Thursday, 26 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Had two lots of good news recently. My local authority scheme, Forth Valley Visual Artist Awards Scheme is giving me a grant to experiment and create some new work about the passing of time. Only a few days prior to this, another small grant giving group, Stirling Arts Forum had told me I had been successful and am getting a small grant to help towards making the work to go outside at Aberfoyle.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
This is the latest journal quilt. It was meant to be trying out machine embroidery/quilting. I really enjoyed hammering away at the jellyfish with the sewing machine to create the layers of stitch - I could of gone on for ages longer, but it had to be ready in time for publication to coincide with the new edition of Popular Patchwork. DH thinks it is his favourite so far. I'm not so sure - but I will be doing more of the old machine embroidery in future. I had forgotten how much fun it could be.
Monday, 2 March 2009
I also got an email confirming that my work was being included in a group show at the the Pittenweem Arts Festival (http://pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk/), which also starts on 1 August, as part of an invited group of craft practitioners at the 'cutting edge'. Given the space requirements, I'm also going to be making new work for this and was practicing on the embellisher this afternoon., hence the photos. I was very pleased when Janet Shelley approached me to be included in this show. All very exciting and I'm still getting started on making the fabric coverings for the frames for the Loch Lomond Show. I calculated the amount of fabric I needed today and I think I have just enough. This is a huge relief as I bought it four years ago from a shop over 400 miles away and I can't find it anywhere else and it may have been a one off.
One of my samples based on Ruth's book One of my greatest pleasures in life, alongside art, is reading. Books have always played ...
One of the best bits of teaching City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting is having to explore techniques and make samples. I suppose ...
The other weekend at the C&G class we were looking at ways of embellishing your work. As my work is generally unadorned and blin...