There are records dating back to 1650 for this Devon cottage. The modern extension is what used to be 'the stick store', presumably where firewood was stored, now kitchen/diner with bedroom and balcony above. It is also recorded as being the place where 'the pauper in the stick store' resided, according to census records. Apparently,… Continue reading There’s no place like Home
This Grade ll listed gatehouse was designed by Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905) and built in the 1860s by T H Wyatt. It is described as being of asymmetrical composition in a French Renaissance style. This building often appears on the internet in photographs but this may be the first drawing, albeit a tad stylised. A4 pen… Continue reading North Lodge, Brockenhurst Park
The end of one interesting year and the beginning of another. And I'm ready for your commissions! 2019 was the year our son left home, two sets of rubber stamps were released, we moved to a whole new life in Devon, the new business (see previous posts) was closed, we met new people, joined in… Continue reading To infinity (well, 2020) and beyond …
Since my last post in January, there has been a lot going on - so much that I've forgotten to post!Our son moved out leaving Julie and I free to re-assess our situation. So we did. We moved house, from central southern Hampshire to north Devon. It has been a long process. We had to… Continue reading Catching-up : June 2019
Pen and Lens Artwork is the coming together of a team that has been working as one for many years. This web site is our temporary home until a custom site can be built. The initial ideas for the team is the formalisation of the production of whimsical house designs. Julie, as 'the Lens', spots… Continue reading What is Pen and Lens Artwork?
With the success of the first set of crafting stamps, we realised it was time to make things official. So we set up our business - Pen and Lens Artwork Ltd. I'm the pen, Julie is the lens. What we do is simple enough. Julie is a dab hand with the camera and captures images… Continue reading Pen and Lens Artwork Ltd
For six months I have been working with Lesley and David Wharton, of Chocolate Baroque, craft stamp makers. Back in March one of my quirky ink buildings was spotted by Di Oliver (Tando Creative) who suggested that it would make a good rubber stamp. She put me in contact with Lesley, and, after a phone… Continue reading Big Day
Spring didn't really arrive, but we are now starting to get some better weather as we run in to summer. Our days out, and general wanderings (see @moodymeanders and @juliemoo1960 on Instagram) are a source of much inspiration. For Julie it is the flowers, gardens, and colourful shop displays. Her camera is always locked and… Continue reading Springy, summery time