Thursday, October 19, 2017

Enamelling taster.

It's been a long time since I posted anything here.I have been busy but not put anything up.
I have wanted to try enamelling for a long time but not wanted an evening course.I found a five week taster course locally which finished today.
Here are my efforts.

I have lots of copper etching plates from several years ago just sitting in my cupboard.The tutor seemed to have lots of jewellery blanks but I was interested in trying out techniques rather than finished items so she cut some up.
 Scraffito appealed ,so I could 'draw' and add layers of transparent enamels.
Using stencils and layering then adding lustres.

Also adding textures by putting through a rolling mill,scrim on left,sequin waste on right.

It has piqued my interest and I can see possibilities for using in textile work.I shall look out for another class.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017


This was a piece I had in our exhibition in Stroud last October.It was a freehand drawing with the machine of stylised pods,just thread on cotton organdie..The RWA had an open entry for their 'DRAWN' exhibition which opened on the weekend.They listed textiles as one of the mediums they would accept ,so I decided enter.Unfortunately I was rejected but will be interested to see how many textile pieces will be on exhibition.In the last few years they have loosened a little and there have been textile exhibits.One of GTA's members had hers chosen for the Autumn exhibition,she too was rejected this time.Just have to keep trying to get textiles taken seriously.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Some experimenting.

This was one of the teapots I found by Maria Stewart ,it had been auctioned in Cornwall in 2005. It looks to be using the same technique of applying the glaze but in a different colour way.
I played with pushing colour through a stencil then adding in painted circles allowing them to bleed.
On the piece of fabric I did the same though using silk paints.I tried "crashing", where you layer fabric ,bondaweb ,released from the paper backing ,and finally solufleece. You free machine stitch and   then hover an iron over it and it bubbles and shrinks.

These are photos of the other teapot and a vessel alongside my painterly experiments.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Maria Stewart porcelain.

My textile group have an exhibition later this year in Nature In Art in Gloucestershire.As part of it we are each choosing a piece from the collection to base some of our work around.I have chosen a piece by a British ceramicist Maria Stewart .I have tried but can find out very little about her. The pot is so light and the colours are just beautiful ,almost like watercolour in their application.

I chose it because it reminded me of a seed pod.However,having had the opportunity to handle the pot I am reminded of sea urchins,lotus fronds,Klimt.I would love to know what was her inspiration ,as everything in the collection is related to nature in some way.
I have been able to find few other pieces on the internet and no information other than she was born in 1940.If anyone can shed any light I would be grateful.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Simple little pleasures.

I spent  a very enjoyable couple of hours yesterday just using my Gelli plate.I have lots of sketch books of all sizes,mainly from Pink Pig.I bought a bargain box which is pot luck but incredible value.I just decided ,on a whim ,to print into a little A6 landscape book.I based what I did very loosely on patterns and marks observed in seed pods.I drew into the inked plate and then thought about introducing some bought stencils that related to the marks.

The colours were just two Browns and a dark blue,but turquoise always seems to sneak in.

As I was using just acrylic the pages dried relatively quickly,so I could add in layers.

Now I have begun to add into them with collage and eventually I will add more drawing to build up layers of interest.

It was a really grey ,cold and cheerless day but this activity gave me lots of pleasure.

Monday, September 12, 2016



ŁIf you are around in October/November then you can catch our latest offerings.
We will be in Stroud followed by a stand at West Country Quilt and Textile show at UWE

The show has got better each year,with exhibits by textile artist,quilt makers and of course the all important opportunity to add to your stash,with lots of stalls.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Double trouble workshop.

I was fortunate to be allowed to go on Distant Stitch 25 th Anniversary weekend with Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn.

As you would expect it was a great experience.Lots of fun,laughter and sharing.

What you see here is the result.My inspiration was seed pods ,my current focus.

We were given lots to do and 

there is still work outstanding.

Jan and Jean were very generous both with their techniques 

and allowing us to handle their work.

I am sure that I will go on to explore and use what they imparted,which is always a sign of a good workshop.

This last image belongs with my seed pods but was not done on the workshop.

These little pods were made by knitting with Japanese paper yarn,dyed with nettle and gifted to me by Mayumi Kaneko. A weaver friend of one of my textile group.She uses the yarn very differently.These will be gifted to her so she can see how I have begun to use her yarn.
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