Hey guys! Been quite a busy month since my last blog post, with doll orders for Christmas as well as my little trip to York with MrKaim81 (I said I would post pics, didn’t I?)!
Well I absolutely LOVED York! It is such a magical place, I was in awe of literally everything there, from the architecture, the cute little shops, even the lampposts were amazing,haha! I fell in love with the Shambles, especially at night time, I felt like I was living in The Hobbit! As well as some lovely creepy haunted pubs, with tasty beer ;) A particular fave pub was the one we went to on our last night, called The Habit - I had one of the most delicious burgers I have ever had in my life, as well as some tasty Brooklyn beers on tap!
Got some cool photos of the old buildings on the Shambles, as well as some creepy looking streets at night that were completely empty, which were very Jack the Ripper-esque, so some great inspiration for creating concept art for my doll that was used for Progress The Series and Ask A Cam Harlot!
Last week I had a total surge of inspiration to create a creepy Christmas illustration piece, as well as the doll to go with, but the way things are going with timing just now, I may only have time for the illustration – but I have written down a check list for each day, so as long as I stick with it, I can make my creepy doll in time for my Christmas blog!
So I have a few dolls to make just now, hopefully by mid December, I don’t think I can say much about them yet, in case they are a surprise, but they are quite steampunky and rock-a-billy esque!
Had to wait quite a while for my wool to arrive, because my colour had run out, but the wool has arrived this weekend thankfully, so onto doll making non stop as soon as I get back from my day job!
While waiting for my yarn I made some Christmas cards for my family using some cool pencils I picked up from an independent art shop in York, what do you think? Just kept it cute without the creepy (don’t think my family would appreciate the creepiness)!
One last point I would like to make…. Please buy your Christmas presents from small independent businesses this year, if you choose to buy presents at all. I’m sure most of you have seen the carnage what Black Friday has brought on humankind, I for one found it extremely upsetting and disgusting to watch. It’s the control these big corporate places have on us, making you believe you NEED all these things. It’s selfish and disgusting, that humans think they need an item so much that they are willing to attack another human over it! What is up with that!!!! And everyone ends up with the same cheap crap as everyone else! If something is going down in price that much, it clearly wasn’t worth much in the first place!
Here are some small businesses I have supported for Christmas this year, as well as a couple artists who you should check out for their amazing work! The Links are highlighted in pink ;)
Maia Gift Shop - Independent Retailer, Glasgow : Fun quirky gifts and wonderful staff
Plan 9 - Independent Retailer, Aberdeen: Comic Book Store
Nan Lawson - Small Business, Artist and Illustrator
Casstronaut - Small Business, Fine Artist and Jewellery Maker
Morph Knitwear - Small Business, Selling amazing alternative knitwear
That's all for now folks, my next blog will be my Christmas one, where I can show you my new work!
Various ponderings by me; Nicola Brand: creator of the Nicolpops stitch-punk doll. I dabble with illustration, but my main passion is for knitting, and using mixed media to create one of a kind critters.