Friday, 20 May 2016

The 'Bothy Shop'

Katie reading Land Love Magazine in her workshop

After seeing my workshop looking so beautiful in June LandLove Magazine it inspired me to make even more use of it. Last Sunday was National Mill weekend and so we all opened our workshops for the day. I had the fire going and everyone nearly all made the same comment ' I want to live here' it got me thinking. 
The bothy workshop

I paint furniture, walls, objects etc so I have opened a blog shop called the 'The BothyShop' ( and an Etsy shop called The Bothy Shop Every now and again I could have a pop up Bothy Shop , both in my workshop and elsewhere.
This week my workshop will be open as part of the Winchcombe Music and Arts Festival.
I hope you can pop in and see me!....and If you can't make it then please follow me on twitter or facebook...and we can have a chat there.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

New article in Landlove magazine

Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing myself and my dog Jet featured in the June issue of 'Landlove', a lovely magazine for everyone who loves the countryside, food, travel, crafts and gardens. It's heading is 'loving the simpler things in life' which pretty well sums me up !

katie b morgan
June Landlove magazine
As you can imagine I was both excited and nervous at the thought but both
Kerry Fowler and Sussie Bell were great, completely putting me at ease. The morning of the shoot I quickly threw on some clothes and my green apron....along with my flowery wellies, because it was really muddy by the workshop that day.....had I properly thought about it I could have dressed up a bit but nearly all my clothes have a bit of paint on them somewhere.
My mate Jane, from The Winds of Change Gallery, almost choked laughing when I told her what I was the wellies that really finished her off. The two things that I didn't need to worry about was my workshop and Jet, both very photogenic.
I love my workshop, It's a complete haven, unashamedly idyllic, the sound of birdsong and the toots of steam trains......the flip side is it's tiny and a wee bit damp so I can't store paper, gold leaf and other perishable materials, and there is very little phone reception. Food, cups, milk and kettle are stored in an old tin trunk at the end of the day just in case of any long tailed visitors!
A lot of the time I have to work on site because my jobs are often big but when I can I whizz back to the 'Limehouse'.

Jet the dog outside the Bothy Shop
Jet outside The Limehouse
The day of the shoot was pretty nippy, and unfortunately the chimney stack of the fire had drifted away from the wall so no fire ( It's mended now), but I had big chunky biscuits, Jaffa Cakes and Coffee. I later found that one of the earlier featured ladies had fed Kerry and Sussie with smoked salmon...oops!
Kerry Fowler was very easy to talk to and true to her word sent me a copy of the words......two days later after the word 'ferrules' came to mind.....ferrules not quills, although they are made of quills on my best brushes.
Sussie Bell, again a delight did wonders with her photography, actually, quite a privilege to have been photographed by her. I was glad to see one of my plates sneaking into a photo, the previous craftsperson had been a potter so they couldn't really show mine. You can also see a tiny bit of one of Robs rustic chairs.
All I can say is, a big THANK YOU to Kerry Fowler and Sussie Bell for making it a lovely day, it was great to meet you both, and thank you for making me sound so interesting !
The timing for this magazine is perfect with The Winchcombe Art Trail on 23rd to the 30th May, part of the Winchcombe Festival of Art and Music.

 My workshop will be open and I am also running a free event, 'Sketch, Walk and Talk' to everyone that can walk, talk and hold a pencil...or any combination.

 I can give help but really I'd like it to be a way of meeting new friends and perhaps seeing Winchcombe in a new way. Don't be nervous if you want to come on your own...I'll be on my own too so please come and join in, the more the merrier. For those who can't sit on the ground please bring a fold up seat. I'll bring a bag with extra paints, pastels and pencils for anyone to try. Fingers crossed it will be a dry day and hopefully be an event that we can do once a month.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Words from the Canal

In the winter evenings I always sit doodling while keeping warm and watching telly. One evening I decided to make a project for myself and start to illustrate day I might even string them together to make some stories!
Katie B Morgan
My coloured version of one of my illustrations from 'Words from the Road'

I self published my first book 'Words from the Road' in 2014. This book is full of romany words and their meanings alongside my black and white illustrations. I've been told that they are great for colouring in. The wonderful Peter Ingram helped me enormously with the correct lingo.
Once I'd finished I set about illustrating my second book 'Words from the Canal'.
Years ago I used to visit friends who had beautiful working narrowboats. They delivered coal in the winter and turned their homes into 'trip' boats for some of the summer holidays. I loved staying on them and really loved it when I had the chance to spend a few weeks living in an original boat cabin.
Of course I found it quite magical but it would have been a very different story years ago for families living and working these boats.
Katie B morgan
Words from the Canal
When I have stayed and visited canals and boat museums I found myself collecting words used on the canals ....there are lots, too many for me to use in my little book.
Katie B morgan

I have now published this book ' Words from the Canal'. Once you've read it you will know that I could have called it 'Words from the Cut' and my first book could have been called 'Words from the Drom'. My third book is under way....fingers crossed it will be ready to publish by the end of the year. If you do purchase them, I hope you enjoy them and perhaps add some of the words to your own vocabulary...oh and if you like colouring in...then I'd love to see what you have created.

Both books are available to purchase from my bookshop on Blurb

Books and cards are also available via The Bothy Shop 


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