Blue Tree of Life

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.9BB9A022-59B4-47D7-A461-371531EF0066.jpeg

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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.

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Collage at Touchstones

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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.

http://www.link4life.org/centres/touchstones-rochdale.

 

 

 

Oh to be in England…

 

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(embroidery on painted cloth)

My, I’m enjoying the early English spring time.  So I place my green-hatted lady here, like a child putting a pussy willow branch on the nature table, or a small boy putting a bit of lamb’s wool in his pocket.  Is being in the spring time a return to innocence for Salty Pinches one asks oneself?

Looking ahead to a darker part of the year, I’m pleased to mention that Littleborough Arts Festival will take place between 15-22 October this year (a different time of year than usual).  So, save the date if you can!

More about  that at the end of the summer.  For now, I’m taking a blogging break, to sew, to work on my ideas for the arts festival, and just, “to be in England now that Spring is  here”.

 

A collage for you to ponder…

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(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.