Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Nest making

Using witches stones as weights

Finished nest



















I am gradually getting back into making, this little nest was a right pain to make. I have made it directly onto a piece of driftwood and weighted the warp threads with stones. It is woven from the top down something I have never done before and although it is weighted there is no tension. Normally weaving is done under tension, it is also partly woven from grass. I guess for a first time try it was a rather stupid thing to start on. I probably should have experimented first but thats' not how I work, I have an idea I want to do it immediately. Keeping any sort of tension was hard, the yarn and especially the grass did not want to stay put the warp kept getting muddled and I was sorely tempted to just give up. In the end though its passable.
This is part of a much larger piece of driftwood so more weaving to come. I am making this for our exhibition next year at Weston quarry.

I am also working on another piece for the Festival of Quilts next year as part of a group show of the southwesttextilegroup.org this is under wraps for the time being.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Zoomorphic

Tell Me Your Secrets - Gladys Paulus

Detail

Moon daughter - Anthropomorphica

Of Root and Antler - Anthropomorphica





































This week I went to an exhibition at Llantarnam Grange in Cwmbran. I wasn't sure about going as I am not really into human/animal combinations but my favourite doll artists http://anthropomorphicaartdolloddities.blogspot.co.uk/
It turned out to be an amazing exhibition and yes there were pieces I didn't like but plenty that I did. I didn't take many photos, as the light wasn't very good but here are my three favourites.
Anthropomorphica didn't disappoint, the delicacy of her work is beautiful. I was looking forward to seeing her larger pieces, the Moon Daughter's red belt is very long, down to the floor. If I could afford it I would have bought one of these, I have three of her small dolls already.
I had seen some of Gladys Paulus's mask pieces online before, it person they are stunning and beautifully made. The cat figure is tall, about seven feet maybe, the idea was that people tell her their feelings about their cats and these are stitched on the dress, very impressive.

Full Moon

Taken at about 5pm with my small camera, so no telephoto lens. The moon has been really bright for the last few days.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Winter arrangements

Inside, I love dried seed heads

Outside, our first frost
Still thinking about now this years projects, ideas slowly emerging.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Thinking

I may not be around for a while as I am going through the process of working out in which direction to go with my next two exhibitions, so a bit of brain time is necessary.
This is the quiet time of the year followed by the solstice and other festivities and the awakening of the earth though with the mild weather we have been having there are already signs of these. Seasons greetings to all.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Quarry Exhibition

Cards in progress

Sinclair Taylor

Stephanie Wooster

Vici Campbell

Joan Hall and Helen Nock

Gail Darke and Linda Haile

Linda Haile

Debbie Pawle, Gail Darke, Simon Taylor

My stand

Jack Hicks

Gail Darke, Simon Taylor and Emma Lomax
Sorry if I have omitted any names, but I think that is everybody. Some amazing and unusual work here. There are some more images on my fb page: www.facebook.com/debbie.weaver.1884
and details of opening times etc on the poster.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Eco printing/dyeing - some thoughts



Recently I have been slightly disappointed with the results of my eco printing especially compared to many of the results I have seen on fb and other blogs where the results are amazing with beautiful colours and prints. It seems many practitioners are now using iron blankets, iron water or ferrous sulphate. I am not criticising the use of these I am partial to using a little iron water now and again.  However I am not sure that I would want to use these in my practice when I am dyeing a wearable item, which is the direction I am moving towards. I wouldn't want to wear something against my skin that had been in contact with iron.
I guess I will to have keep to my subtle colours, which I do like, or move to Australia.
If there is anybody out there who achieves amazing prints and colours without using anything other than plant material I would love to know your secrets.