Archives for the month of: August, 2011

It’s taken me a crazy amount of time to fathom out how to add a blog roll, even my son who is far more computerate than me struggled with it. I’ve only added a few so far, but catching up on the tinpot one  I found photos of me working at the museum.

Also I found on Jean Pierre Coasne’s a photo of an embossing I gave them as a gift when we visited in May. It was a wood cut of Queen Anne’s Lace (or Cow Parsley to give it it’s common name) or Anthriscus sylvestris in Latin.

Wood cut of cow parsley  
I’ve taken lots of photos of cow parsley at different times of the year and various stages of growth. I love it’s delicate tiny flowers which totally belie it tenacity, it’s a real thug and seeds so readily and swamps out other wild flowers.

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These are just a few of my photos of cow parsley and it’s relatives. Some of which I used in another project. Another day.

I have been sorting out my colour projects photos and looking at how my Colour Spinner came about. It all started at the beginning of my second semester when we were given a big colour project to do over several months. This involved looking at colour theory and colour mixing, but also our own experimentation and a final piece/s.

 I can’t remember quite where I started (I haven’t had my sketchbook back yet). But one of the things I remembered from a kid was how messy your fingers got when eating Smarties. I thought I’d utilise this and put Smarties onto wet cartridge paper expecting the colours to run and seep into one another and blend together giving a range of softer colours.

This didn’t happen very much at all – presumably too many mums complained about stained clothes and they have changed the formulations and the range of colours for healthier alternatives (pre common knowledge about E numbers etc).

But what did happen was the sugar in the coating acted as a glue and stuck them to the paper. It just seemed fun and certainly stopped me eating them. Once I brought them home I’d unwittingly left them in the dog’s reach and the colours soon faded!


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I’ve been making cards ready for Insight the last couple of days. They are based on the colour wheel and the effects of how we perceive  colours depending on what’s next to them.

I’m planning on doing some stitched versions of them too. Watch this space!

I’m also working on the text and the image of my Colour Spinner to go on the back of the cards, this may sound simple, but I’m still fumbling along with PhotoShop. It’s a case of two steps forward and one step back. Anything I haven’t done for a while I’m struggling to remember how to do it.

My Colour Spinner I’ll post about another day, I’ve taken a few photographs but none really show how it really looks and for best effect you need to be able to play with it for yourself.

I have long been fascinated by stained glass windows particularly rose windows. I love the bright colours and the patterns that they make especially when the light shines through them.

I used to sit for hours as a child making circular patterns with a compass and colouring them in. So I was delighted to find a book called Kaleidometrics The art of making beautiful patterns from circles by Sheillah Shaw some years ago. I recently came across it when I was tidying up before our French twinning visitors arrived and had a little play with the simplest grid.

This is the original pattern out-lined in gold pen but still showing the pencil lines that I constructed the design from, I did this a few weeks ago and still can’t bear to rub out the pencil lines! But once I’d put on the gold pen it was photocopied, a few on to ordinary white paper and one onto thin black card. The pencil lines didn’t show up but the gold outline  just about showed enough (with getting the light right) to put in another gold outline.

Today I’ve painted it with pearly watercolours. I’m not  sure about the colours yet, it was difficult to tell while it  was still wet and also the light is not good with the  weather. The photo doesn’t show the true colours either.

Drift by my window

This will be the fourth year I’ve taken part in  North Lincolnshire Artists’ Open Studios. The whole event is well worth a visit, lots of inspiring work to see and the opportunity to talk to the individual artists. (This is the bit I miss – seeing the other artists work, as we are all open at the same time.) Saturday and Sunday, 17/18 & 24/25 September 2011, 10.30 – 5.00 each day.

The colours of autumn and the leaves falling from the trees were my inspiration for this textile piece. The layers were built up overlapping the individual leaves in different weight fabrics, some opaque and some transparent, stitch and burning adding to the texture of the finished piece.

This shows  a close up detail of ‘Drift by my window’.

close up of 'Drift by my window'

Since I last posted we have had no phone and no internet for 3 weeks, then French twinning visitors (great fun) for a nearly week,  then just over a week in the Czech Republic (fantastic), a day at the Quilt Show at the NEC (inspiring) and then intermittent internet for the last week.

One of the French guys is a printer ( His studio is fabulous and I’ve had the privelige of a tour around it twice now. He also helped me learn a bit more about how to blog on a rare internet connection, so hopefully this entry will look better than my first couple of posts.

The Czech Republic visit came about by inviting two Czech guys that were at university with our son for Christmas, as they weren’t going home. I couldn’t bear to think of them alone on campus and would hope that if our son was away from home someone would invite him for Christmas. They were both delightful guests, the only problem was they only came for a couple of days. Anyway we were all invited to visit the family of one of the lads for a few days after staying with him in Prague for a long weekend. His mum also quilts (she had admired one of my quilts on the back of the chair during a skype session). So I knew what to take as a pressie – quilting fabric.

The morning we were leaving for Prague I had an inspired idea: to take half of the fabrics I had ready to make the matching one she had admired. OK, OK. I’m always last minute, but the French had only left the previous morning and then I worked all day. Anyway, as usual I had far more fabric than I needed for one quilt, so to halve it all and to see how differently we each use it will be interesting and an incentive to get on with it. I have a few ideas but haven’t started it yet!

A selection of my half of the stash.