11 August 2016

Forgotten Women

I’m writing this on the 5th August and Festival of Quilts starts next week on the 11th.  Yes, thats today.

So as my work goes on display today at 10, so this blog post should publish at the same time.

 

FOQ entry

Forgotten Women of the Land

Materials:
Silk, cotton, paint, silk thread, printing ink, paper.

Techniques: 
Batik, hand and machine stitch, printing.

Inspiration / artists statement:
Women’s Lives
The forgotten voices.
The forgotten hardships and pain.
10,000 men died on Flodden Battlefield.
Recorded forever.
Women of the land.
Forgotten in the history books.

 

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It won’t be to everyones taste as a “quilt” or even as a fabric / mixed media hanging.
I really, really don’t let this affect me anymore.

Post lotus ink I have changed, with a very different view of the world and acquaintances. 

 

10 August 2016

Off on an adventure

 

Heading down the motorway to the NEC, stopping off at Hardwick Hall on the way.

After yesterdays indulgent cakes (boys and visitors top, my GF below) and the power tool themed day it feels a little surreal.

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I’ll miss the garden whilst I’m away.

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9 August 2016

My baby is growing up

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Happy 16th Birthday to my gorgeous boy!
Here he is at 2 hours old, a tiny 6lbs 3oz bundle of cuddles.

 

6 August 2016

Flash of Fiery Red

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Crocosima - an unusual colour and shape in the garden and for that reason it works - its in the border in front  of the Rambling Rector 

5 August 2016

FoQ entry, preview

Small taster for you, check back at 10am on the 11th, as the show opens a blog post will publish with full details.


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Summertime

The world has turned green

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4 August 2016

Rambling Rector

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Great show of flowers this year.
Surprisingly turing pink, we don’t remember this from previous years. 

3 August 2016

Honeysuckle

Slowly growing along the fences, fighting the other plants for space.

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Dressmaking

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Fabric from The Cloth House, hoping I might have time to call in again when I visit London on Saturday. 
It’s cotton, block printed and Indigo dyed.

I’m modifying the Cleo dress pattern from Tina Givens, hopefully get it finished today.

 

2 August 2016

Bergamot

In its second year is outstanding! 

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This year I planted some in a light pink, more magenta toned.
Lets hope its as successful.
Rabbit proof at least. 

 

1 August 2016

Hares are finished!

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Don’t need to say anything more than “phew!"

Last flush.....

Of the Foxgloves. 

Some have been cut down, hop to see them again in September, some left to set seed.

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30 July 2016

Wash Day

For some of the fleece I have in the studio.

Firstly a “straight off the Cheviot Hills sheep” from my neighbour.

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And the Gotland fluffy curls that came home from Woolfest.

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 I only managed the Cheviot Hills fleece and a small proportion of the Gotland.

Sheep fluff needs to be washed in small batches.  
Not only is it hard work and lots of washing and rinsing but you also need be be sure its going to be a warm sunny day long enough for it to dry.

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29 July 2016

It's on its way.....

…. to the Festival of Quilts.

 Certainly NOT rolled up.

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Pictures of the actual “Quilt”  to follow soon.

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….