Monthly blogs are ok but I forget quite a lot of what I’ve done. I tend to stick to work and leisure with my blog, and this month has been quiet on the outing front, busy on the garden front and quite hefty in terms of buying fairly expensive lino cut tools. This was a worry at first, but I do love lino cuts, and you need a good sharp tool, and the blocks to keep them so. I’ll deal with the linocuts soon, when there are enough to make a decent blog post, and indeed when I’ve made enough to post.
One outing was to see the Hew Locke exhibition Here’s the Thing, at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. I’m quite a fan of his work, having seen some at the New Art Gallery Walsall, some years ago. This show, which finishes on June 2, is very well worth seeing, particularly the floating in space flotilla of boats, filling a whole gallery.
I’m not far off from completing my project Stories of the Lost and the Found. This was an aptly named project as for at least two years it’s bounced around from one format to another, unresolved, and irritating! It had to be taken in hand, a decision had to be made. So I coupled it with my new like of stitching in a hoop, and got on with it.
Here are some more from the series.
The light through the trees.
On the floating twigs.
Autumn, a quieter view.
A narrow indigo cloud.
Four small birds.
The trunk and the glasses.
The beach on Christmas day.
The snow trees.
The pieces include fabrics, paper, porcelain pieces, sea glass, and as you can see, quite a lot of beads.
The titles relate to words I have written; the embroideries are illustrations, basically. I hope to be able to get them altogether into a publication of some sort. There are a few more to go, then it’s the task of finishing the backs. I’m not a fan of finishing but it has to be done.
And below, a couple of images of the garden, which is not at all large but quite demanding, and has been taking up my time, mostly willingly given I must say, over the past month. I’m hoping now though that it will get on with it for a while, although to be truthful it’s always happy to get on with it without my interference. It’s quite densely planted so the main summer jobs are cutting back over enthusiastic plants, although I have noticed that one or two have suffered after the dry summer last year, not that that is particularly evident from these well leaved images.