Saturday, 29 August 2015
ceramics on the 6th floor before which was the destination for Sketching Tuesday earlier this week. With excellent light , sketching stools readily available and a vast collection, it was a fantastic if overwhelming choice. So many shapes, textures and colours, where to start? I spent almost an hour wandering around, gazing into cabinets.
My preference is for early, relatively plain wares : when I did pottery evening classes in Shepherds Bush years ago with Marta Donaghey, my inspiration was prehistoric/ Neolithic pottery and I made masses of thumb pots incised with different marks. When I go on holiday I'm actually really interested in seeing all those broken bit of pots in dusty museums!
I loved all the examples of oil lamps ( above) it looks like the curators had fun arranging them - all similar shapes yet unique , handmade.
Sunday, 23 August 2015
armour at the Wallace Collection on latest 'Sketching Tuesday' with Margaret Cooter and co - he usually only gets me to go to military museums on special occasions - like his 50th birthday. While all the ornate furniture and old masters there don't appeal, it was a quiet location for a museum in school holidays and there was a lot to enjoy in the incredible craftsmanship of the rapiers ( and the interesting patterns of their shadows)
quillons' was my new word of the day.
Saturday, 22 August 2015
After worrying whether I'd complete 4 quilts in time , I've actually made 6, all based on the 'mark-making' from my 2 City Lit courses ( Printmaking and Develop your Drawing) and CQ Summer School which took place during this period of time.
Collagraph of feather printed on fabric and applied to monoprint of threads
drawing in graphite of pewter pot from multiple viewpoints, heavily machine quilted with variegated threads
Dorothy Caldwell masterclass). Quilted with fancy machine embroidery stitches ( hearts and stars) with connecting threads left. Needs more practice but this technique has possibilities in producing a different set of marks to my hand stitching and usual machine quilting.
boiled wool fabric purchased in Shrewsbury. Edge finished with blanket stitch. Mainly sewn on train journeys! This fabric is lovely to sew even though it stretches, I'll be doing more stitching experiments with it.
My next set of 4 ( or more) journal quilts will be based on my eco dyed/ printed fabrics
Sunday, 16 August 2015
After 3 days ecodyeing at Festival of Quilts, I seemed to spend most of the remaining 2 days talking to people I met and took surprisingly few photos. The quilt I wished I'd made/ would like to have taken home was La Houle Bleue by Ann Worringer in the ' Diversity in Europe' Gallery. I nearly missed it as most of the other quilts around it did not entice me in.
The 2 gallery's I enjoyed most were Christine Chester's ' Fragility of memory' with it's excellent poignant use of the disintegrating surfaces of paper lamination and the varied and original work in the 'Through Your Hands' Maker-Making-Made. I was too absorbed in the work to take photos in either gallery apart from the keys of Susan Lenz ( who gave very interesting lecture - nice to meet her again)
Monday, 10 August 2015
Thursday, 6 August 2015
Tomorrow I might even see some quilts!