Hello and welcome to my visual sketchbook: to log all the art ventures I immerse myself in. Snippets of my work can be found on here along with classes I teach, exhibitions I am inspired by and anything that generally makes me smile.

Please beware I am not the best and 'once in a blue moons' are plentiful here. Have fun looking and feel free to drop me a line with your comments. You can if you so wish follow me on Facebook Angela Lai Yen - Printmaker and Textile Artist.

Bye for now.

31 October, 2012

Angela's Antwerpen Adventure

So after the Great Create I thought I would sneak in a little adventure before the madness that is Christmas. Antwerp (Belgium) was the city of choice and it was bursting with places to see and things to do. First stop was a lovely little shop called JULJA'S  - you guessed it: a lovely little haberdashery stocking floor to celling trims, wools and lovely fabrics. It reminded me of Millie Moon and I felt right at home. 


Second stop after indulging in a mouth watering Belgian waffle mmmmmm.........was a little gallery (the name escapes me) on Leopoldstraat, well it did seem little from the outside but as you travelled within it just grew and grew! Robert Combas was the artist I was interested in. His work is highly decorative in a patternly way and the photos just don't do it justice. If you are in the area I do highly recommend you go be wow-ed.

Third stop was just a couple of doors down in another little gallery - this I do remember the name of: Leonhard's Gallery. Jurgen Lingl-Rebetez is an amazing artist who sculpts lions, birds and various creatures from a single pieces of wood using a chain saw. I was really inspired by this work and awed by the skill - I've never seen wood manipulated in this way before.


Antwerp was a real feast for the eyes and belly - what with all the chocolate, waffles and frites, now rested (huh!) and full of inspiration I'm ready for lots of making........Christmas will be here before we know it.

26 October, 2012

Felt and the Great Create.

Well where do I begin.................
First let me fill you in on the gaps - that would make the most sense. First there was a great deal of cutting and packing of kits in preparation for the Great Create with Millie Moon Boutique. An entire day spent speed crafting and jelly rolling racing with amazing crafters: there was sewing, glue-ing, cake, chatter, prizes, bunting and smiles all around. It was a truly fantastic day all in the aid for charity.
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I was teaching the Millie Moon crafters to sew Christmas decorations from felt. The concentration levels of some were amazing and there were lots of neat stitches!

So then after the Great Create I got a bit of a Felt addiction - this is coming from someone who when I was younger could not stand Felt. I did not like the touch of Felt and the way it squeaked and I certainly didn't care much for Fuzzy Felt kits - look at me now. I've cut so much Felt recently I feel like a cat with fur ball in my throat!!

My desk in my studio and Felt into crafting kits, you can find them in Millie Moon Boutique.

 Anja of Knopf Designs trying out my Felt creations! Giant Felt moustaches just in time for Movember.

If you would like me to fashion you a giant moustache, in any colour, do pop on by to my studio in the Black Swan Arts, Frome. I'm the one with the blue door and the bunting. Bye for now.