Welcome to my Sunday Guest Artist Blog Spot. Today I would like to introduce you the lovely collective “Box of Frogs”, who are Barb Gamble and Liz Christian. I met these two crazy ladies at Open Studio in 2014 and we became firm friends. They are so inspiring in their use of colour, texture and recycling to create journals you just want to keep forever.
Hi, we are two slightly ‘mad’ textile artists – hence the name (mad as a) Box of Frogs!
This name was Barb’s idea so she is obviously madder than me!
I retired to the Isle of Wight 5 years ago and the enormous amount of talent on the island has encouraged my textile obsession which daily becomes increasingly worse.
Barb has just completed year 1 of the Fashion & Textile Design degree course at Winchester School of Art which is part of the University of Southampton. She has learned so much and I love to pick her brains. She is a very talented lady with an amazing eye for colour.
We teamed up to create ‘Box of Frogs’ after I passed on my love of Junk Journals. We have great fun designing new covers, whether in fabric or paper, then filling them with stitched recycled papers such as card, envelopes and junk mail to name but a few of the ornate and colourful sources used to create these unique works of art. This really is recycling at its very best They can be used as a daily diary, recipe file, journal or just somewhere to save your day to day memorabilia, photos and thoughts etc. They have pockets incorporated for collecting bits and pieces, flaps and journaling spots. The possibilities are endless and these tactile journals will turn into fabulous keepsakes that both you and your family will treasure forever.
We will be running ‘Junk Journal and Squishy Scrap Journal Workshops in November 2015 at Camp Hill Bowls Club, Newport, Isle of Wight. There are just a few places so to book your place please call 01983 868123. It will be great to see you!
If you are interested in finding out more about what Barb and Liz get up to, go over and join their blogs to keep in touch. You will fine them at the links below: