The Found postcard packs I mentioned in my last post are all packed and ready to go. I will be taking them to the Embroidery and Fashion/Sewing for Pleasure show at the NEC the week after next, and to the Festival of Quilts, and to Quatrefoil’s show at the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham in April too. The actual work will be at these venues too, when I decide how to hang it, a task I have been putting off, but will need to be sorted soon.
All 12 of the pieces can be seen in Gallery 3.
I will be offering them mail order too, so if you are interested please send me an e mail. I will have to weigh one and sort out postage charges, and I hope to put them, at some point, into my languishing Etsy shop. I need expert advice on this, as I have forgotten how to do it all, so that’s a job for my daughter; sorry Chlo…
There are 12 cards, A5, so quite big and showing lots of detail. There are also 2 printed sheets with a brief history of the pieces, and the text. In addition there is a nice little printed acetate of a flying moth, and a small hand printed and coloured screen print, for you to do whatever you like with; all the prints are different. And, the whole package is finished with a little porcelain ammonite, made by me.
The set costs £8.50, plus postage, which is £2.60 second class, or £3.00 first class, UK. If you e mail me I can either raise a Paypal invoice or you can send a cheque, slightly slower but it still works well.
Below, here are the piles of cards and the printed bags, waiting to be sorted.
And below, the whole set laid out.
My next job is to put a new page on the blog, with some images showing the making of Found; it will show on the side panel when I’ve done it. So, I’m just off to sort through quite a lot of images; bear with.
Happily I’ve managed to finish a couple of projects, one large one, the 12 part From the Bright Sky, and a couple of new framed pieces for a fast approaching show. I’ve started too to put together some post card packs/goody bags of the Found series, which I will feature when they are all finished and together.
Just the giant book and the Natural History series to finish now, and the zig zag books, then I think I will have a good old sort out before starting something new. That will be some time in the future though, that book is a whopper!
Time is a little pushed around here at the moment, but work must go on, so here are a few images. All the 12 pieces of From the Bright Sky are in Gallery 3 , if you fancy a look.
This is one of the framed pieces, which is about 70 x 50 cm, and is titled Dawn Moth. It’s made from printed and painted fabric and paper, stitch and beads.
This is The White Trees, 40 x 40 cm, fabric, print, dye, stitch and beads.
And below, a couple of pieces from From the Bright Sky and five miscellaneous details. The pieces from the series are 75 x 55 cm, mixed fabric and paper, mounted on plain, painted and dyed Khadi paper.
I’m teaching some courses this year based on zig zag books. The books are ready made Khadi paper books, with 5 pages, measuring 15 x15 cm each page, so the books are 15 x 75 cm, double sided. There is a tinier version available too, but since I usually work on a larger scale, shrinking down to 15cm either way was quite enough thank you, as I have treated each page individually.
Actually it is good fun to make smaller pieces of work, and they will be much easier to work on. I have recycled some pieces of work and old prints, as well as painted and printed fabrics and other materials to make a small piece of work for each page, using both sides of the book, so that’s 10 pages in all.
So here they are, collaged, composed, and ready to finish. I will stitch and add other materials before attaching the work to the pages, and there may be more additions and supports added. Working on a small scale means these projects can be flexible, which of course is a euphemism for making it up as you go along.
Book 1, both sides, made from computer prints on Khadi paper from a collaged worksheet, with fabric and paper additions.
Book 2, made from block printed paper, acetate, drawings and text, both sides and a detail.
Book 3, both sides and a detail. This is made from printed and dyed Khadi paper and text.
And Book 4, again both sides, made from an older piece of work, dissected and reorganised.
I’m hoping to finish these for inclusion into Quatrefoil’s exhibition Found at the RBSA Galleries in March-April.
I’m teaching there on 6/7 March too, and there are a couple of places left on the course, which is called ‘Exploring Your Environment, Experiments with Colour, Pattern and Stitch’. Here’s what we will be doing, below. It’s a lovely work space and gallery, with great facilities.
|Using chosen objects or scenes from your favourite environment, from gardens to architecture, holidays to hobbies, produce the materials for and a piece of work based on your theme. Investigate and experiment with various ways of putting colour and pattern onto fabric, including block printing, stencilling, screen printing, painting and dyeing, and silk painting, with the resulting fabrics subsequently being used to make a piece of textile art, using collage and applique techniques.|
It’s been a busy time here, as I have been teaching my regular ceramics classes and looking after my mother, but I have had some time to finish the last of the pages of my artist book, Shadow and Light. It is going into the Art Textiles: Made in Britain gallery at the Festival of Quilts this year, which is some way away but there is a lot of finishing off work to do on the pages yet. I don’t think I will be making any more extremely large books, but although this is the end of a productive era, I have enjoyed making them and they have served me well. However, from past experience as soon as I say I’m not going to do that any longer, I immediately start another huge project. Storage is one big problem though!
The last few pages weren’t too bad to do, as I had been planning them for some time and, more helpfully, they used a lot of material I had already made, or at least half made. So here they are, laid down and ready to stitch.
The last of autumn: a longer poem, ‘From the Bright Sky’, and some printed and dyed Khadi circles. The double page spread measures 140 x 35 cm. Below, two details.
And below, moving into winter…
These are mixed media, including prints on paper and acetate, and an older embroidery.
Below, winter has set in; I’ve allowed it 4 pages.
These are the pages below, waiting to be finished. I think there are about 40, if not a few more. Eek.
I’ve written this whilst listening to Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of the Seventies programme on Radio 2. Disconcertingly I know nearly all the lyrics in nearly every song; poor George has had to put up with my singing. I wish my memory was as good for nearly everything else in life…
It’s been a busy week around here, to say the least, with one elderly mother, mine, in hospital having many tests after a fall and an eye problem which amounts to partial blindness, which she has been keeping quiet about for several months, we have discovered. Then there is another elderly mother, my husband’s, who needs a lot of attention, lately out of hospital after a fall and an emergency hip replacement.
So many thanks to those understanding people, although I know it is a great pain, who have responded so well when I had to cancel some 3 day courses which involved me being away from home, as I will need to be around for the foreseeable future to provide care and support. I am an only child, but my husband is such a great help; I know though that even in a large family the care of a parent can easily fall to just one of their offspring.
But, in between things I have been able to do some work, which is highly necessary as I have some exhibitions on the near horizon. Work has always been a sanctuary, and a bedrock in my life, and as I am slowly finishing, by hand, my series Natural History, I felt the need of a little laying down, no, not lying down, although actually that does seem to be quite a good idea, of a few more pages of my book Shadow and Light, which will be in the Art Textiles: Made in Britain gallery, at the Festival of Quilts this year.
I’m hoping to finish the putting together of the pages of the book quite soon, and have managed to put together a few of the autumn pages. This was quite relaxing as I had already made quite a few of the elements.
Some stuff laid out neatly, ready to go. Don’t worry, it didn’t stay tidy.
Below, some of the new pages, constructed from printed and dyed Khadi paper, fabric, some of my drawings, printed and cut up, computer printed acetate and Khadi, text and gold leaf.
They all all just glued together at the moment; some machine and hand stitch will bring it all together. Hopefully, [ I tend to start most sentences with 'hopefully' these days! ] I will be finishing another couple of autumn pages today and tomorrow, and then it’s time to move into winter, which will be fun, as I think there will be a lot of black and white, favourites of mine.
The last pieces of the Natural History series were laid down and machine stitched last week, and now it’s hand stitch and bead time. I enjoy the final stages, although I must start to make more compact work, this long format is awkward to say the least. The pieces have the habit of knocking everything off the table when you swing them round to stitch from a different angle. Note to self: start to make miniature pieces of work, when these are done, and the pieces for From the Bright Sky, also quite large, and the book Shadow and Light, which also has big pages.
Here are the last few of the Natural History series.
This piece is made from linocuts collaged and stitched onto acrylic painted and printed calico.
The components ready for the piece below.
This chap has appeared previously in Into the Cacao Grove, an artist book I made a few years ago. He needed another outing.
This piece sort of fell together; it was easily the quickest one of the whole series to make. By chance I had the stripy painted Khadi paper and the quite old piece of embroidery out together, and there they were, partners. I just added the lower section, the predella, which is made from Khadi paper too. Below is a detail of the embroidery, which is recycled from an older piece of work.
And here are the materials for the final piece.
This cotton fabric was printed with a thermofax screen, using pearlescent Setacolour. I was going to keep it pale, but I do love to apply some black Indian ink to some of these prints, it’s quite thrilling, like those magic painting books from the distant past…
The centre colourful portion is Khadi paper printed and dyed, with fabric additions, put on top of the collaged printed cotton.
And a little detail here of a small laminated leaf I picked to draw ages ago, from a small park close to the new Library of Birmingham.
This leads neatly, and honestly it wasn’t planned, into this photograph below. We went to the Library on Sunday, and I spotted these two books randomly left on top of the donation box. Or maybe not randomly, but I really enjoyed the juxtaposition…I love public libraries.
We also went to see these two shows at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The Printmakers’ exhibition was really interesting. I know quite lot of the artists and also my old studio was in the building where they still have their printing workshop. Qalam, the art of beautiful writing exhibition was beautifully curated, and features gorgeous ancient books and artefacts, and contemporary work in metal, textiles, print and ceramics.
Unfortunately the Printmakers show is now finished, we saw it on its last day.
Yesterday I laid down number 21 of the Natural History series. It’s the last one. I didn’t know how many I would do, but carried on until things came to a natural end, and with a number I liked; 19 would have been strange, for instance, I have no idea why, but there we are.
I’ve finish three pieces completely, as I hand stitched them, and now I’m machining the others, before they have some hand stitch added too. The machine is valiantly going where no sewing machine should have to go, bless it.
Here are a few more of the pieces, starting with the one that celebrates bones, followed by the fossil loving piece. They are 95 x 35 cm.
Leafy sea dragons with a jelly fish, and close ups below.
The sea dragons were cut from some of my photographs of a couple of my idea boards, made when I was working on my Beach series of work.
These rhinos are also in From the Bright Sky, another piece of work I am completing, but they demanded to be used again. I love the sturdy running shape.
The materials for the beetles piece being auditioned.
The finished piece, with a detail below. I’d been wanting to use these acrylic painted pieces of fabric for some time, and they found a home with the beetles.
A bunch of richly coloured materials waiting to be used for the rose hip and bird piece, shown below.
I used some cotton printed with thermofax screens and then dyed as a base, with fabric, photographs and maps cut up and collaged onto it for the rose hips.
Coming soon, the final instalment of Natural History.