20 October 2014
12 October 2014
This is an aim for the winter of 2014 / 2015 .
To capture the feeling of Northumberland - when you go out for a walk and discover an abandoned hill fort, a cairn or a cup & ring carved rock.
I’m exposing this new work on here - to claim it as mine, we all have copyright issues and so here I declare that this style / idea belongs to me in October 2014.
Just in case.
6 October 2014
I’m back from a lovely week away in Grasmere with 7 lovely friends and 2 DH’s.
We have laughed, eaten, stitched, laughed, eaten, stitched, walked, eaten, laughed, photographed, eaten and laughed.
We’ve admired the stunning scenery in the fabulous warm and sunny weather.
(Yes I am talking about the English Lake District in late September - early October).
I’ve got some lovely memories, loads of conkers, two pieces of work underway and have got stuck in to learning the idiosyncrasies inherent in the new Bernina software.
This is the hotel. Our work room (all newly built) is the building on the right hand side.
The path leads directly into Grasmere and a certain Art Shop.
Yes, that Art Shop.
One of the best.
Opposite the hotel is Allan Banks, a unique National Trust Property that has suffered some fire damage and they still have the doors on display.
Fabulous textures and colours.
The view from the house is STUNNING.
When the sun shines in the Lakes it really does have a natural beauty all of its own.
A walk up the hill ...
… gives a natural sculpture.
And another set of textures and colours on this door.
Couldn’t be in the Lakes without a trip to Keswick and a walk along Lake Derwentwater.
The work room and my gorgeous, funny, lovely, inspiring friends.
Thank you all for a lovely week.
29 September 2014
After all the excitement of setting up two exhibitions and a summer of tooth and bone infections its been great to stop and just drink coffee.
The garden is still going. Looking a bit straggly in places, but thats mainly my neglect and the effect of the autumn chill, dampness and lack of light.
My green man is still watching over the garden and keeping track of visitors.
And I’ve chosen the picture I’ll use for my first pastel painting in YEARS…… Its almost a pastel painting as a photograph.
One of my favourite photographs and taken not far from the house.
16 September 2014
8 September 2014
7 September 2014
6 September 2014
I’m having a bit of a shisha mirror moment.
Have I finally found a way to combine the imagery of Northumberland with the sparkle of India?
Will this help to stop the feeling of a split stitching personality?
We can only hope.
Yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon stitching with silks and watching videos (French Revolution with Coursera).
This piece and other Northumbrian inspired pieces will be exhibited later this month here.
4 September 2014
As a mum, September is the beginning of the new school year.
This time into Year 10 - the start of GCSE’s (or ‘O’ Levels as I still call them sometimes).
For me September feels like the start of a new year too.
We talk about the start of spring, the start of winter…. but the END of summer.
The end of the growing season in the garden, the end of warm sunny days, the end of long, lazy school holidays spent sleeping and eating.
But also the start of new adventures.
A new school year for son, new studies for mum, writing lists of all the things you want to achieve now the school holidays are over and you have the days to yourself.
And for me - healing from a tooth and then bone infection that has seen me taking antibiotics for 34 days over the holidays, throw in a scratched cornea (still very ow) and I will be happy to start a new chapter.
I promise to capture it through a lens and share it with you.
Here’s to new adventures *raises the coffee mug*.
29 August 2014
Another online exhibition, this time on Gothic:Dark Glamour from 2008. You can find it here.
I have the book to this exhibition, well worth the money if it’s your thing.
Mix this with the corset exhibition I told you about in the last post and I personally think its a perfect combination for inspiration.