The postcards are from Emma at Little Bit of Everything she is doing a birthday swap and these GLORIOUS postcards are the ones she made for Jim and me...I love the colours I hope this pic does them justice ...Thank you Emma ...
Went to Winchester today and found an exciting exhibition in the library by Jon Burgerman called Brain Drain....very colourful graphic type images ....some of the paintings were done on cardboard and fabric shawls with his funny little images on
The Buddha ATC cards have been inspired by Hannah's Buddha from the last post
This is Gracie's favourite pastime in the garden ...digging a MASSIVE hole underneath the wisteria
Went to the Sunday car boot sale thought I'd post two of the treasures I got today ... ...an Indonesian puppet all complete I couldn't believe my luck when I saw him and the second a computerised sewing machine for just a Tenner !!! bargain...... and it works ....Later went to the allotment and planted runner beans and peas then went swimming and later walked the dogs in the cool woods .....what did you do today?
Decided to imortalise Dorinda...I have a vision that this will be a textured embroidered piece for my textile show in October thought I'd have a circus /fairground theme .......even thought I might have jugglers... fire eaters at the private view .....mmmm maybe not with all that fabric around .... Progress on Ganesh wallhangings.... The wallhangings 'hangin' in the playground to dry.... They are now in the second stage.... the children have batiked the edges( look at the video how confident they were at batiking the edges they are only 10 ...thought they did brilliantly for 1st time at using a tjanting) and used coloured dyes for the borders the next step is shisha mirror work and tassels .......will make the shisha stitch a bit simpler for 10 yr olds though ......xx
My daughter Sophie is a freelance classical professional singer. this week she was singing at the Royal Albert Hall in the group Enchanted Voices as part of the performers at the Classical Brit Awards.........here's the publicity photo....( she is the third from the right you may recognise her from an earlier post)...it's televised on Tuesday evening too....in the other photos they are in the recording studio recording the Christmas CD. she sings for various groups and travels all over the world singing...I am as proud as punch !!!
This is the last day Jim will have his Dreads ......he is cutting them to collect donations for Fire Fighters Families Charity........two firemen lost their lives recently while fighting a fire in Southampton....it was near where Jim was brought up so he decided to help ....I made some of his dreads and tended them lovingly ......he has had them for 6 years now and I am a teensy bit nervous about tomorrow .....I expect he'll still be as cute ......we are going into the woods and cutting them in the countryside.............will post an apres pic tomorrow ..!!!
Just thought I'd add this bit after reading all your comments ..... Thanks for your support Jim is grinning reading these about how cute he is ....and wot a bloomin brilliant idea to use them in a piece of art or under the embellisher ...How GENIUS is that ...when I made them I used a method similar to felting and sometimes used crochet hooks to get all the stray hairs woven it so they are a piece of art in themselves.....they are so dense and heavy and sometimes it's like lying on a piece of old rope ..they take about 5 hrs to dry ....but you are all right ...of course he'll be as cute ....xx
Had a school trip to London today to visit Tate Modern......I saw some things I liked and a few pieces I didn't understand and some art that was downright disturbing but there were great elephants along the South bank...along with Dorinda the galloping horse...the London eye ....Big Ben...graffiti ...and even met my daughter Sophie....and had a train journey so I could stitch all the way there and back...altogether a perfect day....
This is a picture of me in the morning looking for something to wear from the heap of clothes in my bedroom .....(you've seen my workroom !!!) Click to see Dorinda and her mates gallop on the South Bank
I am a qualified Textile Teacher but now I am lucky enough to follow my dream being a full time Textile Artist and I love every minute I spend creating in my studio at The West Wing. I am passionate about textiles and am privileged to share my skills with others.
I run workshops for schools, colleges and groups.
I work 1 to 1 with individuals who might want help with basic sewing or more advanced techniques.
Commissions are always welcome please get in touch with me to discuss your requirements. No textile job is too small .....:)
I sell my work through Etsy and you can find me on Facebook at Artymess Textile Art ...come and say hello.
Thanks for taking the time to have a glimpse at my world.
Come and visit my other blog ArtyMaker..I have been lucky enough, along with 8 other Textile artists to take part in The Enliven Project....a project organised by Eastleigh Borough Council....which means that we are working as artists in residence in local Charity shops ...we will create an outfit out of goodies we find in our allocated shop which will be put on display for a month. The outfit will then be featured in the Eastleigh music Festival weekend in July
Here is the facebook page ..with lots of pics .....