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Monday, 28 April 2014

Has anyone seen last week?

as I have no idea where it went...if you happen to find it do send it back so I can finish off whatever it was I was doing! 

suddenly it is nearly May and everything outdoors is changing rapidly, almost minute by minute...new blooms openingeach time I pass by and I'm sure you can almost hear it all growing...

it is a time of year when everything is opening out and that is joyful after being cooped up indoors, it has been a bit chilly at times, but a little warm sun entices me out often to eat outside, or just to sit and feel the warmth on my skin...

and celebrate the dandelion for it's cheery indominitable spirit!



and the humble beautiful snail...gliding on wet grass after welcome rain


and my old bike, so artistically rusting away...


and pink pink pink!!! I am so delighted with the pretty tulips I planted so long ago...and here they are in gorgeous array!





I was so happy to spot the apple blossom just coming out today...



and indoors has been blooming too...



I love taking scraps of fabric and with the aid of my embellisher and sewing machine transform them into textured surfaces just waiting for some adornment...perfect for this spring time!






all in all it makes me very happy just to be a small part of it all, witness of the Big Creation or creator of all things fabric...life is just amazing and the simplest things are often the most pleasing!




Thursday, 17 April 2014

inspiration...

comes from many places, a magazine article I cut out years ago has come to the fore as part of a series of pieces I am doing about cloth and the past. I have some Victorian clothing kept by my grandmother including a black lace cape, and clothes from early last century, some handmade,like baby clothes, underwear, nighties etc. I am fascinated by the sense of connection we get with the past and our families from cloth and clothing, such personal touches literally and an insight into or remembrance of other people's lives...



In this piece I am working with pretty feminine fabrics, some old, some new, some with memories...all layered and pieced like a kind of patchwork...like lives layered up, each fabric influencing the next cloth or layer, perhaps as we influence the next generation or are influenced ourselves by the past one, often subtly...

I love that there are memories held in the cloth...and there is a fragility to this piece as there is fragility in lives and relationships




my embellisher (needle felting machine) comes into it's own in helping me to layer and blend fabrics and to 'distress' them so they appear aged...











I seem to be starting a lot of new work at the moment and not finishing anything, ahem...but I hope to settle down after Easter and sort myself out...ready for my new workshops...still some places on Thurs 8th May Creating Flowers with Machine Embroidery if you fancy some fabric and stitching fun...


I only take 4 people in my lovely studio, with homemade cake and stunning views out of the window, and just a few boxes of fabrics...it can get a bit wild!!


if I don't see you before, have a great Easter with lots of sunshine and treats!
Emmaxx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Green Doors Art Trail...

a gentle rainy day as I head off to the south of the Lake District with windscreen wipers swishing away the persistent raindrops, the morning is misty and soft and ahead of me is an enticing day with a rich variety of art and artists to visit... I am aiming for the middle of nowhere and will see where I end up! How far can I go? Driving down narrow lanes with fells and trees and hedgerows and sheep and little traffic, and only one job for the day, to drive and view art...bliss!

The Green Doors Artists  are a self-managed, not-for-profit artists’ co-operative, committed to bringing artists together and making contemporary art accessible to local residents and visitors to the area, and this is their annual (ninth) open studios trail...and here is a little of what I saw...

I dropped daughter mine off in Keswick for day 2 of an athletics training weekend...bless them all in the rain!







after getting throughly lost in the winding lanes and trusting I was going the right way...I arrived at the most beautiful house and garden snuggling into the landscape, and a warm welcome from Angie Flynn, Tina Balmer and Sally Bamber and Janet Benefield (wife of artist Chris Benefield who sadly was ill upstairs in bed!) it was his designed house! Soup steamed on the Aga of the open plan kitchen and living room and there were CAKES!(sorry no photos, I got braver as the day progressed! I think I was just so stunned I'd managed to find them!)

I love all their work...



then after some soup and a rest I headed to my furthest point south, beyond even the place where dragons live... Cark in Cartmel to Elizabeth and Keith Shorrocks' studio...perched high up with a wonderful view



to see Elizabeth, Annwyn Dean and Joan Newell do exiting things with paper and stitch as Page, Paper, Stitch






 
and in the garage Keith turns wood into beautiful furntiture...


north again to visit Jan Huntley Peace and friends near Milnthorpe, sadly Jan was also ill, but there was a warm welcome and lovely things to view






a short distance to Arnside, and childhood haunts as we had 3 Great Aunts who all lived hereabouts and when we stayed in Granny's caravan we were spoilt with wonderful teas and 10 shilling notes for spending (rich!). Here's Angie Mitchell's studio where she makes prints which I love...






and a nostalgic signpost...


on then to Natland a place I have passed by many times but never visited...with such a great name! Here I visited Mary Taylor who creates exquisite landscapes in fabric and stitch and glass maker Lisa Harrison creating light and colour in fused glass.


and then the journey home...to my own fells and trees and family, weary but so happy! My head is full of wonderful creativity and the joy of talking to other artists and sharing our mutual love for what we do.