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.
Thursday, 15 December 2016
Monday, 5 December 2016
|Cards in progress|
|Joan Hall and Helen Nock|
|Gail Darke and Linda Haile|
|Debbie Pawle, Gail Darke, Simon Taylor|
|Gail Darke, Simon Taylor and Emma Lomax|
and details of opening times etc on the poster.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
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.
I have also had info sent to me by blogger about stuff I don't really understand so can you let me know if you are having any problems seeing my blog
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
|Sorbus and winter jasmine|
|Rose hips and nameless shrub|
|Continus with paperbark maple in front|
|Cotinus, many of the fallen leaves are now in the dyepot|
Saturday, 29 October 2016
|Eco dyed clothes and cushions|
|Liz Hewitt, eco dyed and indigo dyed scarves|
Thursday, 13 October 2016
|Skirt, top and scarf|
I have seen some of the other work being displayed and it looks like its well worth a visit. See their website for general information http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
After my last experiments with indigo dyeing I wanted to try direct printing with the plant. I am quite pleased with the results, but they are more faded than I would have liked so I need to work out how to get more intense colour. Its all experimental as I don't really know what I should be doing. If anybody out there is also trying this I would be interested in their methods. I bundled mine in the usual way and then put them in a pot with a fairly gentle heat for about two hours, it took a while before any colour came through. My friend Liz has also been dyeing with the plant so I am looking forward to seeing how she did.
|Blouse dyed from previous indigo dyeing session|
with leaf printing round hem
|Plant dyed silk noil|
|Love the colours just need to be more intense|
Not much writing or much else going on at the moment. Visited the Puzzle Wood in the Forest of Dean a couple of weeks ago with my Mum. A bit dark for photos but here are a couple, a truly magical place. I hope you can get some idea from these. It has loads of pathways and 200 steps and was used as an iron workings. The landscape is partly natural and partly human made. It covers 14 acres and took us about an hour to get round at a leisurely pace. We saw a shrew and heard lots of rustlings. You can imagine fairy's living here.
Monday, 5 September 2016
Friday, 2 September 2016
|View from the Shore|
Polly Leonard, Founder and Editor of Selvedge Magazine, Michael Brennand-Wood, Textile Artist, Lecturer and Arts Consultant and Louise Evans, Visual Arts Manager, Salisbury Arts Centre.
Sunday, 28 August 2016
|Tie dye organic cotton scarf|
I also dyed some papers the next day. The indigo was by then exhausted and although I got good results on the paper the fabrics only came out the palest blue.
I have also been dyeing a few silk scarves with plants from the garden.
|On its third dye, looks better now, was |
very nondescript before its indigo dip.
|Very pale and pretty, garden flowers overdyed |
|This one is also an overdye|
|A bit of a hippy top|
|Silk scarf, leaves and rusty pole|
|Dyed with horsetail and garden flowers|