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June

June means ‘ get over yourself and get on’ or ‘Help! it’s mother’s birthday!’.

P1180069P1180069 (2)Fun to do, Multi coloured layers of spirals in top of blue, and then variegated green on the leaves.

In response to the second – I ‘ve been playing with simplified and stylised flower forms – this is her card, loosely based on hollyhocks. Couldn’t deny the need for bright with the leaf stitch round the edge. Pink and yellow always makes me think of fruit salad chewy sweets from my childhood, but the Mother likes bright.

The stones progress, and to counter balance all of that ethereal stitching  this has been developing –P1180033

It is based on sunlight light through trees, not quite done – the bottom section isn’t quite strong enough yet.  May be a bit of quilting?  Not as defined as I want yet, the rich blue swallows colour as soon as tones get similiar. There is deep red, purple, deep navy, brown and green in those shadows! But it is all stitch….   a lot of stitch, but I like the areas left open in contrst to the density of the light.  Must remember that I don’t want to do needle painting.

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Peeling a Stone.

P1170934 Landscape stones are go -ish!

I do like these, they feel right.  Forming and deforming to fit a 3d form – it does feel like creating landscapes. And it does feel like those rolling hilltops, the field patterns and plough marks.

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The fabrics are getting  flimsier, stitching is getting more descriptive  rather than pretty.  I’ve enjoyed playing with surfaces – smearing thick paint into all of those little places  and rubbing and rubbing.  The last stone I decided to strip the fabric off – this is after about 3 hrs of stitch, then painting and drying-  and then had to break the fabric to lay it flat again. WHY! Took ages to free the fabric ‘skin’ as the paint had acted like a glue and also made the fabric more rigid, So still why? playing with that flat-to-3d form  idea, wanting to see how the patterns that were a response to the individual stone, could work without the stone. Hope that makes sense.  I guess I have always been fascinated by that kind of transition, and that 3d makes me want to touch to ‘see’ it properly, while 2d I just look at, so the transition may be in my understanding and response.

I am toying with extending the stitch marks- may be quilting, or at least stitching outwards trying to match the different qualities of the stone stitches –  contrasting with machine stitch might help or hinder….

Tried putting it on a textured landscape sample – similar colour-  this could be another route or too muchy muchy samey samey.

Want to rub in more paint, and more paint (the Latex Gloves of Clamminess) how about graphite powder…….powdered pigment?  looks like an aerial photograph….. keep focus on the little details,   keep monochrome? too many ideas, not enough biscuits.

Sanity may suffer.

Remember to check out the classes and workshops-  and if local, Bridget Bernadette Karn is exhibiting in the cemetery chapel first weekend in June – worth a look.

May Day Sun

Well it is Bank Holiday…….    How many excuses do you need to sit under the apple tree  and stitch…,

Just plugging away on these landscape stones – trying various scales and also inserting them into  a whole section of cloth.  Not convinced they have mileage in the current form, but it does allow me to be outside in the garden. The sun is warm, the light is soft,  the blossom is so delicately fragrant and alive with bees, have icecream ready. Ignoring the weeding and mowing and clipping and…….P1170875

Just started on the  summer classes and workshops –  I just reall enjoy enjoy teaching in my own place –  everything I could need isright there- but a shame about the tidying up required.   The list is on the Want to try Page (tab on title bar or side menu)

Workshop frenzy!

landscape stones a  Meet the new sanity – these are landscape stones. I don’t understand the idea yet, but …… I enjoy doing them. It is something about fitting flat to 3D and the marks and tucks from the fitting becoming a landscape of lines, well something like that, ish.  At least they are relatively quick – emphasis on relatively –  They either are very right, or very wrong,  I don’t know yet.

Thank you for your support at Open Studios. Another year of interesting and interested people.  One day soon the house will be back together but in the mean time has anyone seen my cache of acrylic paints – colourful messenger style fabric bag?    One of the great things about doing a meet your public event is that it focusses the mind quite effectively.  The work has to be finished of course, but also if somebody asks about workshops it is probably best to have some  organised.

It did take much longer than expected (sorry first weekenders) but a whole new schedule is now together.  The grand plan is a  series of classes and also one off complementary day workshops.  That was the plan…….  hopefully folk will like this flexibility,  only a fortnight to the first intro class so I guess I will soon find out!

Classes, Summer 2018.    Each is 10-1pm, £15,

Introduction  May 4  /  May 6   Setting up, the machine, basic equipmentP1070027 equipment, getting stitching. Trouble shooting

Making Lines Work  May 11 / May 13  Controlling and exploring how to make and use lines to develop character and style in your work. Start to draw with your machine.

Lines- And now to make pictures  May 18 / May 20green lane fran brammer tmb Using lines in different ways in your designs and pictures.  Work with positive and negative ideas. We will go through creating your own design from idea to completion.

Experimenting with Applique  May 27
Different ways of adding fabric shapes to your work- simplehands raw, using precut shapes, stitch patterns, edges. An effective way to add colour, motifs, pattern or textures.

and this is only May.……… deep breath because there are also day workshops,  buttons/badges, twisting tree card makes, and water soluble day, and, and, and… the complete lists are on the Me Page.

I can not recommend freehand machining enough – it tickles the inner anachist and releases a little of that risk taking rebel – all with out wearing lycra or needing a special set of underwear …. unless of course you want to.

landscape stone 3a  Do they look like crop marks, plough patterns, trackways and field boundaries yet?   Will rockeries, riverbeds or beaches in N and E Yorkshire ever be safe again…..?

Open Studios in York

The event is here! One weekend done, one to go! Venue 23 is amazing- I am biased, but you are all invited. The colour scheme is Cotton White above, and Potting Shed below the picture rail.

It is always hard work, time consuming, and fun. People I would never usually meet but who share an enthusiasm for textiles wander through the door looking just as normal as can be, and just reveal their interests through  conversation.  Enjoyed doing a few quick demonstrations – even had a couple of people having their very first go at freehand machining……  Probably Malcolm the Bernina has behaved like a gentleman.

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Most common question so far – how long does it take?

Most difficult –  Where do you start and how do you develop it….  Thankfully have a little cycle of photos going on the TV that I can burble through.

Major points of interest – use of colour, use of text, water soluble fabric.

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Things I regret – trying to clean the windows (quality smears). Also the temperamental behaviour of my laptop/internet!  – If you are trying to contact or follow me on facebook – just email……

Still waiting for my millionaire to come through the door and insist on buying everything ,  I would resist of course, at least for a minute or two.

Most amazing thing – people are so nice about not wanting to walk in on the ex-beige carpet and get it dirty.  If only they knew……

 

A  new set of workshops are just about to be published – email for a copy if interested.

 

New Season!

I have been waiting and waiting for the Spring – not the calendar days, but the warmth, the sense of growth, the change in the light….. and a minor explosion of activity has been going on. Pushed  the ghosts of the winter landscape in their subdued colour  and restraint to one side and went back/forwards tofranBrammerListentotheStories1000 the anarchy of the early Summer.

These are all on elderly oilpaintings, rescuedfranBrammerTheOnlyHorizonisUp1000 from the loft and cut off their stretchers. The gessoed canvas is like cardboard but does take a limited amount of stitch, it is quite fun to find out just how much.  The idea is still to work with fragments, part seen, part understood, so   layers of fabric, all different qualities and origins, couched yarns, strips and blocks of text have been added, sometimes working with the image underneath, sometimes working against. Great fun and entirely intuitive.  The text for these is more personal, reflecting some of my thoughts from walking through the Wolds, hills and dales.  Some are very basic observations, others a little more thoughtful.

franBrammerVery Extensive500These needed different framing – the slick modern mouldings were too hard, too ‘finished’. Experiments occurred (denying responsibility) with chalk paint .  Sadly I liked them much more than I expected so have spent days painting, sanding and waxing. Should be all done  for Open Studios, and a lighter, fresher look.

And speaking of Open Studios…………..

Launch/taster exhibition this weekend!!!! ( in the old church at the bottom of Micklegate)

Open Studios week ends are the 14th ( the weekend after!)and the21st.

(oooh. Err.)

blossom st gallery for local linkMajor countdown is starting!   Time to stop thinking about doing things and decide to do them or not, and then get on.

5 major new pieces and the current workbook are now on show in York. They are safe, totally finished , so I can forget about them for a bit. Shame I didn’t make proper records of them before taking in, but too late to fuss now.

The exhibition comes down at the end of March. YOS Logo Short_CMYK 2018 The Open Studios event starts on the weekend of the 14th of April.

2 week turn around. Very do able. Not a problem.

Unless they sell.

Hmm.

 

Finally managed to visualise the next steps in the written landscape series – it is getting more 3D and less of a ‘picture’ outcome.

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I have several mini garments on the go, different scales, fabrics and degrees of completion and finish.  Most are in a light calico – I had some, it is easy to work with on a small scale and the fabric can take a lot of abuse..   The dresses are  early Victorian work dress and mid  Georgian in style. The Victorian is left open with an incomplete skirt, this might become fused into a landscape.  The short frock coat is a muddle of eras- but has a lot of construction still left to do. If you want to know how it turns out and which, if any are used, you will have to wait until I do!

P1170796 There is also a big muslin landscape  panel smelling the house out, drying on a radiator (fabric stiffener!- water based does not mean odourless).   Exactly how these will come together I have no ( too many) ideas. It may become free standing –  or may not. Depends on how well the stiffener works.

Speaking of which…. time for a second coat of smelly goo.

( I think it is a form of thick PVA-type glue – happy times peeling it off the fingers)

It feels very good to be out on a limb again.

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