Sunday, 31 August 2014

Ecodyed fabric & papers

Windfall leaves collected at Nature in Art, wrapped in silk noil bundles.  The start of my pieces for our exhibition INSIDE:TUO recording the seasonal changes in the garden. 

Really pleased with the results, especially the pieces dyed with birch leaves. I'll be joining them to create a long thin hanging. 

My steamed papers were even better.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Nature in Art visit

Eight of us spent a day at Nature in Art, Twigworth, looking around the gardens and gallery for potential spaces to place pieces for our exhibition INSIDE : TUO in August 2015.
We are planning to exhibit in the gallery and outside in the gardens, and found lovely spots to consider.
My favourite, this beautiful Hazel tree, set amongst some of their sculptures.
Carla & Carolyn found brambles laden with blackberries, in amongst beds full of wild flowers and seed heads.

Watch this space, to see how our work develops for this exhibition.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

BBs at work on Sunday! From top- Alison, Carolyn, Corinne and Linda's hands. My envelope turned inside out with mirror writing and Alice going into looking glass land. Looking at seams inside clothes. All of us making a start on our new theme for the exhibition at Nature in Art next year.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Back of an envelope thinking...

Louise beginning work after leading us in a wonderful brainstorming ideas session
Carolyn sharing work in progress

Even lunch involved surprises about inside out - once the eye tunes in....

Another image from Sunday at Alison's Garden. 

Results of Eco dyeing

Unwrapped my parcels this morning, to find these lovely prints.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Summer Play Day

Unable to attend our summer play day due to illness, I thought I'd try Eco dyeing a few leaves from the garden. Using Acer, Geranium & Oak leaves placed between folds of Khadi paper, with cardboard on the outside tied with string, then steamed for an hour under a weight.

Looking forward to unwrapping my parcels later.

Inside Out

Great day sifting through ideas around our next Exhibition in 2015 at Nature in Art

On the inside

My great grandmothers widows weeds - unexpected stitch detail from the inside

Work in progress

Stitching my work in Alison's garden today. Linda


Experiments in Eco-dyeing on cloth and paper


Just trying this on our workshop day - Carolyn

B B Workshop

Preparing for our new exhibition next August at Nature in Art.
All the best ideas begin on the back of an envelope

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Festival of Quilts

Beautiful delicate paper pieces by textile artists Judith Mundwiler from Switzerland and Gabi Mett from Germany, my favourite gallery at Festival of Quilts.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Line, Shape & Design at Festival of Quilts

I spend 3 wonderful days attending a masterclass at The Festival of Quilts with Leslie Morgan, and playing with thickened procian dyes using various tools to create line and shape. 

Using various tools including  screens, glassine, & all sorts of mark making tools including a credit card.

The use of a credit card to apply the dye paints worked beautifully on a piece of African strip cloth blanket, creating sweeping marks of colour across the  cloth. Lots more playing with dye paints and strip cloth to follow.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Festival of Quilts NEC

Linda and I went to the N.E.C. yesterday. I liked this quilt by Christine Restall. We spent all our money and came home foot sore! With a thousand quilts on show there's a lot to see.