Well, I think it is still summer, although there is much falling of autumn leaves and many trees with golden highlights. It’s been so dry here this summer, they are having to wind down early. The good weather started early too. Today and yesterday were beautiful, definitely summer temperatures, and I was lucky enough to have a day off yesterday. I have been at the studio a lot recently, and although I certainly love it I find I don’t get any outdoors activity on those days, just a quick walk if I’m lucky, or a brief bit of gardening. So after a haircut, and a touch of shopping, we went to Coughton Court in Worcestershire for some lunch and an airing. Wonderful.
The shopping was done in Redditch, in a shopping centre called the Kingfisher Centre. The reason I’m rabbiting on about a visit to a shopping centre is that there are some fantastic mosaics there, designed by Eduardo Paolozzi. They are based on the needle making industries of Redditch, are very large and gorgeous, and worth a trip; you can sit and have coffee while you take them in. I do love a mosaic, and Paolozzi. Sorry no pics, they don’t like bods taking pictures in shopping centres. There are lots of websites about him and his work.
There’s an excellent bog garden there too. I have a gunnera [the large leaved plant seen here]. It’s a bonsai in comparison to this chap, but I have to grow it in a large container to keep it wet enough. It obviously needs an even larger home, but we have a very small garden. It will get its own way, off course, all our plants and animals do.
And what textile bod can resist a wall close up? Here’s a lovely bit of limestone and lichen. I do print these onto fabric to use in my work. My favourite so far is a wall in a church in Paris, with black mould and gold decoration, glorious and dark. So the above is ideal for the work in progress I’ve featured below, and the Paris church for the winter book in the same series.
I manage to cover most surfaces in the house with my work too, even though I have the studio, where I planned it would all reside. I’m working on The Moth Pages there at the moment; that piece is quite monochrome; at home, in contrast, I’m working on gathering material and ideas for some new textile artist books based on the seasons. I’m putting together sketchbooks,[ images were posted previously of some of the first one], drawing, photographing and printing so that when I start to make the summer book[s], in the depths of winter, I’ll have enough [too much probably] material. It’s bright and colourful in comparison to The Moth Pages, and will feature insects quite strongly, it seems.