Studio Tour 2.0

A long while back I shared with you some images of my old set up, since then I have moved everything into a studio in my home, I shared photos on Facebook and Instagram but seem to have forgotten them on here. So today I would like to show you my new studio space, it’s so exciting for me to have this space to do what I like with, and I have never been so organised! As you can see from the photos, I have a making desk, a photography desk and a packaging desk, a section for all of my finished products and one for my equipment. I have added more artwork to the walls since taking these photos.

It’s important for me to have a space to go and do my artwork, it helps to keep my mind fresh and active and also helps to inspire me, I am very grateful to have the little workshop to tinker away in. It makes me feel proud to have my banner and artwork up on the wall in there!

Rats that craft groups

I’m so bad at remembering to take photos but here are a few of the set up and what we have been doing at the ‘rats that craft’ groups. I am so happy that this is taking off, we have been having a great time!
Big thank you to everyone who has been part of them, can’t wait for the next one!
 
 
  
 

The gift of the embroidery bible

I’ve been a bit quiet online recently, I have been taking a bit more time to complete personal projects like decorating mine and my partners room, making gifts for friends and working on some stuff for a new collective. I will get back into the swing of things soon, but it’s been nice to take things a little slower recently.
But today I want to show you this, for Christmas my partners Grandma gave me the Embroidery stitch bible. As a lot of you know, I have taught myself everything I know, just by figuring it out. Turns out there were a few things I wasn’t doing right and this book has helped me work these things out. This year I will be starting to work through it, exploring new stitches and techniques and expanding my embroidery knowledge. I highly recommend the book to anyone at any stage in their learning, it’s amazing! Keep an eye out for these new stitches in my pieces this year!

@justacard Indie week- Indie Friday

It’s day 5, the last day of the @justacard Indie week and challenge, today I am buying, selling and celebrating independent shops and businesses.
Thank you so much if you have supported me in any way big or small this week, it means so much to me and encourages me to keep doing what I do. You can see all the things I have available in my shop in my stories today on Facebook or Instagram, or just browse through my shop.
The Sea Cat
 

@justacard Indie week- Spread the love.

It’s day 4 of @justacard Indie week and Instagram challenge and today I’m sharing some of my favorite artists with you! This is an incredibly difficult task as I have so many creative people in my life and I can’t seem to narrow it down, these are all artists that inspire me, some are friends of mine, some are just talented artists that I love! Please give them a follow, like, share, comment, whatever, just spread the love! I have tagged all the accounts below, if you click a tag you will be taken to their Instagram page.

The Sea Cat

@mogwai_breakcore @puss_ytattie @dhammit.tat @rare_bear_ @kaowa_creations @martaajunke @baddiva.vontease @slimetime_slugtopia @scum4gold @mouxja @lewysedwards @mengi.may @charliecrossdesigns @littlebodiesshop @hulmeloonies1 @mauritzverlinden @fungi_lighting @madagast.art @mosaic.rocks  @sewyoursoul @lalatigerbloom @stickupcrochet @lil_p.i.g. @sadcattttttt @antikki.tattoo @devilsdenclothing @the_littlest_falcon @libby.bove.design @bespokebazaarrr @millipedeity @broke_boutique @paintedpeachuk @bratbabytattoo @captain_purky @themechanicalmenagerie @buttongirlart @mushka.mizu @lauragraingerceramics @discoredia_tattt @westbrook_forge_craft @fleurillustrates @frog_paracord_designs @moofshroom.emporium @disinfectedslut @mollylemonart @shizzy_clo @alicio.d.alfonsina @annalisaluciana @weirdsculpture @glassartwerks @mattgjlawrence @freeorgy @the_drawing_room_art @alexandrakehayoglou @westweaves @lisaseaurchin @sorryjonnydied @six_herons @ladylillypot @miss_sohee @kathrin_marchenko @lemonpepperstudio

 

 

Justacard Indie week- Events, shows and online platforms.

It’s day 3 of @justacard Indie week and part 3 of the Instagram challenge, today I’m talking about which platforms I buy and sell on and what events I have coming up.

I use my website, Facebook and Instagram to showcase my work and I use Etsy to sell it, however not all of my sales are made this way. My website is the best way to view my work and has a blog feature to keep you up to date with everything going on in The Sea Cat’s world. You can subscribe to my mailing list to receive emails about events, projects, new releases, discounts and more. 

Unfortunately this year I have been unable to participate in any markets in person due to Covid-19 restrictions and having surgery. Some of my clothes however went down the catwalk and my embroidery hoops were displayed in the exhibition at the SLUGLY: Anti-Fashion and Arts Micro Festival a couple of months ago and I also had a virtual gallery in the Chorlton Arts Festival Virtual which you can still view at chorltonarts.org or on my website.

I have been forced to adapt to new ways of getting my work out there so I have a couple of Virtual events coming up that you can get involved in on Facebook…

30th November- 7th December- The Sea Cat’s online Christmas market

4th December-7th December- The SCRAP YARD RATS online Christmas market

Please click ‘going’ on the event pages to make sure you get notifications about when they are starting. There will be loads of beautiful handmade gifts up for grabs.

The Sea Cat

 

 

Justacard Indie week- What the ‘SHOP INDEPENDENT’ message means to me.

It’s day 2 of @justacard Indie week! Today I am explaining what the SHOP INDEPENDENT message means to me, so here goes..
 
Shopping with independent artists and businesses has always been important for me, it makes me feel good to buy from another artist because I understand that a sale is not only some income but it’s supporting an individuals dreams, goals and creativity. Every time you buy from an artist you know that they are doing a happy dance or getting that much needed hit of serotonin after spending hours making and perfecting their work. It feels great on both ends!
 
For some your interest in their work means eating, paying bills, sending children to school with everything they need etc. It may be ‘just a card’ to you but it could mean that you are helping someone with the big things.
 
Now is a more important time than ever to shop independent, our small businesses are dying out due to the Covid-19 restrictions and we need to help save them. It may be new to you but buying art online is the future as our markets are unable to function as normal in these difficult times, however you will be helping much more than you think. Each sale, share, save, like and comment boosts the creators algorithm and makes their work more widely accessible to new people, you don’t need to spend a fortune to help someone out.
 
When someone buys something from me I get so excited and almost a little emotional to think that someone out there loves what I do! It is a brilliant feeling to post off an item to new places, knowing that your work is being spread all over the place. The support I get from my customers is extremely important to me and encourages me to keep doing what I do, pushing myself to learn new things and to have pride in my work.
 
So thank you to each and every one of you who has supported me in my journey, and remember to shop independent!
 
The Sea Cat