22 December 2009
10 December 2009
These may be added in with the white hand stitching mentioned previously.
My poor little Etsy shop is empty... I will get to making and putting up more things, it's on the list.
30 November 2009
The word I've chosen, means "the act or process of making, creating, manufacture" and gives a subtle hint towards fibre and textiles. My second solo exhibition is entitled:
23 November 2009
08 November 2009
In the meantime, I'm going to change the title of the exhibition which I have in August 2010 - when I think of a new name, I'll let you know. Also exhibiting at Farleigh Hospice in February - which is not open to the public - but plans are moving on for that, and I will make a site visit soon.
26 October 2009
My next event has had a very quick timescale, 10 weeks from hearing about it, applying, being accepted and then taking part!!
19 October 2009
The bad news is that the calendar opportunity with a piece of my work is not going ahead - too expensive to do. But still I was on the shortlist of work to be featured, so that is a positive.
The other two events are rapidly approaching. One is a local Art Trail - which is a little over 2 1/2 weeks away!!! Thankfully I'd been sensible in my submission in terms of what I could manage. The other event is an Xmas Art selling exhibition, which is due first weekend in December. I've got to think about this, not because I don't want to do it - but simply because it clashes with other personal things, and we have only one car, so logistics to work out before I say Yes. Where would I be without a desk diary, to book custody of the car!
When I have links, more information etc I'll post back.
12 October 2009
I've got paperwork laying on my table to check, for 2010 events, frighteningly, in terms of art work, the time flies by and deadlines get ever closer, with neon signs flashing - and I was going to be so efficient, that is until you lose the odd week or three....
05 October 2009
26 September 2009
The College are doing what they can - but I'm very upset by it, and Juliet is likely 10 times worse than me.
So was it you????? I can only say that the perpetrator will get their comeuppance one day, and we have our eyes open for anyone trying to sell on a designer piece of knitwear.
25 September 2009
16 September 2009
Next task is to have think about small saleable items for Etsy and the like. Its a bit sparse and been neglected and I have some ideas. My next event to work for is another exhibition in February, but its not open to the public. Its in a hospice, so exhibiting there is a means to offer a changing and attractive environment for those who use the facility.
03 September 2009
Knit One, Stitch One is ready to view. Poster below/right for details. There may be some Saturday opening, but this depends entirely upon the College and the classes it runs, so please ask them direct. 01702 544900
26 August 2009
I do not have work in the main exhibition, but have the Challenge piece below, and the above piece. From our ERTF study day behind the scenes of a museum, "Romance in the Store Cupboard" - we were looking at love tokens from the past.
My exhibition with Juliet Bryson - www.julietbryson.co.uk goes up in under a week, and its full on reality. Most everything is done now, but I've spent ages in front the computer, labels etc take such a long time, drafting an Artist Statement is even more time consuming. And then there was the casual request, can you just..... write a press release? Which as these things are, is followed by... within the next day or so. Lists, you need lists... and a big red pen to tick off the tasks done!!
06 August 2009
Incidentally, ERTF - Eastern Region Textile Forum: www.ertf.org.uk The above is my entry (sneaky peek on previous posting) for the 2nd Challenge, making A4 sized work from a sectional piece of fabric/design from the Archive. We had no choice, it was pot luck which you were given in a sealed envelope. My design had just the pink honeysuckle flowers, which you can see - a bit of computer manipulation and my end result. Its on display at Braintree until 21st August, and then it will move to The Long Shop, Cambridge, from 8th Sept. There are over 40 pieces on display, alongside the design source, its beautifully displayed well worth a visit. I don't know if a calendar will go ahead or not... but my piece has been shortlisted for it.
The main part of our visit was taken up looking at fabrics designed by Owen Jones, in order to make work for a future display at the Archive. We can make whatever we wish, its not juried but its specifically for exhibition at Braintree. No dates have been fixed, but likely to be on show from early Summer 2010. So there's time to think, especially to come to terms with fabrics from the 1870s in bubblegum pink, or hot citrus yellow!!! And we think of these as being so modern.
It was a good meeting - and 2010 is filling up with potential opportunities.... and..... even heard about things for 2011! And I thought last year being able to buy the following year's desk diary in August, was a bit extreme.... perhaps not.
21 July 2009
01 July 2009
This is a detail of one of my Heart Series pieces, there are six - of this style, this one is Hearts & Flowers.
19 June 2009
The pic in a previous post of machine or nue, well I was hoping to finish that, but its still sitting here, undecided as to what to do with it next, so it hasn't appeared in the window!!
I've also put One piece into the Essex Open. It wasn't until last moment that I realised if work is selected it will over run with my exhibition with Juliet, so good idea in the end to only put one piece forward. Its been a while since I've been successful, so hopeful but not overly so.
15 June 2009
The group is much smaller this year (7) as Members have left to take up further studies and because of personal commitments, so I was a little hesitant as to what I'd find. BUT I'm rarely disappointed with this group. Always top quality work on show, their presentation skills and finishing skills on the work is top notch, let alone the actual creativity, design and execution. It always amazes me that with each person working to their own theme, the exhibition as a unified display works so well. There was 'clothing' with knitted wire corsets and memory pieces of times gone by. The natural world, with seed pods, the sea, and landscapes, work inspired by the concept of time, and intricate work displayed in glass domes reminding of a bygone era. Photography is not allowed, but the group sells photo packs. Part of the joy of visiting CHAT, is also a visit to their shop and also the chance to spend lots of time chatting with old friends!!! Do try to go, its on until 28th June.
30 May 2009
08 May 2009
28 April 2009
20 April 2009
14 April 2009
So we've got until September to make new work, organise ourselves, find a suitable title for our exhibition, and sort all the other things which are necessary to put on an exhibition.
But... before all that, June is full of deadlines - 4, if I try for them all. Well I've been shopping today, bought some larger canvases - just in case I can fill them!!
30 March 2009
22 March 2009
10 March 2009
This one is LOVE IS...
There are lots of techniques involved in this small artwork, in fact this series is more complex than some of my larger pieces, for instance there are 4 layers of fabric below what you can see!! A paper base, painted with water colour paint, and a spritz of other paints, printed on the computer - there's very subtle wording. Then its cut and stitched with chiffon in a Convergence Quilt technique. The heart is padded dyed fabric covered with silver leaf, alcohol inks and the words
As I have a project to do based on 'love tokens' in a museum collection, I'm sure the heart image will appear elsewhere.
19 February 2009
"Sky" - this is based on a photograph taken by me from an upstairs window, and yes the sky can really be those colours.
I went along today to see the red dot for myself (a friend had told me) but there was no red dot, just a very satisfying, and large SOLD. And yes, I did take a photograph of it.
I asked today about returning in the future, and I've been offered a slot in 2010, in fact the last available slot in 2010.
By the time I got home however, there was already an answer phone message - would I like to extend my exhibition, someone hasn't shown up with their work. So from 27th Feb until 27th March, a few selected pieces will move into the cafe itself. Talk about right places, right time... if I'd not bothered to stop and chat this morning.....
10 February 2009
07 February 2009
The main purpose is to provide another means of access to the wider world, to view my art work.
It is my intention that this blog should provide background information, perhaps work in progress pictures, of work which I am making for exhibitions, or for my Etsy http://www.fibrereaction.etsy.com shop.
I don't want to bore you all with the trivia of my life, so its my intention to keep this blog purely based on my art.