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30 April 2016

British Birds - November Revealed

Essex Wildlife Trust
Ingrebourne Valley Centre
Sat 30th April - Mon 2nd May
poster on right

Well as the Exhibition is up and in place, here are images of my work.  We had a draw for a month and I had November, so a bird you can see in that month.
From the previous clues....

~ a bit of realism
it's wearing Winter plumage....

~ a pun on words
look closely, and the bird species is revealed

~ interpretive dance
this one surely gives it away...

~a tongue firmly in cheek joke
living in a place of  multiple occupancy?

Well have you got it?

Its a


22 April 2016

Count Down to Exhibition

Well the bags are packed, the work is done and everything is ready for The Material Girls  exhibition 'British Birds' over the Holiday weekend.
30th April - 2nd May

The work has involved struggle... for some reason each piece has taken against me, being difficult - office chairs which sink at a vital moment, causing hiccup stitches, equipment which works perfectly on the test then mashes up the real piece, knocking glue over which is making a river towards the work.  There's gesso on the phone, paint on a jumper, snapped scalpel blades and a growling sewing machine.  Even almost straightened out a curved needle.  To name a few.  Its been long time since I felt so consistently and overwhelmingly conspired against.  But breathe, its all achieved.

I will share images once its up, but for my month and bird, the four pieces involve....
~ a bit of realism
~ a pun on words
~ a tongue firmly in cheek joke
~ interpretive dance

you will need to visit to see which is what.  Its FREE, and I will be there Saturday afternoon.

So what next..... The Material Girls are going to spend some time in personal creative development.
I have things to make for, sent in an Intent form for a selected exhibition.  Have an Art Trail to apply for and a creative afternoon Workshop for Embroiderers' Guild to prep.

Ideas for all of this involve : structured process, methodical thought, free flowing fun, research, mental gymnastics, colour, play.
So far as often happens, it mainly exists rattling around in my head, where as always happens, the ideas and interpretation are magnificent!

In the meantime, I'll leave you with this.... a posed photo for a competition, which didn't get anywhere, but then Seeing Red, of late, kinda explains it all.....

05 April 2016

The Material Girls - British Birds !

Please note your diaries for this display of work from The Material Girls.

I am 'Miss November' which for some reason prompted the comment of "we need bigger buns" - sure I don't know what they mean!!!

Each of us are making FOUR pieces for our bird - some recognisable realism through stitch, and some are abstract and fun.

Entrance is free, and you will find the work in the Visitors Centre.

26 March 2016

Combining the Mix

I like my blog, I use it as a means to record my arty thoughts, to log an idea, or work, which gives it a date.  I have several blogs I follow via Bloglovin - they vary in topic, textile art, collage, mono printing, papermaking, bookbinding, and even quilting, which seems at odds for a totally non quilt making person.

Of course you follow what interests and these days so much intermingles,  I can find myself led to others by a style, or a wish to know how something works, or someone with similar or compatible interests to my own.

So whilst enjoying reading other artistic thoughts and processes I came across a sentence this week which set me off thinking, oh dear, can't deal with this.

I call myself a Mixed Media Artist.  I stitch, so how to describe?  Its a topic which often goes round and round amongst fellow creative stitchers.

Artist - would be ideal, but then its more of a Painter association I feel.
Embroiderer - well yes, but in my head I think of the precision of goldwork, exquisite fine detail stitching.  Not the clumpy random exploits I offer up.
Textile Artist - for while I was happy with this one... and it is the way most of my genre choose to describe themselves.
However, for me it didn't seem quite enough, just not quite matching.  Paper is my fabric of choice, and I prefer paint to dyes, I like hand and machine stitch.  I might use beads or bbq sticks.  Us creative stitchers still find prejudice and lack of understanding as to what our techniques and skills can achieve.
So Mixed Media Artist seemed to be a better fit for me, and open more doors.

So here I am settled with my label, not giving it any more thought, until this week.   There it was... should not refer to it as Mixed Media.... should be known as Combined MediaArghhh like that trips off the tongue any better.

I like Mixed Media - kinda fits me... chuck it in together, mix it up and see what comes out, and call it art darhlink!!

Well I have overheard it said – you know which one Beverley is… she’s the one who makes the weird stuff!

Embossing powders, Frantage - hand stitching beads

Papers, stamping and machine stitch

Hand made paper, stitched seams

Machine stitch, paint effects, paper beads, ephemera