Friday, 13 July 2012

Inspirational Friends

Every time I think that my inclination to stitch is drying up I become inspired by my wonderful friends. I have been lost in the mires of admin lately and never seem to get time to do my own thing. Don't you think it is true that you have to keep up the level of activity with any art ot craft or discouragement creeps in?

I am now on the up again as I was so inspired by the article that Sherrill Kahn has written for the September issue of Workshop on the Web that I immediately had to have a bash at some of her techniques. Here is one of her pieces.

The article covers the simple technique of rubbings from stamps but she shows so many ways and materials and then describes how to put it all together.

I had most of the media she suggested so now all of my rubbings are drying off, having been overlaid by lots of different paints. Can't wait to put them together.

Another great friend is Jane Wild who has just come back from Florence. We had lunch yesterday and then looked at her photos. She knows just what I like and this one of rust and graffitti had my name on it. Perhaps it could be used with some of the rubbings.

I also loved this view of the Duomo and was reminded of Val Campbell-Harding saying 'crouch down and photo up!' We once ran a digital camera course together and all the students spent a lot of time lying under bushes and viewing the undersides of leaves. It was quite a shock to the bystanders when we all emerged!

This looks like  a jigsaw. I'd like to print out the components, crumple them up and then stick them on Vilene. Then you could experiment with the spacing and work them up with stitching.

Jane and I are very pleased because Batsford has re-printed our book Paper, Metal and Stitch. We are always being asked for it, so it is good to have it back in circulation.

The new classes for my Dissolvable Delights book will be out next week so keep an eye on the d4daisy website.  

Did I tell you that Clive and I have booked to go on a Baltic cruise soon? We have always thought that we would hate cruising but we wanted to go to Stockholm and Copenhagen and it was more expensive to do our usual thing through the internet than to go on the cruise and get to see Tallin and St Petersburgh as well. I can't help but think that it is the first sign of old fart-ism but Fiona tells me that there have been signs of that for years!


Heather said...

I've just renewed my WOW sub and look forward to the next instalment. I love the camera course story! If I lay down under a bush I'd need help to get up again!
You and Clive have a long way to go before old fartism sets in - some of us are already there. The cruise sounds as if it will be packed with inspiring scenes.

Maggi said...

I think we'd all be in danger of drowning if we lay on the ground under bushes at the moment. Looking forward to the next issue of WOW already.

jude said...

When is your cruise? We went to Tallinn twice last year and you need to get beyond 'woolly wall' to the most fab museums and I can recommend a lovely lunch spot if you are interested!

Julie said...

Snap! We are about to go to the Baltic on a cruise too :-) Sounds like you are visiting the same ports. I'm looking forward to the next WOW too.

JP said...

those rubbing look fantastic - I'm sure you will enjoy the cruise if it isn't one of those enormous ships!! but at least it makes it easier to do multiple places!!!!

Unknown said...

I like you thought it was the first sign of old far - ism but you do get to see places you wouldn't do on a normal holiday. I've just done one along the Rhine and saw some wonderful places which would have cost the earth if I done them all separately. You just have to go with the flow and forget about all the old people that are on the trip with you and have a large glass of wine......Sue

Wabbit said...

It would be fun to print the photo of the Duomo out on your Pogo and then cut it into pieces and rearrange!

Enjoy your hols!