Phew, just in time for February news. Actually I’ve not a lot to show, having spent time getting work, fabric packs and patterns ready for an upcoming show at the NEC, Birmingham. This is Embroidery and Fashion, part of the Creative Craft Show which also includes Sewing for Pleasure. It runs from 14 – 17 March, and is a really good show, with a strong mix of textile artists, workshops, fashion shows and commercial stands. I am sharing the stand once again with my friend textile artist Sue Bibby.
So, here’s what’s been happening. I have almost completed another pattern, which will go into my Etsy shop. Here it is, below, in progress.
I’ve also been making some porcelain pieces in a ceramics class I go to weekly. I was a ceramist for over 20 years and it’s good to get back to some work with clay. Porcelain is glorious, not the kindest clay body to work with but the most beautiful, and the strongest when fired.
I’m making small pieces to incorporate with textile work at the moment, but some vessels may happen at some point. Below is some work in progress; these are black and white pieces, which should be exciting to work with when they are fired.
I’ve used some of my print blocks to print black porcelain and to impress the clay. I’m hoping to make some tiger pieces next, in orange, yellow and black.
And here are some of the finished fired pieces, a range of leaves, moths, fossil shapes, sticks, and the plain pieces at the bottom which may eventually have words written onto them. These pieces are between 2.5cm/1 inch and 10cm/4 inches.
The works in which I will use these pieces will mainly be my series Stories of the Lost and the Found, which I have started to plan and work on properly at long last. So, below is the start of the first piece, which will be stitched in a hoop, I think, as I really enjoy hoops at the moment; actually it may be that the whole piece will made and shown in 30cm/12 inch hoops.
And to celebrate the amazing last few days of sun and warmth here are a couple of images taken on a walk in a nearby country park. It’s sadly back to rain and grey now, of course, which I suppose is at least better weather for getting down to some work.