A haiku for June.

A time of wellies

of lead grey clouds, rain descends:

then, see the flowers.

I couldn’t resist writing a haiku to describe June, it’s been very wet chez here, in general. The garden has just sucked it all up, making up I think for the really dry summer last year. Of course June has now finished with some very sunny weather, as seen below. This was taken in the glorious rose garden at Coughton Court, Warwickshire.

I’ve finished stitching all the hoop illustrations for Stories of the Lost and the Found, so below here are the last few.

The Yellow Birds.

Four Small Birds.

The Beach on Christmas Day.

The Snow Trees.

The Trunk and the Glasses.

Above and below, Mistletoe, a piece in four parts which includes the text. The other pieces will have the relevant text displayed next to them when they are exhibited.

Here’s some new work in progress, three forest pieces, above, and below, a raven. He’s in charge.

I’m still making porcelain pieces to add to stitched pieces, and also, I hope, to build stitch pieces around. I’m looking forward to the latter, I haven’t yet fully explored the idea. Here is the latest selection of black and white pieces. I always  tend to favour either white or black and white porcelain pieces for my work, so will need to make more.

I’m hoping to go to an indigo dyeing day at mac, the Midlands Arts Centre, in July, so I have started to make some dark blue and white porcelain pieces to go with the results of the day. Fingers crossed the day goes ahead.

I visited the Barber Institute earlier this month, just for a look around, and spotted this excellent little exhibition, the Paper Museum.

The Barber Institute is part of Birmingham University and is a wonderful free gallery, with a broad collection of work covering centuries of art. It also apparently has a large collection of textiles, which was a surprise. I must write to check and suggest they exhibit some of the collection asap.

The Paper Museum was fascinating. It is a collection of works on paper commissioned and collected by Cassiano dal Pozzo and his brother Carlo Antonio in the early 17th Century, as a visual encyclopaedia of the natural world and classical antiquities. This show exhibits just a tiny part of the collection, and its history is intriguing. It’s on until September 1.

Although I start every year determined not to buy any new books, it’s becoming clear that this is a pointless exercise. They just keep sneaking in, either second hand or new, like this one, below. I love an interior design book, and this book is brilliant.

And to finish off, below, some images taken at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire. I’d quite like to do some pieces inspired by Baroque artefacts and art, using strong shapes and rich colours, so had an enjoyable outing recording some plants that I could base the work upon. At the same time, confusingly, but then what’s new, I’m feeling a chilled Scandi, pared back thing going on. So it may be fun combining the two…






12 thoughts on “A haiku for June.

  1. Who knew there was a Paper Museum? Be still my beating heart! I won’t rabbit on about ‘if only I lived nearer etc’ ; suffice to say I’d be there like a shot. Must find out about Cassiano dal Pozzo. He sounds like my sort of collector. The hoop as a carrier for your work Steph just keeps getting stronger and stronger. You will know which ones speak to me loudest already but I’d have to add that raven to my favourites pile too. Gorgeous rich, jewel like colours beautifully picked up further down the page in that Rosa Mundi. You may feel a leaning towards the ‘less is more’ Scandi approach but somehow I think you’ll be in the colouring box for a while yet!

    1. I thought about you as soon as I saw that exhibition Lesley! The Queen owns the collection now, so who knows, it may tour at some point or be on show in London. You’re right about the Scandi approach, the pared back look is in my head but the work that emerges is usually somewhat more decorated.

  2. Beautiful pieces, especially the raven! I love the effect of the printing – gives wonderful colour and texture. 🙂

  3. Thanks Amanda, I do love moths, they fly into quite a lot of my work it seems. I am really enjoying your blog, seeing how your Emperors are doing is fascinating. I’ll make a piece of work with an Emperor moth one day; a friend has recently sent me some images of an Emperor on her hand, photographed in her garden in France.

    1. I’m just hoping I can get some, if not all, through to next April! I had several moths on my hand last week, hawk moths are amazing for just sitting. I’ve just found you on Instagram now too, I put more moths on there than my blog. Looking forward to seeing your piece that yells buy me!
      Amo x

  4. I do like those forest pieces! And of course the raven’s in charge – they’re very authoritative birds, I think!

    British baroque is already pretty pared-down compared with Baroque on the continent….

  5. Thanks Rachel; yes, the Baroque is a huge subject. I went to the Baroque exhibition at the V&A some years ago, which was a wonderful introduction and has stayed with me, as well as a visit to Rome which naturally has left me with a lot of useful images.

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