Thank you so much for the warm welcome back. Glad you all missed me - it’s great to be home.
Artisue - the metallic ‘tiles’ are made from Model Soft (from Winifred Cottage) - a similar material to Hearty clay. I squish it onto felt, pressing with my thumbs, impress with a stamp and cut into shapes when it is dry. Then paint and gild. The felt makes it easy to stitch.
When am I coming to France? Or Wales? Sorry, but no plans at the moment, I’m afraid. In fact I’m planning on taking a bit of time out next year to work on some new classes. Then, hopefully, I shall bounce back with lots of new ideas and energy. Have lots of teaching this year first, though. I shall still be doing talks next year but not so much teaching.
On Monday I finished the mixed media piece that I was blogging about. Here it is.
Not much stitching but I liked the effect - a different look for me. Here's my fossil fish. he was stitched with Stitch'n'Tear under the stitching. Then I turned the work upside down so that the paper was on top. Zapped the felt a bit to make him arch his back (felt a bit guilty when he writhed in apparent agony) and finally painted with dilute walnut ink.
We hung the Highcliffe Castle exhibition yesterday. Here's a tiny pic of the venue. Impressive but not actually as old as it looks - built in about 1830.
It was a mass turnout for Wessex Textiles, as most of us were present. Usually we are very good at persuading other members to hang our stuff. We were all allocated a section of wall and off we went. Some of the screens hadn't turned up so two of us had to leave our work to be put up by the gallery staff. I went in today to steward and it was all up and looking good. Here is my Triangular Disintegration piece with 'Triffid Seeds' underneath. This had to go sideways but I rather like the effect.
My deep box frames were horrible to hang on the wire fitting so some of the fossils went in a cabinet. Quite a good effect but the cabinet door swung open just as I was standing up and nearly knocked me out. I have a huge bump.
Here is some colourful work from Brenda Weeks
I love her Magic Mushrooms. Good to have some fun pieces.
Today I have been back to do some stewarding. It was colder in the castle than it was outside so I sat next to a small electric radiator. Then I sat on the small radiator. By the time I went home I practically had the thing on my lap. There were not many people about as it is so close to Easter so I gave up and came home early. I'm still not warm yet.
More exhibition pics soon.