Friday, February 29, 2008
The Exhibition starts on Tuesday March 4th and runs for 3 weeks. If you manage to go and see it, please leave me acomment to say you have been.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I have been furiously stitching this week... all by hand. Today I indulged in a little machining on this exhibition piece. I had to lay it out on the table to check that I had tonal values right. When hop, skip and jump..... there he is posing in the middle of the stitching. Obviously nice and comfy!
All my other pieces are ready, and this one is too, at last!
I had an inkiling I would manage to get it all done, my other half has had a knee problem and some treatment this week, so we have been a just a little housebound. Its a good excuse to get stitching.
So Bridport, really hope you are ready for these pieces of art.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The new Brewary Arts centre is open at Cirencester, and Gill and I had a good look at their current exhibition after a lovely cup of tea in the new cafe area.. The Exhibition is called "Made in the Middle", one of the textile artist featured is.. Karina Thompson. I last saw her work at Art in Action a few years ago. Her pieces today were slightly smaller in size. It is a mixed exhibition of work... with some very interesting wire sculptures. Quite a number of the pieces had sold.. always good to see.
However I was absolutely thrilled with a small gift Gill had made for me..can you see it in the photo? A brooch made with a red tape measure and buttons. She is so clever. Thank you so much Gill.
Could not resist taking photos of the windows at Brewary Arts.... a sort of inside out... mind you the weather was lovely and sunny. Made all the difference.
Gill was quite surprised to hear it had rained on my journey to Cirencester this morning.
(these photos will enlarge)
We also went into the artists shop, and admired a local artists textile work. Her subject matter was generally Still Life, and she obviously enjoyed examining tonal values. She used very delicate colours and worked to a square format, using a simple machining applique technique. She said she dyed all her own fabrics using procian dyes, and had only been doing textiles for 18 months. Lovely work.
We perused a number of the local trading establishments in Cirencester, including the fabric shop, which gave our purses a minor bashing. However I was very proud of Gill... she managed to walk past the wool shop, after we had done some window shopping of course.
Friday, February 22, 2008
So where have I got to on my journey?
I have started the next stage of the design preparation... thinking and sketching about possible formats and for the finished pieces of art work which will go on display in September at the Museum. Its really exciting. I hope we can arrange a second day of sketching, as I realised I want to look at some things in more detail, now I have thought about my compositions. The museum has a good picture library too ... see here... so may use that for ideas too. Think I need to visit the local Library, as soon as my focus has narrowed a little. Sure to be loads of books on "Gods Wonderful Railway".
This is the stage of the research I enjoy... finding out more.... need to think about colour too.....
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
So Phil Collins has been blasting out of the stereo... and the postcard for Susan is finished.
Here are the 2 of them together, before they are parted .......... I do hope Susan will like it.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Anna also demonstrated how to do embellishing by hand... think it is called needle felting when it is executed in this way. She is very good at it. I always end up spearing myself.. give me the machine every time!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Onr of the groups I exhibit with -Losing the Thread-have an exhibition shortly in Bridport. I will give details about the venue, nearer the time in case you can visit it starts on March the 4th.
So that has taken over my thinking at the moment, as well as my Great Western Embroiderers meeting tomorrow ( information click here) where I shall be demonstrating and showing some of my work completed on the embellisher. Busy day and week ahead of me, but great fun.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
My first response was to the colours. I felt I wanted to work with these, but the concept of past came into my thoughts too.
Sharon said "So this month stop and think what are you old enough to remember" I have been thinking , and came to the realisation that what I experience is only a product of experiences others have had in times past.
Where I live , the culture I live in, the artefacts I use, the civilisation I take for granted..... these facets have evolved over time, in fact since the Roman invaded this area of England. My experiences are but an extension of what has emerged before, in time, in space and conceptually.
I have decided to research deeper into Roman culture by investigating the area where I live. There are the Roman Baths in Bath click here:- Chedworth Villa- click here:- and Cirencester Museum click here:-
Here is my first set of research ideas in my sketchbook... and some Bridget Riley colour schemes:- click here You may like to listen to what she has to say about colour. I found it fascinating and may use some of those ideas in my work too.
As always if you click on my photos they will enlarge. I am really thinking about mosaics and hypercausts at the moment.
Anothe source of Mosaics I have visited is on my visits to Trier in Germany. The mosaics there are fantastic, so fine and so detailed. Click here:-
So back to the sketchbook.......
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Of course Oxford is known for the number of bicycles!
We then strolled in the bitter cold wind, down The Parks Road, until we found ourselves outside the Pitts Rivers Museum (click here).
We decided to go in for to warm up. A good move as I found the Exhibition I had wanted to see (Treasured Textiles) is still running. I was so pleased.
Friday, February 01, 2008
(So have you guessed who these footsteps belong to?)
I am taking some tentative footsteps into the new month, with some careful planning I may achieve my goals. I have promised myself that I will bring lots of different projects to a conclusion, whilst maintaining enthusiasm for new ventures.
Time will tell.
The start to this quest was accomplished this morning.... I have been re-photographing lots of my art work. and I have decided that for the month of February, I am going to share the close-up photos with you all on my other blog...Maggies365photo blog . I have been practising using the macro facility on the camera, and just for once the light today has been very good.
Now must apply myself to the new TIF challenge set by Sharon for February... already had a few ideas. Will share those when I have got some visuals together for you to see. Have also realised will have to move a bit on this month .... there are less days than in January.