Saturday, 25 July 2015

Made in Sleat Exhibition

Another month gone by but this time I've had an excuse as I've been cobbling together all my bits & pieces to make 2 wall hangings & 4 small framed collages (I only achieved 3 but that's fine.....)

for this event starting today! the official opening is in a couple of hours - it'll be good to see them all together. Best of all I'm in the 'Artists' section on the website (at the bottom but I'm used to that & deLIGHTED!) & no I don't think that being a maker is second best coz I'm one of those, too ;)

a sneak peak of the 2 hangings about 3 1/2 ' x 1 1/2'  - edit, forgot to say this series is called "between the tides" hope it will last me the rest of my life! Did you see how well the kind gift of the screen from Linda Stokes represents my interpretation of the little hills of wiggly sand left by sand worms? (3 'spirals' on the sandy colored linen, below) Couldn't have been more apt ;) Thanks again, Linda!

 What else have I been doing?

 a visit to Mallaig
a fathers day card, meant to be a silver birch but it's a little stiff! I like the feel of it tho. My mum wanted one for her birthday so I drew a Scots pine, can't find a pic tho... 

Went to the Fairy Pools to see what all the hype was about - see above pic borrowed from Google. Suddenly our guests all had this lovely place on their list - it was featured a while ago as one of the top wild swimming placesI knew I'd been there about 20 years ago & I was sure I would have remembered if I'd been to the 'Blue Lagoon'!

the Youngest & I went to have a look. I've kept the person in, above, for scale -you can see it's a great bowl of space with a thin river coming down from the hill

 I'd heard about this arch just under the water & had considered swimming under it to embrace 55, with one of the kids pulling me thru with a rope. I gave myself nightmares imagining myself or the kids getting stuck under water in the 'tunnel' Well, it's a foot wide, about a meter under the surface, just unde the white of the water'fall' in the middle of the pic. I looked at it & didn't feel the need any more (the 'anxiety' nightmares stopped, too!)

 It's a beautiful place, but it's just a small place

 turned into a motorway with toilet stops visible along the way, a lot of men in wet boxers (no, really not my fantasy!) & in the pic below you can see how all the edges are eroded away.

In fact the GF of the Youngest was going to do her dissertation on the purity of water at the top & the pollution of it at the bottom once it had passed thru all of the chemicals on the skin of the lovely visitors swimming about in it. The DH was quoting the Eagles "call it Paradise & kiss it good bye"

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE our visitors, they keep the Island open, but I don't like hype.  I know I wasn't in the middle of the water with a wide angle lense, but it's a little deceptive isn't it, the hype?

 Very exciting to see Pilot Whales on the way back down the Island, my VERY FIRST! Sadly, they were a little far in the loch for comfort, apparently, with the possibility of getting stuck but they managed to get out into the deeper water later.

I was even excited about this beautiful moth!

& joy of joys, whwwn I started sorting out the pics for this post this was happening outside the window - 2 chicks at the top with stubby tails & a resting parent below them.

 They were very careful in feeding first one then the other

blurry but I love it!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Permission to write

I've been thinking about this for a long time but I've finally given myself permission to actually write! I'm having a wonderful week with my parents visiting - no mean feat while struggling with AMD (age related macular degeneration) & continuing (3m) neuralgic pain caused by shingles on the scalp & that's just my poor Mum! We're celebrating them being here, their 59th wedding anniversary last week, being unusually together for Father's Day, our 2 birthdays, the Youngest returning from tracking deer on the Isle of Rum for a month & tomorrow the Middlest will be back from his Induction into the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) - it's all initials! where he will support the Royal Navy as a marine engineer, 3rd Officer of the Watch (3OE for short!) I had a lovely chat to the Eldest & would love to have seen him & Em but I can't be greedy. I'm a proud & very lucky person, can you tell?

 I've been studying the seaweed 'shrouds' , films of thin seaweed left behind as the tide goes out. I find them fascinating but haven't yet worked out how to translate them into a mixed media textile piece.

 I'm enjoying playing with Gwen Hedley's ideas using cling film as some bits look like plastic when dried hard & some look like soggy holy 'felt' samples.

 I enjoyed a workshop with Aileen Grant where we spent a lovely afternoon mono printing using gelatine plates - I wanted to frame the actual plate below with dried on paint! Using the netting in the top left corner as very effective.

 netting, lace doily of mine & other shapes & layers

 prussian blue ink applied with a brush that I hadn't done before, cupcake papers & dried leaves.

an attempt at printing on cloth, but the colors got a little muddy

& above, my first attempt at a landscape, & below, the w/s was held near Eilean Donan castle

I've been sketching, enjoying the trying, anyway. it's an fb group, delighted to be asked & we're given a prompt every couple of weeks. I like a challenge. This week it's Flora! 

I was asked again to make another Ulna Bone protecting gauntlet, this time for over the clothes, therefore decorative & colorful. She was delighted & again, I was relived that it worked!
I must try to source some gold velcro, or something more neutral than black at least.

 I also made a 'pretty purse' for a special girl - quite like my new 'squared' corners

 some cards for a couple of local outlets & I'm delighted to have work in a lovely new place in Broadford, just down the road from me The Old Pier Gallery, a sister of Skyeworks Gallery all the way up in Portree.

& last but by no means least I won a giveaway by Linda Stokes of the Thermofax DV by Lyric Kinard. It's wonderful, so informative. Linda kindly send me a card of her work, & an actual screen made by her good self. Oh to own my own screen maker....but there are people you can go to to order their screens & ones of your own designs, too. Decisions, decisions - I see screens every where, even in a cut on my arm as a cracked bucket full of earth scraped across my forearm I thought about drawing it & printing with it, there's passion, eh?!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Swallows, cuckoos & snow & a lovely ''new home'

I've been trying to get here for over a week now, that 'life' thing just gets in the way sometimes.

I started this daisy collage a while ago & don't seem to have added much to it recently.

the sample at the bottom of the sketchbook page along with doodles & cutouts for some mono printing.

I realize I need to get a shift on as the beautiful honesty ( a pic from a couple of years ago above) & dicentra & even geranium phaeum is out already - it is my intention to capture my garden in stitch as it emerges but not at one stitch a week!

 So I made a delicious gelatine plate - I knew playing with those lovely agar plates at school in Science class would come in useful!

 As you can probably see from thse first 2 pics I must have let the plate get too warm in the room before printing as when I pulled the first print - dicentra leaves - a layer of gelatine came off with it! Over night the thin layer of gelatine dried beautifully (not sure whether it might start degrading even tho it's dry!) but I look forward to flooding the print with some color.

 Peeled off the leave & got such a crisp print!

The plate now looks like a map of the world & as I was in daisy mode I used some card cutouts for more mono printing. Lots of pics, feel free to scroll thru quickly!

 used this as a first anniversary card for the eldest & year already!! I did add color but posted it off before I took a (nother) pic ;)

paraphernalia above & cards & cloth below

Well, & would you believe this is what I was lucky enough to win in a give away from Janice MacDougall (The Craft Magpie) This is where I can 'move in' to any time I feel like a change

 A beautiful house box & a pretty brooch, too

 beautifully stitched  flowers

A cat & the key to each door

& the smell of roses. I love it Janice, thank you!

Can you guess what these are, what made them? I seem obsessed with them, tried to 'take a print' but couldn't - if you guess you can help me work out how to...please  ;)

 Ages ago I would sit with my coffee on my favorite bench & watch a robin eat last year's Gunnera seeds. Never had my camera while he was posing so I just grabbed this thru the study window. Marveled at how the color of the seeds & the robins breast were an exact match. Sadly, I've had to cut all 5 plants (!) back as the sleet, snow & wind over the last couple of weeks totally dried them out. They'll grow more!

 Very atmospheric weather we've been having, what next?!