Thursday 12 May 2016
Visiting the Sicily: Culture and Conquest exhibition at the British Museum last Friday had me searching for my watercolour sketchbook from the trip to Western Sicily in 2002. I hadn't met Ian then so he hadn't seen them . They're a bit variable in quality but they summoned up a host of memories ( some like twisting my ankle in Palermo botanic garden and severe conjunctivitis best forgotten! )
Brunei gallery, SOAS and then meeting Ian at the BM for the Sicily:culture and conquest exhibition followed by another excellent meal at Savoir Faire. You weren't allowed to take photos in the Ikat exhibition ( although there was one annoying lady taking some 'furtively' on her phone - she could at least have turned the sound off!) So I'm sharing here some of my collection bought from John Gillow. The larger pieces have been reassembled from garments - the one above we had in the 'parlour' in our last house, I never tired of looking at it.
Monday 2 May 2016
Having been in the 'Salon de Refuses' the last couple of times I've entered ( 'CQ@ 10' and 'Dislocation') and after a year of not making anything much, fearing I'd lost my way, it's given me a real boost. It fits in with both my continuing series of indigo and seascapes and those using salvaged antique red quilts, being constructed from sections of old quilts I dyed in the garden.
A decent bottle of red with our lamb chops at lunchtime is called for I think...
From my statement:
The edges of the coast are eroding, falling into the sea, being washed up in other places. Disintegrating sea defence structures are patched up, replaced and reinforced, the coastline continually evolving, a delicate balance between intervening and letting nature take its course.
Sections of two rescued antique coverlets over-dyed with indigo, tacked together and lines of broken quilting repaired, the edges of holes caught down and darned. Through the process of stitching I attempt to reach an equilibrium of mending with leaving the fragility and beauty of worn textiles to speak for themselves.