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#Repost @thecuriositycupboard • • • • • • Here's Panda & his moon (so far) I still need to attach him to his base & name him, and he needs something else too but until I figure out what he'll just have to sit here and watch over me as I work..... . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #panda #bluemoon #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #onceinabluemoon #vintagefabric #papermache #papermacheart #papermacheartist #wireworker #wireartist #mixedmediasculpture

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I've replenished my magic dust. There should be enough to sprinkle on at least 6 months of creatures..... . Jar by @mendyourhead . . . #thecuriositycupboard #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #vinegarandbrownpaper #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Thank you for all the wonderfully positive comments, advice & ideas on yesterday's post. Your support is very much appreciated (& sometimes it just helps to say things out loud to sort some of the muddle of threads in my head) Anyhoo, I've got lots to mull over before finalising anything so spent a little quality messy mâché time this afternoon. It's quite a rhythmic technique so I had plenty of time to plan & plot my next move! Here's one of the birdies I've been papering..... . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker

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Part of the major overhaul of the Cupboard has included the addition of a windowsill to house some of my favourite things. I've surrounded my immediate workspace with books, baubles, flora & fauna and all manner of other inspirational pieces. Everything else, materials etc, are now behind me (mostly in archive boxes) I'll be posting more pics, now & again, over the next couple of weeks as a sort of slow meandering tour of my little sanctuary..... . EDIT: I've been asked if the object bottom centre of pic is my take on the covid virus. It's not. It's a sample (a dried, pierced avocado stone) that I made for my Masters in December 2018! & no, it's not witchcraft..... 😳 @ma_contemporary_crafts_ #macontemporarycrafts . . #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown

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I've been playing around with a larger piece today (when having a tea break) that I started on Tuesday. This time I'm weaving a web on a handle which I found on the Thames foreshore last July. I'd like to think that it was once attached to a bubbling witch's cauldron but it's probably from a small cooking pot or pail. The thread is fairly thick & linen-like (which I'm guessing is maybe for carpet weaving?!) & came from a bag of reclaimed scraps. Should keep me busy for a few weeks..... What's occupying your lockdown? Happy weekend everyone 🕸xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #dorsetwheel #dorsetbutton #usingwhatisathand

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I've been playing around with a larger piece today (when having a tea break) that I started on Tuesday. This time I'm weaving a web on a handle which I found on the Thames foreshore last July. I'd like to think that it was once attached to a bubbling witch's cauldron but it's probably from a small cooking pot or pail. The thread is fairly thick & linen-like (which I'm guessing is maybe for carpet weaving?!) & came from a bag of reclaimed scraps. Should keep me busy for a few weeks..... What's occupying your lockdown? Happy weekend everyone 🕸xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #dorsetwheel #dorsetbutton #usingwhatisathand

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You may be wondering what this pic is all about. Well today is the Badger's & my 23rd anniversary!! (Crikey, that's half my life so far 😳) He did suggest that we dress up in St George's Day themed attire (no prizes for who apparently should be the dragon) but instead here is my present from him.... plain flour! Normally we would have a day out at the beach or visit Hay-on-Wye (we'd both much rather do something than give presents) but it's strange times. Anyhoo, it's a very much welcome present as I use it to make my paper mâché paste. For the last 5/6 weeks I've not managed to get hold of any & so haven't been able to finish off a group of creatures that are hanging up in the Cupboard rafters..... Happy St George's Day! . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker

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The Badger's workshop is on a farm nearby so I've joined him today for a change of scenery. I've left him tinkering with tools & gone for a wander (collecting expedition) . . . #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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The Badger's workshop is on a farm nearby so I've joined him today for a change of scenery. I've left him tinkering with tools & gone for a wander (collecting expedition) . . . #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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It's a lovely cold, grey day today so I went for a wander. There's a shipping container nearby that has a wonderful patchwork of paint on it. I've been meaning to take pics of it for months, so I took the long route round to it.... . . . #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #wonderingandwandering

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I've gone & lost momentum with #marchmeetthemaker (it was bound to happen, I'm too easily distracted) I've been busy sorting out the mess that has engulfed the Cupboard & rewriting/re-prioritising my to do list. Top of the list (after Cupboard organising) is sorting out my clothes. There's a lot of mending, making and dyeing fun ahead of me but probably not much in the way of creatures for now. Anyway , as a catch up here's some photography (day 23, using my phone #nofilter ) of a Dorset wheel I'm working on whilst trying to top up my vitamin D levels. The only tools & equipment (day 22) needed is a needle. This is something that any of you can do with the most limited of supplies and it doesn't have to be complicated. Mine have evolved to this style but you can find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest of 'Dorset buttons' & if you need help getting started, you can always DM me too! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #dorsetwheel #dorsetbutton #knittingneedle #usingwhatisathand

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I've gone & lost momentum with #marchmeetthemaker (it was bound to happen, I'm too easily distracted) I've been busy sorting out the mess that has engulfed the Cupboard & rewriting/re-prioritising my to do list. Top of the list (after Cupboard organising) is sorting out my clothes. There's a lot of mending, making and dyeing fun ahead of me but probably not much in the way of creatures for now. Anyway , as a catch up here's some photography (day 23, using my phone #nofilter ) of a Dorset wheel I'm working on whilst trying to top up my vitamin D levels. The only tools & equipment (day 22) needed is a needle. This is something that any of you can do with the most limited of supplies and it doesn't have to be complicated. Mine have evolved to this style but you can find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest of 'Dorset buttons' & if you need help getting started, you can always DM me too! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #dorsetwheel #dorsetbutton #knittingneedle #usingwhatisathand

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Change... #marchmeetthemaker . Lots of things have been changing for me recently (not including any virus related interruptions) one of the main changes has been to my previous habitual hoarding. I haven't given up collecting things (that'll never happen & I will most definitely never be a minimalist) however I have altered my thinking on collecting and subsequently am finding it cathartic, and strangely easy, to get rid of stuff. I'm planning to sort through the mass accumulations over the next few weeks as I currently seem to have plenty of time on my hands! Anything to keep me busy otherwise I'll just end up having to entertain a very bored, not working for a while, Badger! And the forget-me-nots? Well they're my most favourite flower (I would say after edelweiss but edelweiss isn't actually a flower...) signalling a change in the seasons. Happy Springtime (Northern Hemisphere) folks! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Change... #marchmeetthemaker . Lots of things have been changing for me recently (not including any virus related interruptions) one of the main changes has been to my previous habitual hoarding. I haven't given up collecting things (that'll never happen & I will most definitely never be a minimalist) however I have altered my thinking on collecting and subsequently am finding it cathartic, and strangely easy, to get rid of stuff. I'm planning to sort through the mass accumulations over the next few weeks as I currently seem to have plenty of time on my hands! Anything to keep me busy otherwise I'll just end up having to entertain a very bored, not working for a while, Badger! And the forget-me-nots? Well they're my most favourite flower (I would say after edelweiss but edelweiss isn't actually a flower...) signalling a change in the seasons. Happy Springtime (Northern Hemisphere) folks! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Marketing.... #marchmeetthemaker . It should have been the first day of @craftfestival Cheltenham today (& this would have been a picture of my stand) instead here's the Cupboard! This is where I isolate myself (self enforced) for the majority of the year. I'm quite happy to be in my own company especially as the solitude is normally broken by intermittent shows. I'm really going to miss the chance, this weekend, of catching up with my craft family, meeting new people and, of course, selling some work so that I can carry on with the boring stuff like paying bills and buying food. I'm absolutely hopeless at marketing. I don't like it when others constantly bombard me with what they're selling and in turn I really don't like pushing my work on others! Doing craft fairs, & selling through online and actual galleries, gives me the opportunity to sell my wares, to people who want to buy handmade items, without having to shout about it. Anyway I'm going to have to pluck up some courage so you may hear a peep or two from me soon..... . . . Sarah & the Craft Festival team have done a marvellous job of rearranging the fair (it's now booked in for August 14th-16th) hopefully I'll get to catch up with loads of you then! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #justacard #makesallthedifference

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Marketing.... #marchmeetthemaker . It should have been the first day of @craftfestival Cheltenham today (& this would have been a picture of my stand) instead here's the Cupboard! This is where I isolate myself (self enforced) for the majority of the year. I'm quite happy to be in my own company especially as the solitude is normally broken by intermittent shows. I'm really going to miss the chance, this weekend, of catching up with my craft family, meeting new people and, of course, selling some work so that I can carry on with the boring stuff like paying bills and buying food. I'm absolutely hopeless at marketing. I don't like it when others constantly bombard me with what they're selling and in turn I really don't like pushing my work on others! Doing craft fairs, & selling through online and actual galleries, gives me the opportunity to sell my wares, to people who want to buy handmade items, without having to shout about it. Anyway I'm going to have to pluck up some courage so you may hear a peep or two from me soon..... . . . Sarah & the Craft Festival team have done a marvellous job of rearranging the fair (it's now booked in for August 14th-16th) hopefully I'll get to catch up with loads of you then! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #justacard #makesallthedifference

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Packaging..... #marchmeetthemaker . A couple of years ago I changed all my greetings card packaging from those clear corn starch bags & a sticker to using just a single paper clip. I'm trying to come up with lots of different uses & things I can make with a paper clip which I can then put on my website. I would love to hear any of your ideas! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #whatsontheworkbench #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #handmadegreetingscards #justacard #reclaimedpaper #vintagepaper #vintagesheetmusic #justapaperclip

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Packaging..... #marchmeetthemaker . A couple of years ago I changed all my greetings card packaging from those clear corn starch bags & a sticker to using just a single paper clip. I'm trying to come up with lots of different uses & things I can make with a paper clip which I can then put on my website. I would love to hear any of your ideas! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #whatsontheworkbench #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #handmadegreetingscards #justacard #reclaimedpaper #vintagepaper #vintagesheetmusic #justapaperclip

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Technique/skills..... #marchmeetthemaker . Jack of all trades..... ...Jedi Master of junk. . . . . . . . (I chose this pic as it's got a little of everything in it: wire, words, thread, rust, found objects...) . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #jackofalltrades #jedimasterofjunk #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #mudlarking #riverthamesfinds #mudlarkingfinds #riverwyefinds #beachcombingfinds #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #intertidalarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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Technique/skills..... #marchmeetthemaker . Jack of all trades..... ...Jedi Master of junk. . . . . . . . (I chose this pic as it's got a little of everything in it: wire, words, thread, rust, found objects...) . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #jackofalltrades #jedimasterofjunk #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #mudlarking #riverthamesfinds #mudlarkingfinds #riverwyefinds #beachcombingfinds #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #intertidalarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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Proud of..... #marchmeetthemaker . I'm proud of a lot of things, sometimes it's the smallest stuff that makes me grin like a Cheshire Cat! It's usually something that nobody else notices but I know that it worked perfectly or that I was absolutely petrified but still did it. Most of the time I keep it to myself, I'm not really any good at the self promotion side of things. My OH (the Badger) constantly goes on at me to be more vocal about the bigger 'wins' and I do try but I always feel odd & a little boastful when I mention something. Anyhoo, what am I proud of right now? Well I'm pretty chuffed at how much I've evolved in the last few years, I'm ecstatically over the moon about what I achieved on my Masters and I'm definitely proud that I haven't just fallen back into my old routine but am continuing with all the reading and researching on the side. Who knows where that adventure may lead! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #mudlarking #riverthamesfinds #mudlarkingfinds #riverwyefinds #beachcombingfinds #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #intertidalarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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Proud of..... #marchmeetthemaker . I'm proud of a lot of things, sometimes it's the smallest stuff that makes me grin like a Cheshire Cat! It's usually something that nobody else notices but I know that it worked perfectly or that I was absolutely petrified but still did it. Most of the time I keep it to myself, I'm not really any good at the self promotion side of things. My OH (the Badger) constantly goes on at me to be more vocal about the bigger 'wins' and I do try but I always feel odd & a little boastful when I mention something. Anyhoo, what am I proud of right now? Well I'm pretty chuffed at how much I've evolved in the last few years, I'm ecstatically over the moon about what I achieved on my Masters and I'm definitely proud that I haven't just fallen back into my old routine but am continuing with all the reading and researching on the side. Who knows where that adventure may lead! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #mudlarking #riverthamesfinds #mudlarkingfinds #riverwyefinds #beachcombingfinds #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #intertidalarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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Self care..... #marchmeetthemaker . I'm generally an easy going person, or at least that's what most people think of me, and at times I can even appear to be distant or distracted. It's a coping method that's come from life long anxiety & panic attacks. I'm slowly learning to deal with it in a healthier way by understanding why & what overwhelms me. One thing that has significantly helped has been reconnecting with my passion for finding objects. The fog is now slowly dispersing letting the sunlight break through..... . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #selfcare #cptsd #fibromyalgia #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker

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Current project..... #marchmeetthemaker . I feel a bit discombobulated this weekend. I had planned to spend it finishing some creatures for the craft festival in Cheltenham next weekend. The fair has been postponed until August so I've decided to grab the opportunity & spend a few days doing some stuff for me. Today I'm going through my paper scraps & making myself a 'new' book. Happy healthy weekend to you all! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #whatsontheworkbench #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker

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USP..... #marchmeetthemaker . 28 years of wire working! (you may not see it all the time but it's there) . . . #uniquesellingpoint #marchmeetthemaker2020 #whatliesbeneath #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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Learning curve..... #marchmeetthemaker . There are so many things that I have learned, things that I'm still learning & things that I will learn in the future which makes today's prompt a bit of a toughie. After a bit of umming I've decided to share this little toadstool house, it's one of my early paper mâché pieces made about a decade ago. Since then the process has evolved. The wire I use has changed, I now use a thicker gauge for the initial shape, to create a sturdier frame. I also now layer the wire frame with newspaper first before adding vintage paper. The flour & water paste I use has stayed the same though! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #papermachesculpture #toadstoolhouse

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Range..... #marchmeetthemaker . I could have opted to talk about the range of products that I make, or the range of prices, but instead here's a range of materials that I regularly use: Vintage tins (pictured), draughts pieces, monopoly money, old postage stamps, iron wire, brass wire, silver wire, vintage sheet music, damaged books, dominoes, cotton reels, wooden building blocks, reclaimed ribbon, chess pieces, plastic knitting needles, cake tins, door handles, driftwood, buttons & beads, wooden boxes, shoe brushes, oil cans and aluminium jelly moulds. . I quite often get sent things to use & I rarely remember to say thank you! Thanks to everyone who's donated bits & bobs, over the last year I've been lucky to get parcels from @moetlala @di_tinker_foster @helenbricedesigns @hawksbysgalleryofdelights @cheryllhewitt @goatstreetgallery @catherine_woodall @little_burrow_designs @bonnerleather there's bound to be someone I've forgotten (pipe up if I have) huge thanks to you all 👏 . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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Authentic space..... #marchmeetthemaker . Some views of the Cupboard. It's not the biggest of workshops but I do seem to be able to cram a vast amount into it! I'm trying to spend an hour every day sorting through the piles of junk at my feet. I've piled up the workbench (last pic) with today's stuff to sort..... . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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Authentic space..... #marchmeetthemaker . Some views of the Cupboard. It's not the biggest of workshops but I do seem to be able to cram a vast amount into it! I'm trying to spend an hour every day sorting through the piles of junk at my feet. I've piled up the workbench (last pic) with today's stuff to sort..... . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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Rough/mock up.... #marchmeetthemaker . I'm an intuitive maker and generally work things out as I go along. I do sketch occasionally if I want to keep a shape or idea for later use. . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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Love to make..... #marchmeetthemaker . This all depends on the day, I try to only make what I know I will enjoy that day. Sometimes I just can't settle so I hammer and paint stuff or tidy the workshop and other times I really enjoy the methodical process of paper mâché or working on a large piece. I do go through phases of liking making specific things, like this wire bluebell, or types of creature but it doesn't normally last for long before I move onto the next thing. I do seem to have made quite a lot of wire birds this week though so maybe that's my current love! 🐦xx . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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You (me) #marchmeetthemaker . I am.... A wire & word twister, forgotten thing finder, magic dust collector, bricoleur, creature maker, urban archaeologist, beachcomber, magpie & mudlark. . I make..... Curious creatures, whimsical wonders, assemblages & artefacts. . I collect..... Rusty metal, potsherds, driftwood, ghost net, berries & leaves, bones, vintage baubles, ephemera, old gnarly nails, knitting needles & games pieces. . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker

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You (me) #marchmeetthemaker . I am.... A wire & word twister, forgotten thing finder, magic dust collector, bricoleur, creature maker, urban archaeologist, beachcomber, magpie & mudlark. . I make..... Curious creatures, whimsical wonders, assemblages & artefacts. . I collect..... Rusty metal, potsherds, driftwood, ghost net, berries & leaves, bones, vintage baubles, ephemera, old gnarly nails, knitting needles & games pieces. . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker

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Reducing waste... #marchmeetthemaker . The majority of the materials that I use are vintage, reclaimed or found; the detritus of human habitation & urbanisation. Some of these materials could be recycled but most would just end up in landfill. I enjoy trying to find ways to 'upcycle' these useless objects by giving them a new purpose. . The first pic is of some of my knitting needle collection, I'm a sucker for the colours. Most of them are single/unpaired plastic ones & are not recyclable. The second pic is some of the ephemera I have squirrelled away in the Cupboard..... . Happy weekend everyone! ✨xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #marchmeetthemaker2020 #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Close-up..... #marchmeetthemaker . Following on from yesterday's prompt I thought I'd show you the little hand painted 'button' that I add to the creatures. This, I suppose, is my signature & represents my love of toadstools! 🍄xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #marchmeetthemaker2020

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Branding..... #marchmeetthemaker . These are a few components that I use to create my brand style. I've designed my own rubber stamps since the start of my business in 2002. Every few years I update and redesign them, I try to design several stamps which can be used in a multitude of combinations for business cards, bags and boxes & I stick to a simple red and black scheme to keep it cohesive. . I'm currently designing my next set of stamps which I'll hopefully be able to use on packaging for both the creatures and the artefacts ( see @collectprotectcurate ) that I make. They won't be ready for @craftfestival Cheltenham in a couple of weeks time though (unfortunately) . . . #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #marchmeetthemaker2020

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Time..... #marchmeetthemaker . Here's a few ways that time affects me..... • I always manage to underestimate how long things take for me to make them! There are quicker, and more profitable, ways to make creatures but I enjoy the intricacies & slowness of making the wire frames! It's all about enjoying the process not how much profit I make. • I'm forever last minute in applying for shows, doing paperwork etc (sorry @craftfestival & @great_northern_events ) it's an annoying trait, I know, but it stems from anxieties that I am beginning to understand & am trying to overcome. • paradoxically I dislike being late (for appointments, trains etc) • I'm a night owl. I don't normally work a 9-to-5 day, I usually get into the workshop around midday and am quite often still making well after midnight. • Time is helping me to become stronger, emotionally, psychologically and physically. I still struggle with a perpetual cycle of anxiety, pain, bad habits and weight issues. It's taking time but I no longer feel like I'm being overwhelmed by it all (this time last year I wouldn't have dreamed of sharing any of that here) • finally I think everyone should take time to play. It doesn't have to cost anything except time. Whatever is your thing, whether making, baking, inventing, fixing, sporting or adventuring, be it alone or with others just do something for you ♥️xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #marchmeetthemaker2020 #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Hands at work..... #marchmeetthemaker . The start of a small wire heart. . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Story..... #marchmeetthemaker . There once was a little girl who wore home made dresses in Laura Ashley fabrics. As soon as she could walk she began finding things and picking them up. Her parents decided to buy her a little basket to put her treasure in (her dresses didn't have pockets yet) and to collect the dyed boiled eggs and foil covered chocolate that the Easter bunny would hide amongst the bushes and bare branches..... . (& forty something years later enjoying a blustery bit of winter sunshine) . . . #thecuriositycupboard #childofthe70s #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #collectprotectcurate

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Story..... #marchmeetthemaker . There once was a little girl who wore home made dresses in Laura Ashley fabrics. As soon as she could walk she began finding things and picking them up. Her parents decided to buy her a little basket to put her treasure in (her dresses didn't have pockets yet) and to collect the dyed boiled eggs and foil covered chocolate that the Easter bunny would hide amongst the bushes and bare branches..... . (& forty something years later enjoying a blustery bit of winter sunshine) . . . #thecuriositycupboard #childofthe70s #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Happy weekend everyone! . Apologies for the fairly rubbish pics, it's suddenly evening and dark and the light isn't the best! This is Rose, she's a new piece that I've been playing with. Rose is a hybrid bunny with a paper mâché head and spun cotton body and lives in a vintage sewing machine drawer. I'm still fiddling about with this but really wanted to try and make a more doll like piece. She'll be coming with me to @craftfestival in Cheltenham next month. . . . #thecuriositycupboard #craftfestivalcheltenham #workinprogress #wip #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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There's lots of wire frames popping up on the workbench at the mo, in readiness for @craftfestival in Cheltenham next month. This bunny is nearly ready for the first of several layers of paper..... : : : #thecuriositycupboard #workinprogress #wip #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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The mouse house that I started last year is still being worked on. This room in particular could do with a zhuzh! :: Plans are afoot for some pictures, furnishings and maybe a mirror too. The mice themselves haven't got names yet (there's 3 of them at the mo) but I'll probably leave that till last. Fingers crossed I'll finally finish it in time for next month's @craftfestival in Cheltenham! :: Happy diy-free weekend everyone! :: :: :: #thecuriositycupboard #wip #workinprogress #creaturemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #mousemaker #wireworker #craftfestivalcheltenham

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I know that this is not the most exciting of pics but here's the first mouse of 2020! Happy weekend everyone ♥️xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #mousemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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This fellow is one of several creatures I've been making recently for an upcoming exhibition, & to restock a couple of galleries, before the 'silly season' properly starts. I'll also be putting some of them onto my website very soon..... Happy Monday everyone! . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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My website has a bit of a new look, there's a lot that I still need to do (add more galleries, images etc and finish/reveal the 'info' page and shop) but I'd love to know what you think of it so far....... ......any mistakes/things not working/things you like/don't like/things you'd like to see/read about? EDIT: Link to the website is in my profile!! . Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, whatever adventures you have planned (whether sofa surfing or something more energetic!) xx . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thepapermachecreaturemaker #thecuriositycupboard #mousemaker #creaturemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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I've been spending a lot of time recently looking at, and updating, my website. It's all still hidden currently but I'm hoping to change it over next Friday (the 13th...) Whilst trawling through all the folders of images I came across Claribel (she went off to Munich last November and decided to stay) & realised that I definitely need to find some more mountain-like jelly moulds..... . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thepapermachecreaturemaker #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Poor Bill has been hanging around the Cupboard all on his lonesome for a while now. But there is good news Bill, the end of the summer holidays is here! That means lots of new friends will be joining us very soon for the start of term at the Curiosity College!!! Maybe Bill should get a satchel to keep his books in...... . . . #thecuriositycupboard #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thepapermachecreaturemaker #mousemaker #wireworker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Here's Panda & his moon (so far) I still need to attach him to his base & name him, and he needs something else too but until I figure out what he'll just have to sit here and watch over me as I work..... . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #panda #bluemoon #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #onceinabluemoon #vintagefabric #papermache #papermacheart #papermacheartist #wireworker #wireartist #mixedmediasculpture

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Four years ago, today, I received my last wage slip and p45 from paid employment! I know that I'm very lucky to be able to make full time, which wouldn't be possible if it weren't for the financial support of the Badger! It can be a very solitary pursuit but luckily I have the mice to keep me company..... Happy Star Wars day! . . . #maythefourthbewithyou #childoftheseventies #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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What's on my workbench Wednesday..... Also known as playing with a pile of junk, trying to work out where, & in what order, to attach stuff! This is going to be quite a major piece of folly filled with mice and maybe the odd insect. Fingers crossed I get it finished for @craftfestival (only 6 weeks to go!!!!) 🤞 . . . #workinprogress #wip #workbenchwednesday #whatsonmyworkbench #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #mousemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #assemblageart #objettrouvé

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Oops, I'm a day late!! I chickened out, then talked myself back into doing @joannehawker 's #marchmeetthemaker so here goes: -favourite to make- It has to be the little mice at the mo. They're fairly fiddly to make for a clumsy fingered soul like me but I just love how they look so different to each other (even if I try to make them the same) This little lady will possibly be coming to @craftfestival #madebyhandcheltenham next week (I'm still trying to decide whether to keep her all to myself!) . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thepapermachecreaturemaker #thecuriositycupboard #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #mousemaker #wireworker

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Today I've been papering some creatures including this big bear. This boy's going to take quite a few sessions to get him finished so hopefully he'll be ready for @craftfestival in Cheltenham a week Thursday! . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thepapermachecreaturemaker #thecuriositycupboard #wireworker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #madebyhandcheltenham

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This is Dorothy. She's very nearly ready for @craftfestival #madebyhandcheltenham in a few weeks! She still needs something else but will have to wait until I find inspiration for what exactly that 'else' is. ✨Happy Monday everyone ✨ . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thepapermachecreaturemaker #thecuriositycupboard #wire #wireworker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #wandererandwonderer #magicdustcollector

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Happy New Year! Thank you to all of you who've followed me, liked my pics, commented, chatted to me at shows & bought my work. The Cupboard would be a very small and lonely world without you! . I'm looking forward to sharing some new work with you all in 2019. I've been planning a slight change in the way I work to help me balance my time between the creatures and the MA. Fingers crossed it'll pan out..... . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #mousemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wondererandwanderer #happynewyear #happynewyear2019

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Here's something a little seasonal that went off to Munich, last month, for the annual Christmas exhibition at Galerie Handwerk. This is Gretchen and she wishes that she was a Christmas fairy. I, on the other hand, wish that last month I'd had an army of fairies to magic up an extra pair of hands (and a less frazzled brain!!) The last three creatures of the year will be donning their scarves and trekking off to their new homes on Monday. Happy weekend everyone ❤️xx . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #wandererandwonderer #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #mousemaker #wireworker #christmasfairy #handwerkskammermünchen #galeriehandwerk #galeriehandwerkmünchen #christmaswishes #münchen #weihnachten

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Day 1 of @craftfestival #madebyhandcardiff & I've finally got round to taking a pic of my stand! If you're visiting over the weekend, do come & say hello, I'm on stand 24 ♥️xx . . . #thecuriositycupboardontour #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thepapermachecreaturemaker #wireworker #wandererandwonderer #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Happy (Badger) Bank Holiday! (if you're in the UK) happy weekend for everyone else.... . . Today marks the anniversary of me leaving my job & spending my days happily as a hermit in the Cupboard! Thankfully the force was strong and I've not been tempted back (yet)! . . Mister Badger has his peepers and I've made him a waistcoat. I've had several attempts at making a flat cap, all of which have miserably failed so he'll be cap-less, & I'm still looking for a box for him to live in (rather than a base) he's a veg farmer/grower so I'm going to have a little fun seeing what greens I can magic up over the weekend. . . . #thecuriositycupboard #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thepapermachecreaturemaker #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #wip #workinprogress #whatsonthebench #maythe4thbewithyou #maythefourthbewithyou #maytheforcebewithyou

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-HOW I STARTED- Day 3 #marchmeetthemaker @joannehawker It's been a very long & meandering path to get to where I am currently. There's no particular starting point or specific decision that has led me here, just ripples and waves of ideas & circumstances that overlap and evolve into the pieces that I make. One of the biggest developments I've made, however, was incorporating paper mâché into my work. This is Nicholas the owl, the first creature I made back in 2011. The creatures have definitely transformed in the last 7 years! . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #meetthemaker

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