Thursday, 27 January 2011


I made these with paper that I dip dyed, then stencilled and printed on... I cut up old Ordance Survey maps, and then added pressed flowers and singed some of the edges. Folkloric worlds and Sussex scenes.          'Season's Latest' (above). Part of a series. Wax and paint on newspaper, tapestry thread, and those little circles that get left in the hole-punch.

'Luna' (above) Moons made from map of the Scilly Isles. Luna herself is a dip dyed stencil.

'Suky' (above) Polly put the kettle on, Suky took it off again. Suky's teapot is made from bits of stencilled mushroom, her shoes are mushrooms and her skirt is a printed 'Fly Agaric'. She's stencilled onto newspaper. Her hat is a stencilled moon.

'Sleeping Giants at Wilmington' (above) I've always thought the downs look like the curves of resting bodies.

'Stone Henge' (above) A map figure, head in the clouds, praises a rosy coloured moon. The infamous rocks are stencilled onto newspaper and dyed paper and dip-dyed doilies. Stencilled mushrooms, pressed primrose.

'To Buy My Love a Looking Glass' (above) Map figure, top is two halves of a mushroom stalk, egg shoes.


These take off along with my obsession with picture books. Something had to be done with my mounting piles of annuals and story books, the sort of battered, not yet-ancient-enough-to-be-flogged-on-ebay sort that sell for ten pence a time at charity shops. They're superbly illustrated nonetheless. I always worry I'm breaching copyright laws, as I owe the success of these envelopes to the talents of the original illustrators!

An exception to the rule, this envelope is made with an old map lurking in the attic. It has sequins on the trimming and a red button fastening.

From Noddy annual circa.1975.

Noddy 1975, with key fastening.

Made fro a map of Ashdown Forest and a pigeon feather trimming (a nice, clean one from a craft shop, of course!)

From a 1980's album of bedtime stories.

Noddy again. Button from my Granny's button box, and a cloth flower trimming.