable Bury and The Apex

Sunday 7 September 2014

Fibrefusion, Contemporary Textile Art Group at Rufford Craft Center

Fibrefusions very exciting textile art exhibition at the beautiful gallery at Rufford Craft Center will be on display until the 21st September 2014. Our exhibition opened about three weeks ago and has been very well received by +2000 happy visitors. 

For more information about the exhibition and how to get there please go to 
Fibrefusion' website and Rufford Craft Center  
We look forward to see you there!

Sunday 2 June 2013

Wonderful Sock Monkys

A couple of month ago I was introduced to making sock monkeys. Honestly I had never heard of sock monkeys, let alone had the desire to make one. In the Sindano textile group that I belong to one of the other members offered to teach us a workshop and of course I was in. Oh did we have fun. You wouldn't believe the giggles as the monkeys started to shape up and the individual 'personalities' started to emerge.

On the photos you can see our wonderful creations. Who would imagine that each monkey is made from just one pair of socks. All turned out so totally different and cute. Mine is the pink and white striped girl with the turquoise face :-)

When searching the Internet I found this beautiful sock monkey photo instruction on Craftpassion .
I wasn't aware of the sock monkeys had been around since the late 1800. Here is a link to a brief to the history .


Monday 8 April 2013

Fibrefusion, Contemporary Textile Art Group, at Snape Maltings April 2013!

Fibrefusion, the textile art group that I belong to, will be exhibiting at The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Nr. Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP17 1SR, England from Thursday 25th April – 1st May 2013. The exhibition is open daily 10am – 5pm and there is no admission charge.

The theme for this, our brand new, exhibition is ‘Structure’. The theme has been interpreted in lots of exciting and very innovative ways by Fibrefusion' 14 group members pushing the boundaries within textile and fiber art.  For more information about Fibrefusion and our publications please visit Fibrefusions website
We feel very fortunate to be exhibiting at the beautiful Snape Maltings  with its very tempting) shops, restaurants, the fabulous concert hall and music festival initiated by Benjamin Britten. If you have more time available, then what about a spot of hiking in the stunning countryside?  A visit to Snape Maltings is always a great day out regardless the weather.

We look forward to see you at our exhibition which will include a separate sales area. Group members will be available all days during our exhibition and will happily answer the questions you might have.
The work show in here is a taster of my body of work 'Plain | Simple' which will be on display in the exhibition.

Sunday 28 October 2012

'How to' Compose a Tweet

Being active as a small business owner of SewDanish on Twitter is a lot of fun, but time consuming. How do you get people (and potential customers) to actually click on your tweets?
It is all too easy to drown and disappear in the massive flow of ever changing tweets.

 The other day Cory from AquarianBath , and a friend of mine from the UniqueWomenInBusiness (UWIB) group, contacted me. In UWIB we, amongst others, cross promote each others businesses on twitter. In a Google doc we collect tweets that we want team members to exchange.  Cory wanted to let me know that the SewDanish tweets, that she schedules on average get around 30 clicks and asked what my ‘secret’ was.

For a while, I have been paying close attention to what type of tweets catch my eyes and actually make me click through on a link. In general those tweets are very short, to the point and quite often involve a question. I guess, I get very saturated with lots of words and empty noise.

The way I’m building my business tweets within the 140 characters is:
      ·       a short, sharp punch line
      ·       shop name and possible tag line
      ·       the active link
      ·       #tags
      ·       the twitter @name.

I feel it is very important for branding and trust worthiness alike, to have the shop name written out properly in the tweet. Personally I don't think, that the twitter @name is a strong enough tool for shop branding. The @name is internal twitter lingo. One cannot count on having the shop name in the active link, as most links are automatically being shortened.
Not having your shop name in the tweet, can leave the reader feeling insecure and deciding to skip the tweet all together. I know, that I don’t click unless I’m certain that it is a legit link.
I have as well been paying attention  to what #tags are being used on twitter. I think the busier twitter gets, the more people are using the #tags for searching for a like minded audience/customers. In my tweets I have been experimenting with the #tags trying out various combinations. As an added bonus to the clicks, I have gotten new followers, which I directly can trace back to the use of #tags.


Thursday 20 September 2012

Italy, Apennines (Inspirational photos #2)


I love taking photos using them as starting point in my textile design work. A lot of my photos taken when travelling are quite often 'wierd' detailed snapshots which I find hugely intriguing as the texture seems to be the focal point rather than the motive itself.

This is a small selection of photos taken when on a fabulous hiking trip to The Apennines, in the Northern part of Italy between Florence and Bologna.

Parmesan cheese galore!
                           The beautiful portico's found throughout the beautiful city of Bologna.