Caroline Hands – Mixed Media Artist
I’ve been helping the lifelong mixed media artist Caroline Hands with her digital photographs and archiving her work so I went to the open studio event at Second Floor Studios near Greenwich to see her work in the flesh – paintings and textiles look a lot different than a digital copy so it was fantastic to see her work on walls!
This is Caroline Hands in her studio wishing that I wasn’t taking her photo, in this room she paints and has her textiles, sketches, hand cut copper hats! Most of her canvases however were in a second studio along the corridor. Caroline will be moving both room contents into a larger studio in June.
Her work space doesn’t usually have wine and snacks, this was just for the open studio weekend. I’m assuming this to be the case!
Caroline talking to a gallery owner about her work featured in many publications.
she has also had her work featured on a book cover:
Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness Paperback – 26 Oct 2012 – Esther De Waal
She has lived and exhibited in many places around the world, ran many workshops and events – her work spans textiles (she sold painted scarfs to Liberties!) Batiks, metal work, lino cutting/printing including this book:
The Kilpeck Anthology Book
and these large cropper plates which she cut and shaped herself … this is my particular favourite:
Where to find Caroline Hands Work
Caroline is based at Studio 7DE101 Second Floor Studios & Arts Main Office TW-27 Harrington Way London SE18 5NR Tel:
You can see more of her work on her website www.carolinehands.co.uk
And her Makerhood Makerhood.com Caroline Hands profile page
you can see Caroline’s Film on her website as well: created by R&A Collaborations ‘Making a Mark’:
Whilst working with her I find out such titbits that aren’t featured on her website, (most of the following is in her own words), such as
when she was 11 she was judged 5 out of thousands at Harrods by Augustus John with her picture of Noah’s Ark
Ran an enormous Fringe Festival of the world with the well known Three Choirs Choral Festival, 4 times!
Has had many artist in residence positions including residencies through the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and helped with schools projects
Worked with a great deal of dancers across the world such as Chitraleka Bolar in Birmingham.
Has braved many travels with local buses and on foot on her own in many varied parts of the world – she has many photographs of her trips which we hope to put into a book!
Rages about injustice and celebrates the glorious mix of cultures around the world and in London
Stays humble in the face of nature and treasures our planet
Loves and craves for more time in Asia
Would probably lose herself in a love for Africa if she went !
Has not sold out true to her vision and love
Too crazily idealistic for her own good !
Is growing older but finds it impossible to contain her need to dance as soon as the rhythm celebrates inside of her
Working in the Arts takes dedication and hard work as well as a lot of energy which Caroline certainly has – I wish and hope I’ll become like that too!
Upcoming Exhibition Featuring Caroline Hands
AUTOCATALYTIC FUTURE GAMESOn a trajectory from Lascaux via aerosols, our bioaesthetic inheritance is cultivated beneath the inflated sun. An accretion of stenciled hands in the darkness, then a trillion painted surfaces.
A group exhibition. A variation of structured gestures and analogue procedures.
A compilation of paintings in 2015.
Paintings selected by each artist. Exhibition created and organised by playpaint
Robert Dowling / Ben Cove / Gordon Dalton / EC / Michael Stubbs / Chris Godber / Sharon Hall / Tom Banks / Graham Carrick / Kiera Bennett / Alaena Turner / Louisa Chambers / Mari Reijnders / Phil Illingworth / Selma Parlour / Mimei Thompson / Alison Pilkington / Charley Peters / Andrew Seto / Mel Carvalho / Alex Ball / Clare Price / Howard Dyke / Jessica Slater / Ross Walker / Rae Hicks / Gemma Cossey / Mandy Payne / Tamara Dubnyckyj / Tim Ellis / Maggie Hills / Greg Rook / Jonathan Parsons / Lucy Boyle / Simon Burton / Sarah Poots / Lisa Penny / Le Guo / Phillip Jones / David Ryan / Andy Harper / Sophia Starling / Marielle Hehir / Simon Bill / Hogan Brown / Andrea Medjesi-Jones / Clare Chapman / Dan Coombs / Tom Ellis / Marcus Cope / Andris Walds / Virginia Verran / Cathy Lomax / Ian Baker / Lothar Goetz / Shaan Syed / Peter Lamb / Caterina Lewis / Paul Manners / Stephanie Moran / James Connelly / Oliver Bancroft / Lee Marshall / Kate Warner / Katie Pratt / Jason Hawkridge / playpaint / Kirsten Reynolds / Marta Bakst / Alexis Harding / Ben Cottrell / Caroline Hands / Gary Andrew Clarke / Jules Clarke / Katrina Blannin / Matthew Hunt / Rachel Levitas / Rob Leech / Andrew Graves / Charles Williams / Hannah Knox / John Tiney / Philip Allen / Simon Haddock / David Oates / Tim Allen / Lizzie Lloyd / Alli Sharma / Alex Dipple
Preview: Wednesday 10th June 6.00 – 9.00 pm
Exhibition Open: 11th – 14th and 17th – 21st June 1.00 – 6.00 pm
Second Floor Studios & Arts
Contact / email@example.com
(formally the James Wilson Coffee Shop)
As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post (briefly), I’m part of a new makers market in Tulse hill.
It’s being organised by Lorraine Duncan otherwise known as who also runs a community knitting and crochet group on Wednesdays – you can visit her google page here.
so far there are several Rock Paper Scissors London group members who sell at L’Arche in West Norwood and at the Coffee Shop itself but there are also others who sell Skin Care items, hearty food and children’s clothing, toys, wall art, home decoration and weird creatures (mine) and I usually have a few other items that I make so please pop along if you can
They are open to new makers as a few didn’t make it and we need more to help give a good range of work by locals for locals (and anyone who wants to visit :-D)
Here’s a few photos I took of the 2nd market which was my first – the next makers market will be on the 6th June – I will add more photos to the gallery (click on images to visit) after each market so I hope to be able to show a whole range of work.
I just had a small table as it was my first go and I need more practice 😀
Sally Durrans – Ceramics feature large double glazed work and smaller pieces that even kids love.
Lorraine Duncan (knitwear/textiles) and Sally Durrans (ceramics) play around before opening up the Market
Nicolette’s handmade children’s clock and a selection of jewellery
Lovely Handmade Dresses
Sue Debo’s has some hot and cold food on offer including a vegetarian option.
You can visit each makers websites by following these links:
Nicolettes – Facebook page here Jewellery & handmade/painted character clocks
Lorraine Duncan – Twitter: & google page here. Knitter/Crochet group and maker.
Sally Durrans – sallydurrans.wordpress.com – ceramics
Sue Dabo – – Roast Meats & Savouries Specialists, Home Delivery, Markets, Events & Festivals.
I got to visit The Grand Designs Live Show at The Excel Centre in London when Gabriela Sulzman gave me a ticket – I’ve met Gabriela a few times as she works closely with Makerhood.
Gabriela ran a workshop giving an introduction to a type of upcycling for the Salvage Workshop who were part of the Remade in Britian online Marketplace.
Grand Designs Live will be working with Remade in Britain who are a dedicated online marketplace, bringing together upcyclers and vintage sellers across the UK. Remade in Britain have created an exciting retail site providing unique items that have been upcycled or recycled in Britain, other products include reloved vintage, antique and retro products.
Remade in Britain are on a mission to reduce landfill and promote sustainability. Offering the nation a fabulous selection of unique, green and ethical solutions, and simultaneously providing a great platform and online community for small businesses, upcyclers and makers.
Many of Remade in Britain’s talented retailers will be at the Salvage Feature throughout the show, as well as a many more of the UK’s best upcyclers.
Natasha Cargill, Wilf Meynell and Kevin McCloud
Gabriela’s starts introduction materials used in her workshop
A Selection of Gabriela’s Artwork which is also showing at The Dulwich Open Studios this weekend
The Art Dolls in the two images above show Alma, Dolores, Florence, Evelyn and a few others who are moving to West Dulwich for the weekend! It’s only a temporary residence though, as they are hoping to be taken home by people who fall in love with them…
Come and meet the girl gang at 14 Ildersly Grove, London SE21 8EU this Sat & sun 11 am-6pm. Artists’ Open House, Dulwich Festival
Decoupaged Boots and Shoes!
I love the boots – I tried painting a pair of victorian style boots about 20 years ago and the pain fell off within minutes so I never thought that decoupaging boots would be possible!!
I will be going to the Open House on Saturday afternoon after The Stitch session in West Norwood – so many exhibitions to see – I’ve had to cancel a few as they clash and I will going to Bust London Craftacular next week – I’ve booked a screen printing session as well.
After the show and buying giant stickers of Frozen for my 3 year old niece – and some rather lovely cheese I had a walk around the area as it had been awhile since I’ve last visited.
Lots more photographs but these are a couple that I’ve edited so far.
The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design – Module 2
I signed up to the second module of the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design online course but I’ve hardly done any actual work – gargh… (well, module 2 is more about reading about trends etc but the point is I really can’t afford the course but on a whim decided to click ok and it was too late to cancel (when I came to my senses lol)).
I’ve downloaded all the course materials so it’s not a total waste but I’m too stressed as no proper work but I don’t want to give up and stop studying and trying things out.
Here’s some quick mockups… for the first weeks homework – not that happy with them – I do rather like the 2nd plate set especially the mug and small plate so might have a further play with that one.
A motif made from my Illustration.
A repeat pattern made from my photograph of a building in London
ps: I sold a Photographic Print via Fine Art America
I did sell a print this morning which is always nice to hear!
I’ve had a slight obsession with all types of printing for many years – I keep trying but it doesn’t always work out – but maybe I just quit too soon… so I’m trying again with something small…
I thought I’d try a rubber stamp for The Stitch group I’m with – to make a label to sew on to the front of products that they want to sell as a fundraiser for the community group.
well… here’s a few photos from last night and I’m sure anyone who sees this and has experience of making stamps, will spot my error straight away 🙂
I’ve not tested it yet as I’m not sure if I’ll just start again from scratch or try to make a foam stamp (which is the child level stamp making technique… sometimes it’s better to crawl than walk sigh).
I have a few weeks before these are needed – thankfully it’s not urgent.
My first speed dating experience… thankfully it was with members of Makerhood and a skill share rather than the usual type of speed dating 😉
Meeting at the Impact Hub Brixton which is at the Lambeth Town Hall, which is a creative hub so the Makerhood team do meet there fairly often – I haven’t been for awhile as the Rock Paper Scissors group and The Stitch have kept me busy so it was nice to meet up with a few people I hadn’t seen for awhile.
Caroline Hands (mixed media artist) and Jenny of Inky Collective talk skills
Pam Williams (Illustrator) talks to Elisabeth of Dis Badeth!
Tendai of Quest4Success talks to Robyn of Archie Mac London
Karen in the background tries to keep time for members to switch seats but we all just talked over her! it was very interesting.
Jenny of Inky Collective talk skill sharing with Caroline Hands (Painter)
Upcoming Makerhood Members meetup
The next Makerhood Club Meeting (non-makers are welcome) next meeting is on the 6th May and headed by Gabriela Szulman you can find out more about Makerhood at http://makerhood.com/
I’ve not blogged for awhile yet I feel that I have because I’ve been doing it elsewhere!
I’ve started a private forum for Rock Paper Scissors – London Members and a website – very early days on the website so only 4 members so far – more to be added soon.
I made a simple website for The Stitch in West Norwood (hosted at L’Arche and these are all through the Lambeth Council ‘The Open Works‘).
We made a banner for the Bzz Garage featuring little dry needle felted Bees and lots of crafty floral items – I made the central Bee which I’m rather pleased with (not the text part) – the first version went horribly wrong though.
Some of the ‘Stitchees’ putting the banner together
I have also been taking photographs for them as helping out so for someone who is unemployed I’ve been busy!!
I’ve spent today (besides applying to jobs) have been making up some posters that could be used as a fundraiser for The Stitch who will be selling items made by the ‘stitchees’ at The Feast at St Luke’s Church – West Norwood on the 7th June 2015.
The Feast – first Sunday of each month (April to December)
The Stitch Bzz Garage Banner (it’s huge & I need to take a better photo!)
Fundraiser Poster Ideas…
Using the Stitch logo I’ve made a poster – vector with textures added and a little ‘light painting’ to give the sewing machine some depth.
These are some other versions of possible poster designs… think I like the yellowish background on the above to feature on the ones below… !?
I had a go at using the above image to make some repeat patterns…
Caroline Hands – Painter & Mixed Media Artist
I’m also helping a lifelong traditional painter with all her work and photography – helping her learn Lightroom and to create her own greeting cards and to aid her creation of a book that shows her travels and the artwork she has produced throughout her long international career – you can view her work, and video created by the R&A collaborations at Caroline Hands
She also creates Batiks and large Copper artworks such as these – love them!
Caroline Hands Copper Plates
I’ve not had much work for a few months and it’s all rather stressful so instead of trying to make overcomplicated (or at least beyond my current skill set – I plan to improve!) I decided to stop being fussy.
So I’ve made several simple but cute little guys – I’ve mentioned my ‘Cats in Pants’ in another post and this one used the same body pattern and tail.
If you comb with a small teasel brush that you fluff up the material (or wool if using crochet/knitting to make a toy) but be careful as you can get carried away = hole!!
The hairy dude at the bottom has only partial brushed fur which gave him a hair style and eyebrows 🙂
I’ve also added some needle felting to the little one’s face and spots on his tail… I just need a name for him.
..is getting a website!
(not linked yet so click the image below to visit the page – it is early stages though!)
Tara who hosts the Stitch, has got the domain name, the blog has been started, links have started being added and there are posts but those have yet to be published.
This is a community group and it’s members are helping Tara set up the website, mailing lists and even setting up the sewing machines, materials and ideas so it really is a community.
A ‘Stitchee’ who made this hat from an old jumper
I will update when it officially launches but feel free to visit the Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram…
You can see more photos taken at the Stitch on their website (I have put some on there already as I’ve been the one taking them) or you can click the images on this page and you can see the whole gallery of images.
Each week ‘themes’ are set but people can just pop in with their own project to do instead or maybe learn crochet or knitting, sew a skirt, fix a hole in a favourite shirt etc – some upcycling projects have been done already and the plan is to do more – they are open to suggestions so leave a comment on their website.
Men are also welcome so ideas for projects for guys would be great – there is a pinterest board as well.
Dry Needle Felting
We had a go at dry needle felting and one of our members made this!! how cool is this Japanese character 🙂
I made this cat… he needs more stripes and I might make his bum bigger… he will be a doll for a cat doll ;-P
Do you want to make sure that people can find you when searching for the type of product or service you sell? Are you already doing social media? There are lots of other techniques small businesses should consider to attract more customers, even on a budget. This class will help you understand the basics of two major digital marketing channels and how it can benefit your business. The class will be interactive so you can easily apply what you have learnt.
Bring one of the following:
Blog (or any other online post) about the class – you are looking at mine!
Design help – of what I ‘m not sure yet – will update afterwards.
Enthusiasm! I’m quietly enthusiastic 🙂
Nibbles or drinks for the class – yay, biscuits!
Your business card – always have those but tend to forget to give them out.
About the teacher, Vanessa Fullerton-Batten
Marketer with a digital focus, having worked for 15+ years in sales and marketing for different sized organisations from start-ups through to large corporations. Now run my own digital marketing company for small businesses, www.vfbmarketing.com. I’ve lived in West Norwood for the last 7 years.
James Wilson Coffee Shop
357 Norwood Road
London SE27 9BQ GB
The Open Works Trade School project
This is through The Open Works Trade School project – you can see a selection of their other projects here – click to visit and have a look yourself – they are generally free and some have a simple barter element but all in fun!
I’m part of The Stitch and several members are setting up a website which we hope to launch soon.
I’m also part of the Rock Paper Scissors collective and we have 2 venues L’Arche next to St Luke’s Church (where they hold the Feast Sunday) in West Norwood and the James Wilson Cafe in Tulse Hill (next to the train station – turn right!) and apparently there could be a 3rd option in Streatham 🙂
I fancy doing the clay version but I need to use some time in trying to find a job… work wanted 😀
The Open Works Trade School Projects Selection – click to visit page
They are ending this year long project soon but the individual projects will continue – there tends to be a crossover of people in them so there is still a link between them all which is great.
This was a project with Lambeth Council and they didn’t know if it would be successful and they plan to review/research the outcome over the next few months.
Personally I think it’s a great idea and it’s a shame I didn’t know about sooner – I found them through the Makerhood group – it’s so useful to have these links, I really wasn’t bought up with any type of community so I’m finding it interesting and hope it all continues!
Get feedback at our product surgery – Makerhood
The following evening I have a Makerhood meet up – ‘Get feedback at our Product Surgery’ Westow Hill near Crystal Palace park – which has also sold out of tickets (free to Makerhood Members & £4 to non-members).
Jane Doxey is a product design development and retail expert with years of experience as a buyer for companies including Liberty’s and Marks and Spencer’s. Jane also runs her own consultancy, Creative and Retail, which specialises in offering help to individuals and start ups who are just getting started.
Liz Clamp is the owner of Smash Bang Wallop, a shop in Crystal Palace that sells beautiful goods – from jewellery to accessories, cosmetics to candles, toys to homewares including products by local makers. Liz’s background is in fashion design, and she previously worked for Joseph and was a lecturer at London College of Fashion where she wrote a book on fashion marketing.
Think my brain will be overloaded again… oh well… 😉