Sunday, 18 June 2017

All over the place

Surface decoration, have added randomly stitched cross stitch to embellished fabric from last week.
I embellished a chiffon scarf on top.
I use my embellisher to create new textural surfaces. It is useful technique to use up small pieces of fabric.
Another Stone drawing.
Trying to get this idea to surface but appear to be going over the same ground.
Openings. ( creative fairy has been very sluggish lately)
Side tracking. These pieces of Silver Birch bark were
from a gathering trip in the local wood.
Have "patched" with dyed fabric.

I have selected a variety of threads. Now to stitch it. I enjoy the challenge in using natural material to stitch into. It is sometime since I used bark. This piece has interesting moss.
This week the weather has been very  hot so enjoying my garden,
Have spotted one hole in this Hosta so hunt for bugs steps up.
Have hung this Fushsia from a branch on my Rowan Tree
Hope my blue poppy will spread next year.
Please look in next week to view if the Openings are going to work.
BYE      BYE

Sunday, 11 June 2017

A little clearer

Sampling marks on the stones.

A piece cut from a sleeve of a boiled wool cardigan. Painted bondaweb ironed on top then hand stitched.

A slice of the sleeve used for this line. Hand stitched
The lines on the stones are becoming Openings.

I am a little clearer about the way forward.
 Friends have been staying this week, so no more work on this idea but definitely Openings.
Flicking through this book I saw this drawing by Carolyn Curtis Magri. Lines

My pink chair has settled into a new place.

The garden has enjoyed all the rain. I and my visitors have not.

The white clematis Mrs George Jackman is looking good.

The Foxgloves are attracting lots of bees, even in the rain. I tried to photograph them but the bees came out of the funnels with such speed I could not capture them.

The beginnings of another sample of surface decoration. Sari silk threads embellished on top. Hand stitching added. Not finished yet.
Please look in next week to view
1   Finish above sample
2   Work on Openings
Oh and I think Creative Fairy is back from holiday.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Looking for inspiration

Re reading this book, looking for inspiration. Something to get my brain in gear. Have got stuck.

Lines. I have been busy again this week and only managing to visit The Studio for small periods of time. Really need to be in it a whole day to crack Lines. Feel I am snatching an hour here and there and as a result repeating exercises, not moving on.

Have gone back to look at the stones I picked up from the beach on Arran. ( A good ideas, says Creative Fairy)

These are drawn in a A2 sketchbook. Larger scale than last week.  Kalamkari will be exhibition at Aberlady in 2018 so will try to develop the stones. Still looking for inspiration. ( Creative Fairy has gone on Holiday I think)

Tissue paper glued on. Texture.  Could these lines in the stones be openings? Openings to show what.?
Time to start a fabric sample.

Vegetable plot is my delight. I cant wait to pick the beans and harvest the potatoes. Ok I know it is small.

 The act of growing my own vegetables and picking them fresh is important to me but as family and friends point out I have shops minutes away selling perfectly good produce. Indulge me.

Early potatoes in a pot. Hope they are not all foliage
and nothing underneath. My tomatoes are thriving

Please look in next week ( to hear if Creative Fairy has come back)
Openings, a whole new line of inquiry.
BYE      BYE

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Sun Sun and more Sun

2 weeks ago I had a holiday on Arran. A beautiful island, made even better by the glorious weather
Ferry crossing makes it seem like a really big trip even though the crossing takes only 55 minutes. Just time to get a cuppa and get on deck to watch the docking.

I crossed over to the Holy Isle on my last day before catching the ferry home. I went for all sorts of reasons but the main one was to see this.
It is called The Bird of Solace and was commissioned as a memorial for a special woman. The bird landed in the wonderful Mandela Garden on the Holy Isle. I spent a special time with the gardeners Sarah and Sid who have created and lovingly tended this very amazing garden.
The island has some rock paintings but they are too garish for my Scottish taste.
This week Lines and more Lines. No idea where this is going but hoping something will click.

These were made by wax crayoning all over the page then putting another page on top and drawing with a ball point pen. The colour is lifted from the bottom page.
Stones collected from the beach on Arran.

Making myself draw. This was graphic drawn into with a rubber. An idea is mulling away but not quite clear enough yet. I think felt might be involved.
The shape of a small square within a larger one keeps occurring.
This rose travelled with me when I moved house. I wasn`t sure it would survive being uprooted but it appears to be thriving. It has a strong scent and was one of my husbands favourites.

Please look in next week.
BYE      BYE

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Creative Fairy

Have been on an Art Retreat with some friends.
Gartmore sits in beautiful ,  but a little run down , grounds. Great for wandering and foraging.

This piece of bark may become a book. Creative Fairy was working overtime.
I had decided instead of taking loads of supplies I would stick with black pencils, graphic stick, white gesso and sketchbook. ( See last weeks post. )

Out walking spotted this tree. Marking on the trunk matched some of my line marks.
Very freeing to stick to a limited pallet. I certainly had more room on my work space.
2nd day I needed colour.

A used teabag did the job.
Used hand wipes were pulled into the creative zone and I was back with texture and layers.
Great atmosphere, sharing experiences and expertise. Looking forward to next meetup.
Any Old Iron workshop. After I stressed the health and safety aspects everyone worked hard to achieve as many small rust samples as possible using vinegar and a variety of teas.

Wine and rust powder was used on the 2nd day. The mystery samples for everyone to unwrap at home.
Afternoon spent attaching 1st days samples and stitching on more metal to rust.

This was a very hard working group of people and they produced some super samples

One glass of wine left in the bottle from the rusting. ( "you kept that back deliberately" said Creative Fairy) Rounded off a busy workshop. Feet up and a glass of red.
Please look in next week to view what I am up to.
Lines are stewing away and a new body of work is on the horizon

BYE      BYE