Author: karuski

Domino pendants!

The thing with creative fun is that it can take you in unexpected places… this is certainly the case for me with my latest obsession: domino pendants. It’s a pretty well travelled craft road, and Etsy is full of them – but the common factor […]

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Jill’s beautiful brood!

Jill contacted me through Etsy to create a portrait for her family – she knew she wanted it in her kitchen and that it had to pop! Jill sent me lots of pictures of her lovely family, we discussed how they would appear and what […]

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Abby’s family portrait

Latest Etsy commission, this time for Abby in Cambridge! The idea was to capture a happy time for this gorgeous family, including nods to some more or less obvious likes and hobbies – from gardening to mermaids, history books and Pinot Grigio, there is definitely […]

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Todd’s cycling family

Another lovely brief all the way from Melbourne this time! This was a present from Nina to her husband Todd on his 40th birthday from which was just a couple of days ago!! The family loves nothing more than an outing on their bikes in […]

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Alicia Markova, la chatte

More fascinating ladies of dance… Alicia probably wouldn’t have believed she would ever turn into a splendid she-cat for Balanchine as a star of the Ballets Russes. For a start, she was born Lily Marks, a jewish girl from Finsbury Park in North London. She […]

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Martha Graham

Back to my heroines of contemporary dance – this time we’re not talking meak flower on the wall of dance history, but tackling the uber influential Martha Graham – we are talking THE mother of modern dance. She believed in the deep meaning of movement […]

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Lucia Joyce 

I have very much enjoyed my latest forays in the early twentieth century looking at amazing women who made a huge impact on contemporary and modern dance – see my previous posts on Helen Tamiris and Aida Overton Walker.  It’s made me want to find out more […]

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Tara and Ed’s wedding portrait

Tara asked me to create this portrait for her wedding – so I felt very privileged to get access to all their outfits before the big day, and got to see the bride before her groom!! The drawing was used as a cake topper, but […]

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