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Making eggs

In art, crafts, folk art, my artworks, painting, pattern, pen and ink, textile, textile art on March 20, 2014 at 17:59

Doing all sorts of eggs at the moment  – as symbols of the spring & blooming of life. They wood look good in numbers,  as table or mantelpiece decorations.

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The first egg is covered by hand stitched fabric,  the second is wooden,  painted by acrylic and ink.

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My new website linandara.com

Some Lillehammer Postcards and a Necklace are sold

In gypsy mermaid, jewellery, jewelry, necklace, фотки, photography, print, sales, textile, textile art, travel on June 26, 2013 at 05:30

Thank you!

Some recent upcycled textiles

In art, color, crafts, eco-friendly, folk art, gypsy mermaid, jewellery, jewelry, mixed media, my artworks, textile, textile art on June 21, 2013 at 12:23

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A new rag rug

In art, crafts, folk art, textile, textile art on April 30, 2013 at 13:56

Something I haven’t done for a while. ..

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(Two sides)

Back at the market table

In about me, art, car-free living, children, crafts, folk art, freedom, garden, gardening, good life, jewellery, jewelry, kids, mixed media, my artworks, painting, photography, relationship, sales, shopping, sketch, textile art, Uncategorized on April 16, 2013 at 09:46

So I did it again: for the third financial year I am loosing money (something like 67-350-250 £ a year). This is despite parting with a number of paintings,  cards and prints.

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I am grateful to the people who bought the artwork from me but please be aware that it was local council,  public transport companies,  insurance companies, post offices and art supplies who really got your money: I had to pay them too.

Number of customers at the Market is falling. I only managed to cover my rent for December. The local library sent me a letter saying I have to pay 45 pounds if I dare to put prices on my paintings at my annual exhibition. I had it here for 2 years and earned 20 – 40 pounds each time…

I should admit that the thought of a big bonfire made of the paintings and sketches regulary burns in my mind. But I am not sure I ever can give up. All the money I have to spend on art are the leftovers from buying food and clothes for my family for which my husband gives me some money. I could’ve spent more money on him and kids. Perhaps I should have spent more time on them too.

All the housekeeping: washing, cooking, gardening, tidying and almost all shopping are my responsibilities which I have been partly ignoring for last few years in order to “be an artist”. And I am not even good at it. My conscience is not allowing me to charge sky-high for my artworks and anyway local people wouldn’t be able to pay any more. We haven’t got many millionaires in Newtown. I love doing art but the stress of trying to sell it and to please everyone is getting at me.

So I probably will only have a table on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Newtown Market, I also will exhibit some artworks at Galleries Live in Telford and Shrewsbury. I also will possibly participate in an evening art club at Pen Dinas Community Garden if it won’t eat too much time. But I really would like to claim at least some of my life back as my home, me, the family and the garden are not well attended at the moment. I used to read, write, exercise, do plein air trips and I want to try to go back to this.

Sorry for a bit of whining but I feel I should explain what’s going on – mostly for people who (I think) expect me to be something I am not.

Zimbabwian art in Shrewsbury

In abstract, acrylic, art, bird, black, brown, color, crafts, drawing, животные, искусство, красота, мои рисунки, folk art, my artworks, творчество, painting, pattern, textile art, traditions, yellow on March 21, 2013 at 11:35

There is a very nice folk art exhibition at the VAN Art Gallery (Shrewsbury Market). It probably will end up quite soon,  maybe on 27th – I am not sure.  There are some pictures.  All came from the same region of Zimbabwe.

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They inspired me to do a bird pebble and some Sketching

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Random Things

In abstract, acrylic, art, crafts, drawing, мои рисунки, folk art, freedom, good life, mixed media, painting, pen, pen and ink, textile, textile art on March 14, 2013 at 11:57

A slate painting and a pin coushon

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My Shop Reserving Policy

In about me, art, crafts, Британия, ethics, legal issues, moral issues, my artworks, painting, portrait, relationship, shopping, textile art, traditions, xenophobia on February 2, 2013 at 10:41

Just letting out some steam….

Dear customers,

if you would like to reserve an item from the shop you’ll need to pay a non-refundable deposit of 10 pound a week. Please notice that if you express a wish to come on a particular day I can not guarantee that the shop will be open at that time.

Let me explain the reasons for all this. I am a novice shop keeper.  And a very surprised one. Often people come to the shop, look around and say to me: “I really like this painting” or “I want you to do commission for me. I definitely will be back tomorrow / on Friday / next week, etc.”

I am accustomed to trust people. On the day named I would come and wait till the Market is closed – even if most of other traders are already gone. Usually nobody shows up. Later I see these customers again and most of them say absolutely nothing to me.

On few occasions either I felt ill or cold, or someone from my family was poorly and I would rather be at home. I am not exaggerating.

It is not just me I am concerned about. Probably other small shops and stalls owners who really are struggling at the moment feel the same way. Is it my goods which are not good enough on careful consideration or is it my accent suggesting that I am not around here and could be treated less humanly?

Imagine if you are employed and on the day you expected to be paid your boss ignores you just like nothing happened? The income of small business owners depends on you. We live by hopes your give us.

It is perfectly fine to say “I will think about buying this”. Great!  Nobody needs false hopes, disappointments or later embarrassment.

Yours sincerely.

Dve Booki Grey Monster Couple in Crochet

In textile, textile art on January 25, 2012 at 14:14

 

 
 
Product Description

Two monsters made of crocheted strips of gray fabric. Hollow inside. Could stand by themselves or you could put them on top of bedknobs, etc. Decorative items, not suitable fot the small children.

Measuring about 15x12x4 cm (6x5x1.5 inches) and 11x12x4 cm (4x5x1.5 inches).

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

I often do textile crafts when watching TV. These creatures appeared during Tommyknokers by Stephen King. The name is of mythical mischievious creatures, also known as The Knacker, Bwca (Welsh), Bucca (Cornish). The last two sound familiar to Booka whos name used to scare little children in my native Russia.

Materials Used

fabric strips, buttons, threads, a rusty padlock, a rusty earring

More Info

Affordable one of a kind crocheted monsters

Thinking of You Photo Card

In card, doll, photography, textile art on December 14, 2011 at 14:50

with a photograph of two textile pals. The text is customizable.

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