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…