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.