Decided to join in the Sketchbook Challenge ( a different theme each month, posting to a Flickr site) . Hopefully not too onerous as sketch anyway and I enjoyed 'Take it Further Challenge' a few years ago January's theme is 'Highly Prized' - posted this image as my phone with its apps is indeed highly prized after years of a very basic mobile.
Monday 31 January 2011
Saturday 29 January 2011
Sunday 23 January 2011
I loved the white swirls of old-mans beard against the dark branches.
Then cheeks glowing back to London for a £6.95 veggie curry buffet at Ravi Shanker's on Drummond Street. Now I'm ready for a bath and early night.
Gabrielle Forshaw in the morning, discussion about our potential pieces for Slough Museum exhibition at lunchtime followed by a workshop with Vicki Chambers on working in 3d with silk fibres.
George Weil before I went to bed!
George Weil before I went to bed!
Thursday 20 January 2011
I realised that I'd forgotten to post picture of the final quilt for CQ 'Childhood Memories' Suitcase Collection although I wrote about in its earlier stages I wasn't that inspired by the theme and I think that shows - it's not a great piece of work but it's good to be challenged now and again! You might get a false impression of my childhood in the 60's and 70's as most of the photos from that time are black and white . In fact it was very colourful (think of all those day-glo and flourescent colour combinations!). So I used a piece of vintage charity shop fabric as backing and stitched from the back with flourescent threads following the wild patterns
By coincidence I also used stitching from the back in my previous suitcase challenge quilt 'Figure it Out ', in this case following the patterns of an aboriginal screen printed fabric I bought in Australia . Rather more successful even if it was eraly days for my acrylic painting technique.
"Inspired by Australian aboriginal rock paintings of Arnhemland, particularly the spirit figures ’Mimis'. The act of painting is considered more important than the finished picture which results in layers of paint and patterns, where individual shapes are initially difficult to recognise .
Front constructed from ‘shot’ silks in blue green and orange ( colours of rock), turned at 90 degrees to reflect light differently. Screen printed fabric produced by the Injalak is used on the back. The ‘Mimis’ are outlined by machine quilting from the back following printed figures then contour quilted. Acrylic paint in ochres applied by sponge over stencils of handprints. "
Tuesday 11 January 2011
pages made for Sketchbook Project, drawing multiple viewpoints of the 'Taplow Vase' on tracing paper and different cotton organdies , making them up into 'secret books'. Cutting holes produced interesting effects and I'll try stitched lines next and perhaps some different translucent papers? I can feel an expedition to Falkiners coming on......
Also on Sunday finally got round to taking a picture in situ of my stocking present to Ian - bunting made of alligator fabric above the bookshelf he uses for his Amazon Marketplace 'SNAPUPBOOKS' . Got enough fabric left to cover those folders.
Saturday 8 January 2011
ring that was lost . It's more than the Postal Gods that are with me today - we're about to celebrate with some Vino Santo that Sue and Peter gave us last weekend. Appropriate as we drank this at our engagement lunch at Osterio del Portico.
4th International Small Format Challenge on the theme of Freedom (cross fingers!) and my sketchbook back to Brooklyn. I wanted to photograph them before I sent them off and today was the first opportunity in daylight. With that and packing them up having misplaced some vital bits of information , there was a lot of snarling going on! Poor Ian.
Tuesday 4 January 2011
As I'd hoped, the festive season was a productive creative time for me even if I didn't achieve all I set out to.
I spent at least some time in the studio every day and while Ian was back at work between Xmas and New Year, worked hard myself , putting in 7 or 8 hour days with no interruptions apart from lunch watching 'Just William' and 'Wallace and Gromit'!! Even then I was snipping bits out of newspapers for paper lamination (although I didn't get round to doing any as I'd hoped). Ian was a bit disappointed the 'Weir' didn't get a look in but I did some practising with my new quilting machine producing 2 small quilts for a challenge. My main emphasis with iminent deadline looming was to get stuck into my 'Inside/Outside' sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project. It only took a day for my table (and most of the room) to be overwhelmed with art materials and bits of fabric - it took rather longer to do the artwork but I'm 75% there.
Now I know I should have started it ages ago (but that's me and deadlines!!) but having decided to summarise my year with a double page spread for each month, it's been a useful reflective process , working out what was important for me showing indoors and outsdoors activities and thinking how to rerepresent it. I'd already changed the horrid moleskine paper for coloured khadi papers - never used these before so that was a challenge in itself. Some months were action-packed -it was difficult to choose from several exciting things in August while at the opposite extreme, goodness knows what I did in October !
I don't really go for New Year resolutions (athough Ian and I have pencilled in several weekends walking on Box Hill to get the most out of Crete in April ) However I like the idea of doing a similar sketchbook for 2011 but do it 'properly' throughout the year