Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Monday, 21 April 2014
A river walk
Lovely trees, just right for wrapping.
Nature gripping the wall.
Indomitable Clematis - Montana
Making the dereliction look enticing
Beautiful cherry blossom
brightens an ordinary street
on an ordinary Sunday.
there is printing.
Waiting = weight.
Sunday, 20 April 2014
I've been working on a project for Back To Books over the last year Andrew Ruston has researched a series of walks / excursions to explore churches in or near Northamptonshire that are no longer working churches but that are cared for by the Church Conservation Trust. Lucy Anderson has written a sequence of poems and now I am making a series of temporary, site specific interventions for each church. I have been printing and free machine embroidering on some very small pieces of bunting (many thanks to Maureen Walvin for edging the pieces with bias binding for me!). I think these may be for Preston Deanery which seemed such a blank and empty place but with lovely light. The bunting represents the imagined congregation and is a work in progress.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
The first months of this year have been challenging, so to keep my spirits in good state I've been adopting Jo Dacombe's "Do one thing" strategy, every day I try to do one thing towards improving my situation or extending my artistic practice. Some days I do wish I'd opted for a career writer as trying to make things happen, improve things, get projects under way takes up hours and hours of unpaid time writing. However I am just too literal and my imagination does not run to the twists and turns of crafting fiction.
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Compton Verney is 10 years old this year and to celebrate they are attempting to break a world record by making the longest line of bunting. I thought I'd help out! I am still trying to use and re-use things from my old Beanfield studio and knew I'd have paper and materials to hand so set to and here's my contribution with screen prints made with very degraded screens from a Big Draw project in Corby, after school club wax resist examples, stamps, glitter, batik dyes, wall paper and most are double sided too. A very enjoyable form of paperwork resulted in 42 pieces of bunting before I had to head back inside to do a bit more less interesting (and often less fruitful) paperwork!
If you're short of something to do, why not sort through your old papers and help add to the bunting world record attempt. You can find out more about the project here and you can download an instruction pack here
It's been quite a long journey from idea to installation
I've worked with many lovely people and you can
Most of all I must thank my wonderful volunteers Carolyn, Ricky and Mark who took such care in creating the woodwork and gave so much time to the installation and to the Green Patch for letting us use a poly tunnel this winter as a temporary workshop. It fill my heart to think of all the time and effort they gave!
Also huge thanks to Ranger Dan Hurst
who got us up and down the
Brampton Valley way in many variable weathers!
The Frost panel was the trickiest to install
but with Spring in full swing,
blossom appearing along the Way,
lambs and lush greenery
don't let the moss grow under your feet
take to your bikes and ride!
You can see and read more about the exhibition here I am an unnamed guest but it's nice to see the work made in my garden hanging in Jamestown - many thanks to Wendy Williams for the photo.
Link to Private view video