an artists' view

an artists' view

Saturday, 31 January 2015

pomegranate the pomegranate pot!
I'd left a piece of cotton in the dye, and forgotten all about it! It's been in there a couple of months, so it's taken quite well! Here is the whole piece.
 And here are some close-ups.
Lovely patterns; made with metal clamps, as I folded the fabric.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

work in progress......

 Starting out!
 the stitched lines
The silk before stitches.
Dyed with pomegranate; I made it in a project with some young people at work. We did a project on Labyrinths, and plant dyeing.
The silk has been lying around, while I decided what to do with it. Then, looking through blogs, I found a reference to the native grasses of New Mexico; and how they (like all grasses) hold the soil together. An image came; and from that, I began stitching. This is very minimal, and with very neutral colours.   

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year - 2015

The Christmas Cactus came out on Christmas Day, so that was a good harbinger.
I spent a lovely xmas and New Year with family and friends.
And I'm still in the place of 'resting'.
Of letting things settle; of feeding my creative soul before I start the next artwork.
I am hoping to continue with my ideas of making collagraphy 'plates', and printing them in the mangle I was given in the summer. I've done one experimental print; below.
For speed I used acrylic paint, rather than printing inks. I just wanted a quick result, to see how the mangle would work.
I think it's worked quite well; and there's a lot of potential. My friend Berenice and I went to Spurn Point on the coast, earlier in the year (2014) and collected bags of found treasures! I hope to use these to make collography plates; and experiment with prints made from them. 
In the meantime, the stitching won't end. There'll just be a different direction. I'm looking forward to it. It feels like the recent past is wrapped up and boxed away. But things are different. My life is moving in another direction. So this is a good time to post this print.
And wish you all the best for 2015. X 

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