Sunday, 10 August 2014

Working in blue

 I have been a little quiet about this work.

It has been ongoing for a while now... ideas rustling about. But taking a very different direction I wanted to let things develop before sharing. So just a few peeks for now...

The work is complete, I now have to wait to see if they will be exhibited.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Studio discipline

Yesterday I started the day in despair. My work was awful and I had no time to start again. By the end of the day I was feeling really positive. Pinning the work up and stepping back it wasn't really as bad as I thought. John helped me to see there were some small alterations I could make.

On reflection I realised there are some simple little elements of studio discipline that are crucial to my creative process; making a cup of tea, putting on my linen apron, switching on my favourite radio station. Without these I am all 'at sea' and struggle to settle. This routine helps me to switch over to studio time.

I also find the rhythm of hand stitch a calming element of my practice, although I haven't the patience for large amounts of it. Small areas of stitch work well for me, as a way of blending together disparate elements.

from the other side

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Pacing myself

The last few weeks I have been focusing intensely on organising all my 'walks' for the installation for Pinpoint II at One Church Street Gallery. I have been working on this project since early spring so it was helpful to get all my thoughts together and consider the presentation of the work. The pieces will be a series of linear maps, documenting a sequence of walks from my home near Bingley, and also from my Mother's home in Buchinghamshire.

It seems I now have rather longer to plan the work as the exhibition has been postponed until next year... more thinking time I suppose.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Walk 10

Prestwood to Great Missenden
passing Andlows Farm
through wood and fields to Great Missenden
back up past Gypsy House and Angling Spring Farm

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Taking time to think

I haven't had much time in the studio recently. Taking some time there this afternoon I spent a long time cleaning and tidying. It always makes me feel guilty 'wasting' time like this, but later I felt I got a breakthrough. It seems I need to do mundane tasks, 'setting my stall out' before my mind can settle.

I finally feel like I am getting somewhere with my work for Pinpoint II.

Bundles from walk 9

Eco print on silk, walk 9

Monday, 23 June 2014

Studio play

I have so many things on the go at the moment I worry they will all jumble into one at any moment. So I am conscious of trying to keep them sperate. Inevitably I end up picking up one thing to work on and then dipping into a different project.

Here are images of the eco-print silk bundle from walk 7. It is a rather good print, which seems a shame as I was planning to cut it into ribbons... perhaps I'll leave it a while.

Intangible histories

A visit to Armley Mills Industrial Museum in Leeds earlier this week was an absolute delight. We are hoping to work with the museum and artist David Bridges on a future project for our students.

I was so excited by the richness of sensory source material.
Layers of dust, grime and oil and the patina of age, touch and work.


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