Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Soon (I hope) it will be Spring, and Mother's Day is coming up. So I have been making vases, vases and more vases until I had enough to have window display full of them. All different colours, different shapes and different sizes. Some easy to do, others really difficult. And I covered an unassuming cream coloured vessel in green fabrics as a centre piece. 

Dymphna Hermans (fabric decoupage) 'Spring Planter'

And I put daffodils in them all so that, while fog, rain and wind still rule in St Just most of the time, my window is like a harbinger of spring. And the other day a woman came in and she rummaged in the window and came to me with a wooden flower I had covered in fabric the day before. She wanted it even though it had not been varnished yet. I named my price and she put down her money and said she had to have it because it made her happy just to look at it. I do not even have a photo of it!

Rowena did some feltings of flower bouquets and then had cards made. My favourite is a wild flower bouquet of spring flowers and I think every mother in the land would be happy to have one for mother's day.

Rowena Scotney (needlepunch felting) 'Wild Flower Bouquet'

Monday, 19 February 2018

Valentine's Day

I had a lot of pleasure thinking of a Valentines Day display for my shop window. It got me to make hearts with roses, shoes with red birds, sweet red vases and I covered a Polish cafe chair from the Age Concern charity shop in red fabric.

Little red vase (fabric decoupage)

An upcycled Polish Cafe chair (fabric decoupage)
Three wooden hearts (mosaic fabric decoupage)
My makers and artists joined in the fun: Alison knitted red walkers' socks, Lincoln's hot lips pottery looked wonderful, Julia made a special Valendine's soap, I displayed Katy and Jo's necklaces on red vases and so on. You get my drift. Vastly over the top, but it got quite a lot of people coming into the shop and it was such fun to do.....

UpstArt shop window


Colour and joy go together for me. Bold, strong, expressive, coloured fabrics are what I love using to create my upcycled objects.

Dymphna Hermans (mosaic fabric decoupage)

It is not surprising therefore that most of the work of the other artists on display in UpstArt Gallery (mosaics, feltings, paintings, paper collages, pottery, textiles, glasswork and cards) is also colourful and joyous.

Kate Day Dawson (Mosaic)

Deborah Martin (stained glass)

Upstart is based in St Just in Penwith, the most westerly town in the UK and is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

I look forward to welcoming you.