The art of Sue Griffiths at MessieJessie

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Etsy News: Sell On Etsy App

The current version of the Etsy app for Android will be the last that supports seller functionality. Etsy have released an updated version of the app last week.

The new Etsy Seller App

The new Etsy Seller App.

The Sell on Etsy app for Android has all the seller functionality currently available in the Etsy app and more.

We’ve recently bought a tablet PC (I know we’re late getting on-board ;) ) and putting it together with this new app is great for managing Sue’s Etsy shop.No more having to

  • go to the room with the PC, switch it on and go make a cup of tea whilst the whole thing boots up;
  • fetch the laptop, find the battery has run out, having to find the cables and having to sit where it can be plugged (and of course not letting ones lap get overheated ;) ).

Now, with the almost instant start up of the tablet, we can just pick the tablet up off the coffee table and get on with it.

Only one drawback so far, the quality of the camera. Picture clarity is great but the colour balance is not good.  So, we’re still having to use a separate camera but, its no problem to pop the SD card form the camera into the tablet. And of course, with handy photo and batch editing apps, sorting out the photos is no problem.

Batch Renamer, get from the Google Play store for free.

Batch Renamer, get it free   from the Google Play store .

Batch Image Converter, get from the Google Play store for free.

Batch Image Converter, get free from the Google Play store .

If you’d like to have a go at the new Etsy Seller App you can get here.

More from Sue soon.

October 28, 2014   No Comments yet, your thoughts are welcome

Assemblage Jamaica Inn

Another assemblage art piece completed, Jamaica Inn, a story box based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. The plot of the novel follows a group of murderous wreckers who run ships aground, kill the sailors and steal the cargo. The chief character is 20 year old Mary Yellan, Sent to live with her Aunt Patience and her husband, Joss Merlyn, the seven foot tall bully and keeper of Jamaica Inn.  I see my assemblage as the journal of 20 year old Mary, who has lovingly put it together from scraps and mementos she has found and holds dear.

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I love Daphne du Maurier. Having first read Jamaica Inn several years ago I’ve read it many times since and continue to love its dark broodiness, set as it is, on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. Jamaica Inn is a real Inn and still exists today; I can remember visiting it with Tom during a trip to Cornwall when we were first married. I doubt it looked the same in Mary’s time as it does now.

Young Daphne du Maurie

Young Daphne du Maurie

 Jamaica Inn

The modern Jamaica Inn.

If you’d like to find out more about Jamaica Inn there is a page on Wikipedia. If you’d like to read the novel, unfortunately I couldn’t find a copy at Project Gutenberg ( a place to get free books) but, you can purchase it from Amazon. Or you could always watch it on DVD, again various versions are available from Amazon, my favourite being the BBC version.

If you would like to purchase this or any of my other works, please visit   my Etsy Shop. My Etsy shop also has several other art dress assemblages for sale, I hope you enjoy viewing them. If you have any queries about this piece or any of the other pieces in my Etsy shop or, would like further information about Messie Jessie, please feel free to contact me via a “convo” through my Etsy shop or via e-mail at info@messiejessie.co.uk .

October 18, 2014   1 Comment

Gathering Assemblage Materials

Popped into our local boot sale today and found some lovely fabric treasures for my future assemblage projects. Found them in my favourite stall (its a beautiful shop, full of all sorts in a container, I love it. Check it out here).

Not sure what sort of assemblage dress or piece they’ll end up as but, for now I’m just going to enjoy them.

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October 7, 2014   2 Comments

Etsy News What’s on: Brighton Art Fair 2014

I won’t be able to go but maybe some blog followers down south may get a chance.
By Sarah Hewett

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Photo by Brighton Art Fair 2014

Creativity is in the air and art fair season has begun – we love this time of year! Here at Etsy HQ, we of course cannot wait for our very own show; OPEN: An exhibition of art on Etsy opens on 16th October and runs until Sunday 19th October (pop those all important dates in your diary!)

In the meantime, we’re looking forward to the Brighton Art Fair coming up this month (26th-28th September). Our busy friends from MADE London and MADE Brighton, Etsy artist Sarah Young and fellow organiser Jon Tutton, somehow also find time to run the much anticipated Brighton art event.

For over 10 years, they have selected 100 of the brightest contemporary visual artists from Sussex and around the UK to exhibit at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. They tell us:

“The Brighton Art Fair is the largest annual art exhibition on the South Coast and enables artists across all media to sell their work to the public, building a relationship with buyers, galleries and curators.”

Sounds good to us!

Jude Freeman

Emma Forrester Brighton Art Fair 2014Emma Forrester
Janie Ranger Brighton Art Fair 2014Janie Ranger
Celia Wilkinson Brighton Art Fair 2014Celia Wilkinson
Melanie Bellis Brighton Art Fair 2014

It’s also a great opportunity to mingle with the artists themselves, learning more about their artwork, creative inspirations, techniques and future projects. Find painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors along with artist groups and Sussex based galleries.

This year they will also feature photographer Alun Callender‘s latest personal project – a series of environmental portraits of East Sussex artists in their studios. Sounds right up our street!

To help you on your way, Brighton Art Fair are also offering Etsy UK blog readers the chance to buy tickets for the price of one – hurrah! To redeem, complete this form by 22nd September and a voucher will be sent to you in the post before the event.

brightonartfair.co.uk

Inspired by this exhibition but not yet selling your work on Etsy? Opening an Etsy shop is simple – get started with 20 free listings! Enter the code: MADEUK at etsy.com/promotion (new sellers only).

Source: Etsy UK

September 17, 2014   No Comments yet, your thoughts are welcome

Kate Bush Inspired Art Dresses

Despite releasing many albums, Kate Bush has not toured since 1979. Last month she took to the stage with her new show – Before the Dawn , a 22-night residency from 26 August – 1 October 2014 at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. I was fourteen when the first Kate Bush single – Wuthering Heights, was released in1978. With her individual voice, visual performance and style she soon become and remains one of my favourite performers.

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Kate Bush in the Wuthering Heights days.

Like Kate Bush, the novel Wuthering Heights and the fairy tale The Red Shoes (Kate Bush’s first single, single was Wuthering Heights and in 1993 she released the album The Red Shoes), have inspired some of my art dresses and art assemblges. So, when she started her new stage show I decided to look back at some of her work and see if I could draw some inspiration directly from her work.

Kate Bush released her last album in 2011, entitled 50 Words for Snow ; it consists of seven songs “set against a backdrop of falling snow”. As I love snow and I love words, especially new ones or those that have been made up,finding out that the Eskimos have 50 different words for snow (I’ve since found out this may not be entirely true) was very exciting. Having listened to the title track “50 Words for Snow”, in which the 50 words are recited by Stephen Fry (English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist) I set out to create a set of art dresses to represent snowflakes, each hand embroidered with one of the 50 words for snow.

Creating 50 individual art dresses is quite a challenge; to make each art dress as individual as a snowflake when seen up close but, when observed from a distance, appear to be the same as all the other snowflakes. So far I have five little art dresses – Sliperella, Vanishing World, Swans-A-Melting, Eiderfalls and Vanilla Swarm.

Sliperella.

Sliperella.

Vanishing World

Vanishing World.

Swans-A-Melting

Swans-A-Melting.

Eiderfalls.

Eiderfalls.

Vanilla Swarm.

Vanilla Swarm.

Silent Snowflakes.

Silent Snowflakes.

Keep watching I may have more soon…

September 5, 2014   2 Comments

Free Desktop Wallpaper For August

True to form the calendar is late but, you must be used to that by now – summer is here and I’m pinning the blame firmly on the weather. Its been too nice to sit inside bashing a keyboard, however, at the moment its not that good. So, for those of you interested, I might get an opportunity to write up some great walks I ‘ve been on over the past few weeks.

Meanwhile, my summer break is just starting and Sue is going to focus on creating more art, meaning the blog and Etsy shop will be quiet over the coming weeks.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer – here’s August.

Free August calendar desktop wallpaper. To make it your desktop wallpaper, left click the image to see a larger version, then right click that image and choose “SET AS DESKTOP BACKGROUND”.

Free August calendar desktop wallpaper. To make it your desktop wallpaper, left click the image to see a larger version, then right click that image and choose “SET AS DESKTOP BACKGROUND”.

To make it your desktop wallpaper, left click the image to see a larger version, then right click that image and choose “SET AS DESKTOP BACKGROUND”.

If you would like to purchase any of Sue’s work, please visit  Our Etsy Shop. Our Etsy shop also has several other art dress assemblages for sale, we hope you enjoy viewing them. If you have any queries about this piece or any of the other pieces in our Etsy shop or, would like further information about Messie Jessie, please feel free to contact us via a “convo” through our Etsy shop or via e-mail at info@messiejessie.co.uk .

August 2, 2014   No Comments yet, your thoughts are welcome