Sunday, 19 February 2012

Making progress

It's a good feeling when ideas that have been brewing for a while suddenly start to take shape. Last week I spent one day developing ideas for the Orientation exhibition using sushi as my starting point.

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The following day I worked on my weather map by drawing out a grid and using this to cut out my earlier dyed and printed fabrics.
As you can see these are only pinned in place and already I can see one section that I want to add to before committing this to stitch.
Earlier today we visited Dudmaston Estate near Bridgnorth to see the snowdrops that grow wild in the grounds. It is so uplifting to see these early signs of spring.
I hope you have had a creative week too.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Lost in Lace

I managed to fit in a visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery this week to see the Lost in Lace exhibition before it ends on 19 February. I am so pleased I did as I thought the exhibition was wonderful. I appreciate the intricacies of traditional lace making but to see the structure of lace on a large scale, as so many of the artists had interpreted the theme, was breathtaking.
I managed to take some flash free images of some of the exhibits to share with you here.
After the Dream, Chiharu Shiota

Lace the final frontier, Michael Brennand-Wood (detail)

Moucharabieh Jardin de lit, lit de jardin, Annie Bascoul
Lacing Space , Piper Shepherd (detail)
The latticed eye of memory, Liz Nilsson (detail)

A definition of lace from the Dictionary of Lace is 'a textile patterned with holes which are created by the manipulation of threads' and these pieces followed this tradition using up to date technology and materials.
As a reminder of traditional lace, this detail is of Point de Gaze lace owned by Mrs W A Cadbury and now part of the museum collection. It was this lace that inspired Piper Shepherd to make Lacing Space (above).
I would certainly recommend visiting this exhibition before it finishes on Sunday - and it's free!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Weather maps

I wanted to share with you what I've been doing over the last few weeks - I can't believe it is so long since I last posted. Where does the time go!
Once a month I attend Ineke Berlyn's Landscape workshop at her Barn where I teach my regular classes. It is good to be a student and not leading a workshop for a change!
This year I'm working with weather maps with the intention that the resulting quilt will be entered into The Quilters' Guild Challenge category at this year's Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. The theme is  'Britain - what it means to you' and I thought that the British weather was a suitable topic to explore.
I have started work on this idea in my favourite manner which is to produce a palette of fabrics which I am now cutting in to workable chunks.
This section started with thickly painted isobars on white fabric which I then painted over with dye. The linear marks are made with printing blocks as is the lettering.

The detailed sections are printed using a Thermofax screen which I had made. I'm liking the contrast of the different printed sections.
Here I used a pearlised fabric paint on some black fabric combining two different Thermofax screens.
This fabric collection is growing nicely and I have ideas brewing for how they might all come together.
Watch this space!