30 October 2013

On Show...

The local opportunity to exhibit til the end of the year is in process, I will deliver my work tomorrow.
Adult Community Learning Centre
Roche Way
Rochford   Essex  SS4 1DQ
Hours - College class hours, ie some evenings inc
Exhibition now til end of year
So to entice, here are some photos of the work I will put up and a little information about each piece.  Hopefully clicking on each image it will enlarge for a better view.
TUDOR ROSE 18cm x 12cm
Remember in previous post I said I had done a lot of white stitching on white - well this is one of those pieces!  Yes I know it has colour - but its all stitched in white and painted with colour after.  So small, but actually contains a lot of work, and many colours/layers of paint.
STRATA 40cm x 30cm
STRATA detail
This is from my imagination, looking through layers to the earth's core and no I've not stuck my head down a Volcano.  The top comprises layers of paper with further layers of chiffon, which have been stitched and melted back.  The top piece sits away from the cut out shape. Free machine straight lines across the void and beneath, hand painted fabric with hand stitch, beads and gem chips.
PASTICHE  40cm x 50cm
PASTICHE  detail
This piece has been on a touring Exhibtion around East Anglia.  Made in response to studying the work of Owen Jones. It was displayed along with the research. The background is handmade paper dyed, the bright colours coming from looking at fabrics in the Warner Textile Archive.  The pattern is a Celtic knot, also reference to Owen Jones patterns.  Its stitched in two different coloured gold cords made by me.  The whole piece references one of Owen Jones Propositions as he called them - guides for good design.
Proposition 32   : Ornaments of any colour may be separated from grounds of any other colour by edgings of white, gold, or black
OH YOU PRETTY THING  36cm x 30cm
Difficult to photograph because its all sparkly.  Angelina fibres, fine curly wirelike fibre, hand stitching and surface embellishment on a black velvet background.  This is only a partial view because its in a gold frame.  and its title - I kept singing this song to myself when making, because, simply, its pretty!
I hope looking here, or if you get to pop along to the venue, that you enjoy seeing these pieces.  Thank you for looking.

20 October 2013

Coming Around and Changing Around

Isn't it strange how things seem to go round in circles, might be huge circles which take forever to complete, but sometimes the loop seems to join up.
Sorry I have circles on the brain because of a project - but it seems textile wise that this year may well end in the way it started. Unexpected exhibiting opportunity, locally, exhibit what you have already, vacant space to be utilised.   (Same as happened at the start of the year).  Awaiting more info, but seems a 'why not'.  It will cost me only a bit of time and effort, also same as before.  I see it as a chance to join in, building relationships.

At the EG last week, we had guest speaker, Sharon Blackman, she makes what I believe she terms Folk Art.  I call it naive art, simplistic shapes.  Actually its hard to do 'simple' to make it look good, and not like child scribbles.  So Sharon took us through practical steps to make a piece of our own.  This is my effort.....
hideous, not arty, quirky, just plain wrong. I decided, give it another go, but with my interpretation.  This means paper of course, and I did it twice!
White on white... I've done a lot of this in the past, but then go on to paint colour after, on top of the white paint..  This time, it has stitch/paint/stitch.
It has some bad stitching on it... but the effect is quite nice, and I doubt I could do intentionally if I tried.  OK, but not a masterpiece.

At the same time, I made this one.... much more like my idea.
The pink background is a monoprint via the Gelli Plate.  Its all a bit 'pretty' - so not like me, though every so often I have need to attempt to be more girly, heck it has pink in it!  Actually I like the multiple patterns, not a plain in sight.  I might do some more... but for now, the itch has been scratched.

09 October 2013

Exhibiting News

Well its been Happy Dancing time here.
The submission I put forward for a selected exhibition has been accepted.  This means however I can't share it with you, as yet.
Eastern Region Textile Forum
"Eastern Images"
Rhodes Gallery
Bishop's Stortford    Herts
7th Feb - 7th Mar 2014
Luckily the piece is actually made and ready, because also in February and just a little further North, I will be showing other work as part of The Material Girls exhibition at Textiles in Focus.
Textiles in Focus
Cottenham  Cambs
21st-23rd Feb 2014
So I have those as definite going forward end dates, but..... there is also one lot of research about to start for one project in 2015, and.... dates scheduled in the diary for another research trip for another project also showing in 2015.  Not sure about the second one yet, as in need some brain space before thinking about that one.  Spirit is often very willing, but reality is something else.
There had been a hiccup with blogger, but seems fixed now, so I have added the updates to the righthand column for easy future reference.
Oh and something to show, as I can't show items for pending Exhibitions.   I had made these for the Rochford Art Trail, but possible not very clearly seen in my photos of my window.
Little simple Beach Huts - machine stitched and individually painted, on Khadi paper, mounted on 4" canvas.  Each  stands on its own mini easel.
Plus I have these... actually I think I have a total of 36 of them, they were scattered on the sill at the Trail.
Hopefully photos will enlarge if you click on them.