Archive for January, 2013

January 29, 2013

Ivy and Graves

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A beautifully mysterious ivy covered workshop that joins onto the graveyard. Just oozes olde time charm.

 

 

(I would also like to state that I really don’t hang out in graveyards as much as this blog suggests. It’s just that every time I pass graveyards I seem to have a camera with me, and there just happens to be some great photo opportunities. Honestly.)

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January 21, 2013

Snow days

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It’s been snowing recently.

When it was fresh it made an already beautiful landscape look quite picturesque. I get the feeling that as it begins to melt, as it begins to mix with mud and slushy footprints, it will become less so.

What with transportation somewhat delayed during the last couple of days, I have spent a lot of time watching snow fall and huddling in sheltered doorways. It is particularly beautiful at night, as snowflakes dance in the street lights like fireflies, drifting embers in the orange light. That oddly calming sense that overcomes you when you watch air currents billow is ever familiar.

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 A Canadian friend I met at university commented on how we British always seem ill equipped to deal with snow, year on year, and I am inclined to agree with her. Whereas countries that have a lot of snow face the weather donned with chains, ploughs and incredibly warm coats, we grind to a halt. Trains cancelled, schools closed, stocking up on tinned foods in a panic, and all at only a few inches of snow on the ground. My only guess is that we are unused to it, and don’t have the infrastructure in place to continue with our lives as normal. snow 4

For now, I am enjoying the delayed start to my days. Snow brings out the child in me, as it does most people. Snow angels, snow men, snow ball fights, and the steam of a hot cup of tea as you defrost in front of a fire.

January 15, 2013

Website Updates

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I’ve been remaking my website over the holiday break. I’ve had the domain name for many years, and it used to feature some of my installation work, but nowadays it combines both my work for Ceridwen Hazelchild Design, and a project archive of past works. (I find something very therapeutic about tweaking html and moving things around on the screen. It makes me feel like I’m redecorating without the dust sheets and spilt paint, in much the same way that deleting files on my computer makes me feel like I’m tidying up.)

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The main reason for changing the website was the change in the new business name. I wanted to keep it in much the same style of the last website, to reassure continuity, but I took the opportunity to make some improvements. I still have hopeful plans to make an online shop on there, but this may have to wait for a while until my website skills are up to scratch!

Until then, you can buy Ceridwen Hazelchild Design products in my etsy shop and my folksy shop!

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January 9, 2013

Frinn Jewellery by Catherine Hicks

Some lovely little pieces of jewellery by Catherine Hicks.

January 8, 2013

Fabric Pocket Mirrors

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One of the improvements I’ve made in the New Year is a little redesign of the pocket mirrors I make to sell in my etsy shop. The mirrors are hand pressed in my studio, with a glass mirror and metal body. Until recently the metal body was covered in a sheet of illustrated paper and a protective sheet of mylar, but now they are covered with fabric illustrations. I transfer the image onto the fabric using a heat press, in the same way I transfer images onto my tote bags, which gives a beautifully bright and crisp image on un-dyed natural cotton. These fabric images are cut out and the mirror is constructed and sealed. The pocket mirrors comes complete with a lovely blue or pink hand stitched felt pouch with delicate off-white lace detail.

The new fabric illustrations have a wonderful texture and give a much craftier feel to the pocket mirrors. Let me know what you think!001

Red Fox Pocket Mirror, Ceridwen Hazelchild Design

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

“It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world.

So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we’re faking them.

And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it’s joy we’re looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation.

So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.”

– Neil Gaiman

January 1, 2013

Change of Business Name

The decision to change the name of my business from “Mystic Moose” to “Ceridwen Hazelchild Design” was based on a drive to forge a closer connection between my artistic practice and my craft business. Alongside my illustrated fabric goods that I make for sale, I also create installation and sculpture artworks which deal with concepts of memory, nature and childhood. This side to my artistic practice has been somewhat abandoned whilst I have been focusing on developing my creative business, and I now want to create a closer link between both creative outlets.

But at the heart of the name change was the urge to enable valued customers to identify with the maker of the products they were purchasing. As a frequent buyer of handmade beauties, I enjoy learning about the maker or designer; knowing and sharing the maker’s name is part of this process. By renaming my business Ceridwen Hazelchild Design I aim to provide a closer link between maker, products and customers.

Although the products I make and sell now have new tags, labels and packaging with our new logo, we will continue to provide the lovely designs and high quality goods our customers have come to expect.

For more information please visit our new website: www.ceridwenhazelchild.co.uk or if you have any queries please email me at design@ceridwenhazelchild.co.uk

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Etsy: www.ceridwenDESIGN.etsy.com

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