Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Hi-Arts at the Stroud Festival

Have a look at this site (click on link in pink at the end of this paragraph) for Hi-Arts and you will see a feature on the artists whose work was showing at the Stroud Festival at Made in Stroud and who participated in the events. On the right hand side of the page there are two reviews of the Festival as 'downloads' to look at - Wendy Inkster's  talks about the Brunel Broderers and Susi's work - we had a lovely talk when Wendy visited.
What a lovely dream I have of a Brunel Broderers visit to Shetland....! Hmmmm..... worth thinking about more.. Click on the link here..   Hi-Arts
 Also, have a look at the Burra Bears - Wendy's site here - the thinking has such integrity - to 'recycle an entire handknitted Fair Isle patterned Shetland woollen jumper into a bear' - to give new life to the beautiful colours, patterns and handwork.

Monday, 28 June 2010

BBs at Art Camp

Here is Paul Harper. The BB's have worked with Paul and Alias before, benefiting from contact with artists from different disciplines and outlooks.
On Saturday we were indeed lucky to have both Amy Houghton, who was until recently a BB and whose website is linked in our 'websites we follow' section, and Caroline Morris - see more about Caroline and her research by clicking on magpieseven
 Here are Amy and Paul in dialogue..

Our activity at Camp 0, which focussed on various ecological activites, was called 'shelter' and involved making do and mending various tents, awnings and tarps to make a 'quite large' structure.
This was hopefully to be used by the whole group as a meeting place. Meanwhile an intellectual slant to the proceedings was taken with the group having pre-read a fascinating paper by Isis Brook entitled 'Craft skills and their role in healing the world' (Plymouth College of Art)  
Paul also brought along an interesting book 'The Case for Working with Your Hands' by Matthew Crawford who presented a paper at the Crafts Council  ' Assemble' Conference last week as well as 'Art As Experience' by John Dewey. For details of all these look at the Alias website or contact Paul Harper at Alias.


Liz Caroline and Alison talking and making 

Here are Susi and Caroline drawing from the shadows of the plants and foliage..

The grasses were inviting to work with..

We wove ourselves into the landscape and created a BB place within it to share..

The big tarpaulins were decorated with drawings of flowers and drawings of broderer stitches and, of course, a bit of BB humour!

Art Camp again...

 Art Camp 0 - part of the 'SITE FESTIVAL 2010'
 We were asked by Paul Harper of Alias to contribute to this event: 'a residential camping weekend of participatory and collaborative events, discussions, workshops and artworks about culture, change and the limits of global growth'. (Festival Programme 2010) Here is the link to Alias where you can learn more  - Alias
The event was in the beautiful setting of Westley Farm - see the Alias site for details of the events and setting.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Art Camp 0

I wonder if you can guess where some of the BB's were yesterday?

No - not Glastonbury!
Art Camp 0 - part of the SITE Festival 2010 - working with Paul Harper from Alias.
More about these and links tomorrow.

We did some 'make do and mend' as well as constructing, weaving, decorating, drawing... why?

More about what were thinking about, discussing, reading tomorrow. 

We had some fantastic help - pictures of Amy, Caroline and Paul tomorrow... and Susi got very hot in this amazing midsummer heatwave!

 More tomorrow .....
Susi, Liz, Alison.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Chris' travel journals / sketchbooks

Some more on the sketchbook theme!
Chris' journals attracted much absorbed browsing during Curious Drawers.
Here are a few pages from various travels....


Door designs

Peacock memories

Bird Sanctuary

Desert journey to Jaisalmer

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

What a delight to see this blog post about Curious Drawers - and what a pleasurable and interesting browse of their blog and Sarah's site at hardaker and pope - click on the link and scroll to the post for 30th May 2010. Thank you to Jo and Sarah and we have linked your blog (see right hand side for blogs we follow) - best of wishes.....

Monday, 14 June 2010

Drawing in Cornwall

Some of the drawings I did in Cornwall.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Just bought myself an embellisher! What a beauty and joy, can't believe that it has taken me so long to discover! I thought I would show you guys what I have been working on, I have been playing around with "curiouser and curiouser" ideas, still retaining the theme of 'Grandma'...just a start and a bit rough I know, but am really excited by it! Wanted to get a bit of work in before baby! x

"Friday Tea"

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Louise's sketchbook

I am continuing my insect and wild flower research.
Last week I went to Devon and took photos of butterflies and damselflies - drawings and stitchery to follow! Meanwhile here are 2 previous beetle pages, one is the bloody nosed beetle and one a garden chafer. So much to see in the natural world at the moment and everything so lush with the rain. Shame one has to earn a living rather than watch butterflies all day. Ho hum!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Jars of Joy!

Looking, noticing, observing, selecting, collecting, choosing, questioning, thoughtfully presenting little jars of joy.