Escape…..

My latest art quilt has been made in response to the Cranwell Contemporary Group challenge titled Escape.  When the theme was announced my first thought was of “escaping” to the Scottish Highlands……this area has to be my absolute favourite away from it all destination in the UK.

Art Quilt with the theme “Escape”

Escape

I worked from memory, rather than looking back at photographs, as I wanted this piece to suggest a mood and a feeling of being in this area and not a specific, identifiable place.   The colours are very neutral and muted, built up using Inktense paint, layered fabrics, Mulberry bark and silk cocoon strippings to create a textural surface.  The finished quilt is 28” wide x 40” high.

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The Final Show and Tell…..

My first stint at tutoring a residential weekend came to a close this afternoon with the final show and tell at Cober Hill.  It’s been a terrific three days spent with the 18 creative ladies from the East Yorkshire Embroidery group.  They don’t shy away from putting in the hours and the effort to learn a new skill but at the same time they certainly know how to enjoy themselves!  We’ve had lots of chat, lots of laughs and the ladies have produced lots of wonderful work.  It’s worth remembering that for many this was their first attempt at feltmaking……..

A huge thank you to Maggie and Carol for giving me this opportunity and I hope to work with you all again sometime in the future.

E.Y.E.s Residential Weekend…..

This weekend I am up in North East Yorkshire teaching wet  felting at the E.Y.E.s (East Yorkshire Embroiderers) annual Residential Weekend Retreat.  It’s being held at a wonderful venue called Cober Hill, overlooking the North Bay Area of Scarborough.

Out of the 18 ladies attending sixteen are creating wet felted pictures while the other two are here doing their own thing.  We met up on Friday afternoon and after a brief introduction got straight on with planning our designs and laying out our fibres.

After a three course dinner the ladies were straight back in the studio and hard at work rolling, throwing and generally fulling their work.

I’d been warned that some of the group would be working all hours and I found myself staying in the studio until 11pm with Ruth who was the last woman standing!

This morning I heard one lady was in the room and working at 6am……I certainly wasn’t!!!  Most of us resumed work straight after breakfast adding needle felted elements and beginning to free motion or hand stitch into the felt.

There is some fabulous work being created and I reckon we are going to have a really impressive “show and tell” tomorrow lunch time!  Watch this space…….

Nuno Felting Day Two…..

Nuno Felting day two at East Keswick and the ladies used view finders to identify areas for adding stitched detail to their Felted work…..

There were some wonderful designs taking shape as areas were enhanced with stitch…..


Thanks to Nicola for hosting the workshop and to all the ladies who took part and created such wonderful work.  I shall look forward to seeing some of you again on my return visit in September.

Nuno Felting Workshop…..

Weve just finished day one of a two-day Nuno Felting Workshop at Simply Stitch, East Keswick and what a productive day we’ve had!  10 ladies are taking part and today they experimented with different lightweight fabrics, combining them with Merino fibres to produce beautiful new Nuno fabrics.

And a few close-ups showing the wonderful textures achieved….

Tomorrow we will be using apertures to identify areas to be embellished using hand and/or machine stitching.

LCA Reunion…..

It’s been all go at the Sam Scorer Gallery in Drury Lane, Lincoln today.  I am one of a group of 21 ex Lincoln College of Art students and tutors who have got together for the first time in over forty years as part of the LCA Reunion to exhibit our current work.  The space is looking terrific with a wide range of work on display including fine art, textiles, ceramics, printing, sculpture, jewellery, mixed Media and photography. The free to enter exhibition opened with a launch party this evening and will run daily from 10am – 4pm until 3rd June.

These are just a few of the photographs taken during the setting up and the launch party…….

Merino and Silk Collars…..

Today’s students were Jenny, Felicia and Anne, three friends from the Derby area who travelled up for the day to make Merino and Silk Collars.

As you can see from the photos of their finished work the ladies did a wonderful job and achieved some fabulous textures.  They even got done in time for a quick Tyvek demonstration and each made a Tyvek brooch.

Felicia’s finished collar

Jenny’s finished collar

Anne’s finished collar

Jenny, Anne and Felicia…..all hoping the damp, cold weather continues a while longer!

It was a pleasure working with you ladies.  I hope you all enjoy wearing your new creations and go on to make lots more!

Photos From Day Two…..

As promised photos from day two of the Yellow Poppies workshop in Hemmingby…..

Lou was the first to finish. Having worked so fast she even managed a second piece of work!

Lou’s Felted wallhanging with yellow 3D flowers

Janny’s Felted wallhanging with 3D red poppies

Zoe’s red poppy wallhanging

Wet Felted wallhanging with floral design

Trish’s sunflower wallhanging

Maggies  floral wallhanging

June’s red poppies and dragonfly

Elaine’s Landscape with swan and dragonfly

Ellie and Brenda still have work in progress so I will add photos of their finished work as and when I get them.

Ellie’s Yellow Poppies work in progress

Many thanks to Ellie for inviting me over to Hemmingby and to all the ladies who took part.  It’s probably too late to tell you now the workshops over but, as you may have already realised, felting is very addictive and can seriously improve your health….you’ve been warned!