Camberwell Arts – Exhibition June 2015

The Camberwell Arts is running a festival during the month June and I have submitted a piece for the Camberwell Open:

The Camberwell Open is a new art exhibition that aims to present a snapshot of creative practice from artists based in, or associated with Camberwell.  This is going to be an exhibition where we plan to ‘hang the lot’ to truly present the spectrum of talent from across SE5

The exhibition will take place from 6th June to 28th June at Fusion Lifestyle, Artichoke Place, London, SE5.

There will be an opening evening private view on Friday 5th June for the artists and guests.

Camberwell Open 2015


My entry:

Silver Orbs of London

RunnyCustard: All Photographic Art &emdash; Alien Orb


A1 Harman Crystal Jet mounted on 5mm Forex and laminated

You can view the other entries here

Available for sale.

Caroline Hands – Mixed Media Artist

Caroline Hands – Mixed Media Artist

I’ve been helping the lifelong mixed media artist Caroline Hands with her digital photographs and archiving her work so I went to the  open studio event at Second Floor Studios near Greenwich to see her work in the flesh – paintings and textiles look a lot different than a digital copy so it was fantastic to see her work on walls!

RunnyCustard: Caroline Hands Mixed Media Painter &emdash; Caroline Hands Mixed Media Artist 2ndFloorStudios

This is Caroline Hands in her studio wishing that I wasn’t taking her photo, in this room she paints and has her textiles, sketches, hand cut copper hats! Most of her canvases however were in a second studio along the corridor. Caroline will be moving both room contents into a larger studio in June.

Her work space doesn’t usually have wine and snacks, this was just for the open studio weekend. I’m assuming this to be the case!

RunnyCustard: Caroline Hands Mixed Media Painter &emdash; Caroline Hands Mixed Media Artist 2ndFloorStudios

Caroline talking to a gallery owner about her work featured in many publications.

RunnyCustard: Caroline Hands Mixed Media Painter &emdash; Caroline Hands Mixed Media Artist 2ndFloorStudios

she has also had her work featured on a book cover:



Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness Paperback – 26 Oct 2012 – Esther De Waal

She has lived and exhibited in many places around the world, ran many workshops and events – her work spans textiles (she sold painted scarfs to Liberties!) Batiks, metal work, lino cutting/printing including this book:

 The Kilpeck Anthology Book

 RunnyCustard: Caroline Hands Mixed Media Painter &emdash; The Kilpeck Anthology Book

and these large cropper plates which she cut and shaped herself … this is my particular favourite:

RunnyCustard: Caroline Hands Mixed Media Painter &emdash; Caroline Hands Large Copper & Enamel Plates

 Where to find Caroline Hands Work

Caroline is based at Studio 7DE101 Second Floor Studios & Arts Main Office TW-27 Harrington Way London SE18 5NR Tel:

You can see more of her work on her website

And her Makerhood Caroline Hands profile page

Twitter: birdshands

you can see Caroline’s Film on her website as well: created by R&A Collaborations ‘Making a Mark’:

Whilst working with her I find out such titbits that aren’t featured on her website, (most of the following is in her own words), such as

when she was 11 she was judged 5  out of thousands at Harrods by Augustus John with her picture of Noah’s Ark

Ran an enormous Fringe Festival of the world with the well known Three Choirs Choral  Festival, 4 times!

Has had many artist in residence positions including residencies through the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and helped with schools projects

 Worked with a great deal of dancers across the world such as Chitraleka Bolar in Birmingham.

Has braved many travels with local buses and on foot on her own in many varied parts of the world – she has many photographs of her trips which we hope to put into a book!

 Rages about injustice and celebrates the glorious mix of cultures around the world and in London

Stays humble in the face of nature and treasures our planet

Loves and craves for more time in Asia

Would probably lose herself in a love for Africa if she went !

 Has not sold out true to her vision and love

 Too crazily idealistic for her own good !

Is growing older but finds it impossible to contain her need to dance as soon as the rhythm celebrates inside of her

Working in the Arts takes dedication and hard work as well as a lot of energy which Caroline certainly has – I wish and hope I’ll become like that too!

Upcoming Exhibition Featuring Caroline Hands

AUTOCATALYTIC FUTURE GAMESOn a trajectory from Lascaux via aerosols, our bioaesthetic inheritance is cultivated beneath the inflated sun.  An accretion of stenciled hands in the darkness, then a trillion painted surfaces.

A group exhibition.   A variation of structured gestures and analogue procedures.
A compilation of paintings in 2015.

Paintings selected by each artist.  Exhibition created and organised by playpaint

Robert Dowling / Ben Cove / Gordon Dalton / EC / Michael Stubbs / Chris Godber / Sharon Hall / Tom Banks / Graham Carrick / Kiera Bennett / Alaena Turner / Louisa Chambers / Mari Reijnders / Phil Illingworth / Selma Parlour / Mimei Thompson / Alison Pilkington / Charley Peters / Andrew Seto / Mel Carvalho / Alex Ball / Clare Price / Howard Dyke / Jessica Slater / Ross Walker / Rae Hicks / Gemma Cossey / Mandy Payne / Tamara Dubnyckyj / Tim Ellis / Maggie Hills / Greg Rook / Jonathan Parsons / Lucy Boyle / Simon Burton / Sarah Poots / Lisa Penny / Le Guo / Phillip Jones / David Ryan / Andy Harper / Sophia Starling / Marielle Hehir / Simon Bill / Hogan Brown / Andrea Medjesi-Jones / Clare Chapman / Dan Coombs / Tom Ellis / Marcus Cope / Andris Walds / Virginia Verran / Cathy Lomax / Ian Baker / Lothar Goetz / Shaan Syed / Peter Lamb / Caterina Lewis / Paul Manners / Stephanie Moran / James Connelly / Oliver Bancroft / Lee Marshall / Kate Warner / Katie Pratt / Jason Hawkridge / playpaint / Kirsten Reynolds / Marta Bakst / Alexis Harding / Ben Cottrell / Caroline Hands / Gary Andrew Clarke / Jules Clarke / Katrina Blannin / Matthew Hunt / Rachel Levitas / Rob Leech / Andrew Graves / Charles Williams / Hannah Knox / John Tiney / Philip Allen / Simon Haddock / David Oates / Tim Allen / Lizzie Lloyd / Alli Sharma / Alex Dipple


Preview:  Wednesday 10th  June   6.00 – 9.00 pm
Exhibition Open:  11th – 14th and 17th – 21st  June   1.00 – 6.00 pm

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Second Floor Studios & Arts
Harrington Way
SE18 5NR

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Gabriela Sulzman & Grand Designs Live May 2015

I got to visit The Grand Designs Live Show at The Excel Centre in London when Gabriela Sulzman gave me a ticket – I’ve met Gabriela a few times as she works closely with Makerhood.

Gabriela ran a workshop giving an introduction to a type of upcycling for the Salvage Workshop who were part of the Remade in Britian online Marketplace.

Grand Designs Live will be working with Remade in Britain who are a dedicated online marketplace, bringing together upcyclers and vintage sellers across the UK. Remade in Britain have created an exciting retail site providing unique items that have been upcycled or recycled in Britain, other products include reloved vintage, antique and retro products.

Remade in Britain are on a mission to reduce landfill and promote sustainability. Offering the nation a fabulous selection of unique, green and ethical solutions, and simultaneously providing a great platform and online community for small businesses, upcyclers and makers.

Many of Remade in Britain’s talented retailers will be at the Salvage Feature throughout the show, as well as a many more of the UK’s best upcyclers.

Natasha Cargill, Wilf Meynell and Kevin McCloud

Natasha Cargill, Wilf Meynell and Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live, ExCeL 2 - 10 May 2015. Channel 4 TV series

Gabriela’s starts introduction materials used in her workshop

Gabriela Szulman gives a practical demonstration of the different ways of using the Decoupage technique on an item.

A Selection of Gabriela’s Artwork which is also showing at The Dulwich Open Studios this weekend

Gabriela Szulman gives a practical demonstration of the different ways of using the Decoupage technique on an item.

The Art Dolls in the two images above show Alma, Dolores, Florence, Evelyn and a few others who are moving to West Dulwich for the weekend! It’s only a temporary residence though, as they are hoping to be taken home by people who fall in love with them…
Come and meet the girl gang at 14 Ildersly Grove, London SE21 8EU this Sat & sun 11 am-6pm. Artists’ Open House, Dulwich Festival

Decoupaged Boots and Shoes!

Gabriela Szulman gives a practical demonstration of the different ways of using the Decoupage technique on an item.

I love the boots – I tried painting a pair of victorian style boots about 20 years ago and the pain fell off within minutes so I never thought that decoupaging boots would be possible!!

I will be going to the Open House on Saturday afternoon after The Stitch session in West Norwood – so many exhibitions to see – I’ve had to cancel a few as they clash and I will going to Bust London Craftacular next week – I’ve booked a screen printing session as well.

After the show and buying giant stickers of Frozen for my 3 year old niece – and some rather lovely cheese I had a walk around the area as it had been awhile since I’ve last visited.

Lots more photographs but these are a couple that I’ve edited so far.
RunnyCustard: All Photographic Art &emdash; A water skier speeds past The Royal Victoria Dock Bridge

RunnyCustard: All Photographic Art &emdash; A water skier speeds past The Royal Victoria Dock Bridge

Back to MATS Bootcamp…

sorry for not posting for awhile but I was trying to set up a self hosted blog and got lost in all the details of woo commerce and design elements… I’m now thinking I was wasting my time and just stick to this version instead. sigh (just remembered that visitors get random adverts… )

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (ABSPD) course has ended – a group of the students met up and we went to the Textile Museum in Bermondsey which I have walked past but never actually went in.

Fashion & Textile Museum logo
Fashion & Textile Museum logo

Tiny but such a cool collection. – ends tomorrow! The book looks cool and I hope to buy it soon… keep buying books so I’m trying to wait for a bit as feeling rather skint 🙁

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol
ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

I ate some Melon… forgot about it and then saw this… the middle bit is all rubbery which grossed me out.. yet intrigued so I took a photo… then couldn’t help myself and made a repeat pattern out of it!

Melon star Repeat Pattern
Melon star Repeat Pattern


Ok… back to the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp course.

we had to draw some dolls/faces… I wont show you mine as they are not very good.

the next part of the project… someone trying to meditate…


pencil sketch
pencil sketch
wild background... more druggy than meditative!
Vector girl with textures via photoshop – wild background… more druggy than meditative!
why I've done such tiny details is beyond me... perhaps my type of procrastination??
why I’ve done such tiny details is beyond me… perhaps my type of procrastination??

not even close to finishing… I also want to try a watercolour version too… I plan to create lots of ‘stuff’ that she’s trying to keep at bay.. meditation is hard and I know that myself as I’ve been doing it for the last month. I use guided meditation though… I could do with some positive brainwashing right now 😉

Vector version with textures added.
Vector version with textures added via illustrator.

I’m thinking she might need eyelashes after all… was hoping the line texture I’ve used would do as not everyone uses makeup in meditation classes or day to day (holds hand up!)

update… I tried re-sketching her but decided I didn’t like it so continued with the vector version… MATS Bootcamp gave a colour palette of blue so I changed her outfit and cushion to fit with this… I really like the red cushion above though!

I also tried a blonde version but really need to look up a blonde palette as I just tweaked it manually and I still prefer her red hair – which was an accident as I initially outlined the sketch in Illustrator with red just to see what I was doing. I do like red hair and died my hair various shades of red for most of my adult life. (it’s now has a reddish tinge mixed with a lot of grey and white!!)

blue& blonde  version of meditating girl illustration
blue& blonde version of meditating girl illustration

redid the textures for tunic/leggings and hair – added a few effects via my photography related plugins … all hazy and druggie lol… not quite what meditation is about… oh well… all in the name of trying stuff out 🙂

meditating girl illustration
meditating girl illustration

oh and I gave her another foot… looked a little uncomfortable before.

Final submission for MATS Bootcamp May 2014

gargh… don’t you just hate it when you forget to copy the text just incase wordpress decides to throw a wobbly!
anyway… didn’t have time to change her hair (right side) and should have put in a notebook/distractions around her but this is what I finally submitted (deadline today)

urgh… I can spot a million things to change… I was suppose to soften the background grittiness as it’s too dirty looking… weird shadow edge needed softening too… sigh oh, all practice and learning.

Mats Bootcamp May Assignment 2014
Mats Bootcamp May Assignment 2014