A Linocut printmaker from Ramsey, Vivien has been inspired by Fenland Fauna (and a beautiful Giraffe!) and has produced these during lockdown. Featured Image: Pheasant hand coloured Linoprint “I love the vibrancy watercolour brings to this handsome fellow.” Vivien tells us: “I am a Linocut …
I’m a Peterborough based artist and work from my garden studio at home. I mainly create abstract work but also love to paint seascapes. I work in acrylics, mixed media, and oils. When I can’t be in the studio I turn to creating digital work. I am a member of Peterborough Artists Open Studios.
Wanting to do some creative thinking during lockdown, the idea of woodland in summer, goddesses protecting us and other, perhaps fanciful, but needed stories and inspirations, produced these goddesses. In the Steiner style with no faces (so you can project your own thoughts and expressions) one was made for myself, then one for a friend who is leaving the country.
Natalia Shlyapina is a floral designer from Tyumen, Western Siberia. Natalia was visiting her partner when the lockdown came into force and her flights were cancelled. Natalia started to miss her work and expressed a desire to do some work when she saw big piles …
Sharon produces lovely cute animal designs in felt, on a small scale. Wanting to help in some way at the start of lockdown, she got talking to Fen Spirits who were producing hand sanitiser at their still. The result was Bear Hugs – to give to those ill in hospital as well as to buy for a friend in need. Find her at “How She Felt” on Facebook.
We commissione Rachel (as Big Sky Arts) to produce some ideas of artworks to do at home, using nature as an inspiration. You can see her excellent video here
Meanwhile, Rachel has also been doing some other artwork that she’s sent us as a contribution, isn’t this beautiful?
A Recipe for Beginning Afresh using lockdown store cupboard ingredients.
Before the counting’s done,
while it’s still fresh,
take one wobbly cyclist
newly confident on empty roads.
A cup of watching nature in the garden.
At least 500g of birdsong,
feel free to add more to taste.
As much as you can find of empty skies
and smog free air.
A handful of daily walks.
A good slug of care and compassion.
A tablespoon of acting for the greater good.
A smidge of clap for carers if you fancy.
3 cups of verges brimming with wildflowers.
A litre of clearer water from Venice.
Add all the ingredients and mix.
Don’t forget the cherry on top
Lower Carbon Dioxide emissions.
Serve anytime, day or night.
There’s more than enough,
to enjoy right now
and leave to prove
the benefits for future generations
“After lockdown I saw the world from new angles and with a new phone in hand I took some photos with wide lens of the St. Peter’s church. I’ve grown up in Elm and many generations before me. I’ve always loved taking photography and capturing …
“These were all taken at various points during lockdown. I live in Guyhirn so a lot are of the surrounding area around the village, as for a long time we weren’t really allowed to go elsewhere! The exceptions being of 2 from King’s Lynn one from Hunstanton and one from Wolferton.”
(see our other photography categories to complete the set of Neill’s work)
I was inspired due to the way the world had changed during the start of coronavirus, everything was nearly the same but not quite right so I wanted to create a piece of work to reflect this.
The strange wonderland world appealed to me and I decided to paint my version of it. The clock where the hands don’t move represented the limbo we were all in during lockdown.
“During lockdown I started making engraved personalised items. I started this for mostly friends and family however am trying to spread the word to others so they can enjoy hand made keep sakes too. I have made a little Facebook group called Nic Nak Engraving”
With thanks to Andrew Bottley and Alan Wheeldon for introducing Natalia to us! “Natalia Shlyapina is a floral designer from Tyumen, Western Siberia. She first studied her craft at the International School of floral design in Moscow called “Nicole,” which just happens to be the …
Roll up, roll up have I got a bargain for you
All the social distances you need
Measures for all.
A size that fits
For you, and you and you and you
Let’s start with something simple
Just half as long as a Volkswagen Beetle
The length of a King size bed
9/10 as tall as an artificial Christmas tree
1 and 1/5 times as tall as Napoleon
What about some landmarks?
1/25 as tall as Nelson’s column
1/30 as tall as the leaning tower of Pisa
1/45 as tall as the statue of liberty
1/50 as tall as Big Ben
For the golfers 40 times as tall as a golf tee
And the plane spotters
1/35 the wingspan of a 747
20,000 times the thickness of a strand of hair
Something for everyone
0.000000005 times the distance from the earth to the moon.
1,500 times the length of a grain of sand.
1,000, 000 times the length of an E.coli bacterium.
1, 500,000,000 times the length of a glucose molecule
You at the back
What does that add up to?
Give the girl a prize
15 people in a queue