winter into Spring

winter into Spring

Friday, 20 April 2018

Spring is in flower.

 With the warm weather I seem to have gone quite mad stitching in loads of flowers around the winter trees.

I have snowdrops, a primrose, forget-me-nots, bluebell and daisy that wreath around to the summer rose and daisies in the lawn. I didn't mean to put in so much detail or spend so long on it but sometimes the inspiration takes over. Outside the garden is in bloom with flowers, birds and bees making the most of the sunshine. This morning has begun misty but the plum tree is in blossom.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Transformations : cycle of the seasons.

 I began work on this piece last week- my final piece for transformations. It will go on the stairwell at the exhibition, where we all have a 40cm frame to fill, a piece of work from each artist to welcome visitors up the stairs. It is a patchwork of each season. I made the print of a skeletal autumn leaf first in gold then drew in the winter trees and machine embroidered those filling in with running stitches to quilt the whole thing and blend it together..
 The winter trees are growing some first spring leaves on the right.
 Summer and spring flowers are now sprouting around the bottom of the piece to complete the cycle. You can't work one patch to completion, you have to dot around a little to see the whole thing emerging and find a harmony.
This photo is about finding the correct thread to match the colour of a primrose. It is quite a greeny yellow. Easier to mix the colour in a paint box, harder to find the right shade thread. I have drawers of threads sorted into colours and then rummage around finding the one I want. Which might explain why they are a complete tangle!

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Transformations flyer.

Getting ready for this exhibition in Bristol, Meet the Artists is on the first Saturday 28th April 11-3. There are 13 artists exhibiting in different media. It is right at the top of the building, expect stairs! There is a cafe within the Guild.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Winter footpaths.

These are 2 tiny winter footpaths (13x8cms) as life gets back to normal after the Easter holidays. Well not so normal. Alan, my husband and tree expert has now retired completely and is getting used to life without rushing off to work in the morning. I am getting used to that too! He is volunteering at Westonbirt aboretum some days and we hope to have more days out and more holidays. Hurray to that!

Friday, 6 April 2018

Sedimentary layers - finished

 I went back to this piece and added some more electric blue, after consideration it needed a shot more of colour.
 Layers of textures like layers of soil underground, a gradual accumulation of debris,stone,earth, bone.
A few blue beads in the layers. Gone to the framer now- will be on show at Transformations in Bristol. ( 28th April- 19th May Bristol Guild )

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Newark Park exhibition cancelled but some of the work will be in Bristol instead!

Confirmation yesterday that the Newark Park exhibition is definitely cancelled, the house won't be open for another month at least due to water damage. Check their website for their news, everything is drying out but it takes time. So moving on - these 2 pieces are at the Guild at 51 in Cheltenham, some of the work will be at Transformations: Earth Matters, Bristol Guild 28th April- 19th May with Liz, Rosemary and 10 other artists and some will be at Rodmarton Manor in September with the Glos Guild show. It's a shame it won't all be seen together but it will get out on show and sometimes things don't work out as planned. That's life- Have a Happy Easter everyone.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Hedges and field edges.

 Still no news from the National Trust at Newark park but they are having a meeting at the end of the week and I should hear something on Monday. Meanwhile I am carrying on with this piece about the footpaths and hedges around here which I so love.
 After another snowy weekend and freezing mornings we have had some sunshine and there are shoots appearing on the edges of the lanes. The hedges still look bare and devastated by the machines that cut them so drastically and flay the branches. They will recover like a bad hair cut but Archie the old farmer next door who died a few years back used to cut and lay them so beautifully.
 It has been a struggle to find the answers for this piece but I am now filling in the field textures and am getting there.
 Finally my Christmas present from my son flowered this week
and I put a few primroses in a tiny vase to remind myself that Spring is just around the corner. ( a children's book about frog and toad asked yes but which corner?) Here's to finding that corner!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Feathers for Nature in Art.

My postcard for a fundraising exhibition for Nature in Art, Twigworth near Gloucester. It is a marvelous museum with a wonderful collection of paintings, sculpture, contemporary exhibitions all on the theme of Nature. They are hoping for over 300 A5 postcards to be exhibited April 24th- June 3rd. You buy a ticket for £30 and wait to see which card you have won. My feathers are pheasant, peacock and goldfinch. Please support the museum, if you have never been there it is well worth a visit - good cafe and they have artists in residence working there.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Lichen and a new little book.

 No news from Newark Park yet about the exhibition. So getting on with work for Transformations. I am looking at textures for this set of work and these lichens have instant appeal for an embroiderer.
 Oh the colours and textures of the different liverworts, mosses and lichens.
 Some of these found at Westonbirt aboretum and some are local to me. I think it is a sign of good clean air. They don't grow in polluted air.
 I took a little twig home to draw and embroider.
 Started a new book to show at the Transformations exhibition, this time in fabfic rather than on paper. I stiffened the fabric with gesso first for a stiffer, papery quality.
 French knots, eyelets, beads and tufted stitches.
on the final page is a Bewick swan flying home. They leave Slimbridge wwt this time of year to make the journey back to the Russian tundra.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

More news and new work.

 News update  about the postponed exhibition - there was a burst pipe inside as well as water from the roof. The damage is extensive on the tudor side of the house but the exhibition room is untouched. However to get to that room on the top floor you have to get through the house which remains closed at the moment. The National Trust are hoping to open the grounds and tea room as soon as possible. They are still assessing the damage to the house and it remains closed until further notice. We were due to put up the exhibition on Monday and all the damage because of the thaw happened on the Sunday, the day before, so thank you kind folks but no damage to our work. Terrible thing for the house, the National Trust and all the wonderful workers and volunteers there. We wish you all the best in this very trying time. Will keep you posted kind readers, thanks for all your good wishes.

 Meanwhile I have been finishing sedimentary layers for the Transformations exhibition in April at the Bristol Guild.
And I started a new piece on Tuesday for that exhibition. I took a picture of it yesterday in the sunshine as I worked on it. I liked the shadows so much I have put in more tufted stitching to retain that texture. This piece is based on a local footpath that is ancient and seen years of traveling. It is layers of textures again like the rock strata. Time passing is the big theme here. This footpath was completely blocked by drifts of snow. Even with all the thawing I didn't get along it on Tuesday- still piles of snow.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Exhibition postponed, Newark Park closed.

Very sorry to say our exhibition has been postponed as Newark Park is closed due to flooding - water from  snow on the roof has come into the house. Will keep this blog updated but please tell anyone you know who was going to visit to check before they travel.
All of us rather glum but work goes on for the next exhibition at Bristol Guild in April. You know me by now- always stitching and working on new ideas!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Snow and exhibition preparations.

 My pictures arrived back from the framer before the big snow.

 I made some cards for the show and then
the beast from the East and storm Emma hit. Large quantities of snow arrived with drifts so in our country lanes no one is going anywhere. But we are snug and warm, plenty of food and firewood so just hunkering down and waiting for the thaw.
I have been totally distracted bird watching from my window, we put out boards on the snow this morning with seed and it is lovely to watch who comes. This female pheasant on the wall is well camouflaged and the colours are beautiful, it would make a lovely embroidery. The last time we had snow like this ( and with such low temperatures) was in Dec 1981 when my son was born. The village was cut off for a couple of days then. It seems unlikely that we will get to Newark Park on Monday to put up the exhibition as planned. Not really important, keeping everyone safe and warm is the important thing.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Spring concertina sketchbook.

 A few more blue tits for the spring concertina sketchbook.

Looking forward to seeing the spring blossom with all these dire warnings of snow and blizzards forecast for the end of the week.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Summer book finished.

 Summer book is now finished! Daisy chain fastening and all glued in place!
Making a few cards to sell now, handmade and photocards. They help make some money to balance the tremendous outlay of framing and other materials. Getting there now- labels and other paperwork this week! Setting up next Monday in the hope we are not snowed in but that is forecast for this week.
Keep warm everyone!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Summer concertina sketchbook.

 I am now filling the summer concertina sketchbook with birds and flowers. A robin,
and coal tit so far.....................3 more pages to go...........2 weeks to lift off!
My stewarding dates will be Sunday 11th, 25th March, 8th and 15th April. 11-5 Newark Park, Ozleworth. National Trust admission fee applies. Do come along and say hello, please introduce yourself it is lovely to meet my blog followers.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Embroidered buttons.

 In bed last week with a virus of some kind, temperatures and tiredness. Still a bit weak and wobbly but I did manage a few embroidered buttons for the exhibition. The National Trust are following a suffragette theme this year to celebrate 1918 when some women were granted the vote.( you had to be over 30 and own property)We were asked to exhibit something to mark the occasion and so we are having a few things on the theme of suffrage. I looked at lapel brooches made at the time. The British women used the 3 colours- white for purity, green for hope, renewal and strength and purple for courage, dignity and loyalty to the cause. The blue button is one I made last year with stitchwort on. The new ones are daisies also a symbol of purity and a pansy which stands for thoughts in the language of flowers. I plan to make some more- a violet for purple and faithfulness and something green for strength- leaves perhaps or an acorn?
And here is Haggis who came to stay last week while his folks went skiing. We did have walks but he was a faithful bedside companion most of the time. Perhaps he should get a purple badge?