Creating Your Own Calligraphy Style….

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Good morning!

So, you may have worked out that I love calligraphy…all forms of it. The old hand of my ancestors, the traditional, the new modern, Chalkboard art, you name it. Love them all!

I’m currently researching our family history, and have been finding so many beautiful old certificates from my ancestors in the old hand. It really makes me wonder why handwriting is not taught in schools anymore. So sad.

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For me, it’s something I’ve never been formally taught, and you know what? I like that idea. From a small child I have practised the traditional, and the modern. They are all beautiful. What I’m really passionate about is creating your own style.

Lets not call it a font though. Let’s just call it “your own style”. It’s something no one else can mimic, because at the foundation of it all is your own handwriting, and no one can replicate that.

We all have our own little quirks when we write, and they need to be celebrated I think.

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It’s become the basis of my Art Of Chalkboard Writing workshop. 

Showing you how to create something unique from your own handwriting. Even if you think your handwriting is terrible, it can turn into something beautiful…and that’s where I come in with this workshop.

Its a lovely day with me, in my studio, having the most amazing lunch, and playing with chalkboards.

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Once you’ve learnt this, you can go on to create invitations, cards, logos, menus, and of course, chalkboards for any occasion.

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If you would like to join me, the next workshop is on Saturday, 6th May 2017 from 10am – 1pm in beautiful Gravelly Beach, 20 minutes from Launceston.

Tickets are $120 each, and includes all materials, and a catered lunch made from local ingredients. To book your place please head to the Marley & Lockyer store HERE  

See you there!

~Ness xx

Marley & Lockyer Studio Before & After…

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If you’ve been following along on my Instagram and Facebook pages, you would know I’ve been giving M&L headquarters a makeover. It’s been a pretty superficial one at that, because soon we will be relining the walls and giving it a proper renovation, but for now it’s been all about lots of white paint!

Let me paint a picture for you of what it was like…orange/brown ripple shag pile carpet. Dirty beige walls and orange/yellow/brown trim work…there was even shag pile in the toilet!

basically, I ripped it all out, and went to work painting it all white. There are a lot of mismatched walls in here, and soon that will get fixed, but for now the white paint has worked wonders.

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Here is a before photo of the wash up area, just after I pulled up the carpet (seriously I had to get rid of that carpet straight away. No time for photos). This little kitchen area had brown/orange/cream tiles that had been painted this dirty tan colour…so they went along with the cupboards too.

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The tiles were taken off, and I handmade these tiles with all of the patterns I use in my ceramic pieces.

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Once they were up, I finished them off with light grey grout…even though this was taken while I was grouting, I kind of like how the patterns show.

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I love them! I’ve had such a great response from the little peeks I’ve shown on Instagram and Facebook about them. I’m thinking I’ll make some for the splash back in the bathroom when we renovate that in the farmhouse. Mic put a little shelf up for me and we installed my $20 salvage yard find ceramic sink on a wash stand my Dad made, and my Mum painted. One of my drawings, from a photograph that artist Lisa Maddigan took in France, hangs to the left of the window. On the window I’ve hand drawn some white flowers, which is a little nod to my ceramics “Botanic” range.

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This before photo is of my main work area. The light from this window during the day is wonderful, and now that there is loads of white for it to bounce off, it fills the space even better. It looks out onto a lovely orchard.

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You can see now it is full of light. I’ve hung a few things on the wall and filled the hutch since this photo…

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Just a few little pieces here and there have made a huge difference. This cast iron deer head and basket is from The Vintage Rose in Launceston, and the hutch was made by my Dad.

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Even though it’s not how I want it right now, the makeover has made a huge difference to how I feel in the studio now. I really want to be in there, and I now feel so inspired by the change…a good thing.

It’s lovely that I’ll now be able to share this space with people, visiting the studio. My first ceramics Hand Building class is on tomorrow, and I am really looking forward to it.

I have some other dates up on the Marley & Lockyer store, as well as classes for my Art Of Chalkboard Writing Workshop too. If you’d like to see the available dates, or book your tickets, please click HERE.

~Ness xx

Marley & Lockyer for Cathy Penton Atelier…

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With Mothers Day fast approaching, I’ve teamed up with Cathy Penton Atelier with a collection designed and mad especially for Cathy’s beautiful online Atelier.

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When Cathy Penton emailed me earlier this year about making a range for her store, of course I said “yes!”. I’ve followed Cathy and the journey of her old railway cottage renovation and recently, the renovation of the old Courthouse that her family owns.

The brief was quite simple – an organic range that had some Penny Eucalyptus branches, soap dishes with an organic made feel to team with handmade soaps, and some cups with “make today marvellous”. I was trusted with the rest, and I’m so glad Cathy loves what I made for her store.

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I knew where Cathy’s head was, as her asthetic and colour palette is similar to mine.

Seeing how she styled this range up has made my heart happy. This photo of Cathy’s own Mother, has been a huge inspiration behind this range. There’s round soap dishes on little legs, as well as the organic shaped ones you see in the previous image.

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These tea/coffee cups would be such a beautiful gift for someone you love, not only for Mothers Day,  it also for Easter.

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The plates have a simplistic Penny Gum sprig on them in a calming sage green…

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Cathy’s own addition to the Mothers Day collection are these wonderful charms that she had makes from scratch. Cathy’s charms have always been great sellers. They make perfect keepsakes paired with some beautiful ribbon, or as jewellery.

If you’d like to see more beautiful items from Cathy Penton Atelier, including calligraphy linen cushions, vintage finds, clothing and much more, please click HERE.

~Ness xx

Marley & Lockyer Workshops…

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To say I’m excited right now would be an understatement!

The first dates for the Marley & Lockyer workshops in my studio have been released. I’ve been working to get the studio painted and prettied up for these over the last few weeks and it’s looking so much better with a fresh coat of paint.

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The inside has had a lovely fresh coat of white paint and the outside is a lovely dark, inky blue. We still have some parts to finish off outside, like the front garden and door, but we are pushing to have it all done by the first workshop Saturday on the calander.

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Its so nice to finally have spaces that aren’t a dirty yellow and mission brown (yep, they were the colours in here when we moved in), to display all my lovely treasures on.

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The first of the workshops is The Art Of Chalkboard Writing, which is being held Saturday 8th April, 2017.

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It is a class I have always loved teaching, and for the new studio I’ve changed up this class to show you some added tips and tricks I use in my pieces. It’s a great way to learn this art, as there is no need to have any calligraphy or Chalkboard experience. I will walk you through developing your own style, using what comes naturally to you.

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There will also be Floral Flatlays. I love this. You will get to play with ceramic leaves and flowers as well as real foliage and other decorative items and backgrounds so you can build your own body of work to use on Instagram, Facebook, your blog, or wherever. Each participant will get to take home a little kit with your own set of ceramic leaves, so you can go on and make your own flatlays at home.

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Im forever playing about with these leaves and my ceramic flowers.

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And, after many, many requests, I’m offering a Handbuilding Workshop.

This is not so much about the technical side of ceramics, but more about having a go at the basic forms of hand building. You’ll get to use many techniques to make your own pieces, as well as decorative methods to achieve your own functional wares.

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Im so excited to be able to finally offer these workshops in my studio.

The studio is based in Gravelly Beach, in the beautiful Tamar Valley, at our farm. Each workshop includes all materials and a wonderful local lunch.

For more details, you can visit shop.marleyandlockyer.com for the dates and details.

More dates will be released very soon

I really hope to see you there, so I can share my philosophy of slow living and living beautifully with you, and share my creative space with you.

~Ness xx

Marley & Lockyer Workshops….

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It’s been a busy few weeks here with the studio finally staring to get some paint on the walls. A fresh coat of white paint does wonders, let me tell you!

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So, it’s got me thinking that it’s time to talk about workshops  I’ve been wanting to hold some group workshops since we moved to the farm, but the studio was in now way ready with its shag pile carpet of orange, and butter walls with brown trim. Now that the space has a fresh coat of paint, thought I’d let you know about what I’d like to offer.

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Handbuilding would be one of them. I’ve always loved the idea of teaching someone to make a bowl of their own from their own two hands. I get joy from this everyday.

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Another would be Chalkboard Calligraphy. I have had so many ask about when I will be doing these classes again, so this workshop will be one of the first. It’s so much fun…

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…as well as Modern Calligraphy.

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Floral flatlay is another one I’ve been kicking around. You would get to create your own flaylays using fresh flowers and foliage as well as my ceramic leaves and flowers.

Keep your eyes out for the first dates which will be coming up soon

But, what I would love to know is what would you like see offered at a Marley & Lockyer workshop?

I can’t wait to hear…

~Ness xx

 

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