Some time ago I started a piece of work called Found. This is for a group exhibition next year, the title of which is Found, and to show at the Festival Of Quilts. It has also developed into a chapter for the book Hilary and I are writing, so it’s a hard working textile. Actually it consists of 10 pieces, and they are all now at the finishing off/hand stitching stage. The 10 pieces are based on natural history, and natural history collections. If you want to see the early stages of Found, they are in the archives for August and September 2012.
With some of the fabric I painted, dyed and printed recently I decided to make piece no. 10, as the print was of some echinoderm and fern fossils I had drawn, interpretations of which appear in other pieces in the series. It was exciting to find a use for the new fabric straight away.
And another. After some years of hand stitching I am now an obsessive machine stitcher. This piece will be finished by adding some ceramic moths, which I will make after Christmas, using porcelain. They will be textured and either left white, or partially coloured with copper carbonate or manganese dioxide, then fired. I’ll see how they look on the piece when they are done, and post an image or two if it works out. It has no title yet, just No.10.
In keeping with my interest in natural history collections, albeit these days mostly large and impressive museum collections, I dug out my small group of interesting bits and pieces, in order to make my own cabinet of curiosities, to photograph for the book. I have had some of the shells since I was a child, and other things are less unusual but still fascinating. Well, let’s face it, surely everything about the Earth is fascinating. Here it is, featuring my monkey skull, Flower. I used to have more stuff, but things disappear with time, and although I would like to collect again, I wouldn’t buy exotic shells now.
My Beach pieces featured yesterday on Clive Hicks- Jenkins’ Artlog; more entries to the Alphabet Soup show will be posted daily, so have a look if you can, there promises to be some very good work. The link is on my sidebar.