I have spent a lovely weekend with my friends of the Machine Embroidery Group (MEG) . On Wednesday you see I had an idea - another Steam punk jacket for me. So whilst away - I set up - 2 metres x 150 cm purple fabric I had already dyed. Covered with two layers of turquoise net and a layer of Black twinkle nylon. Then I started stitching figures of eight in matching purple thread. I got about half way through, so excellent progress - when I have done this I will stitch again in black and then burn back before making the jacket. Pictures of work in progress so far..
I have just come across the most amazing website -Kirsty Mitchell - click here - Kirsty is an amazing photographer and costume maker.- her Wonderland series has kept me enthralled for the last few hours.
As promised here are some of my new mono prints - this is just a selection from the 100+ that I made. Sorry this post is photo heavy :-) I just love them all. My next sketchbook (yes the next one!!) which is going to be a landscape A5 size (not tried landscape before) may include some of these colour mono prints extended.
I have developed another 'illness' recently - I know it's probably caused by taking immune suppressants - I have Nodular Episccleritis. My eye is beginning to feel a little less itchy today.
I have had a lovely weekend with my Textile 21 friends at Kingcombe, although I was ill on Sunday night. I made more mono prints which I will show to you in the next post - I need to scan some - most were black and white but I also tried some in colour. I had taken some of the recent mono prints - I showed you here. I had photocopied some, enlarged some, then cut them up, stuck some pieces into my book and then had fun extending them - I have completely filled an A6 sketchbook - that's a first for me !!!! :-) here are a few examples... on some pages it is not easy to see where the cut pieces are!
I tried to copy a couple of them in stitch (you can see my practice tonal column first):
There may be more paper and/or stitch pieces as the mood takes me, I do like this black and white work.
When I woke it was a lovely bright sunny morning - so I went for a walk at 7.30 am and collected some interesting stuff.
When I got home I did some charcoal rubbings and then some mono printing and press printing - the kitchen was full of paper and paint
- some of it was successful, some not :-)
Below are a few pages from the book we worked on last week. I had cut some pages and started some charcoal work. The first picture on the left is at class - the rest are from today where I had carried working on the pages and the pages opened to look 3D. The last one on the bottom right is what appeared on the following page.
I had a brilliant last day on the three day Sketchbook course with Dawn. It is sad that the course is over - would have liked it to keep going ! When I got home I spent £75 on sketchbooks (online) I hope I get into using them :-).
Amongst other things on the day we did some mono printing, which I have not done for year and years. I tried to be a bit more focused on a couple of these but I have a lovely set of pieces (they don't scan very well !). I have become inspired with these scans and have some ideas in mind but I want to keep them secret at the moment in case I don't get anywhere.
You see I have completely lost interest in the Van Gogh jacket for the moment and I want to try something else for a while.
this page - not sure it is any better than the photocopies ;-)
Then a quick machine 'drawing' for my Mother's Day Card ...
Am also having doubts about the Van Gogh Jacket - I keep thinking I could turn the pieces I am making so far into some sort of hanging or panel instead but the ideas have just dried up - probably due to the fact that my head is so full of fungus.
To start - sorry I am suffering :-( - I have managed to pick up my first virus for years - I have ''flu". I know it's because I am on immune suppressants and cant take any meds to help get rid of this horrid cold.
Still I managed to get to the second day of the Sketchbook course with Dawn and again it was brilliant, despite just starting to feel rough. Before I went I did another concertina page in my tiny book - I found this lovely picture - a butter advert (sorry I had started to cut it up before I decided to take the picture) - I then used the technique Dawn taught and created this...
Below are two pages from my sketchbook- made on Thursday with Dawn - the first was done using a photocopy of my favourite ceiling - it was such fun extending the work - love it !
The second piece is a textural interpretation of another favourite picture - it's OK but I need to try more to get really comfortable with the technique.
I would strongly recommend the course with Dawn and the WSTA in general for some great sounding courses. I am looking forward to day 3 and doing more courses with Dawn in the future.
Now back to bed with a hot water bottle and large drink !