Thursday 28 April 2011
We both loved this ceramic pull along toy from 3500BC
Some covetable jewelery
A few amphorae
Amazing decoration on clay coffins
Lots of bird headed women -"interpretation is difficult"
Unlikely to get to Knossos as organised tours have not yet started and it would be 5 hrs+ return by public transport so making the most of being in Chania while my ankle mends.
Wednesday 27 April 2011
We transferred from kissamos to Chania yesterday - visiting the Naval Museum ( with it's full size replica of a Minoan sailing ship ) before checking in our hotel. Views from the museum to the lighthouse and harbour.
From our room looking South
From our room looking North to the sea (that feels very odd!)
Sunday 24 April 2011
My ankle is a lovely colour now ( and I've discovered some other bruises in unexpected places) but hopefully with resting again today should be fit for a short walk tomorrow.Meanwhile , thanks to digital cameras , I'm still acting as consultant for flowers seen along the trail such as this Ophrys lutea.
Wednesday 20 April 2011
Arrived in Kissimos Kastelli yesterday - an early start and a gloomy day but a good nights sleep and sunshine and instantly relaxed.
Monday 18 April 2011
Susan Hiller exhibition, mixing ephemera with anthropology, exploring themes of memory, language and imagination. I loved 'Dedicated to the Unknown Artists' featuring postcards collected from seaside town captioned 'rough sea' , also 'recycled works' where she had cut and bound old paintings with thread into sculptural blocks. You could see hints of paint at the edges -by coincidence I noted that effect in my old watercolour books (picture above) when I was choosing my painting materials for Crete. Takes 'repurposing' to a whole new level.
'Witness' was completely magical and mysterious - walking among hundreds of suspended microphones/speakers with whispered testimonies of UFO spotting.
Saturday 9 April 2011
Thames towpath, taking photos of the boats. This time I ventured a little further coming out opposite the boatyard. So many people on their houseboats, sitting on the benches and grass alongside basking in the sun that too inhibited to draw ( and as the walk was impromptu, not much sketching gear anyway). On the way back at St Pauls Church there was a display of application plans to expand the Kew Bridge development - left my comments as a pedestrian and cyclist who goes past it every day.Opening up access should be a good thing although I hope it doesn't change the character of the place too much.
chocolate sculptures have been popping up around Kew ( various people in fluorescent jackets have been wielding paintbrushes and pots of brown stuff). Not quite the Henry Moore that so inspired my quilts in 2007 but fun nevertheless. We'll be in Crete for Easter but have a couple of Lindt Chocolate Bunnies on the mantelpiece next to the Staffordshire pottery dog awaiting their ritual slaughter. Ian is rather shocked by the violence with which I decapitate them.
Sunday 3 April 2011
The theme was circles and I've tried to develop each piece from the one before, based loosely on images from work
I also finished off sewing the 'secret books' to the metal frames that make up my interpretation of the 'Taplow Vase' . The label will be in the interior - just name and title. I'm happy to sell this piece but am struggling to price it. Should I price it using the same formula as my other work or cheaper as it's an experiment which uses less materials and time to make (although it took oodles of planning and thought)??