This is one of those posts that I can tell is going to bounce from one thing to another, hence the title.
Firstly I had a lovely time with the Leamington Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild last Friday and Saturday. It’s the second time I have visited them and they are always so enthusiastic and hard working. Lovely work was produced; sorry no images, I forgot my camera and ‘phone. If anyone reads this and has any pics please forward them; I’d love to blog them! And here in response to my request is an image showing the work made by the group, supplied by Sarah, many thanks!
I’ve been steadfastly stitching away at my piece Li Carpet for our Six and Friends show, Orientation. There are still 10 panels to go, then the construction, but there we go. I have decided to keep my studio, having come to my senses and realising that it is impossible to work from home, for many reasons. Having no space is probably the most pertinent. A room of one’s own is definitely needed, I just need the private income to complete the package! The decision to keep it has made me feel very creative again though; I realised I had started to close down a little. And of course it is my place of work and helps create my income, so it’s necessary, a fact I had sort of forgotten; sometimes joined up thinking eludes one.
A lily pad from Li Carpet, 30cm x 30cm.
A fish, and below, some lizards.
I have decided to do most of my work at the studio now. I used to start work there and bring it home for completion. I have found myself unwilling to work at home with the same intensity that I have been working with for the last few years, and find that I get a lot more done at the studio too. So I’ve been compartmentalising a little, and feel very happy about it. It also means I get to actually see some of those TV programmes I have mostly listened to for years!
These are some of the embroideries I had piled up at home waiting for completion; the adding of hand stitch and beads sort of thing. They were taken to the studio and I finished all of my backlog in 3 days there; it is a weight off the old shoulders.
I have recently developed a great need to do some drawings, which is good. I have always drawn a fair amount, certainly in the past I did lots of drawing, but of late it has been drawing as design, very definitely for a purpose. So I intend to start some drawings as soon as possible using mainly coloured pencil, pencil, and perhaps some mixed media/paint. I have some subjects in mind, and I am very much looking forward to it; I seem to feel less constrained than in the past. Age and contrariness have their benefits!
So of course I bought some new pencils, and some lovely paper,to get going. I have some watercolour pencils and Inktense pencils so that should be a good mix to experiment with, for starters. These were a bit of an internet bargain, but I’m pleased to say today I bought something from Birmingham’s only proper art shop, Spectrum. We don’t want these wonderful shops to disappear.
I used to use coloured pencils a lot in the past; I had forgotten how much until I dragged out my old portfolios.
One wonderful thing to really get me going and about which I am very enthusiastic is ‘Alphabet Soup’, an on line exhibition which you can read about on Clive Hicks-Jenkin’s blog [see side bar.] Clive’s blog is one of the best I have read anyway, so try to have a look. It’s good to have an aim, and what marshalls one’s thoughts better than an alphabetical aim?