the clocks sprung forward last night
it has felt like the first day of spring ... chilly ... but sunny, bright and inspiring
my studio looks out over the garden at the back of the house
and I sit looking at blue skies, a sea of grape hyacinths and ripening bluebells
a positive haze of blue
on my desk I am surrounded by little piles of inspiration
and it got me thinking about how much I do love snippets of things ...
tiny little pieces ... nostalgic little gatherings and accumulations
I have little collections of things all around my studio
pots and jars and boxes of shells, feathers, fabrics, beads, threads and found things
beach string and seaweed
vintage photos, old books and words ... I like to collect words ...
most of it is from nature and connected to being near the sea
the feeling of being near the sea and memories of long ago holidays
of beachcombing days, fresh salty sea breezes, paddling in beach streams
sand dunes and sand castles
snippets inspire and inform my work as much as anything else does
the tiny valuable pieces left over, rescued and saved from larger pieces of work
they inform how all of my work comes together
I use the snippets on the seaside hearts I love to stitch
and I remember where every piece comes from
I reflect on a walk on the beach gathering shells
how I discovered a new way of working while experimenting
where that button came from ...
the button thing comes from my Mum
I adored her tin of buttons when I was a child
the cards I've been making are inspired by rock pools
last week's samples with faux encaustic had me rummaging in a bag of waxed snippets
it prompted a fresh dipping session and reminded me that
hand dyed tissue paper is wonderfully translucent for layering
(below - some of my textured hand stitched beach and rock pool cards)
I'm enjoying working through the processes in The Surface Treatment Workshop book
especially as it has helped me tremendously to get back into a rhythm in my studio
I am finding that the initial focus is to follow as many of the prompts as I can
then my "what iffing" side takes over as I try this and that ...
by the time it comes to sticking my samples in my sketchbook
I find I'm considering ways to improve, enhance
making discoveries all the while
and one thing leads to another ...
sometimes it may just need a button ...
sometimes it needs a bit more layering or "bling"
perhaps I'll add some silk and scrim ... then iron on some gold foil
perhaps as I iron on the foil it will melt a layer of the waxy gel medium on the photograph
smoothing it and erasing the brush strokes ... a happy (and useful) discovery indeed
I think gold foil and rust work very well together
this little sample featured more of the rusted waxed tissue paper
but I felt I needed to put something in the space
so I blanket stitched around a Dorset button ring in ochre gold thread
and added buttons and stitch to the last couple of samples
running stitches and a snippet of orange melted textile
just finished off the little cottage sample
I have another couple of new collages almost completed but will share another day
thanks so much (always) for visiting me here ... it's good to be in touch with you all again