Some time seems to have gone by since I last posted. We had a weekend away in Cornwall, and visited the Eden Project for the first time. They currently have a very interesting exhibition of recycled products from all over the world – kNOwtrash. I can’t find it on their web site, but it includes textiles, furniture, accessories and jewellery, and is on till 12 September. I came away with some ideas for my craft session at youth club – braiding with newspaper, jewellery with bottle tops, and flowers from plastic bottles. Many of the items were from groups and collectives overseas, plus some by individual artists including Michelle Brand’s beautiful and eyecatching work using plastic bottles and shop tags. I hope the Eden Project will archive some images from the exhibition on their web site – it was very inspiring.

My daughter Esther is borrowing a few of my samples for an exhibition at her church, so I’ve photographed them before sending them off. These were from a batik workshop with Nell Dale and a feltmaking workshop with Jenny Scott.

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batik

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felt and washboard

The Glass Queen is a lovely old washboard I found on eBay, she’s perfect for fulling felt.

book cover I had an exciting delivery this week – I’d ordered Tray Dyeing by Leslie Morgan and Claire Benn (Committed to Cloth) from the Embroiderers’ Guild bookshop. Wowowowow!!! It’s only a short book but packs in a huge amount of information and although I’ve done some tray dyeing before I was astonished at the amount of control that can be achieved and can’t wait to try.

I’ve been working really hard this week to try and clear a couple of days to do art as I haven’t been doing much at all with being away and having visitors. I was having fun experimenting with colour mixing on paper, but I’ve lost my impetus and I need to get back to it and back into it.

Only a couple of photos in Cornwall – I’m hoping to get a new small camera soon. This jaunty little seabird by the starry water, at Polkerris, near St Austell, and a random lobsterpot decorating the wall of the inn there.

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4 thoughts on “catching up

  • August 9, 2007 at 11:51 am
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    Love the colours and patterns you’ve got with your Batik samples. I’ve been debating whether to get the Tray Dyeing book, you’d recommend it then.

  • August 9, 2007 at 1:05 pm
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    Hi Susan, thanks, I hasten to add I haven’t actually tried anything from the book yet- will report back on my experiments when I do. If I can get anything like the effects they show, I will be delighted!

  • August 11, 2007 at 2:24 pm
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    Fiona,

    I’m enchanted any time Fiona,

    My eyes are delighted any time I visit your blog. WOW…
    It is amazing!

    Thanks for sharing your beauty.

  • August 12, 2007 at 2:26 pm
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    Hugs, Palexa, thanks for your nice comments

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