28 July 2016

What do you do.....

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…. with costumes you’ve sewn, embroidered and put your soul into when they have been used for talks and exhibitions that are now out of date, past, gone, forgotten?

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This one has already been taken to pieces to reuse the silks.
Some people are horrified when I tell them.

But REALLY what other options are there? 

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21 July 2016

Sea Holly

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Totally ethereal colours in the garden….

20 July 2016

Accidental artwork

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When mixed paint is left too long….

18 July 2016

Evening walk on the Beach

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The lighthouse at Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Toes wiggling in the sand.

17 July 2016

Rainbows

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Stunningly bright rainbows, photographed from the bedroom window.
Mother Nature being exceptionally colourful. 

16 July 2016

Blooming Lovely

The garden is doing its thing and all the hard work is paying off.

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Boscobel

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Champneys Pink

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Not sure - came from Mindrum Garden

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Foxgloves - always foxgloves in my garden, these are right by the back door, they self seeded in a pot, so were left to do their thing.

 

14 July 2016

Back to sewing hares

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When life throws you lemons its not always possible to make lemonade….. but eventually you find some sort of normality.
Back to stitching hares. 

Darlington EG

 

Recently gave my talk on “Land of the Far Horizons” at Darlington EG.
Lovely group and a warm welcome.

Thank you x

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This is my favourite talk atm with my artwork inspired by archaeology and landscape.
With cup and ring carved rock inspiration, natural and rust dyeing, mixed media and eastern inspirations.  I see this as part 1 in a series of talks coming over the next few years.

I’m willing to travel throughout the UK to deliver this, other lectures and workshops.

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I also sold tis piece “Imaging Spring in Winter"

 


 

6 July 2016

Trip to Woolfest

Headed over to Woolfest in Cockermouth and took the opportunity to visit Keswick on a glorious summers day.

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First a walk to the iconic boats and birds.

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And to see one of the best views in the world, across Derwentwater to Borrowdale.
I sat on the grass enjoying the cool breeze blowing off the lake.
Could have stayed there for hours, days, weeks, forever.
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Wooliest was wonderful. I haven’t been for a few years.
Everyone is so friendly and the colour of the wool against the dark concrete of the Auction Mart is a photographers dream.
Except I was too busy buying and looking 

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Here’s one sleepy character.  I don’t know the breed but he / she is beautiful.

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So what did i buy?
A box of colours to paint with.

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A sheep fleece to wash

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Another sheep fleece to wash!

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A box of monochrome greys

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And a stunning jumper which I must photo for you.

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I walked back to the car like a pack-mule!

I had a late lunch sitting in my car, door open and enjoying the view.
Fabulous two days away.  Can’t wait to go back next year, 

25 June 2016

Foxgloves

I was lucky enough to visit Mindrum Garden last weekend.

We walked through the woodland….

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 And walked past the foxgloves, roses and aquilegia’s.

This is a special garden.  All my favourite flowers.
A few came home including an (old wild type) deep red rambling rose. 

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 At home the foxgloves are blooming madly.

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And today (and yesterday) got a good watering.

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I’ve revamped the gardening website - its just for fun, don’t except too much.

8 June 2016

Catching up

Since coming home from  my London trip I’ve been so very tired.
I slept 14 hours one night.  Usually I’m lucky to get 6 hours.

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The gentle art of gardening.
Slow and steady.

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Reaping beautiful and yummy rewards.

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The first foxgloves to appear in the garden.

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Searching for beautiful details in the ordinary and everyday.
Something I aim to do from now on.

Find me on Instagram for daily posts.

I’m using the hashtag #innerdailysmile

 

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I took this yesterday and call it “Magnification"

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Even abstract light patterns are beautiful.

 

7 June 2016

LONDON Day 3: Charlotte Tilbury & British Museum

 

First stop on Saturday - Charlotte Tilbury's Covent Garden Store for a indulgent hour of girlie make up.
Not something I’ve done for a long time and I loved it.
Picked up some great tips and more of her makeup.
I’m a convert.

I sat on the last chair on the right, getting onto the chair was my challenge of the day.Covent Garden Page 2

Then I wandered to the British Museum via Seven Dials….stopping at Gudrun Sjoden, for a new dress and Orla Kiely for a new summer bag.

The British Museum was busy with some very rude visitors.
What is it about London that gives one the right to be rude and selfish?

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After lunch in the Members Room I headed to the Egyptian exhibition, not really my thing.  
But interesting to see different objects from different times.

Then Sicily, which was also not really my thing.
But its en-route to the train.

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I had a few moments to see old favourites. 

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And a quick pop into Indian again.

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 Then tired but very happy I caught the train from Kings Cross back to Berwick-upon-Tweed.
 

Back to green fields, nice people, sheep….

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…and my garden.
*sigh* 

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6 June 2016

LONDON Day 2: Natural History Museum etc

 I had the dates mixed up for the NHM and the exhibition on Otherworlds was no longer running.

I didn’t stay long. 

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Darwin was surrounded by too many children.

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Instead I took a cab to the Royal Academy and grabbed brunch.
Beautiful food and surroundings.

The exhibition was "In the Age of Giorgione".
Good to see.

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After dropping my bag at the hotel I went shopping, the Z Hotel Piccadilly is wonderfully central.

2 minutes walk and I was in the middle of Soho, from expensive silks, to mouthwatering street food, to sex shops and viagra heaven.
I love Soho for its wackiness.

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The Cloth House on Bewick Street.
Yes, three lots came home with me.
I could have happily squirrelled away loads more. 

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Cass Art Shop.

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Arts & Crafts Exhibition at Liberty.
I could have purchased almost everything and lived happily ever after with it all.
After returning the the hotel to drop several bags I headed to the National Gallery.

 

Where I wondered around, purposely getting lost.
Spotting (non-virgin) women in paintings.

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 There aren’t many around.
Says a lot.

Paolo Veronese, Happy Union, about 1575 

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Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1506

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Bacchiacca, 1515
Just look at the vibrant colours here. 

 

Its striking to see bright Renaissance colours, followed by dull Georgians and then back to bright Impressionistic paintings.

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 George Shaw 
Painting from My back to nature exhibition.
Honestly the only one I liked. 
I’ll stick to the Renaissance.