I can't believe I've been talking about this show for nearly a year & here we are, 2 weeks to go. We'll send the flier/invite we designed to the printers tomorrow, I'll order my Moo cards from...Moo & I'm trying to arrange a bit of a write up in the local paper - the woman who usually does these things is due for an imminent op, she said give it a go myself or cobble something together at the paper....! We'll see. We'll make a poster ourelves for around here abouts & I'm borrowing A - boards & possibly dying a sheet to flap about by the actual hall, anything to attract the attention of passers by! I loved the idea of Jill's mixed media bunting & Ro et alls painted pillars but I've left it a bit late for that something spectacular...!
I've been panicking a bit about quantity so I threw together a collage similar to one before, fabric paper printing stitch glued together. heres the tiny sample
the collage, about 16 x 7 inches
and the hanging, my first this large (I just had to get it in before the last few seconds ran out before the show!) at 44", thats 4 " off 4 feet! by about 14"
I girded my loins & counted what I actually had made, if not framed or backed & it came to exactly 50, which was my initial aim. That includes 5 I got back from the Inverness gallery but not the 6 I've sold this season so I've made 51 for the show over 8 months, pat on the back for me ;) (No wonder I'm a little tired!)
These have got a LOT of work to do still, but I loved making them, glueing a mix of recycled fabrics & some recent sunprinting, printing with a new woodblock I saw when I was at the East sales a couple of months ago - amazing to by a couple of items of clothing & a beautiful woodblock for your artwork in the same place ;) & machine stitching up & down the piece - this might be where less is more comes in?This looks quite faint on such a big piece & sewing thru glue hardened fabric & pretending to be a quilter rolling the 'quilt' up as you go was no mean feat. But I gave it a go. I plan some handstitching with the 6 strand stuff that shows up to much, usually, while watching Eastenders (yes, I watch & enjoy Eastenders!) The flamingo feather came from a playgroup trip, well, 14 or so yrs ago, when I picked up my toddler, put him over the flamingo enclosure fence & told him to give mummy the pretty feather. What would I have done if he'd run away?!!! Anyway, I thought it was about time to use it ;) That little toddler has just become Head Boy, there will never be a prouder stitcher!