Pet Pals Potion

I feel that the title of this (belated, sorry) potion was partially inspired by Rudi of Sidcup and Roxy of Holloway "friends and colleagues" of Bobby Baker and stars of animations featuring Bobby and promoting the work of Daily Life Limited. I have been thinking about the work that Bobby and Daily Life Limited do in the run up to their micro festival, which I need to buy tickets for as soon as I get paid! The feedback that I got about this particular project when I took part in a Daily Life Limited workshop really helped get #secretsofselfpreservation off the ground, so I can't wait to see what they do next. It would be easy for Bobby "just" to make work about her own experiences, but the fact that Daily Life are supporting a whole new host of (often young) artists who make art out of their mental health experiences is commendable. I would love to be in a similar position to do so some day. Without wanting to sound completely bleeding heart (which I am), I want to make a difference with my work.

I suppose this week I have been making a (very) small difference to the lives of some animals; tending to two cats and a bearded dragon, feeding and chatting to them, and on occasion removing (tremendously) pooey newspaper.

I have found that caring for animals is a very particular kind of pleasure; companionship without backchat, I suppose. I think, once you've fed something, you can't help but care for it, in a way.

So in honour of this newfound, short lived responsibility, I have stitched that "Animals are good for your health" (rather shoddily as I haven't been feeling very well the past couple of days), and accompanied the text with some copyright free illustrations of domestic and more exotic animals.

I think this should all act as proof to my boyfriend that co-owning a rabbit is a practical and sensible notion. But until he relents, I will keep stitching.


The 2014 E17 Art Trail is upon us! And very welcome it is too, after last year's hiatus. This year I am showing two embroideries as part of the Zoology exhibition at the wonderful little gallery and picture framers E17 Art House.

You might remember these two; a puffin I stitched for my parents' 50th birthdays (and is now finally framed, hooray!) and an ode on melancholyflowers with accompanying honey bee (that one's for sale).

There is a menagerie of talent and media on show; from cute to conceptual, wood engraving to soft sculpture.

Benevolent Mill matriarch Mo Morris shows some of my favourite works in the exhibition; adorably diddy, hand carved wood cuts.

I have a particular predilection for moths.

Bees are a popular subject at Zoology; this one makes good use of recycled materials, as well as being a bit monstrous.

I love the wry, knowing expression of this caged parrot.

This mouse spooked me a little; maybe it's something about its glassy stare? I wouldn't want to run into it in a dark alley!

One of these delightful animal alphabet prints by Build makes up the flyer for the exhibition; these were two of my favourites (who doesn't love mallards and narwhals?!)

These charming illustrations by Darren Hayman commemorate Walthamstow's recent past, and the lovable heroes of the Dog Track.

I told you I had a thing about moths (though I suspect this may be a butterfly), and the metamorphosis is melded perfectly.

This small but beautiful space is bursting with a zoo all its own, with a wide range of prices for art lovers and something to suit every taste whether you're buying or just travelling 'round the Trail. Don't miss it! The exhibition is on until the 28th June.