24 December 2019

Christmas Poem

Some of you may know that on occasion I take to writing poetry.  I thought about making small art each day for Advent, or sharing wonderful images of something... but errr didn't excite so didn't happen. However, I have written this poem, and decided to share it with you all.

Twas the night before Christmas
And outside the house
The cat brought home a present
A sweet furry mouse

The fire embers were glowing
Beckoning the pair
Mouse settled on the hearth rug
Cat in comfy chair

Pink toes and fur quickly thawed
Soon they were snoring
Distant sleigh bells were tinkling
Sweet Dreams until morning

The quiet night time shattered
Hooves screeched - scraped - bells crashed
Santa and sleigh on the tiles
To chimney he dashed

His sack full and so heavy
Next time not a bike
Elves memo go make Lego
Don’t care what kids like

Fairy was shaking with laughter
He fell on the floor
Silly jolly red faced man
She’d opened the door

Leaving the sack by the tree
Presents for all it hides
Nice not naughty on this list
Santa glows inside

Milk in a glass oh goodness
Wish it was brandy
But I’m in charge of a Sleigh
Stated rather grandly

Rudolph was stamping his feet
Quick let’s get going
It’s hard to park on a roof
When cold and snowing

With a snort and a jingle
Santa’s sleigh took flight
Guided by Rudolph’s red nose
And stars shining bright

Mouse awoke and stretched his legs
Home time through the snow
From his whiskers fell a crumb
Secrets does he know

He reached the door turned to wave
Fairy gave a nod
Cat uncurled and swished his tail
Mouse gave the door a prod

Was it Santa whom they saw
Or dreaming every one
Happy Christmas my dear friends
To all have lots of fun


26 November 2019

Falls Off Chair - its a Blog Post

Once again its been a while since I’ve posted.

However I have been busy with art work.

Having agreed to go on the Working Party for the local Art Trail, I found myself occupied with tasks, from meetings to phone calls, to writing documents.
The Trail itself was very well received in the town.
Here’s my window....

Next came making sure work was ready for The MaterialGirls Exhibition at Craft Arena. The Exhibition was entitled “Patterns of Inspiration” - with design work inspired by the art collections of Anthony Denney.
The work will be on display again, in a further and fuller Exhibition at Rainham Hall, Essex in February 2020.

My books on right

The theme has already been set for the next body of work by The Material Girls, so its research time.

I have one more event for the Girls.... as I will be one of the Members giving a talk to a local Embroiderers’ Guild in December.

And lastly I was sent the opportunity to alter a page of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.  This I duly did and as I write all the pages are being photographed for a book.  All the work is going on Exhibition in January in Scarborough.  You can see details here.

On top of all of this I discovered that I am not well, the exhaustion I was suffering from was not merely because I lack sleep.  It should be corrected by meds, but it will be a few months before its better.

I decided not to be involved with any more art trail organising, as always with these things a lot gets left to few volunteers, and I ended up with more tasks than I was willing to do.
I do not find it easy dealing with councils who seems to conspire to make the simple extraordinarily difficult, some double standards, and unbelievably slow to decide anything and ignorant on basic info they should have at fingertips.
Plus next year, if it happens, it is also likely to have deadlines around a time when I don’t want any outside tasks.
Not feeling on top form either, its time to have a rethink.

So it might be five minutes before I check in - or five months, we will all get a surprise - including me!

04 August 2019

Coming Up - 2

As you can see The Material Girls are working towards their next Exhibition in October at Craft Arena.  Lots of exciting and innovative ideas to be revealed.
And keep this in mind, as we will back at Rainham Hall in February 2020.
Meantime at Rainham Hall, the Denney Exhibition has opened, with The Material Girls making three floor cushions which can be seen in the reconstructed Library.

So you can see, between the last post and this, I've lots to keep me occupied.

23 July 2019

Coming up - 1

Well, I'm busy making, and for my sins am helping by being on the Working Party of
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12th-26th September

I have been a part of this since the Taster event.  This year we are coming back stronger than ever.  Events are planned - Workshops which can be booked through Eventbrite - also guided Tours of the town and art work.  There will be Free Art Friday - with work from artists which is yours to keep - if you find it!  We hope to have a plethora of Postcards - from the Artists and local schools, which are yours to buy for a suggested donation of £5.  Also a photography competition, with super prizes, and charity auction.
You will find Links as we gear up via the Facebook page, which you can click on above.

Please support - at very least please tell your friends and share the FB page as much as you can.  Thank you.

Oh, and me... well I'll have work in Oak Dental which is right in the Square (the bus stop is outside) Actually I used to work in this building when it was a Solicitors office.  I'm displaying book art.