Well the answer is no, obviously. A little long term leak from the washing machine tap, conveniently hidden up a dark corner behind the hideously weighty washing machine had soaked the boards under the kitchen floor. We didn’t know, it was that sneaky. Well obviously we did eventually when we started to notice rising water between the tiles.
So quite a lot of time recently has been given to ripping up the floor. It was hard work but our daughter was great at it. It’s not a huge floor but the resulting amount of soaked wood and old tiles was. I’m quite pleased actually as I hated the floor and underneath are quarry tiles, all rather lovely but in need of much scraping. They’ve been there for 90 years and are flat and perfect. I’ve always wanted them revealed, they were covered 40 years ago as they don’t fill the whole floor, due to walls being removed and so on, and in those days homogenous and poor solutions were those generally taken. I prefer a more creative approach these days.
So there’s building work to be done too as we also need a new sink and unit and worktop. All this does affect the creative flow, so there’s not a lot to show, except for half a scraped quarry tiled floor, which I haven’t yet photographed, so don’t get too excited. Perhaps the floor could start its own Instagram account.
So back to the clean and peaceful world of embroidery. This hoop is part of a sea series I’m working on, it’s the first finished piece.
Below is a work in progress from the same series.
Lots of little stitches.
And this is one below is called Sea Shrine. I may make more sea shrines, the concept is quite appealing.
It’s based upon sea urchins and will be well beaded. I’ve used Japanese silk, which you really have to watch as it unravels before your eyes, and my own digitally printed cotton.
For the first time in absolutely ages I had a trip to London in September. We went to the Summer Show at the RA, and I must say it was great to be back there. I did a little dance, I love the place that much. Great hotel and company too.
Here are a few general images of the show. There was a good amount of textile art this year; Yinka Shonibare was the co – ordinator, so that’s probably why.
We also saw the David Hockney exhibition of his iPad French lockdown pieces, which I must say I did enjoy. He doesn’t mind a bit of bright colour, and isn’t afraid to just celebrate what he sees and enjoys. Really refreshing.
Back soon I hope with possibly one more finished piece and a lovely kitchen floor…