Tuesday, 29 April 2014
The last two African trees have been finished and that's that. All six of them have all been based on photos of real trees but they do not always look likely. The one on the left I can live with but not the one on the right - but it did really have that branch structure.
Today I went into Worcester and took a long walk along the Worcester and Birmingham canal. Walking is more important than anything else at the moment. A minimum of 2 hours a day. Tomorrow I will walk over to the other side of town.
The lower one is a species tree peony which I grew from seed. It just gets better every year. The flowers are about four inches across.
Off now to work on the Kennet Valley Guild project. I need to do some more towards assembly - and I need to make a cotton shirt before Saturday. So I will be up late tonight.
Monday, 28 April 2014
On Saturday morning I drove my usual route to Nature in Art and south of Tewkesbury at a round about came across two enormous cranes, two earth movers and a very large number of men in yellow hard hats. My attention was fixed on negotiating this lot but it did seem that they were putting something actually on the roundabout. The next morning I stopped down the road and took photos.
The auriculas are massed outside the front door and still very cheering. Now off to sort out the money taken at the exhibition.
Friday, 25 April 2014
The Museum has a lovely exhibition of Bookbinding on until May 18th. It is a number of books with highly decorated binding. Very nice - and very informative.
There were lots of visitors and they all wanted to talk. One in particular was a gentleman who started his conversation with 'Explain to me about Textile Art'. He is a watercolour artist (I suspect he may be rather good). The conversation then moved on to artists vs craftsmen. And he very shrewdly said, You are not very sure about that, are you? He never actually said the exhibition was rubbish but I suspect he was being polite. He did say he did not visit many textile exhibitions but he would in future. Oh well!
Thursday, 24 April 2014
I have been reading Tien Chiu's blog and amazed at the varieties of citrus fruit she has access to. I never realised that there could be varieties of lemons and oranges. Then I realised that this is because they grow these commercially in California and she might at sea here in buying plums. Actually, the rest of the UK is pretty ignorant about plums too. I have no time for the UK staple- Victorias but look for Early Orleans or Marjorie Seedlings. I know my Pershore Eggs from my Svetchen.
There are more auriculas in flower and I have photos but have left the camera at Nature in Art so will load photos this evening.
Monday, 21 April 2014
The above is the only colour piece we made at the Pop-up engineering class. The front section is floating in front of the background.
Tomorrow I start being Artist-in-Residence at Nature in Art and must load the car with two looms and all the attendant paraphernalia.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
That is what I am doing for four days over Easter. I have made seven or eight different mechanisms and have spent today making five in a set to bind into a book tomorrow. So far everything has been done in white card but tomorrow we make a real card with artwork of our own choice. I spent sometime at home printing out a set of photos to use here and I have something suitable. I do have lots of photos but they are white on white so not easy to see.
Here is one which has some tissue paper involved. This was an intermediate version. The final version has another layering front with a small pot growing a caladium plant. Didn't you recognise them? Tut tut. This one, by the way, folds into a flat card.
This is one of the five examples to be put in the book tomorrow. It does not show up as a static photo. I suppose I could take videos. Again it folds into a card.
Ruth is making great progress with her garden design and is sitting beside me at this moment, trawling the web for suitable plants to furnish her grand design. We have been walking for an hour or more each morning before breakfast, still in training for the Camino de Santiago. That start in only two weeks so I have been reading a guide book on Madrid to find out what we should be seeing in the one and a half days we have there before setting out.
And there is far too much provided.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
While I was fighting with black felt, the others were dealing with the pieces of weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, dyeing (well we are talented bunch) and they had trouble with the Velcro glue as well.
The weather is glorious and the garden is full of flowers. I even did a bit of gardening this morning. I have finished tying on the handspun blanket but I am off tomorrow to West Dean College to do a weekend on Pop-Up Engineering. I am looking forward to it.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Lots of trilliums, including these lovely red ones. And Magnolia campbellii just going over with later magnolias in full flower. And all the time the sun blazed from a cloudless sky.
Saturday, 12 April 2014
I have also sorted out and tied on the multi-coloured warp on the 12 shaft Meyer. I have woven four African trees, three of which are on display at Nature in Art and there is enough warp left for another two. I will take that loom to Nature In Art just after Easter (April 22nd to 27th ) when I am demoing weaving. I have borrowed a Guild loom to let visitors have a go. I believe we have school groups that week.
A lot of tidying up has happened and two clear shelves have appeared in the office! Unheard of. I could do with getting to that stage in the studio but it will not happen until the handspun blanket is done and the fabric for the small Newbury Coat is completed.
There has been a lot of gardening, planting vegetable plants and sowing seeds. The garden, in fact everyone's garden, is fantastic at the moment. Tomorrow I am going to Hidcote with the family to see how that is making out.
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
An interesting fact which I realised this evening. I would not dream of entering for the sewing or the baking challenge but I would have no hesitance in tackling many of the recipes in the Bake-Off but would not even think of tackling any project from the Sewing Bee. A silk tie! an evening dress! Not to mention yoga outfits in stretch material. Ah well what shall I do on Tuesday evenings until the Bake-Off starts up again?
Yesterday was spent hanging the exhibition -well helping, getting in the way, whatever you care to call it. I find hanging a difficult exercise. I find it easier if each artist hangs her work together but I admit it is nicer if the pieces are mixed up and there is a theme. My problem is that I cannot see what to do.
Today was a day off and I paid bills, filed bits of paper, tidied up and went for a very long walk. Now to see if google will deign to publish my blog input
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- I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.