drifting & pottering…

How is it March already? Spring is suddenly on the doorstep again and I’m feeling a bit like time is running away from me.

The last 12 months have, unsurprisingly, been a tad strange. On the one hand the year seems to have bumbled along like a feather in a breeze and at the same time it feels very much like I’ve lost my footing and fallen into a river; there’s a desperate grasping for a branch to hold on to but I am being swept along with the current. Either way it has continued on regardless!

I spent January berating myself for having ‘wasted’ last year’s lockdowns. I should have got so much done. All that spare time to sort those little things I keep meaning to do! Trying out new ideas in my sketchbook, start blogging, make more clothes, attack the pile of paperwork that teeters on the edge of avalanche in the corner of the studio, read some books, crochet that jumper I started 5 or 6 years ago, exercise…. none of it happened. Not one bit.

So what did I do? I suppose that I just pottered and thought about stuff and pottered some more. I also started to tidy up the workshop (which I’m still doing) and started sifting through every drawer, box and bag of stuff. I did a bit of leaf printing and not a lot of any other making. I finally had the time to stop, let my thoughts drift and work out exactly what I was missing doing and so what it is that I actually like to make. More about that next time!

Rose leaf print on vintage tablecloth.

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Welcome to the Curiosity Cupboard!

Hello! I’m Anya and this is my new website.

I’ve never set up (or written) a blog post before so this may take some getting used to and might not be what’s expected! Anyhoo there’s nothing quite like a world-wide pandemic and a website provider going bust to provide just such an opportunity. I like to think that I’m up for a new challenge or twenty so here goes……

In 2002 I launched my business. At that time my work was centred around making wire candle holders, chandeliers and decorations all with handmade glass droplets. Over the last 18 years my work has evolved and developed to what you can find on here. Wire working is still the principal material/skill set that I use but I’ll probably talk about that in more detail in a future post.

The Curiosity Cupboard is the name that I give to my studio. In actual fact it’s a 6×10 foot shed that’s bursting at the seams! The shed is not only stacked high with boxes and drawers of materials but also acts as a library, my office and photography booth too! I’ll be sharing some pics, and maybe a video too, of the inside over the weekend on Instagram and Facebook (there are links at the bottom of each page on here)

This site is still very much a work in progress so will be regularly changing for a while. I hope that you’ll come back and see what’s new & maybe there’ll be some more random ramblings on here…..

Anya xx