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Words and Meanings

 

A lot of the work I’m making at the moment involves text. I’ve done a series of pieces that I call the ‘Day Trippers’ series where text is used below an image to suggest a lovely outing.

Day - trippers series                    On the Beach

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Now, the pieces are more about the words. The piece above is a work in progress – it’s going to be scanned and used as a cover for a note book which can be given to patients to write their thoughts in. It uses hand coloured fabric, applique and free machine embroidery.

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(Sorry about the reflections on this image – tricky to photograph through glass on a dull January day!)

This piece is part of the triptych I’ve been working on for an ongoing project. It will be displayed in a corridor, so the hope is that the bright colours used will catch the eye and brighten up the space. My intent was to encapsulate the teamwork and support evident at the centre  by linking and overlapping fabrics with colour and stitch.

This second piece of the three (Below) is a quote that is important to the team at the centre, stitched as if handwritten to emphasize the caring intentions behind it. (Again, apologies for the reflections!)

I work on these pieces at the centre, so that all involved there can see the progress and get involved in the project. It’s the best kind of work; interesting, challenging and, I hope, engaging for others.

The final piece (awaiting completion) is composed of text stitch with cad embroider. For each word, the colour was chosen by someone at the centre; staff, patient or visitor. So immediately there is a sense of involvement and engagement. I’ll post it when it’s ready, hopefully with better images too – if the sun returns to the northern skies!

 

Contemporary Textiles Fair 2015

So here I am in Teddington, at the Landmark Arts Centre, for the annual Contemporary Textiles Fair. It’s a fabulous show, full of beautiful textile art work, garments and accessories. the artists and makers are all on hand to talk about their work with visitors.

I’ve met so many lovely people here today. People have enjoyed looking at my work and discovering how I make it, it’s good to talk (even better to make some sales)!! People are surprised that I travel so far but it’s worth it😀

Most of these little Puffin badges have flown off to new homes now- so I’m glad I risked setting off the hotel fire alarm to finish them! ( I use an iron to melt the backs to flatten them☺️) tonight’s job, finishing off some silver lining cloud brooches is less risky😊

I hope I’ll get chance to chat to some more of the lovely stall holders tomorrow – there are so many gorgeous things to see!

The Art Tour

Day 2 of the Art Tour!

My front room has become my gallery and studio workshop every Sunday in June. The bunting is flying in the garden and the yellow tour signs are out, now I just need a tour bus of wealthy textile art lovers to turn up!

 

Bunting

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A quiet morning has brought a lead for a workshop, so that’s good. I’m using my time in residence today to think about plans for a ‘Free Machine Embroidery’ workshop too, as people at yesterday’s workshop were interested in that as a follow up.

I’m going to get a couple of tin pieces finished today too – pictures to follow!