Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hooray - a New project at last

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..

This is a sample of the idea....
 Watch this space

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Amazing Website to share

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.

You must check it out !

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Some mono prints

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.









More mono print fun - and a full sketchbook !!!


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.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Today - monoprinting

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.






Saturday, March 07, 2015

Course last day and inspiration

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.










Sunday, March 01, 2015

Today's projects

Today's projects whilst feeling really rough...

Turned these two photocopies into
 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.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sketchbook day 2 and sick

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 !