Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Glos Guild Exhibition

It seems I am to have a work space at the Glos Guild Exhibition. I will take my sketchbooks, work in progress and the insect chest from Curious Drawers.
My stewarding days are Sat 31st 2-6, Tues 3rd 10-2, Mon 9th 2-6, Tues 10th 2-6, Weds 11th 10-2.
My work and studio space will be there until the 13th.
Come along and say Hello! Entry is £1 for a raffle ticket. The Painswick Centre, Painswick GL6 6QQ
Guild Crafts

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Jan Knibbs - what we saw!

Last week Kay and Susi went to an exhibition in Milsom Place, Bath where Jan was showing some of her work -  Jan Knibbs

Jan has been shortlisted to the last 25 for this year's Hand and Lock prize Hand and Lock  Congratulations Jan!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Look What I have found

In my search for petal numbers fitting into my research criteria I have found this flower with 55 petals - my studio wall as it flourishes- Kay

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Nature in Art

This is a detail of Linda's work titled 'Walk with the Warlis Tribe'  that was exhibited with the BB's at Nature in Art 2 years ago - Nature In Art. Also see more images of the exhibition on our BB website under the exhibition section  here. We spend so much time getting onto the next step - worthwhile sometimes taking time for looking back and reflecting..

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Work at the Gloucestershire Guild

Liz and I will have work at the Gloucestershire Guild Exhibition in Painswick July 31st - August 13th for me, till Aug 30th for Liz. Open 10 - 6 every day - click on the link in pink to see more  here 
Here are 2 of my pictures, one butterfly and one of ants. I saw woodants at the limestone pavement at Gaitsbarrow on holiday.Amazing moss and ferns - lots of inspiration!

Friday, 16 July 2010

More Knitting!

Images of work by Alison Harper at Interactive at the One Two Five Gallery - group show curated by Carole Waller and Gary Wood.
Alison uses crisp packets to make yarn and invites viewers to sit in the knitting chair and add to the work reflecting on the fact that each discarded packet produces just under 5 metres of yarn - a material that does not degrade in the environment.

Crisp Packet Yarn

Tiny basket brooches, each made from one packet's worth of yarn

Alison's knitting chair is having another outing to CCANW on 8th August. The centre is having an exhibition of sustainability in fashion and textiles - for more info click on the link here

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

The making process - knitting and poetry!

Whilst doing my research for Curious Drawers I talked with friends and family about their experiences of making things for each other in the family. Knitting was consistently discussed - all the wonderful, colourful and sometimes curiously shaped garments and the effort, love and special qualities of the hand made providing warmth, protection, decoration and individuality (and much more!).

The Poetry Society have an inspiring section called 'knit a poem' and if you click on the link in pink it will take you to the poem that resonated strongly for me - also click on the 'poem of the week' and see 9 more poems about making... click here 

 Doll's vest knitted by my mother and my stitch response

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

another print!

more random this time, faded ghost prints.... curious how the process takes me back to the themes that always excite me!

Monday, 5 July 2010


I loved the drawings Kay did when she was away in Cornwall - see post  for 14th June 2010 (click on 'older posts'  at the bottom of the page on the right and it is on our previous page.
We had a conversation about how they inspired me to do more drawing from nature.
I saw some vibrant hydrangeas last week in the outdoor garden at the V and A. 
The colours ranged from dusty pinks to blueberry violets and china blues often all in the same flower head! The ones in the garden here are just emerging. My favourite time is actually when they have turned into delicate skeletal forms and a papery parchment colour.
 I decided though to inspire myself with strong colour and to make a print block. This is the first run to test the block. I love the process of printing - in this case peeling off the block to reveal the vibrant colours I chose in the end ... Susi