Monday, 30 August 2010

It's another beautiful day!

Hello to my new followers!

It's a gorgeous (but chilly) morning in Brighton and I think I will attack the garden. All the hedges have gone berserk with the recent rain we have had. There isn't much colour in the garden at the moment all the annuals are looking a bit sad and my favourites, the Agapanthus are just starting to droop. 
This sculpture is by Ptolemy and is made from recycled hubcaps. It is 4' long and resides on top of one of the many telegraph poles in my garden.

I love this transition into Autumn, it's my favourite time of year. You can smell the change in the air and I start to feel my energy flooding back - and not before time. Having had a quiet August I have found it hard to get motivated. I have got lots of pre planning done for 2012. The Australia/New Zealand trip is on in April which is very exciting. I do have a confession to make though - those of you who have been following this will know - I have been very distracted by my 'boy shopping' on a very popular online dating website. It is quite addictive - I have met up with few guys and may - just may - have caught a live one girls - so watch this space . . . . Oh dear, what am I doing?????

I am excited about getting back to work and torturing new students. My first session is at Art Van Go. I am delivering a 4 day design workshop next week and I'm just thinking about what I might need. 
 Vonnie (2 trollies) taking sections from one of her designs earlier this summer.

The week after that I shall be back at The Bramble Patch Delivering a 2 day workshop - Extreme Surfaces for Stitch - 16th and 17th September and I think there are a couple of places left.

Lutradur 130, 30 and polyester organza (with Bondaweb/Vliesofix on the back) cut with a soldering iron and ironed onto pre dyed Craft Vilene.

Tomorrow I start making samples for The Design and Technology show in November. I have been loaned a Big Shot Pro. This is a die cutting system by Ellison/Sissix for cardmaking and scrapbooking. However the dies also cut all the pelmet Vilenes and most fabrics. Yehhaaaa!!! I am going to have some fun making some boxes decorated with sequins, glitter and stitch and generally have a great time. I will let you know how I get on in a couple of days . . . . 

Have a nice dayeeeeeeeee x x x

Thursday, 19 August 2010

The Festival of Quilts 2010

I dashed up to the NEC today to catch up with loads of friends ( Hello Jill and Tallulah) and to see what was happening with the show. As usual it is a very exciting show - not just for quilters. All kinds of textile art is featured there and if you are remotely tempted to go in the next three days I urge you to go.
I had a chance to see my good mate Angie Hughes before the show got too busy - she is producing some fascinating work (as usual). Her stand no is Demo E at the back by the food and coffee shops.
Angie before the rush started

Some of Angies latest projects

 Angie will be demonstrating on her stand for the whole show, lots of printing, foiling and painted Bondaweb.

If you do get there in the next three days - have great time!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Nymans Gardens

 The ruins and the house at Nymans

I have been mooning around this week, I just cant seem to get my act together. I think it is because it is August and nothing much is happening. I need to be busy to be busy  - does that make sense? I'm not very good at motivating myself. 
Case in point is this blog. My sister and I took my parents to Nymans Gardens on Sunday and I had meant to post this on Monday!!!!

Nymans has the most stunning gardens and grounds with added benefit of beautiful ruins. It is just off the A23 in East Sussex and is run by the National Trust. There is a great cafe there where you can buy meals and cakes and there is also a fantastic garden centre where you can buy the plants you see in the gardens and lots of other wonderful things like very reasonable garden furniture. It really is an excellent day out. Nymans Garden

  The red border

The planting, topiary and colour combinations are truly inspirational, even if you aren't into gardening, you cant help but be knocked out by the sheer beauty of the place.

 One of the main borders

 I love this colour combination

Fallen seed heads in the border

 One of the beautiful fountains at Nymans

 So if you fancy a day out I can't recommend Nymans enough.

I'm off to The Festival of Quilts at the NEC tomorrow, I can't wait to meet up with everyone and catch up with all my mates. As some of you will know I should have had my usual stand at this show but had to pull out for family reasons - but I can escape for one day and I intend to make the most of it. Maybe see you there . . . .


Sunday, 8 August 2010

Inspiration - at LAST!!!

I was lucky enough to attend the residential TSG summer school from the 26th - 30th July at Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire. Three tutors were delivering workshops and I choose Shelley Rhodes's class. The main exercise of the week was to develop new ideas and possibly a new piece of work based on manipulated photographs.

As most of my students know - particularly those who have done 'Experimental Textiles', I am not keen on using photographs as a primary source for work. I have always preferred to use drawings, prints, anything else. However - I have now changed my mind. Shelley was an inspiration. She was a great tutor with a well planned structure to the week that kept all 16 students very busy and excited. Half way though the week I realised I was developing on an idea that has been lurking at the back of mind for some time. 

Some of you may have seen my piece 'Capstones' at various shows. Capstones was based on a line of stones that capped a wall that I saw in Devon several years ago. I was drawn to the simplicity of the shapes and the amazing colours of the stone. The finished work is 7' wide. It is very simple but works. I have never had time to develop the theme but am now raring to go. As you will see from the following photographs I had great fun and the theme is developing. I hope to have a new range of work ready for my Open House November/December. 


The original photograph was one of a close up of one of my pieces using strips of stitched and dyed paper. the photograph was then scratched into and dyed. Extra strips of paper were added along with hand stitch.

original photo manipulated

Parts of the manipulated photographs were transferred onto various fabrics. I chose viscose satin and cotton organza. Then the fun began. These samples are VERY basic. We had to work very fast so nothing is particularly well stitched or resolved but the possibilities are there. I am very excited about developing this theme. I have been doing so much teaching recently I haven't had time to stop and think what I would like to do next. Now I know. I just have to write another 17.000 words for my next book and I can start on my new pieces. AARRGHHHH!!!

pieces of image transferred fabric ironed onto dyed Decovil. (new pelmet Vilene)
more image transferred fabric hand stitched into then stitch onto dyed Classic Pelmet Vilene. Dyed papers were added and then hand stitched. The spacing isn't right on this piece but you get the idea.

So - watch this space . . . .