Christine Green

CRAFTING AT THE COTTAGE

Daughter of graphic designer parents, niece of a photographer, painter and printmaker, granddaughter of a wedding photographer and painter, my destiny was set very early on by the influences of my forebears; I was going to be arty; speciality unspecified and to be honest that’s how it has been throughout my life.

Growing up there was always creative stuff happening at home; Dad had his lashed up rostrum camera on the landing next to my bedroom where he created his animated films. Mum made clothes for me and my sister and we used the left over scraps to create matching outfits for our teddies and dolls.

Our birthday parties were famed for their crafting activities that Mum would dream up, I remember peg doll fairies were particularly successful.

So that’s how it started. TV was black and white and children’s programmes ran from four until six finishing with the ‘Magic Roundabout’, there was a lot of time to fill, and I drew and stitched, entered art and craft competitions, wrote to the BBC’s ‘Blue Peter’ with suggestions for projects they could make, (I was particularly proud of my finger puppet theatre made from an Easter egg box,) and I had a painting included in the gallery on ‘Vision On’. I dreamt of making pictures for television and on graduating from Kingston Polytechnic, my dream became a reality and I joined the BBC Graphic Design Department, I was in my element! 

Thirteen years later I left, went freelance, had two children, took a PGCE course at Goldsmiths and after a few twists and turns I now teach crafting courses, regularly give talks and have my own range of merchandise featuring my typographic papercuts.

I consider myself extremely lucky to do what I love and love what I do!

 

I look forward to helping you find your creative side!

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10junAll Day12Quilt & Patch as You Go PatchworkDenman College

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05julAll Day06Improvised PatchworkDillington House

08julAll Day10Improvers Creative Paper CuttingDenman College

Living the dream

 My first job at the BBC was animating an extremely large amount of Lego, closely followed by hand stitching ‘B B C” embroidered buttons onto twenty seven Pudsey bears. I worked on everything from ‘Our Friends in the North’ to ‘Tracy Beaker’, ‘Children’s Hospital’ to the Queen’s Christmas speech and I loved it. I even got the opportunity to direct programmes about art and design for the schools department.

I was living my dream at Television Centre, Wood Lane W12 8QT one of the most exciting and famous addresses in Britain.

 

Teaching and talking

Over the years I have acted as mentor to several students, a role I relished, drawing them out, encouraging them to explore their own creative possibilities, something I still get enormous satisfaction from.

I also ran the Film and Animation School at Kingston University, a role I loved. These days I run numerous courses, textiles, paper cutting, patch working, and a bit of photography, to students of all ages at a variety of locations. It is enormously rewarding, passing on knowledge and sharing experiences and seeing students develop in to confident designers and makers.

I regularly give talks to interested groups including WI, U3A and patchworking groups. I offer three different talks all of which are well illustrated with lots of images and hands on resources:

Bust the Rules and Get Creative – my back to basics approach to patchwork and my influences 

Working For Auntie – life as a graphic designer at the BBC

Papercutting – my take on this ancient craft, a bit of history, culture and how I do what I do

 

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Stitching

I began stitching when I was very young, outfits for my teddy, stuffed creatures and very simple clothes. These days it’s patchwork quilts that excite me, I like the practical aspect of the finished item but also the designing and the recycling aspect. You could not describe me as a fat quarters quilter, I don’t stitch by the rules and rarely buy new fabrics. Instead I prefer delving in to my collections and making do with what I have already, much of which has been donated, or bought at car boots and jumble sales. I mix and match velvets and linens, ticking and denim and am not too concerned about mitered corners. I like to think that my approach is about going back to the origins of patch working, when a valued family possession was created from available materials. Find about more about booking a Stiching Course.

Paper Cutting

I was on a rather extended trip to Canada when I taught myself paper cutting, I needed to send birthday cards and gifts home and these hand cut panels were perfect. I had plenty of time on my hands, a ‘Dollar Store’ in the town, (great for paper and foam board) and a scalpel. I have refined my technique over the years and now teach many creative paper cutting courses with terrific results. It’s a low cost, visually pleasing craft which students find enjoyable and rewarding, and often take up. Find about more about booking a Paper Cutting and other Courses.

Cats are small people in fur coats

Designer-Maker

I was asked to teach at Art in Action a couple of years ago and was given a stand to sell my stuff from – what stuff though? Most of my makes are for friends and I didn’t make things en masse, but my paper cuts were well-liked so I took the plunge and designed, cut and had printed five greetings cards, tea towels and a limited edition of giclee prints. They sold well and I had a great response in my visitors’ book. Since then I have extended the card range, and produced some specials for Christmas and had a tote bag printed. Visit the shop.

Visit the Shop for some unique Cards & Gifts

Eye-catching and quirky Framed Prints, Cards, Bags and Tea towels – all using on my uniquely designed typographic paper cuts.

Other Stuff

Never one to say no to creative challenge has resulted in me taking on some odd jobs including making eighty velvet scarves for the opening night of ‘Mary Poppins’ on Broadway NYC, filming a funeral for the Queen, and costume and set designing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for our local primary school.

I have co-written a book ,‘Contemporary Needlepoint’, an inspirational collection of contemporary designs, updating this most traditional of crafts and designed a needlepoint kit for the National Trust.

I won Kodak’s Young Photographer of the Year and my work on ‘Cambridge Spies’ was nominated for a BAFTA.

CANVAS BAGS!

Don’t miss my eye-catching Canvas Bags – Ideal for those little shopping trips. New design just out!

Privacy Policy

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Effective from 25th May, 2018

This Privacy Policy sets out how I use and protect information that you may provide when you use this website.  Your privacy is protected, and is important to me. If you provide identifiable personal information it will only be used to help me fulfil queries and requests.

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What I Collect

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