Thursday, 25 May 2017

Take time to smell the flowers - a piece of textile art

Your first saw this piece it was half done. Since then I attached the cigarette silk centre piece and added some suffilk puffs made from a vintage hanky, vintage buttons and some flower beads. To finish it off, I added pink running stitch around the hem of the napkin.

You can now purchase this, mounted onto some cream mountboard, from my Etsy store.

I'll be back on Sunday.


Monday, 22 May 2017

The work of Jackie Wragg and Tilly Wilkinson

The Seagrass Gallery in West Kirby is currently (until the end of May) holding an exhibition of the work of the artists Jackie Wragg and Tilly Wilkinson.called 'Designs on Nature'. When I visited last week, I took a few photos, though, unfortunately, not always brilliant ones due to the position of some of the paintings etc and my lack of skill!

Jackie Wragg

Jackie graduated in 1984 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art. She has exhibited in group exhibitions in the UK and USA including the National Portrait Gallery London, the Royal Academy, The Royal Festival Hall, The Whitechapel and Manchester United Stadium Gallery. She has a both paintings and lino prints in the exhibition.
(Info from Jackie's website)

Detail from the painting above.

Tilly Wilkinson

Tilly's work is in vitreous enamel: powdered glass that is fired on to a metal base usually copper, steel, or precious metal.
Enamels often react with the metal they are fired onto, producing unexpected colours and effects. Whilst this is a stumbling block for the beginner it is one of the characteristics that Tilly loves about enamel, To use enamel well requires experience and knowledge of the likely effects that can be achieved if the enamel is fired for different times and at different temperatures.
Tilly produces a range of items from wall pieces to 3 dimensional work, jewellery and bowls. Her current work has a narrative element to it and is illustrative of the comings and goings of the wildlife in her own garden and in the wider landscape around her.
(Info from Tilly's website)

Both Jackie and Tilly have created some beautiful work haven't they?

I'll be back on Thursday.


Friday, 19 May 2017

Just a week late!

I'm sorry for the missing week of posts. My chronic fatigue was bad last week (I won't go into the details!), which meant that I couldn't do much of anything so I decided to take a few days off.

I've been able to do a bit more over the last couple of days so I actually have something new to show you. I'm not going to be back on my regular, every other day, posting schedule for another few days, so I can have a couple of posts in hand. I'm also hoping to have more posts about other things rather than just about my own work. For example, my next post is about an exhibition of the work of two artists that's currently on at the Seagrass Gallery in West Kirby. I'll be going to the Vintage Fair at St. George's Hall next Saturday (27th May) and I'll visiting an exhibition on Japanese prints at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in the next few weeks too. 

 This blue one has grown in size considerable since I first started it, as I've added two further vintage cotton background pieces. There's still a lot of work left on this one (mainy of the pieces on the top half are unattached).

This one is much smaller. I've used a small vintage linen napkin as the background and used quite large, in comparison, patches. The centre embroidered flower is one of those that were given away with cigarettes many moons ago.

I'll be back on Monday with the Seagrass artists' post.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

More buttons and a couple of needlecase wips*

The needlecases and the set of four red silk buttons will be taken to the Seagrass Gallery next week. The other two buttons will appear on projects still to be thought of!

I'll be back on Friday.


*wips - works in progress

Monday, 8 May 2017

#Our52weekchallenge - week 18

#52weeksofstitchingthe circle

Last week, I said that was going to do more pleat sampling this week, but using sharper ironed ones. I have three different ones to show you, but they're not as good as I'd like them to be because I'm working within such a small circle (9.5cm diameter approx) so the samples are a bit small. So for the remainder of my fabric manipulation sampling, I'm going to be using a larger sized circle so I have more space to work with.

Sample 1

There's three ironed pleats that have been stitched down the same way either end and the middle of each pleat stitched the other way.

Sample 2

I've just made a single box pleat with this one and I've kept it opened with a little stitch at either side.

Sample 3

This sample is my least favourite one, but at least you get an idea of the lattice effect I was trying to create. I'd started with a circle of fabric, which was probably my first mistake, and because it was so small I could only get 4 peaks to create the lattice from. I'll probably have another go at this one but on a much bigger scale.

I'll be back on Wednesday.