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27 March 2017

Is Anyone There?

Knock Knock
Is there a blog wanting to come out to play?

Poor little neglected blogy, aww.  Sorry just soooo not been in the mood for things.  Head filled with lots of minor stuff and nonsense, so much nonsense can't remember what it was, but somehow just seemed occupied elsewhere.

Since last I wrote, himself sold his piece at the Essex Open, I think I should charge commission, because of all the advice I gave him on entering, form filling etc.

So where have I been....

The Material Girls of course, which I can't tell you about, because its all exhibition work - took me a long time to think of an idea for work for the next display, but I might have solved it, as usual its in my head and an absolutely brilliant piece.

Embroiderers' Guild - had a couple of meetings.  The first one was a really really good talk from John James Needles.
I had already started to sort out my needles, to be honest I think some date back to when I was 12/13 - yes that is a lifetime ago.  So following the talk and looking at some of the unopened packets, realising I will never ever see to thread that needle.  I had a clear out.
This has been on my list for a long time.

This is a temporary (cough) needlecase I made way back when doing City & Guilds - so that's mid 1990s.  Just a bundle of felt machined together.  I have always wanted a needlecase like my gran's leatherette little fold around tab with a snap.  Just not found what I want, and yes with bookbinding skills you'd think I'd make my own... well I haven't.
So I decided enough, and the above has been consigned to needlecase heaven.
Needles went too, and I now have this:

I did already have some of the Pebble cases, but now have more.  I've mixed up a pack and now have that in my "out of the house box" - it is soooo much easier to just grab this A5 box and go, no more needing a wheelie trolley, and if its not in the box well tough.  Having a little pack of needles in a protected case in this box - sigh, bliss.  Yes I have gone to stitching events and forgotten needles.  John James says it should be a new needle for a new project - its something I always do with the sewing machine - but hand stitching it has never occurred to me.

Also at last EG meeting we had an afternoon practical, taken by one of our own, Lynn.  I made this, no idea what its called.

Rather effective.  Nothing nicer than a bit of fun stitching, chat, and cake.
April EG is fast approaching and we have a guest speaker - Rachel Duffield.  She is "dressing Queen Elizabeth I" - looking forward to this as she will be putting on the costume from underwear upwards.  I'm not really a costume person - but I do like reading and learning about QEI.  So 8th April.

The opportunity I mentioned last time, I didn't go for - was truly excited by it and would love to have tried for it, but reality is, I need a bit more growing time, so hopefully it will come around again.

I did however come across another opportunity, locally, which is an open call type exhibition, so myself and him indoors have sent in images for it.  We will have to see, but if chosen, work will be displayed April/June.

The Rochford Art Trail call for entries has also crossed my path - deadline for that is not til end of May, need to think of something for it.  I have an idea which has been hovering, which might emerge.

So in the next couple of weeks its:
~ finish some work for an exhibition for Material Girls
~ pack up and deliver work for the EG Branch Exhibition
~ may be deliver work for another event.

So things bubble along, as ever.  I might even call round to play with blogy more often!!

08 February 2017

Thin Lines

A look at some makes...

I've made myself a book - errr why?  Don't I own a zillion sketchbooks already - but of course I do.  However I have a particular project in mind for this.  Yet again I've made a fat book - this time its not long, but has a deep spine. 5cm and thick paper 250 gsm.  I attached each individual page, so teeny stitches, but pleased with my straight lines.

I have been stitching - this is the reverse, and I love it.  Just wondering if its actually worth doing to get this effect, might have to find a means to see something both sides.

Reminds me of this set of design work.

And because you need to see a bit of colour... here's a detail of some paint play.

I am not a stamper (though can't resist buying alphabet stamps) but I particularly like the effect of these thin crackle lines.  Suits my kind of stamping, ie don't put it on a block, just ink it up and press on the bits you want.  Perfect.

Oh bit of a theme, spidery thin lines......

An opportunity came into my inbox last week, requested details and am giving it serious thought - but I suspect it might be something to wait for the next time round.

In the meantime only a few days left to see the Essex Open.

Oh yes, I've changed the name of my Facebook Page its now: Bev Folkard - Paper Stitches.
Truthfully because I discovered you can, and this now seems a better fit.  Its the same URL if you have it down as that.

27 January 2017

Racing Through January

Wow, we are racing towards the end of January already.

I've completed my commitment of taking the Meeting at our local Embroiderers' Guild, and new year brings a flurry of information and notices to share out to the Members, so the computer has been occupied for a while.

I've already started with my online courses, though of course I should have realised, that one which is committed to videos no longer than 15 minutes, doesn't mean it only takes 15 minutes to replicate the technique!

The Material Girls have now removed the exhibition work "With the Compliments of Capt John Harle" - however, not only is the work to be shown in another venue, the Exhibition time as been extended.
So now you will be able to see this body of work from 29th March - 8th July at Havering Museum.

Take a look at The Material Girls website and blog to see what is coming next, because the Group will be back exhibiting at the Hall in September.

I still have a piece at Rainham Hall, and it will be there for, an as yet, unknown to me, time period..  This is because it (purely unintentionally) fits in with the display of the original Will its based on.  My work in the fireplace.

Its the entire Will of Capt John Harle, machine stitched onto paper.  From memory its over 20m long.

I would love to show you other things, but let's think.... new work for The Material Girls, no can't share that.  New work for the Embroiderers' Guild, no can't share that.

Don't forget though the Essex Open Exhibition is still on, until 11th February - and the CD Project at the Inchmore Gallery in Inverness continues until March.

Hopefully I will come back next time, with pretty things to share, but thought it was time for a catch up.

As I update the sidebar to the right, and any of the individual pages, I do add a notification to that effect at the top of the blog page, so keep an eye on that.

03 January 2017

2017 - Here I Come

Salutation and Felicitations

What a weird year 2016 was... all sorts of things left me feeling discombobulated. Anyway what do they say, New Year, New Start.

So much to do.... The Material Girls have lots of plans for the year.  My local Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild have an Exhibition, so I wish to participate in that.  I wish to attend the Book Fair again.  So it looks like May will henceforth be known as Manic May.

As I write I still have three pieces of work on display in the Essex Open Exhibition - this is on until 11th February.  Do try to visit, its in what was previously the Library, two buildings down from the Southend/Liverpool St rail station.  There's a small car park next door, and parking opposite.  Details of items in this post.

I also have work still in Inverness - as part of the CD Exhibition - this isn't due to return to me until March.  Would be nice if I sold one piece - but with so many to choose from.... you can see my pieces from this post. 

As if all of this wasn't enough, I've got so many things I want to create and try, but they don't come to fruition, as other work takes priority.  Plus, working for events, they have the 'look see' first, so I can't really share until the moment, and it looks like I do nothing!

So, wanting change, wanting exploration, wanting fun - as part of that I've signed up for two classes - yes I know mad, but its self regulated, so its down to me what I do and when.

The first is this one.

Its already started, and consists of daily short video of technique/project, from the world of Mixed Media.  It is what it say, Jumpstart, so is only for January.

The second is

This one has yet to start properly - later in week, and lasts the year.  I've joined this one because I follow several of the tutors via Facebook or blogs, so like their style.  Again no pressure to do.
Actually its been a surprise to see more and more people are adding stitch to their paper projects - so as you can imagine, I'm very happy.

As my ideas for Fun didn't work out last year, I thought if I actually schedule Fun into the diary, and having paid for it, I will do it.  I believe this is the premise also in the book, 

which I've partially read - the premise being to make a habit of doing.  Whilst yes I do create and make, its not such a regular scheduled thing.  Partly I don't want this, but also partly I think I need it!!  So we will see.
I've also changed the format of my 'art calendar' this year so will see how that goes.  I have this propped up near where I work, in part also so him indoors can see what I need to do, and when I need the car!

Next on the Agenda is the EG January meeting, at which they have to put up with me! Nothing too taxing, we are just looking at ways to frame and mount work for exhibition, and means of packaging etc.  We have several new Members so no doubt latter especially useful.

So here we go again with whatever 2017 brings forth - all I know is that it needs to change in all sorts of ways for me.  I don't know if anyone ever comes and reads this blog - in some ways it doesn't matter, because I use it as a means to record what is happening in my art world.  So if you do read, please say hello, and please keep me company for the forthcoming year.