Sunday, 17 September 2017

Back in Blogland

I have been away most of the Summer. A ferry trip, up hills and even in an airplane so short break from blogging.

Have been stitching prayer flags to hang in my garden.

Good to have small pieces to stitch when travelling

A way to use up all the little pieces left from other projects.

No real planning, just gather the right colours together and go for it.

Hand stitching to attach while I was on the move.

Small pieces to be submitted for an EDGE exhibition. More information about dates and times next week.

Once again fingers crossed. The exhibition will be in a local gallery so it would be good to have some work on display.

Four  pieces 20x 20 Beach Diary 1,2,3,4.
Vegetable garden has now been harvested.

Potatoes, beans, peas, carrot and shallots were squeezed into this little plot. I  expected to have a few cabbage and late lettuce but the Peacock ate them before they could mature.

Nice to be back in Blogland. Hope you have enjoyed this post and will look in next week to view what I and the Peacock have been up to.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Feeling excited

I have a cat.
A ceramic jolly one. Great fun to look out at when I open my door. Bought from an exhibition Cats at the Gallery at Project Ability in Glasgow.

Took some work away with me. Pieces almost in final placement.

Dyed scrim and applied using felting needles. I have blocked piece at 9 inches wide.

Tissue paper backed with interfacing and then waxed.

Puff paint added to scrim.

Painted. Ready to hand stitch. French Knots for texture perhaps.
The piece is very loosely based on a beach stone with a quartz line running through it. A long way to go but feeling excited to be working on a new piece.
My regular visitor has almost lost his tail. Came home to a collection of tail feathers scattered across the garden.

Unpacking into The Studio and he comes to visit. He is very noisy, I think he heard the car.

Another bird story. A collared dove has arrived.

It has taken a year for one to find me.

Please look in next week to see progress, if any and find out if I use French Knots or some other stitch.
BYE      BYE

Sunday, 16 July 2017

At last a way forward

A week of mono printing, following on from samples at Summer Workshop.
This is reverse mono printing. I have drawn the lines on top of the fabric which was placed on the printing plate. Placed pieces of tracing paper, cotton and silk organza to get continual lines. Quite a few attempts to get the right effect.

Moving pieces around and adding dyed scrim. Looks a bit like leaves at the moment but I hope to stitch the line in the stone.
The tracing paper has been painted with shellac for strength. It does not show up on the photograph but the silk organza placed partly on top gives a mirror image of the lines. Ready for some stitching.
I am trying to represent the strength of the small beach stones, the journey from mountain to beach and the endless buffeting by the sea. At last I can see a way forward. ( creative fairy has had a very long break)
Finding these books very interesting reading.
Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane. Set in Stone  by Alan McKirdy.
Resident peacock is beginning to lose his tail feathers. So tame now he sleeps outside The Studio most dry days.
Heading to his own home at the end of the day.
Masses of Sweet peas from the garden.
My hanging baskets are enjoying the warm weather.
Some of the potatoes grown in a pot. There was something under all the foliage after all. 
I hope you look in next week to see how the stitching is working out and perhaps a bit of colour will be added to the stone.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Stones and more Stones

I have been on an inspirational week long workshop at Arthouse off the Rails. Tales of the Unexpected and it surely was that. A week of surprises in the workshop content, my practice, my thoughts from childhood to adulthood and everything in between. It was exactly what a week long workshop with an experienced tutor should be. Cake was also included
Day1 Observation, observation, observation
Photographs taken, mark making ,changing scale on a variety of papers then working on own projects.

I worked on my stones and set of with great enthusiasm creating textural paper.

Exploring the idea of an opening.
Evening of Day 2 I had a mind check and realised I was doing work I could do with my eyes shut. Tearing paper - Glueing - Gesso - Painting, creating textured papers but the idea about the stone construction and the blasted ( that's a slip ) opening was not working.
Wed morning I arrived with a fresh take on my methods. I  would explore different ways of working this idea.

Mono printing different papers and fabrics to get the essence of the stone and fusion as marks. layering.

Looking at see through properties

A touch of colour.

Fire from the centre of the earth,forming the stone.

I was on my way and Day 3/4 were energising working days.

This may turn into a long hanging book

A cover for another book.

Pages of the book.
Day 5 reflections and evaluation the way forward.
I cannot recommend this Summer School highly enough.
Will spend tomorrow unpacking and revisiting the masses of paper work and writing from the course.

First pickings from the garden.
Please visit next week to see if I am still excited about the direction I plan to take these sample pieces from the Summer School.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

All over the place

Surface decoration, have added randomly stitched cross stitch to embellished fabric from last week.
I embellished a chiffon scarf on top.
I use my embellisher to create new textural surfaces. It is useful technique to use up small pieces of fabric.
Another Stone drawing.
Trying to get this idea to surface but appear to be going over the same ground.
Openings. ( creative fairy has been very sluggish lately)
Side tracking. These pieces of Silver Birch bark were
from a gathering trip in the local wood.
Have "patched" with dyed fabric.

I have selected a variety of threads. Now to stitch it. I enjoy the challenge in using natural material to stitch into. It is sometime since I used bark. This piece has interesting moss.
This week the weather has been very  hot so enjoying my garden,
Have spotted one hole in this Hosta so hunt for bugs steps up.
Have hung this Fushsia from a branch on my Rowan Tree
Hope my blue poppy will spread next year.
Please look in next week to view if the Openings are going to work.
BYE      BYE