Friday, 31 December 2010
Well 2010 is drawing to an end and it's time again to get organised and ready for another creative year. What better way to start the new year than with a new calendar! A Year In Prints is collection of hand printed calendar artwork by artists and illustrators in Dundee, Birminham and Chicago IL. The calendar is loose leaf- which means you can display it however you like, in a frame, hung on a bulldog clip or simply pinned to the wall with all your important dates circled.
From the 31st of December onwards, we will be selling the remaining calendars at a reduced price with 25% off so get yours while you still can. There's 12 beautiful hand printed artworks for each month of the year- so visti the A Year in Prints store today and don't miss out!
Monday, 20 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
And these are only the ones that I've managed to photograph- also spotted dressed for the cold have been Dundee's Deperate Dan (in front of the Caird Hall) and the little bronze monkey who sits atop the Information board on High Street.
Any why not? Glasgow's famous Duke of Wellington statue famously wears a traffic cone hat for most of the year- and across the water knitta decorates everyday city life with brightly coloured crochets and knits. And the nicest thing about the knitting that's been appearing around town, is that it's been created by resident knitters- Ardler Knitting Group. It's public art, created by those who live and work around the existing monuments- with the simple message of warmth, empathy, good will and community through the cold winter months.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
UK - 19th of December
Western Europe - 11th of December
Eastern Europe, USA and Canada - 8th of December
South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Australia and New Zealand - 4th of December
Friday, 26 November 2010
Each artist involved produced a limited edition run of only 50 silk-screen prints- one for each month of the year. We had submissions from all over the UK, and even one from across the water in the United States. Each print in the collection is individually beautiful and together, A Year in Prints is an eclectic and original way to enjoy a different piece of art every month.
With original prints by: Jen Collins (aka hellojenuine), Chloe Cook, Jo Foster, Tracey Smith, Rae Duncan, Mahala LeMay, Liz Myhill, Lauren Gentry, Jordan Butler, Hilary Grant, Heather Page and myself, our calendar, A Year in Prints is available at our dedicated online shop, for only £24- which works out at an amazing rate of £2 per print. Pretty sweet, right?
Monday, 15 November 2010
So here's a sneaky peek into what I've been up to:
My Teacake Cushions were featured in The List Magazine's Christmas gift guide alongside some amazing sweet treats- look out for my limited edition Dark Chocolate Teacake cushions, coming just in time for the festive season!
I've been in the studio printing for my contribution to the Year in Prints 2011 calendar project- I'm really pleased with how my July print turned out and I can't wait to show you all! It'll be available to buy online and at the next Dundee Jamboree event very soon!
Which brings me to Jamboree! Jen, Lauren and I have been pulling everything together for our winter market event: Petite Noël! For all of the details, and how you can be involved visit the Jamboree blog.
Tights for Sore Eyes have been keeping Danni and I up to our elbows in ink and Lycra- we've got loads of new designs and colours in our shop- and a few events in our calendar for the winter season. Follow us on twitter @tights4soreeyes to keep up with us!
As for me- I'm still tweeting as @Nikkimcwilliams- so follow me and say hello:)
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Come in, come in! Welcome to my teacakey home!
In September, I opened my first solo exhibition, FOILED- at The Spider & The Fly gallery, Edinburgh- which is set to close this week. Whilst it's sad that my exhibition is coming to an end, the silver lining is that all of the drawings I exhibited sold- and found some lovely new homes!
For those who didn't make it along for a chance to own one of the original drawings on show, I've produced a limited edition run of screen prints, based on one of the original FOILED drawings.
Each hand-pulled screen print features two colours, plus the addition of individually collaged Tunnock's Teacake Foil for every little hill-top home!
Emblazened with the slogan, " A House Full of Teacakes is a Happy One"- each print for sale over at my Folksy Shop right now, for £22.00. As a limited run of only 40, once these little gems are gone, they're gone!
Sunday, 17 October 2010
So, for those who'd like a slightly more substantial Teacake Owl in their lives, this little guy is printed on 21 x 29.7cm 250gsm ice white matte photo paper- and it's ready for you to choose the perfect frame for! Visit my Folksy shop today for bigger Teacake Owls and loads more!
Saturday, 2 October 2010
After a Septemeber feast, my screen-printed Tunnock's Teacake cushions are out of stock.
Never fear though, I'm hard at work cutting, printing, sewing and stuffing a fresh batch, which will be ready for delivery on Friday the 8th of October. In the mean time you can pre-order yours.
Ok...back to work I go!
Monday, 27 September 2010
Saturday, 25 September 2010
I don't often get Saturdays off work, but today we took a trip to my folk's house in the hillfoots of Clackmannanshire (move aside mediterranean) and took a wee jaunt up to Dollar Glen. The weather was fantastically sunny and warm for late September and we trecked past babbling brooks and cascading waterfalls and stopped by Castle Campbell for a picnic ciabatta rolls, Kettle Chips and apple juice!
There were loads of brambles which has inspired me to try and make some jelly. Perhaps my Sunday will turn out to be a day of bramble-picking... If anyone has any good recipes, let me know!
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
They've been professionally printed onto a lovely delicate Bone China Mug, which has a super glossy finish and is fine to be popped into the dishwasher or microwave!
Priced at £10 they're an ace treat for yourself or any tea-loving friend! Visit my shop today!
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Sunday, 12 September 2010
After a foot and a half of rain in Dundee on Tuesday, I decided to reschedule my exhibition opening at the Spider and the Fly to this Tuesday, the 14th of September to prevent damage in transit. Pop along this Tuesday at 6.30pm to see my new work, have a bit of a mingle and maybe even eat some teacakes!
Also, last night was the evening of n_ilk at the botanic gardens, and I ventured through the gardens with the ladies of Dundee Jamboree to set up the market for the day. With a fantastic turn out, our cosy little hut in the centre of the gardens was a truly amazing venue for our event, being surrounded by amazing music from the tropical glasshouse and acoustic tent surrounding us.
Thank you to everyone who came along, looked, bought, ate and listened!
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Monday, 30 August 2010
We arrived in Barcelona at about 7pm, met my folks at the bus station and went to their lovely apartment for a shower before dinner.
Just across from the port is a monument: it's a column with Christopher Columbus atop. It looked nice at sunset.
With so much to see in the streets of La Rambla we didn't get any food until late, saw some amazing street performers including a really amazing Geiger style alien and ate cinnamon ice-cream. Yum!
So Tuesday was our full day. We decided to get an open-top bus to absorb as much sunshine and sights as we could in one day. On the way we stopped to feed the fish at the harbour.
Our first stop was La Sagrada Familia, which was truly breathtaking. We didn't go inside as we spent so long outside looking at all of the detail. Lizards, doves, snails, angels- all in stone and mosaic. Beautiful!
After grabbing some lunch, Gaudi's Parc Guell was next on the agenda. I could have easily spent a whole day there, with a picnic and some coloured pencils, the architecture and view of the city was amazing.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Monday, 2 August 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
This week's excellent news is that NikkiMade will be making it's first appearance in Scotland's Capital- at Edinburgh's The Spider & The Fly Pop-Up Shop and Gallery this Saturday the 24th at Noon. I'll be selling my Tunnock's Cushions, Badges and Prints, alongside some fabulous designers- whose work is previewed below.
Also- my cousin Danni and I's Tights For Sore Eyes will also be making an appearance!
Monday, 5 July 2010
After a fab day at Oran Mor yesterday I decided to treat myself to a day of charity shop raking. I picked up this fabulous wee house (which I'm sure I've seen before in either a dream or a previous life) and also- a new (old) Basket Bag! I've been looking out for one recently, as my old faithful basket bag bit the dust last summer. After a little bath, this one's looking amazing- I love it!
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Amongst those pictured above, there's work on sale by Hilary Grant, Jona Rona, hellojenuine, Val Norris & Jill Skullina. Thank you and good luck with Zoe of Jill of Two Dolls in running the shop over the next few days.
Jo Foster (aka Jona Rona) and I will be lending a hand this Friday afternoon- and we'd love to meet you if you're in town!
Opening hours are: Thursday 11am-7pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 7pm
Monday, 21 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
It was great to have so many enthusiastic visitors- who crafted, had a good chat, ate some really nice food (thanks to those who brought along the nibbles!), drank plenty of tea and made some really cool things.
Jen took loads of snaps (like the one of my Etsy cupcakes at the top) which we'll upload to the Dundee Jamboree flickr really soon. In the mean time, check out Jen's post at Dundee Jamboree.
We'll also be announcing the winners of the Tote Bags- so keep an eye on your inboxes- if your name was in the draw!
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Thank you to craftsville who I had the pleasure of meeting in person at last week's screening of Handmade Nation at DCA Dundee.