2015 – Year in Review

Here it is, my now-traditional review of the year as it comes to an end. As usual, when I began to write this post, I didn’t think I’d done anything of note, but it turns out that I was as busy as ever!

– I volunteered as part of the Ceremonies Team at the inaugural British Rowing Indoor Championships, and even made it into one of the promotional videos!
– I also volunteered as a course marshal at another local half marathon
– I won another two rowing finals as part of a women’s 8+
– I graduated at the Barbican in London
– I finally watched the Thames Barrier being tested!
– I went on my third rowing training camp
– I did another screen-printing workshop and made some rowing-inspired prints
– Along with my friend Sarah, I did another 30 Days of Creativity
– I rediscovered books, and reading, in a non-study context. I had missed reading for the joy of it!
– I had my custom jewellery featured in a gift guide
– And my standard range found its first real life stockist
– I was a social media journalist for the Women’s Sport Network at Henley Women’s Regatta

I wonder what 2016 has in store for me?

Becky

Cut Out & Keep – Oxford

I was recently asked to write an article for crafting website Cut Out & Keep, on the subject of Oxford. They have very kindly allowed me to publish it on my own blog too! I hope that you enjoy reading it.

Oxford – the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ – is steeped in history and knowledge. It has spectacular architecture, glorious open spaces, and its own unique brand of eccentricity. It is probably best known for its university, and, with so many students living here, there’s an atmosphere of new beginnings, dreams and aspirations…

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Day Twenty-Seven – 30 Days of Creativity 2015

I’d had this rainbow fabric for a while and so today I finally got around to turning it into a circle scarf. I was short on time when I made it so neglected to make the stripes match up properly – a lesson learned for next time.

#whilefacebookwasdown I made a #rainbow #circlescarf for day 27 of #30doc

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Happily it has found a new home, away from the eyes of this picky perfectionist!

Day Twenty-Five – 30 Days of Creativity 2015

Today’s theme was ‘sun’ so although I was tempted to do something with the sun brooch that I created on a previous 30DoC, in the end I created a temporary paper-based artwork featuring both the sun and the moon:

Day Twenty-One – 30 Days of Creativity 2015

Today’s theme was ‘games’ so initially I was going down the Olympics route… but then decided to do a flashback to a board game that I designed as part of my Open University degree:

Day Nineteen – 30 Days of Creativity 2015

Today’s theme was bird, and because my favourite bird is a kakapo, I made a cartoony twirly-whirly kakapo pattern (albeit he has the wrong number of toes…):

#30doc theme of #bird was always going to be a #kakapo #parrot, right? #graphic #pattern

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Day Eighteen – 30 Days of Creativity 2015

The theme for day 18 was crown so I played around with patterns in Inkscape again and made this, inspired by paper party hats: