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Monday, 13 November 2017

To bead or not to bead, that is the question......

…. and for the October challenge on the theme of bacteria, the answer was most  definitely “to bead"

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and, to button

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sewing tools

When I volunteered to assist with making costumes for the local pantomime, I thought I would just need my usual sewing kit. For the first costume, that was the case, dress for the female, youth lead, 

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However, when the next one was for the king of the rats, I needed to use tools less commonly associated with sewing.

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Thank you to Youtube for tips on cutting and sewing long-haired fake fur.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Thanks to Virgin Trains..................

... and a train journey of 2h being extended to 3h and 45 mins, I had time to start on my next series of the challenge.  Bacterial colonies, being embroidered on to cloth printed using the breakdown method.





















Sunday, 5 November 2017

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Finishes, stitched and drawn on different scales

Part 3 of the seed series is finished, bound ( sort of, completed with a satin stitch, stitched with an overlock foot which prevents the stitching puckering and tightening) and a photo posted to the group page of the Contemporary Quilt Group. Lots and lots of texture on this one.

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A last session with the curved structure at the drawing course led to more collaged music,some additional ink and white chalk.

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Next week, we are drawing reflections which I love, but which I don’t love drawing!

 

 

Friday, 3 November 2017

Mad moments of military music

Rushing for a train, stopped in my tracks by a rendition of “Mac the knife’ by military bandsmen in Waterloo station.

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Monday, 30 October 2017

Where has all the stitching gone, long time passing

With apologies to Peter, Paul and Mary, time to ponder where my stitching has got to.  I’m being diverted in to sketchbook work, which is a good thing, in light of the degree of mental block I have about thinking my scribblings are worthy of the word sketchbook.

Work in the studio at Mary Ward, continuing with this piece, cutting a stencil to allow multiples to be drawn on top of each other

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Then as ever, I felt the need for some collage

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One more week to work on this in the studio.

I am still working on the CQGB monthly challenge. with the last one of the seed series well underway. Applique, embroidery and texturing with TextureMagic

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Shadowing with oilsticks has been overdone, I’ll need to see if I can tone that down.

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The final three in the series are based on bacteria, and the threats posed by overuse of antibiotics.

I’ve filled a sketchbook,, so needed a new one. Breakdown-printed cloth with an appliqu├ęd piece of melted ( deliberately of course!) gold lame fabric. 

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Filling up

 

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Experiments with drawing ink and an angle-cut hair dyeing brush on pasted tissue paper - swans, gondolas?

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Inspiration this month has come from: Ruth Padel and  Issam Kourbaj, “Dark Water, Burning  World” a small installation in the Islamic Gallery at the British Museum; The Business of Prints at the British Museum; Prism at Hoxton Galleries, now finished, particularly the work of Ross Belton using found natural materials.

Finishing on using found natural materials, a note on Margaret Cooter’s blog, inspired me to search out this beautiful method of making decorative roses from autumn leaves.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sketchbook - a working object

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Regular readers will know that the term “sketchbook” is one I have very mixed feelings about.  I mistakenly used to read this as an object of beauty, with a wonderfully formed image or composition on each page. Through discussions with my art tutor, I now understand that it can be a working, dynamic object, where pages can be revisited, added to, changed and adapted.

I realise that I enjoy setting up a page and then coming back to it several weeks later when I have worked on other techniques, been to an exhibition, or viewed my photographs.  I have been doing that this week.

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Painted page, cut out, with inverted section and then with photograph of work by Victoria Coeln.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Back to drawing

It is lovely to be back at the Mary Ward Centre to draw with the inspirational Abigail Downer.  The first exercise is to consider two objects, a natural one and a manmade one, as “actors” in a composition.  My objects are a vase and a gourd, 

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Many exercises later, I have a drawing of the vase,  a little lopsided, but a good start.

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While studying the structures together, I was struck how overlapping multiple images of the vase mimicked the folds and rolls of the gourd.  That is what I am exploring next,

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

One out, one in, and see the Hive

Kaleidoscope is finally finished and bound, so time to bring out my blue splash quilt and ponder quilting designs.

Scribbling with variegated thread on the little squares in the sashing.

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Auditioning possible quilting patterns with soap lines

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I think wavy lines are the way to go.

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If you have time, do go and see The Hive at Kew. Really innovative and strangely unsettling to be inside it. Intriguing grids on grids to photograph.

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