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.