Friday, 15 February 2008

Floating Fossils

Aussie Jo you mustn't laugh at our 15C. This is supposed to be winter and it should be about 7C. Actually it is much colder today with a nasty east wind. Yes, those ducks were hilarious and we've decided to take the GCs to see them next week (halfterm).

Don't feel guilty about the machine Carole - you deserve it and I'm so pleased I got you going again.

Glad you are better, Artisue. I am nearly back to normal but I am a bit worried about teaching tomorrow. I'm sure they will carry things in for me. I have had a much longer break than usual this year as I'm normally back in action around the end of January.

Tomorrow's workshop is one of my favourites - on dissolvable fabrics, so I'm looking forward to it. I left it a bit late to do all the samples and the packing which is why you haven't heard much from me lately. We have also been giving my website a complete revamp as it just grew organically and never was planned properly. So I shall have a CV and a gallery and stuff like that. Cameras have improved so much since I last photographed my work for the web so I'm having to redo a lot of the pics. I have also written an article for Stitch magazine, all about the heirlooms course that I did with Val. I'm so glad I took the opportunity to do it.

The fossil thing is coming on well. It has turned into a triptych with one big panel and two narrow ones. It's nearly finished and I shall show it soon.
Got sidetracked into thinking about small, saleable, pieces for the exhibition and this is a mock up called Floating Fossil. Not a good pic but you get the drift. I bought a set of very deep frames and puzzled over them. I shoved a piece of scrap card in and made a little box thing for the embroidery to sit on. It is all pinned together but I think it works quite well and I'll now take it to bits and make it properly.

Not sure yet what the backing will be but something plain, I think, to add to the floating effect. I am also planning an installation but it may not work and I may not have time so I'm keeping quiet about it for now. There is nearly a month to go but I have lots of teaching before then and I am also involved in the Jersey Textile event, which I am very much looking forward to. I'm teaching mixed media and that is always fun. It's all go.


artisbliss said...

Make them carry everything for you, Maggie! You don't want a relapse.

I bought a felting adapter for my old sewing machine so my question about hand needle felting soy silk is, I hope, moot.

Do take the kids to see the ducks. Are you allowed to feed them?

Carole said...

Hi all: I will be away for a bit so won't be writing any comments. I can hardly wait to get back to read the blogs that will be posted while I'm gone. Great fun. Carole

Gisele said...

Hi Maggie, I have admired your work from afar for a long time and adore your recent fossil pieces. I was in the Harbour Gallery (in Jersey) today & picked up the course schedules for the Textile Showcase & was thrilled to see your name amongst the tutors, so I'm signing up & hope there are still places available, hope to see you soon :)

darlene aKa HugGeR said...

Love, love, love your textile work. Very yummy thanks for the looksie.

downunderdale said...

hi Maggie - will look forward to seeing your article on HH course - I am so enjoying it but, of course, miles behind as always - Dale

artisbliss said...

I'm wondering how you got along on Saturday, Maggie. Hope you didn't come home exhausted with an aching back!