Sunday, 19 March 2017

A visitor

From this

To this

I am very happy to see the end of the grass. The gardener came and the garden is beginning to take shape. Lots more planting for wildlife. I will need to live another 5 years, 10 would be better to see it mature.

The Peacock came to give approval. Have not seen it all Winter. This may even be another bird as it has a magnificent tail. The other bird was a bit scruffy. Do Peacocks grow new tails in the Spring?

I was at a workshop this week, lead by Ali Ferguson. I don`t do retro, vintage or lace but I loved this.

Very relaxing, moving bits and bobs around. Will finish this but have no plans to make another.
At last have finished this piece for the exhibition. I have spent days measuring and measuring again.

Will hang it for a day or two to check it is ok.
"A good read Kalkata to Dundee."
Look in next week as I begin making samples for upcoming workshops I am leading.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Last of the cogs

I have attached the cogs as book covers to the long concertina book.

Still some content to add but almost finished.

Last of the cogs I think.
First book added to the background. Measured and measured again and again.

I need to ensure all the Hills and Valleys line up. The photo does look as if the book is slightly off the line but measurement is correct. I think its the angle of the photo. Hope so.

3 more to fit in.

This was drawn with a rubber on a page covered with charcoal. Very messy but good fun. Hanging in the window of Create. Nest. where I attended some fun drawing classes.

First planting in my vegetable garden. It is a built up bed but no obvious way to access it except by stretching across or stepping over the wall. That problem needs to be solved before I plant potatoes and beans etc. No further word about the skip so all garden plans are on hold.
Looks as if I haven`t been up to much this week but another round of meetings has taken up time.

A photo session to get some publicity shots. I had cleared my worktable but was asked to mess it up a bit, so everything went back.
Please look in next week to view what I have been up to. I only have one meeting next week so hope to get all the books attached.
BYE       BYE

Sunday, 5 March 2017

A bit of this and a bit of that

I am a founder member of Kalamkari a Textile/Art group. This article has been printed in Be Creative with Workbox.

The group is pleased to have this publicity. We are mounting our exhibition after the EDGE one. More about this later.
The long book grows.

Now 3 meters. Time to add the content.

A light bulb moment when I realised the cog shapes were like a concertina book. So became my source for all the Books.
I have remade the Kolkata Book. Thank goodness I had painted and printed a large sheet of card. The 1st was messy and did not work. Comes from not sampling enough.

Creative Fairy has given her approval. What do you think?

Books 1 2 3 5 Finished.
Two pieces of work from EDGE  exhibition. Still time to view at Verdant Works.

Spice Bags

Scissors used by Weavers. Closeup of a much larger piece.
Was stewarding at the Hobby, Craft and Quilt Show in Glasgow this week.

Showing pendants made by the Dundee Branch. I held my hands behind my back as I had a quick look round but succumbed and bought this pattern.

Will I ever find time to make it ? Anyone`s guess.
Look in next week to view progress on Books.
Plan for next week
1   Stitch 5 Books to Artist Board
2   Add content to long Book
3   Make cogs for Book covers.

BYE         BYE

Sunday, 26 February 2017

A frustrating week

I have spent most of this week in my car. Clocking up the miles to attend meetings.
Struggling to find time to look at textile work never mind actually doing any.

5 books with 5 tales to tell. All at the fiddly stage I must find some clear time next week.
Finished this week stewarding at the EDGE exhibition. My second time and still enjoying finding time to study members work.
Flowers appear between all the cogs and jute.

If you have not visited yet well worth a trip to Verdant Works in Dundee.
The garden unfortunately remains the same. The skip booked to take garden rubbish, the lawn and some poor quality top soil away, could not get down my lane. The lane narrow, the skip wide. Gardener has had to apply for planning permission to park skip on the main road. The police have been round checking on traffic flow and disturbance to neighbours. May take a few weeks to get this sorted. Nothing is easy. I refuse to get stressed but I am eating a lot of chocolate biscuits.
I found a little time to add to long concertina book

Brown paper.

 Tissue paper.
My favourite piece of work from the exhibition.

Please look in next week when I hope to have more time to work on the books.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Lost a week

66c in place

Nailed and wired to make it secure. Postwoman knocked to say she liked it. Result.
Eventful week. My Gas boiler had a label attached saying it was condemned. Despair. Gas Board was making a safety inspection, found a flue in the attic was missing a connection to an outside flue so another day and night without Gas.
The next day had a Monty Python effect to it. A very tall man appeared with the fitment to rectify the problem. He was too big to fit into the attic. Smaller man sent for. 1 1/2 hours later he got into the space but his arms were too short and he couldn't make the connection. Endless cups of tea and my white sugar bag depleted ( I keep one for workmen ) They decided to cut a hole in a cupboard ceiling. The tall man would stretch in and complete the job. Lots of measuring and tapping of joists to find correct spot and it was done. Great relief all round. Smiles all round. A last cuppa and a biscuit everything signed off, label cut off and they departed. I had a cup of Green tea and a sit down.
creative fairy has been working overtime. I have also been quite busy. New piece is now definitely under way ( creative fairy " says about time")

Backgrounds cut into strips 2 inches wide.

One set will make 5 concertina books other set will make a very, very long book.

Will join these together.
The concertina shapes, jagged edges, I think give the appearance of cogs. My starting point.

Lots of accurate measuring will need to be done. Do I need the workmen back?

I had so many ideas I could not focus. Woke up one morning and the decision was made. 5 Books on a A2 Artist  board and 1 very very long book. Has that ever happened to you? Sleep on an idea and it solves itself. Will need to crack on now. Feeling excited.

My latest purchase for Studio storage. Perfect for holding paints and easy to move around.

Started work as a volunteer at this social enterprise garden. 1 afternoon a week. It is an old walled garden which is slowly being brought back to life. The aim is to make it productive and provide work experience and training for a variety of users.

Last day my garden will have grass. A gardener is coming tomorrow to lift the lawn and put down gravel. Now I just need to find a solution to the Red slabs.
Just managed to fit in 1 play page.

Please look in next week to view how books are progressing and if I get the measurements correct.