A blog about making art and other things using cloth, paper, paint, colour, stitch, and all sorts of exciting techniques, some of which I'm sure I still have to discover! I hope that the joy all this gives me is visible in what you can see here.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Latest Developments of an Original Idea.

This is something I've been working on during my Tuesday art class.

I've been developing an idea from a piece of artwork that I made some time ago, and if you regularly follow my blog, you may remember it as you scroll down.

These photos show areas I have isolated from the larger image at the top.

I can see shapes that remind me of beach huts and deck chairs! Maybe a bit of wishful thinking for summer to hurry up and arrive!

Below are photos of what I did to arrive at the images and ideas above, which were achieved by making a rubbing from part of the cutout areas below.

I traced off the lines and shapes from the original piece, (below), and then reflected them to make a repeat. This elongated everything, which I folded into a concertina book, after I had cut away some of the 'window' shapes.

I placed some hand painted papers behind the pierced areas, and the light from the window behind created some interesting shadows.

My version of Eastbourne Pier, using the original image underneath to form the pier supports.

Above, the image printed onto cotton fabric to cover a small book, and below the original image that I painted with acrylic paint. I wonder where else this simple image will take me?

I know this all sounds a bit upside down, but hopefully you get the idea! My next post will be a round up of how our Gokotta exhibition has gone. We take it down this week, so watch this space for updates!

Monday, 12 March 2018

Gokotta, the Exhibition.

Gokotta has now been up for a week, and so far we've had some very enthusiastic and positive comments from our visitors. Workshops are also running alongside the exhibition, and are proving popular.

Above and below, Lucy Dean's incredibly colourful and patterned  bird drawings.

Angela Curror takes the most wonderful photos, and has captured the robin below singing his little heart out!

Jackie Harford has some beautifully detailed ink drawings and lino prints of birds nests on display.

Jodi Jones creates fabulous collages with her own painted papers, capturing some of those gloriously subtle colours that nature does so well.

Karen Moser's little ceramic wrens are full of character, and her feathers and Angel wings show such brilliant detail.

Another one of Lucy's, a patterned crow this time.

The PV was well attended and we've had some very encouraging and enthusiastic interest in our work.

Gokotta, Swedish for 'getting up early to hear the birds singing', is on for another week and a bit. We take it down on the 22nd March, so still plenty of time to come along and see for yourself if you happen to be in the area of 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PL. Open daily, Tuesday through to Sunday, 11am until 5pm.

Jackie's fun, bird boxes. A hopeful sign that Spring must surely be on it's way soon. 

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Finishing off before a relaxing play around.

Finished at last! You may remember my processes from my weekly sketchbook class, but if  not you can refresh your memory here. Anyway, there's nothing like an exhibition to prepare for, to nudge one into getting stuff finally done! This is quite small, and if I feel inclined later in the year, I may decide to make an even larger piece, probably with a few adjustments. 

It's been a busy week getting everything organised for the Gokotta exhibition, but in a funny sort of way, the bitterly cold and snowy weather has been to my advantage. Too cold and slippery to venture out, I've had a good few days to get things ready.

Finally, time to relax a bit and have a play. For those of you who subscribe to the Kemshall's DMTV, you may have seen last weeks video, where Laura demonstrated the technique for the hand paintings. Well, I decided to continue with a bird theme and have a go. I like this technique, but need to experiment a bit more before I'm completely satisfied with my efforts. Nice idea for some postcards though.

Hopefully my next post will have some photos of our KAIROS Gokotta exhibition, and fingers crossed that the weather will continue to improve. Eastbourne seems to have got off very lightly compared to the rest of the country, so do come along if you're not too far away.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

From sketch, through process, to finished product, and finally exhibition!

Well it's taken us a year or two, (or even three), but finally KAIROS, the small group of artists I belong to are having our Bird Exhibition, Gokotta, from the 6th-22nd March at DC1, 67-69 Seaside Road in Eastbourne, BN21 3PD East Sussex UK.

It feels like quite a journey, because we decided to set ourselves a project inspired by bird song at least three or maybe even four years ago. Gokotta, the title of our exhibition is Swedish for 'getting up early to hear the birds singing'! We are a mixed age group of six women, and inevitably life and work gets in the way. Babies are born, we move house, poor health happens, and family events all give us obstacles to overcome, but thankfully, we do seem to have held on to our dreams. 

I hope this post will be self explanatory, I thought I would whet your appetites by showing some of the processes I go through before actually arriving at the finished piece. I know that I have posted about some of this work before, but I'm hoping that they may be a reminder of what to expect from me if you manage to get to our exhibition.

Above shows how I gradually layer up fabrics, adding paint as I go along, and finally adding the free motion machine stitch.

I really enjoyed building up the textures in the sky, and hopefully you can see more detail in the close up shots below.

Finally, we have something here in Eastbourne called 'Secret Stones', which involves collecting stones from the beach to paint images or patterns on, and then hiding them around the area for children to find. It's a way of encouraging families and children to get out into the fresh air on a regular basis, and seems very popular. I was really thrilled when I discovered that there is a similar thing happening in Whangarei New Zealand, while staying with my daughter, and they call it 'Whangarei Rocks'.

I painted three stones giving details of our exhibition, and we are offering a small prize for anyone who finds them and brings them along to our art show.

We are also running bird related workshops during the show, including chicken drawing, clay work, card making and felt book wraps.

Now I do realise that there are followers of this blog who live in many far corners of this world, but if any one of you does happen to be in the Eastbourne are of Southern England during March, we would be extremely pleased to see you. I hope that the very cold snap we are expecting this coming week may have passed by the 6th, but if not, just make sure to wrap up warm. What I have shown here is just a tiny drop in the ocean of what you can expect to see, because the other five artists will be showing some beautiful pieces of bird related art, photography, 3d art and lots of  greetings cards. Bring your Mum along on Mothering Sunday, and there will be free cake to enjoy, so that MUST be worth a visit.