I don’t seem to be getting on with things as well as I would like to at the moment, but I think this is the result of moving along several projects and jobs at the same time, which is a necessary state of affairs but also leaves the impression of very little being finished, or ticked off a list. You know what I mean. However, I have finished, at long last, the big book, Shadow and Light, which will be at the Festival of Quilts this year. And I have started to get materials together for some new work, which was unformed in my mind, but since I have actually done some things towards it, it is gathering its own momentum and a solid idea is developing. I had been guilty of that old demon, ‘think-making’, but to knock that on it’s head I find getting materials out, and doing a spot of drawing and printing, and trying a few things out always works.
I will be letting the work develop intuitively, but it is starting with some images I recently took in London, of the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum. I think the project will again lean towards natural history, both natural history collections and the living world, but who knows what else will come into the mix? I think it will be a book, albeit a hanging one probably, but I may do at least one large piece. Some digitally printed fabric may be on the cards too.
My original images were poor, as I knew they would be, with the low light levels and my complete lack of interest in the mechanics of photography, but I knew they would be fun to play with in Photoshop. I love Photoshop, but I only want to use images manipulated by it as part of my work; it is a useful and beguiling tool though.
I altered and collaged several images, from the Enlightenment Gallery, Oxford Natural History Museum, some show cases at a local country park, and some images I took of a small bird skull I have. I printed them on A3 Khadi paper and sorted some fabric out that I may use with the images. The A3 pieces will probably be used together to make A2 sized book pages.
Here is the book, not looking as big as it is, in fact it looks tiny here, but I think it’s the heaviest one yet, deep joy. I will photograph and post the pages in my gallery section, as soon as I can. It’s 75 x 50 cms, approximately.
We had a lovely little outing yesterday to a local-ish National Trust property. The benefits of even a small outing are something I really appreciate, so here are a few images of Coughton Court in Warwickshire, one of my favourite NT properties. The rose gardens there are fabulous at the moment. The poppies are my latest desktop image, they look quite thrilling every time I turn my computer on.
Good news this week is that I have been offered a stand again at Embroidery, Fashion and Stitch at the NEC next spring; I was really pleased about that, so thanks ICHF!