Making Uncovered: Elena Blanco

summer-2013_10 Elena Blanco of Dreamy Me will be running an illustration workshop at Making Uncovered on 13 September for “artistically shy” adults.

So if you’ve always wanted to have a go at drawing but been too nervous, this workshop will help you build confidence through fun exercises and interesting techniques.

Tell us a bit about your work.

I do drawing and illustration. My work can be divided in two groups. One is the work I do as part of my art practice:  sketch books, drawing series, artist books. This is investigative work and my refuge, where I can be as happy as a child again.

The other is the work I do for other people, commissions. Lots of it comes from my Etsy shop. People contact me to illustrate their stories for special occasions such as weddings, births or even for the loss of a beloved one. I love doing this too.

For each commission I make sure I get the right level of excitement and interest needed to produce something truly special. If the excitement is not great at the beginning, I look into it to find points of interest until the project has become my own and my enthusiasm is huge.

Why are you taking part in Making Uncovered?

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Making Uncovered is a wonderful occasion for artists and makers. It’s about celebrating the joy of creating with other fellow artist and makers and with the community – who are also makers that have not “come out” yet. 🙂 We are all makers and we have to share and inspire others to find their own creative outlet.

Making Uncovered is an event to look forward to every year, like birthdays and Christmas. It’s special, fun, moving, inspiring, encouraging… It’s just fantastic!

What will you be doing at Making Uncovered?

rob_pic_2My aim this year is to help “artistically shy” adults, as people have come to me saying I would love to draw but I’m rubbish. I want to help and inspire them and have fun with it! I’m running a two-hour workshop I’m very excited about as I am planning to run regular teaching if all goes well.

Out of the workshop I want to engage with people and their stories. I am offering to make a little artist book for them with whatever they want to tell me and I’m asking them to do the same by creating their own artist book about the event and their experiences.

 

Elena’s two-hour workshop starts at midday and costs £15, including materials. Book now on Eventbrite.

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Mentoring month with Etsy UK: Coupon code sale 10% off

etsyThroughout July, 10 Makerhoodies worked incredibly hard as part of Etsy UK mentoring month. Using the fantastic resources provided by Etsy UK makers revisited their photography and branding, tags and titles, SEO, pricing, shipping and marketing, carried out shop critiques, brainstormed their ideal customers and planned social media strategies. And they continued making of course…

To celebrate all of this work we’re having an Etsy coupon code sale.  Until 14 August 2013 you can get 10% off all items in the makers’ Etsy shops by entering the code MMSALE when you checkout.

You can read all about mentoring month in this Etsy UK blog post. Two other Etsy teams took part, the Brighton Sellers and British Crafters. The Brighton Sellers team is participating in the coupon code sale too and you can see all the makers taking part here.

Here’s a little preview of the beautiful things the Makerhoodies have on offer:

Hunted and Stuffed

Apollo moon landing cushion by Hunted & StuffedLuxury homeware brand specialising in upcycling rare and beautiful vintage textiles.  Quirky printed tea towels from the 1950s onwards become striking bench cushions or handmade aprons. Vintage silk scarves get reborn as floor cushions. Ornate gilt brocade wedding kimonos are transformed into unique luxury wedding gifts. We hunt for unusual and rare textiles, redesign and repurpose them to create beautiful, unique pieces for the home.

Opian

Organic cotton top by OpianOPIAN is a label ready-to-wear and accessories for women run by Chloé masson. Created in 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, we are now based in London, England. All of our items are made out of organic, recycled, retrived or re-used materials, in order to limit the negative environmental impact on the environment. Most items are handmade and manufactured in small quantities or even one of a kind which makes them more exlusive. OPIAN style fits in a modern and minimalist feel while maintaining a comfortable look. OPIAN’s brand caters to a clientele that seeks to reconcile fashion and commitment.

DreamyMeIsMe

Children's illustration by Dreamy MeNo matter how many stories have been told, no matter how many images have been drawn, there are always new stories to be told, there are always new images to draw. I create artist books where my images can be coloured or used to make other people’s stories. Unique, exclusive prints. Only limited editions. Great opportunity to purchase the lovely academic calendars and other back to school prints

Flextiles

Indigo shibori scarf by FlextilesI’m a textile artist working mainly with wet felt and indigo dyeing. I like experimenting with textiles – which I define quite loosely, so I include felt, yarn, plastic, paper, metal and more. The beauty of making items from scratch is that each one is unique. So if you see something that you quite like but would prefer a different size/colour/shape, get in touch! I’d be happy to make something to your requirements.

KPictures

Brixton Market print by KPicturesI am a freelance illustrator living and working in the wilds of South London. I am a displaced (misplaced) Canadian, having found a home and inspiration in jolly ole’ Blighty. I love to draw ideas to life and am open to any and all illustrative projects. I welcome commissions so please contact me if you have any questions.

Prickle press

Stationery by Prickle pressI hand-print cards, prints and various stationery on my vintage LETTERPRESS in Brixton, London using luxurious and environmentally friendly papers and inks. Each piece of card is fed through the press, piled, cut and enveloped by hand. The result is something you will instantly want to stroke, collect, frame or gift away.

Rags&Tatters

Embroidered gift tag by Rags & TattersDelight in texture, in the age of objects and in making them. I hope you enjoy browsing my individually designed and handmade items. Made in my loft studio in London, UK.

 

 

If you’re a member of Makerhood’s Makers’ Club you can see all of the resources we used for mentoring month in the forums.

If you’re interested in taking part in future mentoring events let us know at hello@makerhood.com