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Anya Keeley

Wireworker • Bricoleur • Ragpicker Wire & paper creatures using found objects & reclaimed materials. Artefacts & archaeology : @collectprotectcurate

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I thought it was best to 'check in' as it's been a while! So what's been happening here at the Cupboard? Well I was ill for a couple of weeks. It started just before lockdown so unlike everyone else I didn't feel inclined to spend the fortnight cleaning & tidying! (It was a flu virus but whether it was 'the' virus I don't know) As soon as I started feeling better I decided to spend some time redesigning the layout in my workshop & have started a thorough change around. There's been some painting, some moving of shelves and a lot of measuring & puzzle solving! It'll probably take at least another week to sort out properly then I'll share some pics. Until then here's a pic of today's upheaval (just after the showers that weren't forecast) Happy April everyone! . . . #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #stayhomestaysafe

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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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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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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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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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Help..... #marchmeetthemaker . Well hello Monday! Let me introduce Agnes (the madness) to you. My little shed elf. Her duties include reorganising paperwork, emptying boxes, testing the durability of packaging materials & creating general distractions! . . . #thecuriositycupboard #agnesthemadness #agnesthecat #blackcat #marchmeetthemaker2020

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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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