Jul 142014
 
pirate's eye
  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wool, cotton, acrylic and other new and upcycled textiles
  • To the Shop =>

Height is about 9.5 inches (24 cm).
The main color of this soft rag toy is rich blue green

rag doll

Green Pirate

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Jun 292014
 
canvas printed bookmarks

Darkness Renaissance Lady bookmarks with golden thread

A sad looking lady in a Renaissance costume and some random ancient cyrillic letters. The bookmarks are the same on both sides, handsewn with golden thread.

Size of the canvas bookmarks is about 8 x 1 inch (20 x 2.5 cm) each

These Renaissance Lady book marks are printed with Epson archival waterproof ink.

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bookmarks

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Jun 282014
 
unique rag doll

Handsewn, improvisational upcycled textile artwork. Made by Alexandra Cook aka Linandara. Height of this one of a kind rag doll is about 7 inches (18 cm).

Stuffed with the same kind of fabric. To the shop =>

embroidery

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Jun 272014
 
unique doll
  • Handmade item
  • Material: mostly cotton
  • Feedback: 17 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Newtown, Wales

Mr Mushroom is a handsewn, one of a kind improvisational recycled / upcycled textile artwork.

Height of this toadstool man is about 11 inches (28 cm).

Mr Toadstool

upcycled textiles

rag doll

unique doll

lumpy and irregular

Price: £ 18.00

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Jun 262014
 
crochet

Completely unique, no pattern used. Acrylic yarn. Measures approximately 165x155x7 mm.

This purple crocheted dishcloth has been designed by Alexandra Cook in Newtown, Powys, Wales. One of a kind item for a homely handmade home. To the shop.

handmade washcloth

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Feb 132014
 

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My granny was a fanatical crocheter. She made curtains, tablecloths, shirts, cushions, doilies,   anything you could imagine. Some of these are still in the good shape,  some of her craftwork unfortunately is disintegrating – like the fragments of a net curtain I’ ve used to make this heart.  I did two, one is kept by my daughter in her room, this one is in my shop. I am glad I’ve found a way to keep her work alive…

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Dec 202013
 

I love giving another life to colorful pieces of fabric. It is savvy and it is good for the environment.

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For this little project I’ve found matching purple, orange and green scraps of fabric and yarn. I did two loops of wire and simply went around doing bows which connected to each others20131220_115949-picsay .

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 December 20, 2013  Posted by at 17:21 craft, crafts, eco-friendly living, my artworks, textile art, textiles, upcycling, wreath Tagged with:  No Responses »
Dec 192013
 

Feeling the need to have some changes in my life, I’ve decided to create the new “Linandara and Artish Folk” website. A proper one. It is going to be about arts, crafts, creativity, lifestyle, ethical issues, located at linandara.com and linandara.co.uk . Few days ago I did a first step: a temporary simple “business card” type website. Everything (like life itself) is a work in progress. There is now a facebook group for the future site, which eventually will have a forum. Please feel free to join the group and I hope you enjoy being in it.

To let people know about the new website I had an idea to do some handmade business cards. They are evolving as I make them. On the back I’ve put some keywords which would describe the future site, topics which would be discussed on it or be associated with it. The list is  changing from card to card. At the moment it includes Arts, crafts, creativity, handmade, fantasy, rationalist, dreaming, emphatic, discovery, freethinking, impressionalist, bohemian, ethnic, eccentric, independent, sci-fi, по-русски, commissions, one of the kind, etc.

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Any suggestions are welcome!

 

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Захотелось перемен, и я собралась сделать себе новый сайт, посвященный вопросам искусства, рукоделия, творчества, этики и жизни вообще. Сайт будет расположен по адресам linandara.com и linandara.co.uk. Сейчас там проcтая временная страничка. Как и сама жизнь, работа идет методом проб и ошибок. Есть группа посвящена новому сайту. Пожалуйста присоединяйтесь и, надеюсь, всем будет интересно.  Буду рада любым советам.

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Sep 262013
 

At the moment I am based at the market which is due to close for renovation (possibly at end of February). Frankly I would rather have a separate art and craft shop / center. I am trying to summarise what that place preferably be like (or not like).

1. Nothing pretentious,  snobby or overpriced.  It’s fine to have some very expensive items but there should be plenty of affordable stuff. Many art and craft places scare off non-arty and not rich people.

2. Not a cold and empty art gallery,  rather a place that looks like a home of somebody who enjoys collecting handmade / one of the kind / weird and wonderful,  enjoys living with eclectic mixture of things.

3. It would be beneficial to have a widest possible range of arts, crafts, vintage, upcycled and antique products for home and fashion.  It should give feeling of entering a cave full of treasures. When people spend long time browsing they are more likely to buy at least something.

4. Space for workshops, demonstrations and meetings.

5. Some space for themed exhibitions.

6. A nice cafe would attract customers.

7. Artists and makers working in real time within some studio space – again,  this would interest people.

8. An outdoor / garden area for displaying outdoor works.

9. Art and craft supplies. People coming for this sort of things would be interested in attending workshops.

It is a very far fetched dream, i know. But I can’t stop dreaming it…

This is a Pinterest board for the dream:

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Aug 152013
 

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Newtown, Powys, Wales.  The historic Market Hall. In this little shop you will be able to buy one of the kind arts and crafts by me (Alexandra Cook aka Linandara) and few other artists/makers. Paintings, drawings, greeting cards, local souvenirs and original folk art from various countries. Little unique things for your and your home. You also can commission many types of artwork here.  Prices will be affordable, everybody are welcome.

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I plan to run parallel offline and online shops so it is not a problem if you live far away.

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Please come and visit us starting Tuesday – especially if you like original art and crafts, creativity, bohemian living, humanist ideals, tribal, fantasy, hippie,  gypsy,  folk, ethnic styles.

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Jun 022013
 

Tribal Dancer Large Original Life Drawing Monoprint by Linandara  Local customs, costumes, crafts, foods… It’s all seems to melt gradually into some new globalised uniformity. In a way, this is a sad picture, a loss of our beautiful diversity. Western people often feel touched looking at tribal portraits, especially of children, in exotic attires.  But what these people from distant lands would prefer themselves, given choise? Modern living with its salaries, doctors, schools, pensions, benefits, equality and human rights or posing for tourists for a few coins? Is wearing those heavy earring painful? Did that beautiful bride choose her future husband herself? How old is she? How well is she educated? Do we have to stay in a fantasy land? Why so many people are migrating to cities and leaving traditional way of life behind?

 

The solution to the loss of traditional cultures seems to lay in our free will to explore them and carry their achievements into the future. Lets enjoy the color and sound, lets experiment without being afraid of onlookers. Lets celebrate free creative life. Nobody should ever try to force anybody into the past. Rather we should help to grow a free and equal for all future – firmly rooted in the best from our past.

 

 

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