25 March 2015

Happy Dancing

Well do you want the good news, or the good news?

I'm a very happy bunny, news to share.  Back in the Burnham Art Trail this year.  That's only part of the excitement, the other part is the venue.

Chapel Studio
Albert Road
Burnham on Crouch
CM0 8DZ

I'm super excited, because this venue is a new experience for me.  I have now participated in 14, yes 14 Art Trails.  12 of them as an individual artist and two as part of other groups, in four different towns.
So far I've had work in an Osteopaths, Funeral Directors, Hair Salon, Restaurant, Opticians, Bank, Tourist Centre, Historic House, Shop and a Church.  All of these are what makes, for me, Trails, enjoyable, the challenge of the existing business and the area available to display.
However, the Happy Dancing is because this is the first time ever I've had work in a Studio.  I know I will be alongside others, but I don't know who yet, but it does mean visitors get to see a few artists at the one place.
Note your diaries, the Trail runs:
20th-28th June 2015

This news has brought about a decision re the opportunity I received recently.  As there is a slight cross over in dates, although it is possible, there are other things heading to making June look a busy month, so I think sense says I will not try for the recent option.

Updates, and more details will be sure to follow.

20 March 2015

Inputting the Art Knowledge

Well I've been engaged in group artistry... three things in the space of eight days.

First of all went off to visit EAST's Exhibition 'Between the Lines'.  Him indoors came with me as he is a big fan of the group, so it ended up with being on for weeks and suddenly its go now or miss it.
Many will have seen at the Knitting & Stitching Show, its very poignant and thought provoking, more chances to see as it continues to tour.

Next the turn of my group activity.  The Material Girls meeting became a day long printing workshop, lead by our own highly knowledgeable Helen.
Very enjoyable to sit, chat, play, learn... errr and lunch.  Nice and relaxed and a lovely day.
Have to say I would have made more progress if I'd remembered my brain.... had a whole load of suitable fabric which I completely forgot I'd taken with me.  Guess a few more grey cells have dropped off!  Even worse, laying in bed mulling over the day and ting... I'd taken sari silk ribbon specifically to print on, forgot all about that as well.  Still the info learned means I can give it a go at home.
Visit The Girls blog by clicking above to see photos from the day.

Lastly another Saturday its my Embroiderers' Guild meeting.  A practical workshop taken by one of our own, and we were stitching on photographs/magazine pictures.  Beautiful samples we had to look at.  This is my afternoon's effort.... may need to click to see larger image
but I have actually stitched on photographs before.
This one I stitched the bottom to make it a night skyline, and added chiffon etc in the sky.
Funny how you forget, it must be around 15 years ago and I sold it as a postcard.
and have these all joined together, which have been sitting waiting for the next inspiration for some time, gosh, may be two years....
selected from this pile of photos which I've kept back for 'artist purposes'.

I do wonder how long our home made digital prints will last.  I always take a printed copy on proper photo paper, on a dedicated home photo printer, of each piece I've made and put it in my notebook.  However, I notice that some which are barely 14 months old are already changing colour...... makes me hesitant about using in art which the public may buy.

Oh and in the midst of all that an exhibiting opportunity.  Got to think it over for all sorts of reasons, but time yet before application deadline.


09 March 2015

Fun Day

The Material Girls meeting tomorrow is all about having fun.  We are spending the day printing.  I got a little carried away.... made some texture plates from funky foam, polystyrene plates and clear packaging.


Wonder why I picked up a pack of purple funky foam!!
Looking forward to tomorrow, off to pack my bags!


19 February 2015

Ode to Mojo

My get up and go
Got up and went
It’s taken my Mojo
To live in a tent

Sewing machine sits forgotten
Painfully sad
Within layers of dust
So deeply bad

Gelli, paper and paint
Leave behind messy fingers
Fun in the making
Distant memory lingers

Gorgeous new colours
Sadly neglected
We’ve moved in with you
And now feel rejected

Work table is groaning
Under the weight
But it’s not pieces of art
Which give it this state

Ideas are a plenty
Not short on a thought
By the time think has thunk
It turns into nought

Mojo’s been tempted
With chocolate and tea
Leave the cold tent
Come home, be with me

Please come for a visit
Just for one day
I’m sure you will like it
Be willing to stay

There’s plenty here
To stir ideas of creation
Wave goodbye to the tent
Enough of vacation.


Beverley Folkard
February 2015

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Very occasionally I write poetry, verse, rhyme, just words... and as I seem to be lacking in spirit in other directions, I thought I'd compose.  Its a personal matter which is taking time to find a way forward, but seems to be tripping me up.
However, I am trying my best to keep up with things, ideas are not a problem, designed at least 3 magnificent pieces in my head!  And I've sent in an application form... just hoping its all correct, having recently discovered following proof reading, said yes and it has a spelling error in it, oh well, others make far worse errors.