Tree

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.

 

 

 

At Jericho turn right and follow sign for Birtle

 

 

At Jericho turn right and follow sign for Birtle

(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).

 

 

 

 

You’re Gonna Get Done!

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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.

October already..

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Michaelmas Daisies (embroidery on felt/mixed media) – unfinished.

Scale and perspective are interesting subjects. After much anguish, procrastination and endless lists (perhaps these are all one and the same thing) I moved up recently to larger canvasses. Now,out of my comfort zone, looking back, I can no longer “feel” how I was in that situation, as with so many situations. It was so worth it to move on. It is good to have the option to work large or small. This small embroidery, just a “sampler” worked on an experiment scrap salvaged from one of my old notebooks, makes a change from the larger “baby” I’m currently exhibiting at Touchstones, Rochdale (until November). I will show the larger canvas here when the exhibition comes down.

Have you got butter?

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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).

Desire, love and floods

Desire

“Desire” – mixed media, collage and embroidery.

Don't worry we won't flood on a hill

“Don’t Worry. We won’t flood on a hill” – mixed media, collage and embroidery.

Love

“Love” – mixed media, collage and embroidery.

A little bit of colour to start the week. A selection of my work exhibited at The Coachhouse, Littleborough recently.

“All intellectual property rights in my designs are and will remain the property of Angela Walker.”