Monday, 4 May 2015

a colourful week

happy bank holiday Monday ... hope it's going well for you all
I don't know about you ... but I really missed my weekly hour of Poldark last night
really ... that stunning Cornish scenery ... I shall miss it ;o) !!
thank you for all your healing thoughts and best wishes
my hand is on the mend but will be another week or two before I'm back to normal
I haven't been able to sew but have managed a bit of collage and painting
and made the most of the week by organising materials for our renovation
project at home, meeting up with friends and shopping
on Monday I met up with my friend Sally MacCabe
Sally has a show in St. Ives Arts Club at the moment
(open till Tuesday 5 May ... if you would still like to get there)
Sally has a lovely mix of book sculptures, jewellery and papier mache bowls
as well as her gorgeous mixed media paintings ... well worth a visit!

in St. Ives on Monday ... the harbour was looking very colourful
the little red boats are hire boats that appear from Easter until September
a sure sign that summer is not far away ...
I met my friend Margaret and we sat and had a pasty looking at this view

we popped in St. Ives Society of Artists to look at the members' current work
and I always buy a card to remind myself of my visit
this week I chose Carol Lander's colourful print "seaweed memories"

obviously drawn to the wonderful use of colour and shapes
(I see pebbles and mussels as well as seaweed forms)

Carol Lander

on Tuesday I met up with friends Jo and Linda in Archie Browns Café in Penzance
and afterwards enjoyed buying art supplies in Penzance Art Shop, Jims and Buttons and Bows
I also picked up Coast magazine because I was interested in the article
about Dom Bridges and the interesting things he creates with gathered seaweed
and also Period Living because my friend Viv Sliwka (Hen's Teeth) is featured ... great article !

back in Mousehole ... I met up with long time blog friend Janice and her hubby
we had tea (I was naughty and had a cream tea) in the very lovely rock pool café
Janice and I exchanged gifts ... I gave her a little winter stitched seaside heart
and she gave me these beautiful fabrics and threads to add to my stash
thank you Janice and the lovely Mr. P ♥

talking of friends ... I'd love to share with you these gorgeous goodies
that my very lovely friend Judy Scott sent me as a housewarming gift recently
Judy designs and screen prints the most beautiful and colourful retro designs
inspired by her native Scottish coastline, nature and her art studies
here Judy sent me a lavender sachet in her own printed fabric
and one of her tea towels which is far too nice to use ... but, of course, I will use it
because these days I don't save things for best anymore ... they are to be enjoyed NOW
because you can't take them with you ... can you ... ;o)

take a look at her wonderful website - Judy Scott Designs
Judy's beautiful, colourful, retro work and designs
adorable ... thank you Judy ♥

and may I also share this beautiful zine from lovely friend Cathy Cullis
I am a collector ... I love her work so much ...
her words are as beautiful as her paintings and fine embroideries

Cathy Cullis

yes ... I have enjoyed getting lost in Cathy's poetry ...
her  magical woven stories and imaginings
as always immaculately presented
so very fine ... thank you Cathy ♥

the rest of the week I was seriously running round Cornwall sourcing materials for our
current renovation projects ... Penzance, Hayle, Camborne, Redruth, Truro and St. Austell

my living room is under a cloud of dust ... the granite fireplace is coming out!
it's exhausting but great fun ... and will be worth all the mess and dust
to think that some huge projects will get done in the house this year
I managed a little work in the evenings ...
mainly small paintings and collages as I haven't been able to sew

"Penwith dark hills"
the moody landscape around Zennor ablaze with yellow gorse
acrylics - 18 x 10 cm

"Cape Cornwall"
inspired by the beautiful Poldark countryside
and the coast road between St. Ives and St. Just that I love so much
acrylics - 18 x 10 cm

and smaller ones ... playing with movement ... the motion of the sea and huge waves
six small paintings in all ... to be worked into further perhaps
on my worktop with a growing pile of seaside inspired textile art hearts
(for a future shop update)

this is a collage I began a while ago
using leftover papers that didn't make it into my current sketchbook ...

 mixed media - monoprints, gelli prints, collaged papers, oil pastels, acrylics
waxed text, beeswax, pastel wrapper, feather print and gilding flakes

so while I had my paints out I began to apply leftover paint from my palette

all that remains is to fill in with finer watercolour
and add some marks either with pen or stitch ... in black I think

it was quite hard to photograph the textures and gild ... but I like it very much
I may use it for inspiration for a  new "process" sketchbook that I'm about to begin next week
(or I may use a viewer on a Lar Cann painting instead ... decisions ... decisions ...)
I hope to be back sewing again very soon (seascapes landscapes and seaside hearts)
and in my next post here I will share another sketchbook idea inspired by "leftovers"
thank you for visiting and for all your very kind comments ♥

Saturday, 25 April 2015

textiles at Porthmeor Studios St. Ives Cornwall

 on Wednesday 18th March
along with other members of St. Ives Textiles I was invited to and attended
the private view of work by textile design students at Falmouth University
"a collaboration between Falmouth University Textile Students and Liberty Interiors"
held at Porthmeor Studios, St. Ives
the textile design students all worked to a brief
set by the Head of Design at Liberty Home Interiors,
that brief to create printed textile designs focusing on the rich creative heritage
associated with the famous Porthmeor Studios in St. Ives Cornwall
I have to say that all of the work was fabulous and very inspiring indeed
it was a joy to see the students' sketchbooks and design progression
as well as to be there to see the awards announced for best fabric design,
each finalist having their designs printed and included
in a future Liberty collection which is very exciting
I didn't take any photos on the night as the event was very well supported
and it was far too busy to do so ... but at one of our St. Ives Textile meetings
recently I was delighted to see the work was still being exhibited and grabbed the
opportunity to share with you this wonderful work, all inspired by this part of Cornwall,
in particular Porthmeor Studios itself, the work of well known artists at Porthmeor Studios
Porthmeor beach, St. Ives and it's harbour and the Penwith countryside
I am sharing the work in alphabetical order by first name and underneath the photos
you will find the artists' statements explaining where their inspiration came from
as, I feel, the work is far more interesting when the context is known

Aimee Dellow
The identity of this painterly design is about capturing the essence of St. Ives.
It's also inspired by artists Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon

Aimee Harrison
"Harbour and the Sea" - my inspiration came from the harbour in St. Ives and the motion of waves against the cliff tops.  Through my research I was surprised at how close the water was to the houses on the harbour.  The pictorial location formed the base for my design .  I was also interested in the waves and mimicked ways to create motion of water through swirls and circles.  Iconic artist Alfred Wallis is another influence on my work whose creative presence has been and continues to inspire creativity within the Porthmeor Studios

Bethany Crossley
Growing up in Cornwall I am familiar with the vulnerable and ever changing relationship between the sea and the coast.  My intention was to combine the free and uncontrollable quality of the ocean lapping on the shore with the graphic quality I observed in the architecture of Tate St. Ives, Porthmeor Studios and sculptures in the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Demelza Snell
"A Fisherman's Story" - my design is based upon the fishing villages around Cornwall, focusing mainly on Mousehole.  In my design I really wanted to show some of the beauty, which lies within Cornwall, emphasizing this by using bright colours and bold lines inspired by the work of Bryan Pearce.  In addition to this, I have tried to capture some of my fond memories made living in and travelling around Cornwall

Eleanor Taylor
"At the margin between land and sea" - Porthmeor Studios are witness to a rich and powerful environment that includes brilliant summer sunshine, contrasting with fierce storms and tides. These extremes stimulate natural colours, patterns and textures to be integral in every aspect of St. Ives

Ellie Barker
Inspired by former Porthmeor Studio artist Trevor Bell, I have explored movement and colour within the expanse of the Cornish sea; looking from the coast to the depths seeking ways to present 2D designs which still express a strong sense of aqueous motion.  By observing natural sunsets and their reflection I have delved into the alteration of colour and pattern, in the ebb and flow of waves, and attempted to bring this fruition on paper

Gabrielle Rowe
"Assorment" - influenced by artists Ben Nicholson, Wilhelmena Barns-Graham and, more notably, Sir Peter Blake, "Assorment" brings together found and collected items from the local area of St. Ives to create an ordered, hand rendered, design.  With the thought of heritage in mind, this piece of work suggests nostalgia while maintaining a playful contemporary aesthetic.  This detailed yet soft approach gives a sense of form and structure, reminiscent of the domestic environment

Georgina Hackett

"see the sea" - taking inspiration from Borlase Smart and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and their work in the Porthmeor Studios, this design captures the essence of the Cornish environment, looking at different elements from a range of perspectives and creating a sketchy quality to the piece.  The minimal colour in the design creates a quiet atmosphere, which can be applied to interior furnishings for a calming mood
Georgina Kirkup
"Porth La" - inspired by movement and light on water, "Porth La" captures the winter sun casting cool rays over the dark and calm sea at Porthmeor beach.  For many years artists have been drawn to St. Ives because of it's sheer natural beauty, the sun which shines so frequently here has been a source of inspiration for many artists including Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Patrick Heron who both painted here at Porthmeor Studios

Hannah Bayliss
"Flourishing St. Ives" - my main focus for this Porthmeor Studio design was to create an abstract expressionist landscape whilst depicting St. Ives.  Taking initial inspiration from artists such as Peter Lanyon and Patrick Heron, I have thought about the influence of colour and the positioning of observation to inform my drawing.  "Flourishing St. Ives" has been painted capturing Porthmeor beach from high ground and designed to make a successful repeat pattern
Holly Woodman
"In An Artists Studio" - on visiting the Porthmeor Studios I was immediately drawn to the paint splatters on the floor, relishing in the fact that they are an historical trace of former artists working in the studios.  On further exploration I recognized the artists tools.  It would be easy to pass these off as less creative observations; paint-caked palettes, crusty paint brushes, blunt pencils and wilting flowers, once a still life scene.  However, the objects instantly excited me.  By stripping everything back to the bare of the studio I was able to feel the work and creativity that has been part of St. Ives for many years

Isla Middleton
"Coastal Journey" - inspiration for this design has been drawn from the movement and fluidity of water, the ever changing weather and the coastal landscape surrounding St. Ives.  The entwined plant forms are inspired by seaweed being tossed up onto Porthmeor beach in stormy weather and the underlying swirling pattern represents wind thermals and water eddying and flowing around rocks.  Inspiration has been taken from both Peter Lanyon and Bryan Wynter, through use of colour and their connection and interaction with the Cornish landscape

Joey O'Neill
"A Different View" - the key inspiration behind this artwork is the bright, bold and instantly recognisable work of Sir Terry Frost who worked within Porthmeor Studios from 1950.  This design originated from a collection of designs, which were created to illustrate that no two people look at the same view and interpret it in the same way.  My original drawings have been deconstructed, collaged and simplified to create a new view

Larissa Vinck
"Poetry of the Moving Sea" - inspired by my personal interpretation of the Cornish scenery, the lyrical perceptions of poet W S Graham and the artistic visions of artist Ben Nicholson, this art piece aims to represent and glorify the diversity of artistic talents who have found inspiration from the rugged, vast region of Penwith.  Ben Nicholson's perception of the landscape and his way of capturing movement and life provided me with a clear understanding of the heritage of the land and the changes it has seen throughout the different generations that have inhabited it.  Combining abstract and figurative elements together, my work intends to capture the different approach artists have explored since the beginning of the artistic communities

Lily Grace Brunsdon
"You'll Find Me on the Moors" - Patrick Heron drew inspiration from the magical, wild Zennor landscape surrounding him.  This is where my inspiration lies too.  Heron felt an affinity with this environment and talked about the "recording of a moment" within his abstract paintings.  Having been in this untamed Zennor landscape myself I have strived to capture the essence of it and find my own interpretation of the "moment".  I am intrigued by this wilderness and the wildlife that inhabits this terrain

Madeleine Farbon
"Godrevy Waves" - taking inspiration from St. Ives and Porthmeor Studios, this design incorporates and abstract geometric patterning reflecting influences from Ben Nicholson's more cubist artworks motivated in turn by his Parisian acquaintances with Picasso and Mondrian.  The colour in this design is inspired by stormy seas and the paintings by Roger Hilton.  The dominant use of line also reflects an influence from the work of Bob Law, as well as research into fifties printed fabrics

Trina Conway
"Once Upon a St. Ives" - behind every place, either a large city or a small like St. Ives, lies myths and legends, which help build up that place's character, adding a sense of mystery and difference.  Combining three legends related to St. Ives, including The Tale of St. Ia, The Woman in White and The Ghostly Shipwreck as well as having gained inspiration from Wilhelmina Barns-Graham's work, I have, in response, produced a variety of imagery from my interpretation of these legends and combined these to produce my final design
if you would like to find out more about the iconic Porthmeor Studios
and the famous School of Painting you can visit these sites ...
St. Ives Textiles is very proud to be associated with Porthmeor Studios
we are currently working towards an exhibition of work on the theme of "seeds and pods"
to be held during the St. Ives September Festival in 2015
the actual dates are 12-19 September 2015
if you live in Cornwall, or are down on holiday, we would love to welcome you to our show
and there will be a lovely variety of work for sale as well as wall art
you can follow along on our website - ST. IVES TEXTILES
and we have a brand new FACEBOOK page too ...
thanks so much for reading today
I hope to be back next week with more textiles.  I've badly hurt my right hand (my stitching hand) in a freaky accident.  I fell and impaled my hand on some carpet gripper ... it's a very nasty, very deep cut about 3 inches long on the palm of my hand so it's been stitched at the hospital and my arm is in a sling ... so you can imagine how long it has taken me to write this post today!
have a lovely weekend ♥

Monday, 20 April 2015

mosaic monday

a misty one to start off the week ...
I often wonder what we would do if we didn't have the weather to discuss
thankfully, those easterly winds have died down now and yesterday was quite pleasant but chilly

I hope you all had a good weekend

mine was a quiet one ... sewing curtains for my bedroom
and organising my various projects and the ever growing pile of samples for sketchbooks
I hope to find time this week to have a "sticking in" session
quite soon ... I will have some very inspiring Cornish designs to share with you from the
collaboration between Falmouth University Textile Design students and Liberty Interiors
I will be updating the ST. IVES TEXTILES website a bit later on today and
I will have new seaside hearts which I will share on my FACEBOOK page this afternoon
have a good week ahead and many thanks always for visiting ♥

Saturday, 18 April 2015

wild easterly winds

it's wild in Mousehole today
with 40 mph easterly winds battering the front of the house
I love how changeable it all is ... so unpredictable ... so beautiful
have a good weekend everyone ♥

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

summer on a spring day

I had a wonderful day in St. Ives on Monday

the day started out very misty in St. Ives but by lunchtime it had cleared and
after our session at St. Ives Textiles a few of us went for lunch at Porthmeor Café

I discovered these lovely seedheads outside Tate St. Ives
 I had to grab my camera ...

we had a very good session at St. Ives Textiles ... playing with markal oil paint sticks
I mainly used the metallic and iridescent oil sticks with stencils on paper
and rubbings on thin cotton fabric
this is a stencilling on paper using a limited palette of black silver and copper
and this is a relief print from a rubbing on paper
a more colourful rubbing on paper which I will work into with watercolour later
and a bluebell pattern rubbing on cotton fabric
once the oil has dried out sufficiently and the fabric has been heat pressed
I plan to over dye the cotton and hand stitch into it
these are all samples for my current sketchbook
I will be sharing the group's session with markal oil sticks on the website next week
I've already posted "seeds and pods" to the site this week (an earlier session)
you can click on the link below if you would like to follow along ...
in my garden ...
my bluebells are not quite flowering yet ... but it won't be long!
meanwhile ... I am enjoying a blue haze of grape hyacinths and forget me knots
for quite a while I sat on the steps in the sunshine
watching a pale blue butterfly flit in the dappled light
(I wasn't quick enough to capture it)
I sat there doing nothing ... just closed my eyes for a few moments
and all I could hear was birdsong and the cry of the gulls down in the harbour
it was utter bliss!!
forget me knots with their sunshiney middles
are such friendly little chaps nodding in the breeze
they like to muck in and mingle with other beauties
and I think they are "up there" amongst my most favourite flowers
once the Cornish mist lifted it was like summer on a spring day
and you can quite see why I've been distracted by the garden this past week!
before coming in to sew ... I pressed a garden full of wild flowers
in my big flower presses and between the pages of a big book
they will make me smile when I rediscover them again in winter time