A Loveliness of Ladybirds

It’s a new year and it’s been several months since my last post – I’ve been busy making and packing and sending off orders, but then there was Christmas and a bit of a break, but it’s January 3rd and orders are starting to come in again – seems like the first proper day back at work.

Vitreous enamel ladybirds on cherry tree branch

Late last year I applied to take part in a local treasure hunt trail – Insects and Bugs – to take place in shops in my neighbourhood of Bedminster. In 2012 the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership and other agencies in my area applied for funding under the Mary Portas Pilot Towns scheme. There were over 371 bids, but the newly formed Bedminster Town Team (who have adopted a version of the logo I originally designed for  Bedminster Community Partnership) were one of 12 successful applicants. This trail is one of the first art projects to receive funding, and I am excited to be a part of it.

My daughter Breesha (aged nearly 11, as she likes to say) has also designed the poster, which is great and her first official job!!! I am very proud of her and will post a picture of it when the text has been added to her image in the next week or so.

The piece above is one of two and is entitled ‘A Loveliness of Ladybirds’. This collective noun for ladybirds struck me as being so beautiful and the opportunity to use my favourite red enamel couldn’t be missed. These ladybirds are also available as brooches, priced at £20. Please see the Jewellery page on my website.

Vitreous enamel on copper brooch by Janine Partington