It’s been a busy week, as I’ve had three days in Venice, and then back to teaching and continuing with my artist’s book. The Venice trip was my holiday this year, so naturally I’m sad that that’s that. I always want to go back there as soon as I’m home.
As the title suggests, it was damp, initially, but warmer than at home, which was good as we had to wade through some flooded pavements on our first day there; you tend to get trapped and there is no other way. Living with a lot of canals on a very small island in the middle of the sea is obviously going to lead to a necessity for wellies, which we didn’t have. At least it wasn’t aqua alta. By day three the weather was wonderful, and I must say the temperatures suited me too; not too hot at all.
I took many photographs as usual, mainly because I want to make a series of work involving Venice. This will be pattern based, and will almost certainly not include gondolas, wonderful objects that they are. I wish I could start now, but as usual there is an ongoing large project to work on first.
Before I went away I started two blossom pages in my book, which I finished laying down when I was home. They are a mix of collaged prints of my blossom photographs, silk, lutradur, fabric and printed acetate.
The stitching is the next job with these pieces, which will be in relatively simple lines, due to the 70 cm long format, and the fact that they are on Khadi paper which is flexible but not exactly foldable.
Below are the simple line drawings I made to use as pattern pieces for the blossom.
For the next double page spread I printed some Khadi paper using a couple of thermofax screens. Above is the first sheet, before more colour was added.
And here is a detail of the sheet with added procion dye and acrylic ink. Below, the finished page, not stitched yet, but ready to go.
The large flowers are from an embroidery I laid down ages ago, which have a new lease of life now.
This is the opposite to the page above. I’m onto the next two pages now, which are, for me, very colourful; I’ll post them soon.
I know other people’s holiday photos are very boring; but since I always happily look at other peoples’, here are some of mine. They are, on the whole, work orientated, so of course that gives them immense relevance…
The first one is the view from the hotel window of the Grand Canal. I wish this was the view from my window at home.