Working with mixed media images which are only possible in the creative arts, gives me great joy. I have the constant help of trusty friends the Schnauzer and the Siamese.I enjoy digital and traditional media and use both in my work.
Studio is now ready for visitors. Just an hour to go before official opening time. This is my work area all ready for the weekend (Saturday and Sunday 11am -5pm), it may not stay this tidy.... but if lots of lovely visitors keep me talking, then it may be this tidy at the end of the day. ;o).
I am opening my studio to visitors both weekends from 11 - 5pm and would love to see you if you have time to come and chat. I have some new work hanging in the studio and shall be working in the studio during opening times. Check the Swindon Open studios website for further details.
I have signed up for the Open studios again this year, and so thought I would give you the opportunity to put the date in your diaries.
6/7 September and 13/14 September , 11am to 5pm, officially it is the 2 weekends... but I am happy to open the studio during the week by appointment. I shall be working/ demonstrating in the studio both weekends.
So please let me know and make an appointment if you would like to come during the week. I am showing some new work and am planning to have a sale of work too.
I have decided I need to make some storage space for newer work, since taking early retirement, I have been quite prolific in my production of new work, and so need to find new loving homes. Look forward to seeing you.
Went along to a workshop which featured Amanda Hislop as the tutor, which took place in Marlborough. I have put a photo of Amanda's work above. She works in layers of paper and cloth and in a painterly style, incorporating stitch by machine. I have often worked in this sort of manner and so the workshop was a wonderful escape for me..... 6 hours for me to get lost in what I love doing.
My pieces of work are not finished... they still require some stitching. I have taken these photos whilst the work was still wet with paint
My inspiration for these pieces are rendered quite differently from Amanda's muted colours. I know when I am the tutor I am always pleased when students own personality shines through. I am never impressed if students work is a clone of the tutor.
This particular piece need more painting as well as stitching, what the photo has not shown however is the glorious surface texture of this piece....layers of paper, cloth and threads as well as paint.
Yes I did become totally immersed in my work yesterday.. and completed 4 paintings. Most of my fellow students completed 1 or 2..... I could have continued into the evening.... but the class finished at 4 and I drove home to re-engage with my responsibilities.
The work has dried overnight....so I hope I manage to find a few minutes today to work on them some more.
I have spent the whole day stitching with my lovely group Great Western Embroiderers. I still have lots of stitching to do on this piece, but you probably recognise the theme from a previous post. Lots more still to do, but it was so pleasant to be able to pass some of my caring responsibilities over to some one else today, so I could stitch.
I have another 4 hours of freedom tomorrow, and am trying to decide whether to stitch in the studio or got the local art gallery to see their exhibition. Decisions........
Talking about exhibitions..... the Lydiard House exhibition is coming to an end on Sunday.....so you have a few days to catch it.
Well it is so easy to tell its is a Bank Holiday here in the UK.. it has been raining all morning and quite cold too. Now as late afternoon arrives the sun decides to shine, but the dark clouds are still threatening us. Its been one of those none days in my studio.... too many things going around my head, and so I have settled to nothing of any great value.
The red and pink Azaleas in the garden however are enjoying this barmy weather and were certainly ready for the rain. They are looking quite wonderful this year. Usually the red one blooms first on my Mum's birthday and the pink about 10 days later. This year they have decided to bloom together.
Hope you have managed to get to Lydiard House and Park to see the Exhibition.... not long before it finishes... so here is the poster ... just in case you have the time or opportunity to visit over this weekend. It finishes on June 1st. The house is open on Bank Holiday Monday
You may also like to visit the Central Library to see the Swindon Open Studio promotional exhibition ( Open Studios in in September 2014) We are due to take down and collect the work on the morning of Saturday 31st May. I have a piece of my latest work on show.
Had a lovely meeting in the studio of my creative sketchbook group - and I am so proud that they are producing such wonderful work. Imagine my surprise then when one of the group Kath who has just returned from a lovely trip to Australia and had managed to visit another long time mate of mine... Dale of the Thread Studio in Perth, gave me this present from Dale's shop on arrival at my doorstep.
Some wonderful hand dyed silk threads, some chiffon and Jacinta Themes (which are hand dyed silk tops) and also some dyed porcupine quills and some bronze glitzy powder.
Kath and Dale however have also conspired and issued me with a challenge.... to create a piece of work to show to Dale when she comes to London to the Knitting and Stitching show in London October 2014 see here. This may be quite a challenge... I have a number of ideas going through my head...... but what a fabulous thoughtful gift?
I think Kath was surprised to find I had worked with porcupine quills before... I do recall how difficult they were to use, especially as the ones I had were quite short.
The work created by the North Americans however is fantastic, but I understand most of the work can only be seen in museums now. Have a lookhere for lots of interesting information.
I found the above illustration online.... it is a beautiful example of quill work. So a great challenge for me..... I am looking forward to playing with these lovely goodies. Thanks Dale and Kath. I'll blog about my ideas .. so watch this space... ;o)
Oh and if you have any tips about working with porcupine quills... I'll be ever so happy to hear from you.
The Talk at the Branch meeting was about traveling in India and the textiles seen on the way. Tiggy Rawlings is a very enthusiastic speaker and had lots of Indian Embroideries and photos to show us. Tiggy was happy to share the techniques used for dyeing cloth and embroidering discovered on her travels, with us.
Have a look at her blog here.. the photos of India are really inspiring, this is one of the photos Tiggy showed us.
Fortunately for us, she had also bought a lot of interesting sale items for us to spoil ourselves with. As you can see I could not resist. Loved the packaging too......much better than plastic bags.
As always it was good to meet up and chat with everyone over a cup of tea and biscuit.