Saturday, 28 February 2009
I found her sight when I was looking for a another textile artist, whose surname is also Wyman. That reminds me...I got so distracted by Sarah's work, I never did find the other lady's work!! I shall have to go look again.
I'd love you to tell me what you think of Sarah's blog. http://www.sarahgreenweeds.blogspot.com/
She also has an etsy site and is an ebay seller.
I have nothing of my own that in anyway compares to her work, but they have more of a "Mona Lisa-like" feel than anything else I have ever heard described that way.
Friday, 27 February 2009
Tonight was our EquilARTeral group. My friend was showing me an idea she has had about stitching onto Crisp packets. It reminded me of my experiments with Easter Egg foil. Here is a card I made with it sometime back. I used the programmed patterns on my machine to stitch the pieces like crazy quilting.
Thursday, 26 February 2009
But, don't use it for a base for cutting out synthetic organza with a soldering iron. Why? You get lovely little patterns etched into the plexiglass. (Don't ask me how I know!) For that kind of thing you have to use glass or tiles.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Fancy Box with 21 names on slips. (not counting my post and Ferret's extra one) Climb upstairs and ....drumroll...."bother" DH who doesn't really mind and picks 3 (divides into 21).
1. Louise, who says she is in SW Saskatchewan.
2. Sue B
3. Quiltlady, who says she is in San Diego.
Then feel bad because it would have been nice to give something to everyone. But I can do this again sometime.
Climb downstairs and take photos. Get bits of rust fabrics and fold them to show some of the patterning. Cut some of the "mystery fabric" I have mentioned lately. It is actually very thin and see through, but I have folded it up on the piles. (Sorry it is pink. I don't do pink, but I saved a bit for me just in case I desperately need it next week!) Rummage through the strange threads pile...
So, if the winners would send me their snail mail addys, I will get these bits and pieces in the post for you! If you click the link about my profile under the bit where it says About Me, you can find my email to give me the snail mail.
and by the way,
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Then I decided to see what it looked like upside down.
I really like it. I like the randomness of it. The "almost stairs, but not quite". It actually makes you focus on things like the levels in the slate. The dry stone wall next to the stairs looks completely different when the shadows are "in the wrong place".
Cool! What do you think?
Monday, 23 February 2009
I'm sure you don't really want to know, but I am making a PowerPoint presentation on Schemes of Work. I have to present a seminar for the teaching adults class tomorrow.
So, you get a glimpse of my state of mind. (how do you do strike through? anyone know?)
No, I mean a glimpse of my work table. Besides the Endless Possibilities which is at hand stitch stage, I am starting the third piece for the EquilARTeral Zoom piece. And then there are all the books I am trying to make some sense of. The bag on the cupboard handle is the finished altered dress. And just off to the top right of the photo, you get a glimpse of the overflowing ironing basket. and then you don't get to see the side of the studio with the sewing machine. I will leave it to your imagination.
My classes didn't have enough interest to run, or I would be teaching (and probably have even more of an archeological dig on my table.) But the samples for teaching are under the other part of the table. I was rather gutted that they didn't run. I know I will find the prep wasn't wasted, but I could have been doing other things.
So, as it is, I also have a meeting about the regional Contemporary Quilt Group on Thurs and a meeting with EquilARTeral on Fri. and have to finish prep for the course at Pangbourne next Wed. Oh, yeah, I need to get some photo or something to Simon to market the next Crafts@the Library. and I am meant to be writing an article, for which they have moved the deadline up.
I think I need to learn how to say No again.
The thing I am finding is that the past 6 years, the Spring was taken up with big projects...either City and Guilds: Fashion projects or Bernina garments. For relief, I did bits and pieces, like textile art pieces. So, now, it seems life is full of bits and pieces, and I am really on a learning curve about how to keep everything in order. Maybe I need to do a Big project so I can focus on the bits...HA. NOT.
However, I AM slowly ticking bits off the list and trying not to put more bits on. I think after next week I should have got back to a better state of mind. Cross fingers.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Summerset has won awards in various wearable art categories in shows across America. She was in hopes of being invited to be a Bernina Fashion Designer, but they have stopped doing shows now. Like me, Summerset likes to develop garments with a theme in mind. I am sure her garments would have been stunning...well the ones she already makes are!
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Or in other words, a posy to celebrate Spring and 100 posts.
If you leave your name, I will select one next week and send a little something.! I am not sure I can do handmade at this point, but you might get a fancy thread or something!
Notice: I am doing the draw on 25th Feb. So, if anyone is still wanting to leave a message, now's your chance. I am thinking you might get a bit of my rust dyed fabric from which I made the award winning skirt design! You can see it in the first part of this page.
Friday, 20 February 2009
However, what is rather worrying is if they think your mother is. Check out the story at
Actually, I think it is due to my sister. In late 2007, my mother was ill for a while and unable to eat much, so in her new shape, she needed new clothes. Which my dad gave her clothes money (that, my friends, may be the rarest part of this story) and since she still wasn't up to trawling the shops, my sis who works for Macy's and has impeccable taste, managed to get quite a few good pieces on sale. Also, with a 70th birthday on New Years 2008, some of the rest of us gave more money for nice clothes. So, hurrah for a sister with style who can change a "little grandmother type" into a feature in the Lifestyle section of a newspaper. :-O
Just to compare:
My parents-January 2006
Anyway, it is rather a shock to be sent a link to your mother being selected for a Shop Girl Style Award along with several young things.
...even if it is in Maine in the grip of winter and you suspect they all have cabin fever.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
The lady is the mother-in-law of a young lady whose wedding dress I altered last summer ...I used to work with her mother at a Junior School. The young lady married in Greece...without family. This son is being married in Antigua in March...with family...thus the dress for the mum. She rang me last week...not too easy to find dresses for Antigua weather at this time of year, and especially trying to get something that fits well enough for a wedding. She says she has a few others for some of the other events, but they have little light jackets that cover up the bits she isn't happy with, so they will do.
I was a bit concerned about the part where I had to unpick part of the side invisible zip to take it in. But, as I was only taking in part of the area and tapering to the original seamline above and below, it wasn't too bad.
We have an extension on the Stretching Art deadline, so that means tomorrow I can concentrate on my studies for the session I have to present about "Schemes of Work" in my teaching adult course. Unfortunately, the two courses that I was supposed to start teaching next week are not running...not enough interest. I guess leisure courses are not such a priority when people are losing their jobs. Fingers crossed for the courses I am to do towards the end of March.
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
I also thought it might be interesting to be able to switch the pieces of this section. I was going to put buttonholes or something on the silk strips inbetween so that could be done. But in the end, it made it too difficult to determine that the composition would still be good when swapped around.
I am really enjoying this. I love it when things turn out like the design you create in your head as you contemplate the look. The pieces will be shown at Quilters Heritage Celebration Show in Lancaster, PA, USA from 2-5 April, 2009.
I may very well make another piece to go with them (as I have another idea). Then I can use them for my Festival of Quilts entry this summer. Would that be a quadtych? or as someone suggested somewhere on the net - tetratych?
Contemplate this while I work on another panel.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
I sandwiched it with cotton batting and cotton fabric. Then I used a butterfly stitch on my machine to spot quilt in the centre of the diamonds. Aqua and Yellow to match the stitching. The fabric binding I made isn't quite the tone of aqua, but close enough.
I also nearly finished one of the panels for Endless Possibilities. Should be finished enough to show tomorrow.
Monday, 16 February 2009
How did I make the design decision? I had already been considering the hand/machine combo. However, I am trying to do a baby quilt on the machine using some of the shrink textured fabric I did. This was going well until time for the Cricket again... and as England has remembered how to play again, it took a bit more concentration. (Big Grin) Since I couldn't hear the online commentary when I was using the machine, I decided I better sit and hand stitch!
I don't suppose that sort of thing goes into the design books.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Often, you can come away with a bit of fabric someone else has decided they don't have a use for. This is the fabric I came back with, courtesy of Helen. I am thinking of using the paisley in someway with denim. The photo picks up the red more than it actually is in real life. Perhaps I will add it to a jeans skirt I was given that I can chop and change. Then I can use it for examples of what you can do for some of my courses. There is a bit more of the greyish blue (which is actually a bit more blue than grey shown in the photo). I am thinking of doing something with a bit of a retro feel to it.
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Here is a piece I did using junk mail some months ago. I was inspired by an artist who decided to recycle junk mail into art. The theme of this piece is also Spam email...one of the challenges from the Fast Friday Group.
Most Saturdays I am very busy, and haven't been able to post. So, I thought I might introduce you to other bloggers. Most of these will be artists of one sort or the other. For some, I love the work, for some I am intrigued by the technique, for some I admire the commitment, and for others, I respect the artist.
These will not be in order of preference, but as I think of them or am reminded of what they are doing if I have seen something they have done in the week. And of necessity, there will be plenty who are blogging that I haven't discovered or haven't remembered to mention yet. If you know of someone whose work is similar, or who you think I would enjoy discovering, just leave a comment.
And so, today, I invite you to look at the work of:
KAREN STIEHL OSBORN
Karen is a mixed media/textile artist. She regularly makes collage pieces with many layers, many of them using up bits of junk mail that land through her letterbox. I find her work very inspiring, and intend to try more with junk mail or similar things. You can find Karen at http://stiehlosborn.blogspot.com/ . She has a website as well.
Let me know what you think of her work...actually let her know, too!
Friday, 13 February 2009
Today we got a visit from the community support police officer! This was in response to my husband's bike being stolen from the garage the other day. However, as community support, she had also been trying to contact him for a while about a youth programme she thought he might help with because of his connections with the community centre and church.
Well, as we talked about the community, the workshops at the library idea came up. I told her my idea about people needing to be encouraged to meet in the community again. (Long story, but we used to have a grocery store in the parade of shops. It moved to a different town and although we were promised something else, it has been well over a year now. It was a place where people met up and had a natter about life. Old people used it for a daily outing. Mums stood round and gossiped before or after collecting their children from school, etc. Now, people might come and pop into the Chemists or the Post Office/Newsagent for a few minutes, but there is nothing that makes you want to linger. There are signs something may come in the Spring, but who knows.)
The police officer was really excited about "Crafts@the Library". She wants to come to the next one and encourage the effort along. If we do up some leaflets, she wants to give them to some people in the community who she feels would benefit from getting out and doing something like that. When I said I was hoping to develop a group and then perhaps have a sewing/craft group at the community centre. She got quite animated about the idea. She is real keen on helping the project go forward.
Plus, she went away saying I was a wonderful lady. Well, I just like to make stuff and somehow like to get other people making stuff, so that's the result!!
So, how cool is that! having the police marketing your workshops!
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Also, last summer, I altered a wedding dress for the daughter of a lady I used to work with in the Junior school. This week, the girls MIL rang me up because another son is getting married. So, she came round yesterday because she needs work done on a dress for the wedding in Antigua in March. One more thing to do next week! I hope Endless Possibilities comes together as well as I am imagining in my head!
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Two of these ladies were at the Christmas boxes workshop in December. They all seemed interested in coming again!
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
However, when I stopped in today to see what the response was, Pat had just told one lady about it. She seemed interested, just worried that she would have a little one with her. I am sure we can cope.
Tuesday, 10 Feb - 2-4pm Birch Hill Library
Wednesday, 11 Feb - 2-4pm Great Hollands Library
and now to stick the camera in the box...in hopes I will remember to take photos.
Sunday, 8 February 2009
But I went to Reading to the Hobby Craft for a some bits and pieces for the Library workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday. I intended not to get swayed by any deals. However, when these were in a bin for 97p each and they are normally £3.99 each. I realised I better get them when I could! They had the ink versions, but the dye based ones can be used on fabric...or so I have been told. I really had to rummage for the red ones and the green and blue, as they had loads of the other colours. But, I am looking forward to trying them out.
I also got a few bits for some of the other classes coming up that I will be doing.
And now, back to assignments.
Friday, 6 February 2009
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Of course the sun has nearly gone down, so it is a bit hard to tell how it will go.
(with the flash)
At the moment it is silk organza, rust dyed silk habotai, the mystery fabric I spoke of yesterday, and some synthetic organza with some metallic dots. I also intend to stitch in "patches" of more silk organza, other rust dyed silks, etc.
The idea is to do a triptych. I am calling it "Endless Possibilities", because I like the idea of hanging the sections in different positions and even turn them around...which is where the transparent translucent hanging in front of a window idea will come into play.
For now, I will leave it up there to consider while I do assignments tomorrow.
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
I had rescued several foreign language dictionaries one time when we went to Hay-on-Wye to the secondhand book shops there. Some of them were actually on outside bookshelves in the rain! So, I wasn't too guilty about using pages from them to create the base layer of the piece. Well, I say that, but as it has been several years before I could give myself permission, you can see that I didn't start ripping them apart straight away! Here is one possible layout when I was starting. I decided to use Tsukineko walnut inks for a bit of colour. Then I looked up several translations for the word "language" on Google and Babelfish, which I then wrote onto the pages I had fused into place. Across near the top I used cuneiform shapes for my own version of a transliteration of the letters for language. I even carved my own cuneiform stamps! I painted the definition of language as well as stamping the word a couple times with different alphabet stamps.
Then I covered the whole thing with this mysterious non woven very thin stuff I got in a shop where they didn't actually know what it was! The one I used over the whole thing was pale beige with images of things like official documents, handwritten letters, and the like. I fused it on with Misty Fuse as well. It was cool because it gave the look of stamped images, but as it was so thin, it looked like a middle layer rather than sitting right on top.
After quilting it, I thought I was done. But I hung it up a while to see what it might need. First of all, the word Language in the middle needed to come out more because everything blended too well.
Then I also decided I needed more of a visual of what I meant by language - which was really communication. I had incorporated a small image from an old tourist language book, but I wanted something you could see from a distance as well. So, I cut and fused the people silhouettes out of green coloured mystery fabric. I think that helped to take the eye around and create a dialogue.
Ha! No pun intended.
I have a plan for the final piece, which will be A1 size. But now, since these two have a similar look and show they are a series, I am not sure about it. It will be Letter and I thought to do an Illuminated Manuscript. However, as I think about it, I may find ways to combine this look with the Illuminated Manuscript look and create something unique...
If it works.
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Anyway, there were some interesting ideas including making marks in paint for monoprint. Create a stamp with soft sculp by pressing it against the ridges. Cut carrots, potatoes, etc and use them to print with, and so on. In the past, I have used it to hammer marks onto metal which I then used in my art.
What would you do with it artistically?
Monday, 2 February 2009
Someone suggested putting "lace" on the baby blanket. So, here is the reworked version. I think it helps to give more focus on the baby, too. So, then the tension is a bit stronger.
Here is a detail shot. What do you think?
Sunday, 1 February 2009
The art principles were: Colour - Zingers:"Zinger colors add accents, and capture the eye. Zingers add interest and can be used to enhance the focal point or move the eye around the quilt." Composition concept: Create or illustrate a mood or emotion with your piece.
I decided to work on it inbetween other bits this weekend, after finishing the other piece. Since I finished it today, it means the February journal quilt is finished, too!
This is a dragon egg about to hatch open. Bits of the shell have fallen to the sand. Drawn to the spot by the magic swirling through the air, "The Finder" waits in awe and wonder to see the newest dragon emerge from the shell.