This weekend I began my membership of the 58 club. I’m not at all concerned about this but I may start twitching when it’s the 60 club that’s attained. Still, what can you do?
I had a lovely birthday weekend, with a mix of friends and family. On Saturday I went to Winterbourne Gardens with friends from our textile group Quatrefoil; we were lucky to have bright sunshine for a walk and then coffee and non-stop talking, we could have gone on all day. It’s a wonderful garden and house that’s close for all of us, and below is a photograph I took in one of the greenhouses during this year. I didn’t have my camera on this visit, unfortunately, but the greenhouses are beautiful all year, and they are building a new orchid house too. I must admit to liking the old one though, it was long, dim, sweaty and creepy, crammed with gorgeous plants trailing, clinging and hanging. The new one seems to be bigger though, so more botanical opportunities will result.
In the evening we were at another friend’s house, being fed, wonderful; many thanks J and T. I cook a lot so it’s excellent when someone else brings you food, and fills up your wine glass. In the days when you were fed on a ‘plane I loved it, those little trays with compartments; I realise this is beyond sad.
On Sunday we went to Baddesley Clinton, a National Trust moated house; I post about this property quite a lot, as I go several times a year, but like a birthday trip there as the house is decorated and I can indulge in a bit of Christmas schmaltz. And, there was another burst of sunshine for a walk. I very much appreciated this, I’m feeling light deprived at the moment I think. Here’s few shots of good old Baddesley below.
I love the dreamy colours in this last image, and would like it printed, I think, on some fabric. If I don’t get round to doing that I will use it in my Identity work, for the Art Textiles: Made in Britain show next year, which I’m working on at the moment [and for many future moments, it’s turning into a biggie.] I have written a list of what I would like to include in my Identity artist’s book, some of which is featured below, which then sort of depressed me. I think I will go my usual route of doing exactly what I want rather than what I think I should; after all, where would we ever stop with identity when you start to list your life? So I will keep it intuitive.
I’ve made some more pages for the book, Shadow and Light. Here are some of them below, in progress.
This is the start of a couple of double page spreads about the coast, the sea, and many beach walks.
These are A3 sized photographs of Welsh beaches I used to visit frequently, an image I took of pebbles, with silk then bondawebbed onto it, text and driftwood, all materials used to make the pages shown below.
Page 2 of the double page spread, with the rest of the book stacked behind, and page 1 below, being stitched.
Right, I’m off to finish these pages now.