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.
Three collage/embroideries recently exhibited at the recent Littleborough Arts Festival exhibition.
I will write a little about the festival in my next blog, but for now please do check out the webpage:
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.
(mixed media, collage and embroidery, November ’15)
I exhibited this collage at Touchstones Open Art Exhibition, Rochdale, recently.
I’m not going to tell you anything else about it just yet, not even the title. Make up your own theories and narratives (if you like). Next week I will tell you the facts I know. There wouldn’t be any point me doing the collage if I knew what it was all about.
Once upon a time, long, long ago, my friend and I found some old pots of sticky, purple, gloss paint. They were hidden in long grass near the garden shed in my neighbour’s garden. We prised off the lids and got a little messy. The inspiration for this picture comes from that childhood memory, but the details are not autobiographical. I mixed the memory with a recent theme of collage-shaped jigsaw pieces and an urge to use this particular colour scheme. Or maybe I just wanted to play with purple paint again.
Photos of Elsie and John (Mum & Dad).
They did have butter, in abundance, and they had plenty of salt too. I miss their butter and their saltiness very much in the autumn, because Elsie passed in October (2005) and John passed September (2010). The autumn makes my “missing” them more raw somehow every year.
Other inspiration this month: The Touchstones People’s Art Exhibition opens from next weekend and I am exhibiting a collage. Google Touchstones (Rochdale). I will share a picture of it here after the exhibition comes down (in November).