There's definitely a distinct seasonal shift as we welcome in October. This morning was one of those crisp Autumn starts where the sun was low and bright, and yet felt warm on my skin, whilst I was wrapped up in winter layers.
I have to chuckle about how excited we all become with little autumnal treasures gathered on recent walks: the shiny conkers, jewel-like berries, mushrooms and of course there's always a lot of leaf play both outside and styled over on Instagram. It always makes me smile to see a new take on creativity, on how people arrange their makes, or how an image has been put together. In the month ahead #wipsandblooms will be focusing on creativity, but more on that later....
Inevitably I've been looking ahead with some of my current makes, whilst still trying to savour what foliage or nature finds are in season. These embossed porcelain stars sold out almost immediately after I posted them - you dark bunch! But don't worry if you missed out as I'll be making more. And who doesn't love fairy lights and candles when the day feels a little grey?
As usual there were so many images filling the #wipsandblooms gallery with your styled and curated work-in-progress. I feel very honoured that people continue to tag their behind the scenes shots with flowers, leaves and anything that seems seasonal. Suzanne from @nestandburrow selected these lovely four as her favourites:
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Suzanne's winner makes beautiful crochet items for little people, with perfectly styled colour moods in her photography. Here is the very cosy winning shot from @gooseberryfool.
I'm really excited about our guest judge for October! This artist's creativity never ceases to surprise me; as well as producing wonderful illustrations and art, her IG feed has a constant dose of floral magic. Have you guessed already? Why, its @georgiestclair of course....
So, in honour of Georgie the theme for this month is going to be a celebration of creativity. We are really looking forward to seeing how you express yourselves whether that be drawing, painting, dancing, writing, the way they dress, your interior design, or even singing (though the latter might be trickier to capture!). This is really a very free theme - we want to see your passions... those styled and curated moments with your foliage, blooms and creativity! Have you had something on your creative to-do list that you've been postponing? I know I've been meaning to try a cinegraph for ages - hopefully this will be the month I put the plan into action and I can't wait to see what you come up with! The new tag will be #wipsandblooms_mycreativity.
As a prize Georgie is going to give away one of her A4 botanical or floral prints, that can be personalised with your name, a special message or quote of our choice. In addition she is offering a set of 3 gorgeous botanical leaf postcard prints.
Georgie has very kindly taken the time to answer some questions about her work, and gives some tips on best practise too.
How long have you been doing this? What other work did you do beforehand - did this influence your current work.
You have an impressive IG following - what advice do you have for future artists or makers who are just starting out and trying to gain a following.
Do you have your own hashtag?
Thank-you so much Georgie for answering those questions. I loved hearing a bit more about you.
So here's wishing everyone a particularly creative month. Hope you are all fired up now for some extra sparks. Whether it's a small or a big project, we'd love to see it and don't forget to tag @georgiestclair and myself @ceramicmagpie and use our new tag #wipsandblooms_mycreativity.
*Prizes for this Instagram styling competition have been provided by Georgie St Clair
Hi! I'm a ceramicist, based in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Combining beauty and function my porcelain vessels are everyday objects you'll want to treasure. My work is slip-cast and wheel-thrown.