Archive for June, 2008

Julie Westbury

June 26, 2008

I met Julie in 1986 when she taught me textiles at West Sussex College of Art and Design and we have stayed in contact ever since.

On a visit to Julie’s home in Ramsgate with my daughter, she showed me these amazing collages which I now sell at Elphick’s.

In the first image, which is one of a series of collages called ‘The 3 Pearl Necklaces’ Julie’s photograph ‘Ramsgate Sands’ is recreated as a postcard and repeated and manipulated in such a way that ordinary objects in the picture like the post box and the concrete bollards, magically become red ribbons and a string of pearls. 

In the second image ‘Ramsgate Red Ribbon’ a slightly different placement of the same photograph gives a totally different effect.

They remind me of the fractal images you see when looking down a kaleidoscope.

The last image is the photograph ‘Ramsgate Sands’.



The 3 Pearl Necklaces



Ramsgate Red Ribbon



Ramsgate Sands


Inspired by Birdie

June 25, 2008

My daughter and I have been spending our evenings cutting up magazines, newspapers, old boxes and whatever else we can find at home to make collages.

This one, by me is inspired by the work of Birdie Lusch, you can see more about her work further on in the blog.




June 25, 2008

Coming to Columbia Road is Rob Ryan’s new shop ‘Ryantown’. Welcome Mr Rob and good luck, I’m sure it will be a huge success. Opening to the public on Sunday 29th June.



Mono Tree

June 25, 2008

My etching course is over, for the summer at least. This stylized tree took some time, three days to be exact but it was worth it, all that etching is very therapeutic you know. 





June 13, 2008

Brand new to Elphick’s this week are these fantastic hand made cubes by Linda Scott of Foolbloom. Each one is beautifully hand crafted using a variety of vintage, recycled and contemporary fabrics. Upholstered around a solid wooden frame structure, encased in deep foam. Each one measures 42cm square. Perfect for using as a chair, bedside table or an occasional stool.


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£240 each

Lucky Bird

June 12, 2008

Beautiful foil printed greetings cards by Kim Jenkins. These are all hand printed on top quality card and customers at Elphick’s love them so much that they have been buying them to put in frames. At £3.90 each that’s a super cheep cheep way to decorate your walls.


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Kim Jenkins Greetings Cards

Fired Up

June 11, 2008

Hot out of the kiln are these cheeky hand printed ceramic tiles by Hazel Nicholls. A play on old sayings and inspired by her love of cross stitch, they will not only brighten up your home but also teach you a lesson in life.


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£18 each.

Peter Blake

June 10, 2008

I have been a fan of Peter Blake’s work since I started art college a long, long time ago so it was a real joy to meet him and his daughter Rose at the Art Car Boot Fair on Sunday. I bought one of his limited edition tax discs which he kindly signed and here he is taking a well earned rest after a hard days work.


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It’s Nice To Be Nice

June 10, 2008

New to Elphick’s are these fantastic screen prints by Hazel Nicholls. Great with a cup of Rosie Lea and a nice price too.


Paper Size 38cm x 28cm. £47 unframed. Edition of 100.

Birdie Lusch 1903-1988

June 6, 2008

I love the work of the self taught artist Birdie Lusch from Columbus, Ohio and here are a couple of my favourites. 

She spent most of her life working at the Timken Ball Bearing Factory but created these amazing collages for her own amusement.

Magazine cuttings, recycled envelopes and postage stamps were transformed into these quirky still life compositions all signed with an outline of a bird.