Friday, 2 June 2017
I now realise, seeing these colours, that this tapestry was on the loom when I last visited Dovecot. The translation of the original watercolour image in to the woven tapestry is a remarkable testament to the skill of the weavers. Free and on view until 28 August.
Sunday, 21 May 2017
In these uncertain times, I am seeking good omens wherever I find them in my life. Yesterday, a charity shop find of beautiful yarn from Fyberspates, top, and Posh Yarn, 4 smaller balls. Bought in hanks and a meditative half hour last night spent winding them into balls.
Eight yolks from 6 eggs this morning (pavlova in the making)
Gloriously scented James Galway rose in bloom in the garden
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
I am working intermittently in Manchester until September. This week, I discovered that the Whitworth Gallery is 5 minutes walk from where I am working. What a lunchtime treat. The curators may have known I was coming - steel sculpture, intricate drawing, two textile artists, tranquil space, wonderful gardens. As I did not expect to be taking photos, I had no camera, only my phone, hence some wonky horizontals and verticals.
Tranquil spaces, and amusingly, labels on the walls giving details of the Little and Green paint colours used on the gallery walls
Steel sculpture by Anya Gallacio
Fabulous drawing by Deanna Petherbridge
and then Lucien Day
Followed by huge lengths of the astonishing printed fabric by Barbara Brown
Time after work, for a walk around Piccadilly Basin, along the canal. Great patterns in the ribs next to the lock gates to give grip while pushing
ribs of a different type.
Round the corner, some public murals - unexpected bluetit
and a calligram ( shape poem) by the remarkable Lemn Sissay. ( Joyful things are found when looking up, rather than down at the phone or the map, when one is in an unfamiliar city)
sunset over the city rooftops
and so to bed.
Thursday, 27 April 2017
from these areas
has led to the discovery of rust dyeing treasure
The rest of the family think I am mad as I exclaim over rusty bits of barbed wire, broken horseshoes, rusty nails, steel wall reinforcing - rust dyeing plans are afoot!
Monday, 24 April 2017
I have been watching this tulip since the beginning of April as it becomes more and more extravagantly wonderful. This may be the last photo as predicted rain and frost may finish it off this week. What dress inspiration this is.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
These joyous colours keep me motivated as I dig out dandelions, alkanet ( longest root so far = 60cm, but I am not saving any of them for dyeing ) ground elder, buddleia, bramble, ground ivy and creeping buttercup.
Saturday, 15 April 2017
Algal “blooms” form in both salt water and fresh water, but I wanted to focus on a microscopic form that grows in fresh water, hence blue-green algae. While algae are needed and are beneficial in many aquatic ecosystems, excessive nitrogen and phosphorous, caused by farm or industrial run-off can cause overgrowth and “blooms”. These can be toxic, particularly to animals.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Monday, 10 April 2017
Glorious sunshine this weekend gave an opportunity to photograph the quilting on the Kaleidoscope quilt. There is a lot of thread going in to this one.
Back, corner feathers
Back, centre star
The diagonal lines in the striped border are from an unpicked quilting design that I decided I didn’t like when it was next to the more dense quilting of the central medallion. Just as well it was sunny as i could do it outdoors and leave some threads for the birds’ nests.
Sunday, 26 March 2017
Blossom at Swiss Cottage Library,
Crystalline glaze ceramics by Matt Horne
Sunset on the River Thames
School of gentle protest by the Craftivist Collective
Wonderful British watercolour landscapes at the British Museum, free , on until 27th August. Rewards quiet contemplation.
Friday, 17 March 2017
I did not take part in last year’s journal challenge organised by the Contemporary Quilt Group, mostly down to problems with my Yahoo account. These problems’ to be partially resolved, so I signed up for this year’s challenge. This year, the size is 11” square, with a theme to be decided by each participant. On the last date of signing up, there were 170 participants for 2017.
My theme is “Microscopic” and I will be attempting to work in 4 series with 3 quilts on each theme.
The first is “Plankton” as I already had some shapes in mind from previous work and from current sketchbook activities. The plan is to start with a shoal of plankton ( is that the correct term?), then focus on an individual plankton (I think plankton is both a singular and a plural noun) and then show a close-up detail of the single plankton. the additional challenge I have set myself is to buy no new materials, and to use my hand-dyed cloth wherever possible.
Overlapping stencil and mask
Finished. I really enjoy random textile processes, and interpreting these when I use them in a final piece. In this one, I like how the circular blobs suggest the plastic waste polluting our oceans, affecting even the smallest life forms.
Appliqué cut with scissors and scalpel
Experimenting with foiling ( the foil a generous gift from Helen Howes)
Choosing the orientation of the appliqué - first time using Steam-a-Seam 2- I’m impressed - the temporary surface stickieness, makes this very easy to use.
Quilting before stitching the applique
Finished. I like how the foil dots can suggest either the light on the water or the dots of micro plastic pollution - depending on how optimistic one feels!
A magnified detail of the single plankton, machine appliqué again
Finished, but pondering whether I should go back and quilt the lower edge. I’ll live with it for a few days then decide.
On top of all of that, I went to see the exhibition by LondonQuilters on until 15th April. Very generously, there are photos of all of the quilts on their website, here. I was drawn to the works by Jane Steward, Rachel Tyndall, Vivien Kernath and Martha Crouch. Well worth a visit.