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.
(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”.
(Collage, mixed media, embroidery)
In my last blog I invited readers to make up their own narrative/theory about this collage. Here follows a bit of background.
This is one of five collages I created that feature jigsaw-shaped collage and figures. I also wanted to feature the lovely bright blue embroidery thread in this particular collage.
Some time before beginning, I’d been leafing through the photos in a book about the world’s great pilgrimages, and decided to use the word “pilgrimage” as a prompt to my imagination. My favourite picture in the book was of a Sikh gentleman bathing in a holy lake, high up in the mountains. Nearer to home, I often walk around another lake.
I found the travel direction, “At Jericho turn right and follow sign for Birtle” in a Ramblers’ leaflet. I was amused by the juxtaposition of Jericho and Birtle, and decided to use this as the title as it seemed to fit with “pilgrimage”.
Another “thread” that I wanted to explore was lost and found things. I found the note “Please make John some scrambled egg” when we moved a fire surround in the house where I used to live. The note about “the one” actually says “I couldn’t find the church. I went to the one at Salem and the one at Roundthorn. Gone to the 11 Ways.” I copied these two notes out, because one is now lost again and I wanted to keep the other without marking it. Bottom right, the Geisha lady was inspired by a wedding day gift brooch that belonged to my mother. I took it to school, probably without permission, and lost it. I’ve written about the girl with the feather in an earlier blog (she pinched that lovely feather off me).
The other figures are new acquaintances that just arrived somehow.
The word “journey”, perhaps more than pilgrimage, is a very powerful one for me.
My next blog will be in January 2016, so until then SEASON’S GREETINGS TO ALL MY READERS!!!!!
(I’m very sorry, but the title of the Pilgrimage book eludes me but there are in fact many on the subject).
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.