Saturday, 23 September 2017

Something on Saturday

Cow - 37

Another greetings card in plastic - art in my kitchen.

This one was bought from a little art shop in Cambridge when we were taking someone sightseeing there. I loved the artist's work the minute I glimpsed it through the window. In I went. How much. Oh. And if I did, which one to choose!

And so they said there were greeting cards. Ahh. okay then. Still a choice. But this one was the one I liked the best out of the originals.
Can I Have My Ball Back? by Peter Smith

Oh. I have found that they are referred to as hippopotamus type creatures or "Impossimals". But for me they are stripey cows.

I see you can still purchase this and even more! Scroll right down for this one.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Something on Saturday

Cow - 36

I have a few cards (blank inside) which are displayed in their plastic wrap in my kitchen. Art. But art I can afford. The plastic wrap means I can keep them from greasy steam.

Here is one of a cow, that I bought a very long time ago... I think in Abingdon.
Brown Cow - a reproduction of a batik by Jane Hickman *

I love the look of this cow! Hilarious. Wild-eyed like my (black with similar white patch) cow Jenny who always landed herself in trouble. And who my dad said was the only one who could have survived the trouble. Ha!

I remember being pulled around the whole property, it seemed, trying to get her to go where I wanted and not where she wanted. Usually hoping my dad would come rescue me. (He was trying to sleep because he was working midnights at the paper mill.)

*Cool! I found out you can still purchase this card from Jane at the link above. Looks like a rare exception amongst her many of flowers.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Somethings from Bristol

Will catch up the bead photos. asap... several deadlines going on!

These photos are of work that caught my eye at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show in Bristol, where I went with my friend, Pat, on the 1st September.

Small quilts by Brenda Thomas - A Year at Exeter Cathedral

Lovely work by Dawn Berry. These are some detail shots of some of the work in her gallery area.

I love the stitching and the light colouring.

Work by Sally Sparks with unusual materials.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Something on Saturday

Cow - 35

A Certain Young Man came to me with this the other day.
Apparently it was a birthday present from my mom, who sent it back with him when he returned from his holiday in July. (My birthday was 25th July.) Thanks Mom!

A lovely mat for hot things? or at the moment a protective cover for the lid of my small slow cooker.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

a few interesting pieces from 2017 Festival of Quilts - 6

Okay, I meant to be done on these Festival of Quilts photos, but I had another look and decided to show more.
This set contains some quilts with boxes and some optical illusions.

Little Boxes - Elizabeth Melville
Interconnected - kathleen Moore
Loved the translucent effect...
which I also saw in this piece from the Matter of Time Gallery
Sue Reid - And the Wheels Go Round

Don't Box Me In - Trudi Wood
White January - Lisbet Borggreen
Loved the used of small print for this

Box on Box on Box - JillJohnson

Monday, 4 September 2017


On Friday last week I went to Bristol with my friend Pat, to the West Country Quilt and Textile show.
SAQA Made in Europe II was on show in one of the gallery spaces.

The show is a bit small, but it was lovely to see work from people who aren't on the Big Stage, so to speak, yet are producing great work.

I have a few photos, but the first and best thing is that I had time to stop and look at Val Bennett's stand - I generally only see her to wave or just to say a few words at the Festival of Quilts. This time my head was not so full of things and I was able to have a look through the hand-dyed fabrics they sell. Farne Designs I was just about fully out of the pieces I had from her in the past.
I love the fabrics as they have such a range of colour in one piece. The patterning is wonderful - I see all sorts of dragons and other stories in them!

Remember 'The Heat and the Flame' ? ...
the bright oranges are fabrics Val did especially for me.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

The beads are still going on...27-31 August and 1+2 September

Week 35 - 2017






All of August's beaded fabric packets.
Plus one

because I had just enough left of this interesting grey green, but had to use 2 regular green in each section with a sequin.

Back to the grey fabric for September and with orange beads. (running from peach to brown)


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Something on Saturday

Cow - 34

Another postcard - also kept in an acrylic frame with exposed sides, as you can tell.

Calf by Joan Berry

Friday, 1 September 2017

a few interesting pieces from 2017 Festival of Quilts - 5

Okay, I didn't manage to post this, though I had the photos ready to sort. I wanted to post it Friday.

I have been working pretty full on for some pieces which are to be in a book...which I am not to tell you about until I am allowed! So, trying to keep this going as well as keeping going on the project is not the easiest!
And after this one, I will be focusing on my entry for 7th European Triennial, which is also not to be shown until the show (if it gets in!)

But anyway...

A few more things of interest from the 3D and Wearable Art category called Quilts Creations.

Sisters by Jennie Callomon
I am not really a doll person. But I loved the use of fabrics for this pair.

This piece was truly a 'jewel' as stated in the title.
Hungarian Jewel - by the Hungarian Patchwork Guild.
The technique is Boutis and the motifs are of old ceramic tiles from the Transylvania area.
This brochure from a previous exhibition shows how it looks when lit up.

This was an interesting gown...especially as it was displayed next to my piece Willows by the Watercourses with the dangling willow leaves.
Willows by the Watercourses

All Tied Up by Mary Ornish
and finally some different views of the brilliant Deck Chairs by the Tanglewood Textiles group.
no. 1-3
A Closer look at the second one and facing no.3
no.4+5 and a detail of no.5

a few close-ups of what was under and behind the chairs!

All of it made by this brilliant group who have won awards for humorous group quilts in the past.