I bought a piece of art recently. Actually, though there are many artists who's work I admire, I never buy art because I can't afford to. Such a shame that the work we love will only be available to most of us online, or if we're lucky enough to be able to get to an exhibition and see it in the flesh. So, the work I bought was from Kirsty Hall, who's website, blog and link to go watch her chickens is both inspiring and amusing. I'm a fan! Kirsty has made a series of her work affordable. Entitled 'Let Me Send You A Secret' you pay £15 for an envelope with a drawing on it, and a small piece of art inside. You don't get to see it first, but you can tell her what you like........and voila! She makes you something, dedicates it to you, and then pops it in the post! Lovely.
Let Me Send You A Secret
So this morning, I stumble downstairs when I hear Dandy barking, to find that Toby has arrived home from Florida, and my secret letter has arrived. Two lovely surprises in one hit!
And here it will sit for a while, on the inspiration ledge above my desk, so I can glance at it when my eyes need a break from the monitor.
Julie Shackson is an artist and designer, working across various mediums and living in Wales