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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Art Quilting Studio

Art Quilting Studio

It seems like an age ago when I was asked if I would like to submit these pieces to Art Quilting Studio magazine from Stampington &Company. My copy has finally arrived and I couldn't be more thrilled.

Art Quilting Studio

I have never actually seen a copy of this magazine before. I don't think it is available to buy in the U.K.
It is actually a very substantial publication filled to the brim with work from many quilters and textile artists.

Art Quilting Studio

I am thrilled to be included in this, not least because of the fact that included in the pages are two quilt artists whose work I have followed and admired from the very beginning of my time spent in blogland. 

Monday, 9 December 2013

Gift Giving part two

This is what I received from my friend Cath.

It is not the easiest thing to photograph....

...but I am sure that you can still see and appreciate the amount of work that has gone into this,

Here are some views of one side of the strip. Can you spot the blue hare?

Here are some views of the other side.

I am completely thrilled and overwhelmed that some one would make such an effort to make something like this for me.

Cath wanted me to tell you that she was inspired by this.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Remember these?

textile art

I am trying to 'tidy up' and finish things off before we hit 2014!
After doing this and this I still had some painted fabric samples and after stitching the backgrounds I decided to cut it up to do some smaller pieces.

textile art

These are waiting to have a backing and an edging put on.

textile art

These are still in progress.
It feels good to be completing things and there are lots of other bits that are in the pipe line that also need to be done. Despite this I have started something new as well, so many ideas, so little time.... The progress of that I will be sharing over on Instagram (Link button in top right hand corner). I am enjoying the ability to share quickly and easily, and then carry on with the work.

Linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

My daughter gets home tonight after completing her first term at Uni :D

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Gift Giving.

Scrappy Art Journal

Scrappy Art Journal

Scrappy Art Journal

For Cath.

*Theme for this round was"Art from the Heart"
*Scrappy journal based on the Remains of the Day class from Mary Ann Moss.
*Inspired by Joanne Sharpe (Cath is a big fan :)
*Fabric was coloured with Caran D'Ache water soluble crayons.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Victoria and Albert Museum London

victoria and albert museum

In the absence of any work to show you might like to see some images from the Victoria and Albert Museum that I took last weekend. Apart from visiting friends it was necessary to give teenage son the opportunity to sketch some classical sculpture for his G.C.S.E. in Art, as he had missed out on the trip ran by the school.

victoria and albert museum

I could have left him to it and had a wander around, but to be honest I have visited on many other occasions, plus the textile collection has been moved to it's own designated premises. It was actually nice to sit and absorb what this one gallery had to offer, without rushing on to the next space which is so often the experience of visiting a famous museum.

It was very peaceful and I indulged in some people watching. A novelty in itself for this country inhabitant.
I don't think there was anything that I found which would inspire me to translate any of it in to cloth...

victoria and albert museum

...but the quilter in me loved the floor. It is much paler than this but I added contrast so that the design stands out.

victoria and albert museum

I will leave you with Apollo and Zephyr, as these are the characters my son sketched. I will continue with my contemplations and hopefully have something stitched to show you soon.

Friday, 25 October 2013

and finally

I added some bling to the last of my Gelli Plate printed experiments.

I have also played around with a different finishing, which seems to be a never ending quest for me these days.

Also, I find that my recent clearing up has allowed me to access the rail for taking photos again :)

Linking Up! Have you got anything to share?
Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The problem...

...with not stitching the life out of something is that I don't like the puffy parts!

I am trying to just play and not worry as these really are just experiments in design and technique.
I am liking the printing and stamping but trying to figure out a middle ground, incorporating paint (colour) and stitch (texture).

This is how this piece started. Can you see how where I cut through it?

apologies for the "gloomy" shots but it is a gloomy day

Friday, 18 October 2013

I have taken ...

...a bit of a detour this week while waiting for some thread to be delivered. This is a small piece done on my experimental Gelli Plate printed fabrics.
Below are some peeks at the other two (not quite finished) that I shared on Instagram this week.

I have also been enjoying the lovely autumn sunshine that we have had on some days this week.

Linking up with Off the Wall Friday

Friday, 11 October 2013

The Common Hogweed no less!

I stand corrected.
It was pointed out to me by a friend that the big tall stuff that looks like Cow Parsley but grows really tall over your head it actually Hogweed.

Last week's piece

So it is Hogweed that had inspired me, and not Cow Parsley. I need to go and make a few edits!

This week's piece

It all belongs to the same Apiaceae family, which also includes Queen Anne's Lace, which is the nicer name from the bunch.

In fact it is Common Hogweed to give it it's full description!

This brings me onto choosing a name for these pieces.
Derbyshire Dreaming is all I have been able to come up with, as that is where I was when I was inspired to do these. Technically I was in Staffordshire too, but I prefer to choose a name that is not so specific to a place. I like it when people see something meaningful to themselves.
I can't tell how many times people have said to me "oh that is from......." when seeing my Pebble Stack, which is nice.

another background

and another
Any ideas will be gratefully received.
Linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

P.S. On a totally unrelated topic, I have been getting a lot of "no reply blogger" comments lately. I have tried to answer questions on the blog but I am not entirely sure if the person asking the question ever gets to see it, so I have decided to scrap that and simply state that if you want a response to your comment you need to not be a N.R.B (no reply blogger).
It's Google+ that is at fault. Some of you probably are unaware that you are an N.R.B. Here is a link that tells you why you are and what to do if you wish to change it.
Have a good weekend!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Playing Around with Cow Parsley

Here is my first finished piece depicting cow parsley, in what I would say is my normal style.

Here is a peek at my big green piece and it has also grown some cow parsley. I am not ready to share this yet. It still needs a lot of work even though I have already covered it in at least a million stitches. I think it will be a while because I just tend to work for short bursts while I think a.bout what to do next. 

I have been continuing to experiment with lino cuts on paper, of which there are a lot...

...and on fabric. I think I will do some stenciling on these next.

Linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Edit: Go to my next post to find out what this stuff really is:)

Friday, 27 September 2013

new inspiration

I felt compelled to take photo after photo of Cow Parsley while on a trip to the Peak District in August.

They were passed their best but I was inspired by them and I they called out to be used as a focus on some painted fabrics that have been hanging around for a while. ( I really couldn't put more birds on them again, could I?)

painted fabric
I have a number of small pieces that I did as colour studies before painting this bigger piece -which is still a work in progress, and WILL be finished soon :)

stitched background
I am not the only one inspired by this plant. It is everywhere when you start looking, in all forms of art.

added detail
I also discovered that it is sometimes known as mother die (especially in the UK) ...according to Wikipedia.!!!!
News to me! Anyone else heard that one?
What has inspired you recently?

Linking up with Off The Wall Friday

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Where was I?

I am finding it a bit difficult to do the promised round up of my Soar pieces.
I suppose it is because it seems quite a while ago since I finished them and my mind has moved on to other things, and because if the truth be told I am more about the images than the words.
So here is my brief explanation

I live on the coast and my home is situated quite a few feet above sea level so quite often I see seagulls flying and gliding past my windows. I particularly like it when huge numbers of them circle above. I think there will one or two more in the Soar series.

They are all approximately 21 x 30 inches.
All the backgrounds were done by using up pieces from my stash. You could call them scraps.
The birds were all hand painted and each piece was intensively stitched/quilted.
For more info on techniques use on any of these pieces you can type Soar into the search box to see all the different posts.
Time for something new!

Friday, 6 September 2013

Soar IV

This is Soar IV.

Completed just in time for the Festival of Quilts.

They are beginning to sound like a horror movie franchise so I might change the name to 'Soaring'.
Is that any better?
I'll be back with a round up and more detail another time as I have already spent far too long on the computer today!
Linking up with Off the Wall Friday.