Tuesday 31 January 2012
Sunday 29 January 2012
read the rules? I cut a section off this old quilt of mine from the 1990's 'Which Way Now?'
Not this weekend though - been getting up to date with washing after delivery of a new machine (the old one ground to a halt 2 weeks ago) and sorting out packing for a few days in Weymouth . The owner has just emailed to say it's very cold but we'd already seen the forecast and packed thermals and hot water bottles. Looking forward to some brisk walks and cosy pub lunches.
Saturday 28 January 2012
Tuesday 24 January 2012
I've always been someone who is motivated by deadlines ( at University my lab practicals and essays were always completed the night before) . I spend a lot of time thinking and planning but the final pulling together is done almost at the last minute. With quilts, I often have submission for shows and exhibitions in mind when I'm planning and making a piece so that I've got something to work towards and I've learnt to build in time for taking photographs and filling in entry forms
I've had this indigo shibori wave piece on the go for a while and with deadlines for submission in a few weeks I've been picking up the pace of my hand stitching so I can trim and face it one weekend photograph it the next and be in comfortable time ( for me anyway) to submit the entry.
So imagine my horror when I looked again at the entry rules this weekend and found that this piece is too small!! (it's 150cm in length but narrow). I'm so cross with myself! It won't be wasted - I'll probably enter it in FoQ and having longer does mean that I can work further on it to make it more cohesive and link the various areas of concentrated stitching.
Meanwhile I'm looking at a larger older UFO to see whether I can do something radical to it and still meet the submission deadline. I'm rather excited and it could go horribly wrong but nothing ventured etc...
Sunday 22 January 2012
Time to sit and sew but mainly to show and share some wonderful varied textiles and techniques.
In the afternoon there was the opportunity to 'see the quilt doctor' to discuss work that was a bit stuck.
I'd took my 'red stick' piece along as I'd started to place pieces of fabric and was happy with some areas but it still needed a lot of work.
I got such a lot of help and the 8 or so (!) people involved seemed to enjoy the process too.
Taking bits off;hunting for new bits in the fabrics I'd taken along; holding it up in different orientations; debating the composition (some disagreements about where the reds should go); shifting all the pieces at the right hand 6 inches to the left (that made all the difference). There was a real buzz as it started to come together. Still needs to marinade on the design wall for a while and a bit of tweaking is required but major progress was made
Should do this more often , although I think it helps that I was open to suggestions and happy to wield my scissors!
Saturday 14 January 2012
'Patchwork Professional'. A slightly different selection of work shown and much larger pictures, it looks very attractive and makes me look at my work in a new way.
Also introduced me to the art quilts of Madelon de la Rive-Box - an artist new to me.
Friday 13 January 2012
I was supposed to get in by 8 on Wednesday to set up a 6hr experiment but was a bit late distracted by the wonderful skies over the river. It almost (almost) makes me think I should get up earlier more often (and there's always the off-chance that might see Colin Firth again as he drops his kids off at school)
Saturday 7 January 2012
Last Night was late night opening at Tate Modern and I took the opportunity (along with half of London!) to catch the last few days of major retrospective of the work of Gerhard Richter. This included the 'Cage' paintings that so entranced me but there was so much more! I was very late to bed once I'd discovered his website (from which these images from the exhibition come)
There were many pieces, such as the one above which were very large scale paintings of photos of tiny details of textured paint. Seeing some of his resource material and how he uses it as art in itself was fascinating (have a look at the 'atlas' section of the website) In 'Halifax 1978' (below) he photographed an abstract painting 128 times at different angles and distances resulting in a black and white work reminiscent of landscape
'circles' and 'text' were in the end stand alone with little connection to my other work. I knew I would struggle with 'buttons' as I couldn't help thinking of Elizabeth Bartons' comments on embellishments - how so many people spend 3 minutes using their first idea, 3 months making it and then as it doesn't work, put beads on it!
As I've been going through a phase of curved piecing African and indigo fabrics , I used some of the scraps left over in the first JQ adding some mother of pearl buttons that also went in the indigo vat. I've been wanting to try curved piecing some other African kola and indigo fabrics to suggest sand ripples so that was my second . I do feel that these pieces would work just as well or better without the buttons!
Then I remembered how I'd successfully conquered another embellishment (pearls) earlier in the year and used a similar aproach for the third and fourth examples. I scanned some mother of pearl buttons - some small ones and a few very large ones that reflected light and after a bit of manipulation in Photoshop , printed them on indigo cotton, indigo silk and silk organza. I combined these with an altered photo of a shoreline and a fabric copy of one of my 'ghost' monoprints from city lit which used threads.
Much happier with these and in a way they sum up my creative year: seascapes transparency, printing, indigo.
Much happier too with this years Journal Quilt Challenge which has just been announced - a return to A4 and the theme of 'shades of... ' starting with red which is what I'm working with at the moment anyway. Hurrah!!
Sunday 1 January 2012
Savoir Faire (lovely to catch up with Irene in between her calculations on how she was going to fit 100 people in for the evening celebrations) we revisited the Museum with fresh eyes.
A slight misunderstanding on the differences between Assyria and Abyssinia led us after a detour to the Lion Hunt reliefs to the Egyptian galleries where there were covetable stone palettes in the shapes of animals (the hippo was my favourite) .
Wishing everyone a peaceful and productive 2012.