Hello! It's hard to believe this is my first post of 2014 - where have those months gone?! I'm sorry for abandoning the Quill for a while; job changes and work commitments have eaten up a lot of my time and energy over the past few months. However, I'm pleased to say that during this… Continue reading Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!
Keeping with the theme of August Craft Month, the second PQ Q&A brings you the bold, colourful, larger-than-life creations of Co. Down jewellery maker Melanie Bond. Self-taught, she has been creating handmade jewellery for ten years, launching Melanie Bond Jewellery in 2010. Her pieces have been commissioned by celebrities, adorned catwalk models, and featured on… Continue reading The PQ Q&A: Melanie Bond Jewellery
Huge apologies for the tumbleweed blowing across the barren landscape of the blog this week, but that is all set to change - this is set to be a VERY busy month! It's officially August, meaning Craft Month has begun, courtesy of Craft NI. This year's theme is 'Culture of Making' - focusing on makers… Continue reading ReFound Makes: Anastasija’s upcycled telephone table
It's officially August, meaning Craft Month has begun, courtesy of Craft NI. What better time than Craft Month to launch my new monthly series of Monday Makes guest posts from a selection of talented makers at ReFound? The first guest post is courtesy of Anastasija Andrejeva. The Latvia-born Russian artist has upcycled a number of furniture and interior items for ReFound, including this cute and quirky telephone table.
A friend recently showed me this picture of a cute fabric-covered noticeboard they bought from Avon. I loved it and straight away decided to make something similar (sorry, Avon!). The fabric-covered noticeboard seems to be a popular project, with many variations on the theme available online - but I decided to create my own, simplified version.… Continue reading Monday Makes: Take notice – how to make a fabric noticeboard
A friend recently showed me this picture of a cute fabric-covered noticeboard they bought from Avon. I loved it and straight away decided to make something similar (sorry, Avon!).
This is the first in a new regular feature I am introducing - The PQ Q&A. The plan at the moment is to post a Q&A article every other Friday. The frequency may change (it might work better weekly, or monthly), but the day will stay the same. The subject could be an artist, individual,… Continue reading The PQ Q&A: Papergirl Belfast
The first PQ Q&A is with the two-woman team behind Papergirl Belfast, a lovely initiative aimed at distributing free artworks to members of the public. Jodie Young, a graphic designer, and Julie Steenson, who works in book publishing, tell us how their love of art led them to becoming papergirls...
Tomorrow ArtsEkta brings one of their flagship events back to Belfast - the traditional Indian festival of Holi, or as it's more widely known, The Festival of Colours. Most people are familiar with the iconic imagery of the colour powder party element of the festival - people transformed into walking, giggling rainbows, with starbursts of… Continue reading Spring into Colour: Festival of Colours 2013