Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I'm afraid you would be wrong........have done lots of embellishing and stitching. However this has been interupted by having to look after the ageing moggy. At 17, she has gone deaf recently, but when she started squeaking instead of shouting at me, I became concerned, and so took her for a check up. I thought it might be the end..... but no.... the vert says for her age she is fine... albeit deaf and her voice is going too. Nothing wrong with eyesight or nose. Vet's advice.. indulge her ... feed her watever she wants. Think the old lady heard that all right! However her mouse catching days are over..... much to the relief of the local vermin... she was very efficient.
She does like to sleep a great deal now, in my studio, under the printer. The Siamese sleeps on top of the printer, its a bit like bunk beds for cats.
However as usual I digress....... have been trying to get back into making simple stab books for the W & G stitching and rust dyeing I spoke of earlier.... I'm getting there. I have finished this one off... its one of those dreaded UFO's .... I had finished the others. Now there are 3.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I have been busy stitching my rust fabrics (see previous post) with my Willcox and Gibbs machine, it just loves metallic thread, in this case bronze. It just seemed right today to introduce my piece of rust work to the slate that Clyde gave me yesterday. Just love the colours together.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Here's the shadow of the coach along the M40 motorway. Food for thought?
Friday, September 14, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Geographically we are in the region of Brunels famous Great Western Railway (GWR), so we decided to use this fact in our name. The rail network is often affectionately called Gods Wonderful Railway by train enthusiasts. Hopefully, we will live up to the "wonderful".
My intention was to help set up a group of artist and Craftspeople, who would like to support each other, learn from each other, hopefully exhibit together and offer an opportunity to network with other artists and crafts people. When I spoke to Kath about it, she had similar aspirations, so we have worked together to facilitate the opportunity. We are affiliating to the West Country Embroiderers, which I think will be a mutually advantageous association.
The meeting was most successful, and I really enjoyed meeting so many like-minded stitchers. It was also good to see so many fellow bloggers. Gill, Sue, Anna and Jackie ---great to see you.
Our next meeting is on October 9th same place and same time..... have a look for more information on my website on the side bar. If you live in the area and are interested.... then please let me know. Cannot wait until October 9th.........
So guess who forgot to take her camera??? Sorry....... hopefully I'll remeber at the next meeting.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Here is a taster, and there is loads more to see and it's free entry.
In the Orchard
Lambs in the orchard...... and yes I bought the one on the left...... could you have left him there?
I just wish my garden (and my wallet) was large enough to have this installation... called "Ladies who lunch" - I love it and can associate with the sentiment whole - heartedly. (click on the picture for a better image.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Can you spot the sleeping cat? You would think at 17 years old, she would have given up sleeping on damp earth. She used to like to hide on the bare earth to catch unsuspecting mice, butterflies and the like..... nowadays she sleeps on the job. The Schnauzer could not see her... but then he has a lot of hair over his eyes. He had to use his trusty nose and sniffed her out.
Have been dyeing some more bits of cloth... ended up reminding me of the military uniforms they are wearing in the Gulf as desert camouflage .
So what did I use?
Monday, September 03, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
My children have heard the tales, but my mates encouraged me to write it all down mainly for my own offspring. My father was an avid amateur photographer ( Kodak Brownie) and I have inherited all his carefully labelled and documented photos. I have been able to illustrate my life too, thanks to his photos. One of my buddies asked about how this has influenced my work in textiles, and of course it has. It is often difficult to quantify or say exactly how or where. That is often easier for others to do.
A while back I did do a piece of abstract work to try and express my feelings. I called it "Lebensgeist" . This title seemed to express better than any English title what I was trying to express. The sub title is ; - "Inspired by a Singapore Childhood. Memories of the vibrant colours, sun, jungle, sea, all under the haze of the heat and humidity. (Not forgetting the monsoons)"
So this is a response to life in Colonial Singapore - the three and a half years that we spent on the island, at an early and very influential part of my young life, and is a very special and fond memory that I have. The whole piece is hand stitched . Do you have any special textiles that make you remember your childhood? That you, either have made yourself, or have coveted and saved.