Friday, 8 May 2015

Fabric manipulation

I have been doing a workshop with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden in fabric manipulation.

We have worked with metal shims, natural materieals, paper and man-made materials such as organza which we have altered using heat guns and soldering irons, Bonding, layering, stitching, gilding, embellishing.

Sometimes several of the above techniques have been used together.

This piece was made with silk paper we made in one class and leaves made with two layers of organza bonded together and cut and marked with a soldering iron.

The silk paper is three layers of silk fibres with the middle layer at right angles to the others and glued together. I embedded thread and feathers in this.

The leaves I was making for another piece but decided they would be nice by themselves. then I saw the silk paper piece and the colours went well together so I married the two up.

I have also done a horse painting but I think there is still some work to be done on this with the colours on the horse.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

currently I am

So. Now I am retired.

Do i get more done? No. Procrastination is not the best tool for getting started.

However, I am finally getting into action.

I have joined a life drawing group. First workshop today.
I have joined a writing group and that is going well.

I will be setting up a separate web page for my paintings under my name. I'll see how I go with writing as to whether I create a separate web page for that.

I also spend time gardening - very much a fair-weather pastime - going to the gym, doing a craft class with fabric manipulation - that is so much fun.

And of course spending time with friends when we can get together.

I will be going to an Outlander gathering in May. That will be interesting. I was talked into it (she didn't have to try very hard!) by my friend Caren.

Off to find my drawing pad and gather pencils, charcoal etc. ready for the life drawing group.