Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I have been reading a thought provoking book called "Masterpiece" by Miranda Glover. Have a look here for more information. Just loved her choice of ladies featured by famous male artists and selling herself as a masterpiece at Sothebys. Hope you get the chance to read it. I borrowed mine from the local library. Has my vote for a good read. It is fiction, but uses " real" paintings. Certainly I suspect many of us can empathise with the notion of "struggle to reconcile the value of her art with the fundamental values of her life".Seems to be a constant struggle.......... to my mind!
I have also been reading " Concerning the spiritual in Art" by Kandinsky. I bought this from Amazon and have made lots of notes in the margins..... I will also have to re-read it I think. I would love to read the original version, mine is translated by M.T.H. Sadler. Not such an easy read as the last volume.
I am finding it quite hard to settle to concentrated art work.... I seem to be skirting around it all, and doing "safe" stuff. Maybe it is a combination of the time of year and dark evenings and .......me!
Carrie, in answer to your question about the the coloured shibori in the last post. I used transfer crayons and paper, then wrapped the paper, fabric around a tube and so when it was heated, the string made the impressions on the fabric. I just loved the effect. Have not got a clue how I will use it at the moment... no doubt something will occur to me soon.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I made the heady decision that I would take a sabbatical for a month from blogging... and so here I am exactly a month later and back again. I have missed you all very much......
Its has been an exciting and enjoyable month of activities with lots of stitching and artwork. My original thinking for the sabbatical was not to mention what I had been doing over the last month on the blog, but I have found that difficult as I treat this blog like a diary for my own information. So I am just creating an update of the past month. A couple of birthdays needed to be celebrated, the first one was a five year olds and the other was a celebration of four cousins all born in the same year. We were last photographed together in our mothers arms as babies... I will look for that photo and try and add it in to the blog.... but here is the up to date photo.
We met over a weekend here in Swindon, and had a great time and lots of reminiscences.... we visited Steam for the BBC's Remembrance event and also went for a visit to Faringdon where our shared Grandmothers parents' lived for a while. Now to get back to stitching done this month.. and quite a lot of playing has gone on too.
The meeting of the GWE this month was really good fun and we stitched all day and we intend to do the same next month. We had the opportunity to report back about the West Country Embroiderers AGM in Exeter that took place just before. A lovely day and we were so impressed by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We treated ourselves to travelling by train... .. so relaxing.
Back in Swindon the week later I had a most enjoyable talk about peg looming at the AGM of the Swindon Branch of the EG
and at Marlborough Sian Martin gave a talk and workshop with Shibori.
It is ages since I worked with Sian and also ages since I played with Shibori. Needless to say I had a really good time and enjoyed myself immensely as you can see by my samples.
The masterclass weekend at Urchfont was tinged with sadness, as Julia Capara our mentor had died on the 24th October, we all missed her enthusiastic support for our work and her inspirational advice. The view from my room over the parklands of Urchfont Manor seem an appropriate image, however I suspect it is not colourful enough for Julia.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that my "Art in the Garden" contribution is featured in the new prospectus.. ... gave me that lovely warm fuzzy feeling. Julia was so supportive about us taking part in this outside exhibition. She had hoped to exhibit with us and you may recall the private view was in May 08, unfortunately she was too ill to finish her piece of work. So it was with some sadness we took our work down and away on this weekend at the end of October. I have to say considering my work had been outside on a sunny wall for one of the worst summers for years... the work looks the same as the day I hung it for the exhibtion. Amazing.
We focused on Drapery over the Urchfont weekend, artfully draping some white silk in preparation for some observation drawing. I decided to create a homage to Julia and recorded my drapery in a spectrum of colour rather than white..
Now this would not be a proper UK blog without mentioning the weather would it??
We have had some wonderful sunsets and some quite warm spells... but generally a very mixed bag of tricks. Today it has been sunshine and hail and a very cold and biting wind, not a day to venture out.
Back to the stitching. More recently, I had a last minute call from Gill....... could I please give a talk to her WI group for her , as she had forgotten she had to go to Paris? What a wonderful group of ladies they turned out to be at Avening WI. I had a wonderful time... we stitched by hand with lots of attitude!!! What fun, and very much a hands on practical type talk. I understand I am visiting them again next May and we are going to do some crochet. Really looking forward to it.
Last Sunday I visited Lydiard House which is only a few miles away, they had a small exhibition of the clothes from the family who owned the house. Most interesting, but could not resist taking some photos of the grounds. Here is the view over Swindon, I had not seen Swindon from this angle before.
However some of the trees in the parkland were beautiful.
So in true Disney fashion
That's all folks!!
Well for today anyway.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We changed the format of our meetings for the next couple of months to a whole day of stitching together. We are so keen to get our exhibition work for Steam Museum created in time for the showing in February 2009, that we decided to have stitching days....this is how far I have got... still loads to do, but its exciting.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
When I got home I could not resist playing with the photo in the software.... anyone like blue berries?
Saturday, October 11, 2008
It was a wonderful day, weather wise and so was the K & S show. My first stop on arriving at Ally Pally was to leave my crochet coral with the Crafts Council for the hyperbolic coral reef. It was displayed in the entrance Hall, so that was straight forward. It was also good to see some teenagers learning the craft.
There was lots to see and buy and do.... but best of all was meeting up with lots of Internet chums. So here are the sexy six!
Thank you to Annette ( a helpful passer -by) who took the photo for us.
There was such a lot to see at the show, Maggie Grey had her new book on her stand, I wonder how many of us now have catalogues in our gardens? Think the online work, related to this book is going to be great fun. Have a look at the blog of my internet chum Mags, the catalogue she found is wonderful
Maggie had also just collected Julia Carparas' book from the printers in the morning. It is a wonderful inspirational book on colour. Wish I had had it last Tuesday when I was teaching the teachers. Would have been an inspirational visual aid for them to see.
Talking about colour, Ruth Issetts stand was a delight.. so bright and full of primary colours, just what we expect. It was lovely to see Jean Drapers new work too.... lovely distressed and burnt books.
Our Internet chum Anita Bruce was showing her work in the graduate showcase.... and wow soooooo fantastic! A definite "must see" for the future.
Gill was helping on the WI stand, whereas Paulene like me, was free of supervising any stands and so we had the opportunity to wander around together. Great company, thanks Paulene. We also had to visit our Internet chum Dale and we both succumbed to buying some of her wonderful slushies for our embellisher work. Fortunately Dales suitcase had finally arrived from Perth and so she had some clean clothes to wear, so we were told by another chum!!
It seemed that all too quickly it was 5pm and we had to leave. I had travelled to the show from home with Kath so we met up to travel home together. After a lovely meal at Victoria station we went to catch the coach. It was delayed by 30 minutes, however our one and a half hour journey actually took four and a half hours. We arrived home just before midnight... due to 3 accidents on the motorway. Thank goodness we had eaten!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Thank you to Rosalind and Gill for the advice about the sticky residue on the plastic ruler from the last post. It has worked a treat and I can now use the ruler without it sticking to the cloth.
I finally managed to get my work sent to the exhibition at Ilminster. The Private view is tomorrow between 12 and 2pm... so if you are nearby and at a loss for something to do, you may like to go and have a look. I still am hoping to make it to the private view, but hubby's leg is still very poorly and he does like to come with me and take photos, it is a long way from home though. So we will make the decision in the morning.
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The weather is pretty foul here, and cold. The eldest son is having the last race of the season today, in this appalling wet and windy weather. Hope he enjoyed himself. I was quite happy to stay at home!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Well, I was inspired by fellow GWE members to get involved with the coral reef crochet and have been idling my time away with this, its quite mindless. This yarn is really hard on the fingers as it is weaving wool. I shall take it to the knitting and stitiching show in Alexandra Palace in October, and add it to their mountain of coral.
The studio session on Monday at the Blackthorn Art Centre got off to a great start and again I managed to get a lot of printing done for the exhibtion next year. I played with transfer dyes and crayons. When I have done some more work, I will share some photos with you. If you would like to come along next month, then please let me know, we have room for another two people.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
As I write this I am also putting the final touches to the workshop I previously wrote about in a previous blog.. see here...
We will be meeting on Monday 15th September for the first time from 10.00am -3.00pm and then every 3rd Monday of the month thereafter. If you would be interested please e-mail me and I will give you more details.
I am also trying to get some work resolved for 2 exhibitions, the first one is a mini exhibition for the Great Western Embroiderers at Steam Museum.. click here. It is the Swindon Railway Festival, so something for all the family. If you live locally , I would love to see you, I will be there on the Saturday 13th. On the Sunday I hope others can take over from me!
I see that my buddy Ken White will be there as well. He is a now famous mural artist, but He worked with us about 25 years ago before all the fame. A great guy. Of course if it all gets a bit much you can always give the plastic cards a bashing at the Designer outlet village.. just 10 paces away. click here .......
The other exhibition that needs my attention at the moment is in Ilminster.. I still have a week or two to get stuff together for that. I was very chuffed to see they had used one of my images for the publicity brochure. So although I had not planned to include that piece... I will.. there is nothing worse than being attracted to an event by an image and then its not at the exhibition! So it will be there....
Then I must start thinking about the big exhibition next Spring at Steam Museum. Lots to do....
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
and the first drop off was the National Gallery
It was impossible to get close to the Ambassadors, seemed to be a number of guided tours in Spanish today, but that's OK, I can always look another day. I did however have a chance to look at Corbets Still Life, Apples with a pomegranate in detail. It was an example I often used with my year 9 students when we looked at Still Life painting, and usually I trawled a friend's Orchard for fallen apples as our source. Must admit, the apples became rather brown and manky... so were ideal for drawing and painting. I suspect Corbets may well have been close to the same level of decay!
I spent so long enjoying the performance, that there was no chance to get to the Portrait Gallery it was time for the coach to pick us up again and take us to Tate Britain for the Afternoon.
and an amazing interactive display. I had hope the bookshop would have some reference material/booklet for it, but alas no, so I was pleased to find this online. A truly informative and must see Exhibition. Going back to his dedicated Gallery rooms and seeing his large canvases was even more enjoyable after the colour and line.
So for all you window addicts out there here is a photo collage for you