Cloth bunny workshop!

On Saturday 19th July you will be able to join me at Make for a toy rabbit workshop.

The workshop has been especially developed for Make with an exclusive toy patterned designed by me for you to keep and use again. The class is suitable for ages 8 and up, but can be enjoyed by all ages. I would recommend if a young crafter wants to come that they team up with an adult partner as we will be using sewing machines.

Apart from it being heaps of fun as you get to bring to life your own Ooh la Lapin bunny you will also learn skills like hand embroidery, basic machine sewing and toy design.

Here are the details:

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Saturday 19th July 10am – 12noon

Cost – £20 includes all materials and toy pattern.

Make – Southsea Craft Cafe,  4 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SH

Places are limited so book by calling Make on 023 9282 2026 or email lnfo@makesouthsea.com or oohlalapin@gmail.com

 

Collage animals with Lorna

As our little seaside community gets battered by Autumnal storms a merry band of crafters met together on a Sunday afternoon to collage animals. The workshop was run by the uber talented Lorna Apps-Woodland (ace name!) and was held at craft cafe Make.

We arrived to find an A4 envelope with our names on and inside everything we needed to get started including templates of a hare, fox, owl, bird and cat drawn by Lorna. The large table behind us was covered in all kinds of paper ephemera, vintage magazines, books and washi tape. For nearly 2 and a half hours I was in absolute heaven, cups of hot tea were supplied as well as yummy cake and relaxing music. If you have never been to a workshop before I thoroughly recommend it. Although I am an artist and make toys /illustrate most of the week you can never learn too much especially from other artists. Be inspired and make time to make.

I made two dachshund collages inspired by my beautiful dog Margot and can’t wait to make more at home

Supplies, studio and fish.

I am so super lucky to have a fantastic craft cafe minutes away from my home on Albert Road. Make is a shop, cafe and offers tuition in a range of crafts from crochet to dress making in a relaxed and creative space. There is a good range of Japanese chino fabrics, designer prints and plains. I opted for some locally hand dyed fabric, beautiful trims and some plain cottons.

To have a play around I decided to make a hanging fish based on locals favourite catch the Mackerel. I also took some snaps of my studio space which is starting to fill up with toys and other handmade pieces. Expect more on Make soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flo & Stan have a new home!

Beautiful Southsea boutique Flo & Stan have moved a short distance for Albert Rd to the corner of Exmouth Rd. Lorna and Del the owners have been longtime supporters of my art work and stock my handmade toys. They also stock the most wonderful range of vintage, handmade, design and curios.

It makes me so happy to see my work alongside the likes of Rob Ryan and Phoebe Richardson!

The new shop is small, cute and very bijoux. Here are some pics I took on Saturday of the new space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toys, toys, toys.

After a bit of a break I am back to making toys and hope to create even more once I have moved into my new studio space. My partner Josh (Often Hover) did these wonderful shots of my work. If you’re a maker or artist then you can contact Josh and enquire about the services he offers. Having professional shots of your work makes a huge difference.

These toys will be available at Flo & Stan and they also have an online shop so if you are interested in purchasing any of my work you can contact Flo & Stan.

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Artist crush: Angela Chick

Recently I had the pleasure of being introduced to Angela Chick a talented illustrator who is leaving the beautiful seaside city of Brighton to come and reside in Portsmouth. Portsmouth is my hometown and I guess its not as awesome as Brighton, we still have a long way to catch up with Brighton’s vibrant creative personality. We are getting there though and the more lovely creative people who move here the more we are able to increase our reputation as an artistic hub especially my neighbourhood Southsea which has a great reputation for such goings on.

image of Southsea beach courtesy of: Often Hover

Here is a little bit about Angela:

Angela has experience with print and illustration, and has produced works including limited edition prints, accessories, soft furnishing textiles, and illustrations for magazines – as well as writing and designing two books on introducing art in early education. Most recently, Angela has launched a line of children’s wear featuring her playful illustrations.

It is so exciting to see fellow female artists and makers doing what they love, making it work and being successful!

 

 

 

 

You can find Angela’s work for sale online in her store or via Not on the High street.

A city and a home.

I can’t explain how passionate I am about culture, it is after all a mirror of society. It tells us more about ourselves then we would ever know or dream of. Collectively music, art, literature and performance form a big fractured picture, if we assemble it all together it will never fit but it somehow gives us a snapshot of time. From civil unrest, feminism, class, youth, decay, hope, desire, need and expression.

I live in a City that is rich in culture and creativity, you should come to Portsmouth it’s pretty awesome. More and more this place is becoming ‘known’ for its creative scene. For some eye candy check out ‘Fuck Yeah Southsea’.

I run an art gallery ‘The Gold Room’, but it’s more than just a place to look at things hanging on a wall. It’s an idea, a meeting place and a culmination of very hard work from myself and Angelo Tirotto (all round dude and creator of smash hit comic No Place like Home). This month sees the launch of not only our underground alternative reading group ‘Book Club’ but a whole day celebrating zine culture on the 30th March with guest speakers, music performance and zines galore, exhibitions by Philippa Rice (until March 27th) and photographer Ali Tollervy and the Dark Horses project on the 29th.

It’s hard work and I often over reach myself but I am trying so very hard to add to the culture of this place.

Any how enough talk how about some pictures?

Billie Rae 

both images: Claire Sambrook

Bored of Southsea

ALL CAPS Portsmouth Map

For awesome bands Champagne Justice put on the best nights!

Autumn sun.

Josh and I do enjoy a sunny yet crisp autumn day and where we live in the centre of Southsea we are spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying a coffee al fresco. After dropping the children at school and before work started we stopped in at Casa De Castro. The back garden is so sweet, lots of pottery, plants and benches. The homemade pastries and cakes are so good and the atmosphere is laid back and unpretentious. More days like this please!

 

 

 

 

 

Curating the gallery shop, nice things.

I was so excited to be offered the job of curator for The Gold Room gallery and one of the first things I set about doing was planning a small shop space. Im hoping the pop up shop will get people down to the gallery to buy small affordably pieces and enjoy the ever changing program of art. The shop will launch in mid September and I’m pretty excited. Here are some of the things you will find in the shop.

First up is Louise Wright a fantastic illustrator from Derby.

The second artist is Memo, an illustrator based in Leeds. Im really excited about putting in this order!

Also some rad screen prints from Joff.