I would like to wish my readers a great festive season (if you celebrate this season) and a very happy new year when it comes to all.
I was quite pleased with my first attempt at free-machine embroidery and produced this little fella over three night classes. I am nothing if I am not a doodler and apparently this is a big help when you try free-machine embroidery (drawing with the needle and messing with the tension in a nutshell). I dyed the fabric in a different workshop and will complete my cushion some other time when I have less parties to attend.
My second tree of life made for my daughter who likes blue and bees (because her name begins with B). It is fabric collage with hand embroidery and measures approx. 20cm square. I’ve found focusing on trees very rewarding and I expect trees are going to figure in future experiments, but there are a few new ideas to explore as well.
My first attempt at a “tree of life” (mixed media, fabric collage, and embroidery).
I had just finished this “tree of life”, when I heard of the terrorist explosion in Manchester at a concert attended mainly by young people. The bee is a symbol of Manchester, and bees were displayed all around the city, after the incident, on buildings and tattoos. I added the bees to my picture, and then the butterflies and the ladybirds.
I may display it at a forthcoming exhibition – more details to follow later.
The Boys – a mixed media collage recently exhibited at Touchstones, Rochdale. The collage of the words with missing words is from an old learning English book. The other collaged words from an old dictionary.
Embroidery on mixed media. Segment of larger piece.
This little fella, and his rolled up newspaper, can be found “walking along” on the collage I’m currently displaying in the People’s Art Exhibition at Touchstones, Rochdale. I’ll display the whole collage here after the exhibition comes down.
I couldn’t make the “preview”, so I haven’t seen it hung up yet. Last year my work got hung near the “kiddie’s colouring table”. I rather liked that, and I hoped the little ones enjoyed it.
I see that my last blog was five months ago. In the gap there has been a long hot-wet summer and lots of “low-brow” novels that I thoroughly enjoyed.