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.

Friday, 14 September 2012

A 30th birthday present for my daughter, and scroll down for my Gallery piece.

 Eight placemats with matching coasters, depicting scenes and places in our green and pleasant land.

The White Horse of Uffington

Our local Oaks Park

Here, I have printed the fabric with leaf and feather prints from our local Oaks Park, and then added free machined woodland birds and a butterfly.

My two year old grandson loves the moon, and is always looking out for it. I decided to make his own place mat, with some animals silhouetted against a full harvest moon.

An English country cottage.

What a year 2012 has been for Britain. The Queens Diamond Jubilee, followed by the 2012 London Olympics! A very special year to be also celebrating a 30th birthday, so I felt that I had to make one of  the placemats in recognition of these special events.

Six of the coasters above, and two below to match the placemats. The 'Team GB' coaster was made by cutting up a tea towel I bought in my local supermarket. My daughter isn't too keen on spiders, so I was a little bit naughty, and decided to stitch a tiny money spider hanging on a web in each coaster! Can you spot them?

I thoroughly enjoyed making these eight placemats for my daughter, it was what she asked for, and she wanted them to remind her of home as she now lives with her partner Ian, and two year old son in New Zealand, a very long way from us all.

And finally, this last photo is of a piece that I finished recently, called 'Reflected Sunlight'. It has been framed, and is now for sale in The Corner Gallery, near where I live. It's the largest framed piece I've made, and I must say I'm really pleased with it. It was inspired by the rippling sunlight reflected through a large polythene sheet in my nephews barn.