Tuesday, 9 February 2016

the shoreline

we have had several heavy showers of hail stones today
so it seems apt to share this heart with a winter beach theme
a winter heart stitched on white silk with  grey blue pebble fabric
shells from the beaches at St. Ives and Mousehole and silver snowflakes
 
I'm giving this away on my FACEBOOK page
please feel free to hop over and add your name or leave a comment here!

Monday, 8 February 2016

winter days

 
thank you for bearing with me while I've been away from this space and my other online places
I've been taking a break from stuff online for a while because, as you may know, I was very ill
from August to December last year with an auto immune illness that made me feel terrible
 
I found it difficult to juggle online stuff, which didn't seem as important as trying to
keep up with things at home and I really needed to give myself time to rest and work things out
 
 
during my time away I read a lot about auto immune illness and my own rare one, in particular,
trying to discover why it should come along now and how I could learn to manage it without medication (after initial treatment with steroids) and other stress management techniques
 
I've had to re-educate my sleep patterns, change my diet completely, cut down on caffeine
and drink a lot more water.  These days I have to pace myself, take care in ultraviolet light and strong sunshine and generally re-think a lot of things.  I don't spend so much time on the computer now and certainly try to switch off much earlier in the evening
 
there is a stress in my life that I carry ... that I have to learn to come to terms with and live with ...
it's a hard thing to bear but I do my best each and every day and I am, essentially,
a very happy person seeing the good and looking for the beauty in life
 
 
recently I have been feeling ready to write in this space again
and share my projects and things I find beautiful and inspiring
 
as usual ... I weather watch from the window seat
always in awe of the power of the sea
 

 
I made a little video of huge waves crashing over the harbour wall
it's a little too large to share here but you can see it on my facebook page

wild waves

in December I visited Amanda Richardson's show at The Salthouse Gallery, St. Ives
 
Amanda Richardson is a Cornish textile artist
who hand dyes her own fabrics to create very detailed textile collages
of landscapes, seascapes, water, rocks and plants
 
 
there is no stitching on these textile collages except for when Amanda chooses to use stitches
to attach her finished pieces to a canvas, instead the pieces of fabric are intricately cut,
placed and applied to form the images
 
the details are amazing and very, very fine ... her work is inspiring
if you wish, you can get in touch with Amanda or see more of her work here
 
 
 
I also discovered Ben Hecht's beautiful encaustic mixed media paintings ...
 
Ben is a mixed media artist working with encaustic and wax, embedding geometry designs,
old maps, music boxes, antique clock pieces, gem stones and fossils into his art
 


 
if you are inspired by nature and the natural world I am sure you will enjoy watching
Ben's video series and want to find out more about his work
 

there is much to look forward to ... coming up this year
 
I've already begun work for a textile show at St. Ives Arts Club at the end of July
it will run for 2 weeks from 23 July to 5 August 2016
(it replaces the show I was due to do in November last year)
more on that as work progresses ...
 
before that ... I'm taking part in "Stitch St. Ives"
a supplies show at The Island Centre, St. Ives, Cornwall
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March 2016
where I will have my own hand dyed fabrics, artisan beads, textile texture packs
inspiration packs and vintage collage packs
 
 I'm using the theme of St. Ives in a big way in 2016
inspired by my projects, sketchbooks and older work
 
these are my newest photos taken in January after my meeting at St. Ives Textiles
looking at old buildings and cottages and working at Porthmeor Studios
 
The Sloop Inn

 
 
 
St. Ives features again as the theme for
St. Ives Textiles Show during the St. Ives September Festival
to be held at Porthmeor Studios, St. Ives
 
I've been teaching textiles processes / sketchbooks
and the group have been creating wonderful journals full of samples
I will share more on that soon ...
 
meanwhile ... I'm gradually extending my working hours
and will be updating my etsy shop quite soon
 
shop
 
 
these winter days are for reflection, for contemplating new work
whilst aiming to keep a personal perspective
 
my life as an artist is a necessary and grounding thing
I love to create and move things around
exploring shape and colour, mark making and meaning
 
this process can't be rushed ...

Monday, 31 August 2015

August

what a month!
 
August turned out to be the busiest month of my year so far
 
 
the month started with a family holiday ... my family staying with me for a few days
we had lots of childish fun playing everything from charades to Cluedo
baked cookies, spent time in St. Ives and went beachcombing on the rocks
 
 
I helped my nephew make a crystal snowflake
and together we made a memory jar from the beach finds
which he calls his "summer beach star jar"
 
as usual I took a great many photos of colour on the beach
 
 
 
colours from the beach often inspire my work and hand made beads
 
 
below ... colours in seaweed
(macro photography)
 
 
just a few days later I attended Festival of Quilts 2015 at Birmingham
with my own entry inspired by watching the dark skies over the bay
 
 
"watching the dark sky"
I enjoyed making this abstract piece which is 50 x 134 cm
 
the background is hand painted cotton
and I used a variety of materials including my melted fabrics,
pieces of knitting and felt, silver paper, metallic fabrics and pieces of carpet!
 

pieces of silk were hand dyed or painted and I incorporated a section
at the bottom using the technique of reverse applique with french knots and beads
 
 
I was very pleased with the colours and the choice of materials
and especially like the reverse applique "rocks" which have since inspired some stitched pebbles

small rocks at low tide inspired the colours and shapes

 
however, the quilting needs more attention ... ie. it needs more quilting and stitching
(it was very hard to pull it through my sewing machine when I wasn't well)
but I didn't worry about that when I sent it up to Festival
I have a whole year to play with it before it goes on show again in 2016
 
this is what the whole panel looks like ...
 
"watching the dark sky"
 
I had a wonderful time at Festival of Quilts
my friend Margaret and I stayed at The Hilton for a couple of nights
and we had lots of time to meet up with many other stitching and textile friends
spent a fortune and, as you can imagine, took hundreds of photographs
 
I will share some of the wonderful quilts in a separate post
but here are just a couple of my most favourite art quilts
above - the work of Sandra Meech in response to the flooding of the Somerset Levels
 
 
above and below - the work of Genevieve Attinger - called  "La Rumeur"
 
 
part of the "Through our Hands" exhibition
which was my most favourite part of the show
 
it was while I was at Festival of Quilts I started to feel very unwell
(only in hindsight did I realise that I may have been ill for longer)
and I've since been diagnosed with quite a rare auto immune illness
which I'm having to learn about and come to terms with
 
so ... lots of medication and the need to rest
means I can't put in the long hours I am used to doing
I've had to take a bit of time out from the internet
because it was making me feel very tired and aggravated symptoms
(that's why I haven't been around quite so much recently)
 
but, actually, it was nice to step back and have more time to sew and make beads
 
 
I had my Mum and sister down to stay last weekend
and I managed a short walk out to the post office with them
 
it was nice to spend time down in the harbour
 
 
and just a few days ago ... I had a lovely day in Truro with friend Jo
we went to see "The Mousetrap" at Hall For Cornwall
 
meanwhile ...
I've also been working a bit on my pieces for St. Ives Textiles
we have our show in just under two weeks time
as part of St. Ives September Festival
 
12-19 September 2015
at Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St. Ives
 
 

 
samples and gatherings
 
 
card making
 

 
and sun printing

 
well ... I think that's all as we see August out
except to say I will be updating my etsy shop on Saturday 5 September
I will have some of my newest hearts and beads for sale
so please pop by if you are interested
 
 
thank you for reading today ♥

Friday, 14 August 2015

back soon ...

just to say I will be taking a little longer before returning to my blog and other online places as I'm really not well at all at the moment.  I will be back here as soon as I can ... thanks for visiting always xx