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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)

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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.)

Hmm

And they’re off!!….. No, they aren’t!…. yes they are…….well, sort of.

Busy week.  Met up with the other textiley makers exhibiting at the York Open Studios, quite a posse of us, all doing a variety of things –  exciting. Went into the York gallery to see the Literature Festival  exhibition and ordered a test batch of greeting cards to be printed.

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Blossom Street Gallery

 

Met up with a local facebook group of sew-ers, (not only did it turn out that I had taught most of them but also that they know where I live!!!)  Went over to the Knaresborough gallery to negotiate over borrowing back some things for the YOS dates – they have sold most of them! Oops.

I have also become detached from the lone remaining braincell, I think it may be in the garden somewhere, dread to think that it might have escaped and  be on the loose wreaking havoc.

As for the work ….. The smelly thing still smells, it is not as I wish but  seems to be the best I am going to get at present. The fabric is stiffer but still flops, it is not rigid. It has a nasty plastic sheen in places. Adding more of the goo adds more to the nasty bits than corrects the problems, so…..

Stitched text onto some very fine cotton and pleated it to make into half of a pet-en-l’air. (A sack back 18thC jacket – lots of fabric, very few seams.)  This has been goo-ed and is just about set. P1170798

 

I left a lot of waste fabric on the pet to help to meld it onto the big smelly landscape and hopefully they will start to support each other.

 

 

 

 

franBrammerWolds pet en l'airAnother scrap piece is texted ready to be goo-ed and applied if needed. Have also thought of a system of uprights –  so much for a quick experiment.

franBrammerWolds and petdrying

An idea of the whole – the poles are temporary props.

 

 

Decided to do some small intensely stitched bits as light relief…… but only if I can put up with the smell!

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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Revisiting the revisited – waterloo dress

 

 

 

I made this  so long ago!  A decision to hand sew and embroider  means that I still think it owes me big time!

It began as an idea of a Regency dress (think Jane Austen),  from  a Thomas Lawrence portrait crossed with fashion plates from period publications such as Ackermann’s Repository, and  also some extant examples held in various museums , plus Janet Arnold and Nancy Bradbury.  (take a look at some of my pinterest pages!)   The making is recorded in a  blogger blog

 

 

This has been revisited once in the attempt to tie costume to histories –  giving a context beyond a personal garment.  Quotations from Lady Louisa Lennox’s letters were machined around the skirt. ( She was  the daughter of the Duchess of Richmond who gave the famous ball on the eve of the battle of Waterloo)     This still too pretty for me so it sat in full sun  and was used to wipe down the windowsill !   It has marks of wear and  subtle staining now, some of the stitching has pulled and the evil muslin has escaped in  places – perfect.

 

 

I blame the Winter Olympics – I decided to hand stitch again – the innocent opening line from Magdelene de Lancey’s account ” A Week at Waterloo”, just inside the back neck  (well worth a read – have tissues and a strong stomach).     She wasn’t the only  woman there –  one  served as a  sergeant in the Prussian army,  many more  were on the battle field during the fighting, involved in the conflict, in the care of the wounded  (one had her leg broken by a musket ball as she took her injured husband away from the action.) or in support roles.   The names I  found have I added to the sides, along with a distressing quote from Charlotte Eaton’s account,  did revert to machine stitching for reasons of sanity. Some washing out is still needed – used water soluble fabric as a stabilizer and that seems to like 2 rinses to leave completely.

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Soggy frock hanging to dry.

 

 

The additions have changed the feel of the garment for me –  it is now just as much about those women as a pretty dress.

It doesn’t matter how careful I am there are always bits!

Remember- have some workshops happening – check the website for dates and info. Also  get the York Open Studios into those diaries – 10 textiley people exhibiting this year!