Sunday, 16 December 2018

Time Passing

Sometimes it seems like a long time has passed in seconds, at other times a short time takes an age.  It depends how full to the brim that time is or how pleasant.

I seem to have started this year with a Monoprinting class at the local college &  delighted at being asked back, I have ended with a class at the same college. I sense a sort of concertina effect but in remembering details I can elongate the feeling.

Lovely work from all of my willing students -

I booked our local hall for a month of Wednesdays in September - I wanted to offer relaxing taster classes of Monoprinting

weaving on a frame

making background papers

and last but not least, some reconstructed fabric making

We got a lot done in each 2 hour session with potential to carry on at home as all these methods are very low tech.

I went to a couple of classes myself in the summer, one on indigo dyeing with shibori (I've mislaid those pics) & another on Botanical printing - so good to see it in action from an excellent teacher North Child in Plockton with my own eyes - now I might understand better (the scientific bits in) the books by India Flint!

the pic above is a 5x5 square out of some of the pieces - I've yet to put the little squares of paper into a sketchbook, I'm sure I will if only to stop them catching the breeze in the studio whe I open the door!

So now I'm working on some memory hangings. Its not an origional idea but the thought came to me as I was sorting out my parents house ready to sell in the Spring. There was 30 years of stuff to go thru which I managed in 3 stages before the house sold in the summer. I decided to hang on to some of it in a creative way.

My mother was ill so it was good to be able to be with her & my Dad, of course at these times & I did ask myself would I still be able to make a hanging if the worst happened? I spent the last 4 days with her before she died, 3 weeks ago. I did manage to stich a little with her, for her & I shall continue.

She loved herons so today I decided to see what would happen if I took a photo with my phone simply perched on the eyepiece of my DH's scope - intriguing I thought. So in her memeory, I say Merry Chritstmas & a happy new year that brings you alll you wish for.


Julie said...

The heron photograph is perfect so your Mum would have loved it. You've certainly had a busy and productive year with your teaching and your own learning. Have a restful and happy Christmas and a healthy and successful 2019. xx

chocolatefrog said...

Beautiful. Great to see that you've managed to fit so much creativity into a difficult year. And your art makes a lovely tribute to your mum and precious memories. A xx

Pat Dolan said...

It's so hard losing one's mother. I feel your loss and wish you many happy memories to see you through the coming years.

My mom died in 1985, and dad died a week later (of unrelated causes). To say that one undergoes major changes in identity is to put it mildly. When we become the senior generation, life takes on different meanings - some subtle, and others, not so much.

Your art will be your companion in grief and recovery - reflecting all the love, sorrow, joy and so much more. Trust the process to bring you peace. It will!


Jan said...

Good to see your post, seems you have been through a lot this past year. So blessed to be able to spend time with your mom during her last days. Might have been painful at times, but looking back I'm sure it will be something you are glad you were able to do. And all the lovely art work you and your students have been creating. Love the eco dye, I want to try more of that myself. I hope this coming year brings you many more blessings.

emma-alittlebitofeverything said...

Thanks Pat & Jan, I can't seem to reply to Pat as google is confused (I've already visited Jan) Thans for your lovelycomments ;)