A mixed bag this week, almost a magazine, albeit a very slim one. Two pieces of work didn’t make it into the hanging book I have recently finished, the jungle one called the Rainforest Pages, so I have completed them and mounted them as individual pieces. Morning Flight 60 x 40 cm. Bright Flight, a little bit smaller than the piece above. I have also started and finished a concertina book this week. Don’t ask me how or why but I seem to have been very efficient over the last few days. The only thing I can think of is the fact that I started to do Tai Chi in September, and now do a little daily practice, so of course I would like to think it’s my dedication to that that has bumped up my productivity. It’s great to do but I still do it far too fast when I am alone, the Tai Chi that is. It’s quite a large chap, the concertina or zig zag book, each panel being a touch larger than A4. It’s for my artist books book so I won’t go into how I have made it here, but below is a close up of one of the pages and the book folded up, showing part of its back.
I’ve also started to make a scroll book for the book book too. It’s very influenced by Japanese scroll books; don’t you just love that word scroll, I do. My book reads from left to right though, rather than right to left as a Japanese scroll would, because that’s the way I read. I have used some of my older texts and a new one too. Here are the three sections of the scroll, each one is over a metre long, ready to be stitched. I may join them together, I haven’t decided yet. They are made on a lovely purple felt, a mix of wool and viscose, that I bought from the Bramble Patch when I last taught there. The felt actually inspired me to make this book. And this is what I have been up to today, after planting a few bulbs for my Mum, and until it got too dingy and dull to work. The felt is wonderful to stitch. I’ve machine stitched one part that will now serve as evening stitching entertainment. And, finally, a few misty autumnal, or in fact wintery images from an outing yesterday to the Packwood and Baddesley Clinton National Trust properties in Warwickshire. I do like a vegetable garden at all times of year, as long as I don’t have to do the digging. No messing with this boy. A piece of work waiting to happen. Back soon if the Tai Chi keeps working.