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Despatch and Hatch.

Hurrah the first batch of work has been delivered – this was to Art In The Mill Gallery for their Summer Salon, part of the FEVA festival.

Bit of a scramble to get everything ready, onlyP1180139 picked the work up from the framers on Friday afternoon – the one opportunity to get the work across was on Saturday after work.  Rather busy Saturday morning, breakfast was on the hoof in the rush to prep, record, price  and pack,  then off to work for a rest!

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I had wanted longer to reaquaint with the work in its new clothing, somehow framing does make the scruffiest work look ‘proper’. But it is gone now – hopefully someone will love and buy! (still waiting for my millionaire to come along and insist on buying all of it- I would resist of course out of creative modesty, but after subtle persuasions ( poss invovling chocolates, flowers, etc,) I would give in  and  then live in happy self indulgence until the next P1180153one  comes along….)  Lacking a millionaire I did settle for icecreams…..  and then set about prepping the neP1180152xt idea – and as you can see the first ‘stones’ have been hatched. They are carved out of old insulation block so should be much lighter to work with now I want to increase the scale a bit.

Shame about the mess.

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Peeling II

These landscape stones are becoming a bit of a fixation. Sewing them became welcome relief from the weight of sewing the robes (fingers still sore).  The second one is painted, dry and ready to peel. This should be easy – would be if I didn’t paint it first. I literally smear base coat all over it, rubbing it into the fabric, it changes the nature of the surface, blending and pooling around the stitches and pulled details. It also stiffens the fabric and unfortunately glues it to the stone. Oops. Does make the peel difficult and destructive.

Post Peel-  It took 3 hours this morning of creative sunbathing to get it free. The peeling has lost all pretence of being precise or new, the fabric is distorted and torn, the paint has been disrupted in places and flaked in others. Flattening it caused even more damage and the whole effect is aged and worn. So much better. It does have a history now, a character, a story to tell. It has the shifts of texture, shapes, I associate with landscape, those sudden details and concentrations in the midst of big spaces, on the down side, it does make me think of roadkill.

I have been a little more experimental with this one. There are a wider range of stitches, the old favourites of chain, french knots, back, whip, seed and of course running. Some I imagined would trap more paint, others give more emphasis or surface. Totally right but not as expected, the bold stitches have become claggy  and lost definition and pattern. I think there was too much stitch, there is a lumpiness rather than a lightness.

I think I will mount this on more of the orginal cotton lawn and present it as something fragile and ephemeral, unless of course another idea occurs.

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.

Progress

 

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Well the body of the piece is together, all the water soluble is washed out, leaving great water marks. As predicted some of the lettering has unravelled, decided to encourage it in the background areas to start a sense of aerial perspective. I have been plucking at the trees on the right ready to work over on machine, even did some hand stitching on the big one to give a bit more colour and texture/pattern to it.

The text is White’s (1840) in the background, Baines’s Yorkshire (1823) in the middle and a Domesday Book translation for Pocklington (1086) in the front-  thank heaven for Google books and the local library.      Now thinking that it should have been the other way round, the oldest at the back as the history the other two were built on. A bit late now, live with it decision made.

Next on the task list is to establish the landscape fully, bringing in more colour and surfaces. The lettering is to be part of the land, not separate from it or superimposed upon it. Lots to do, but I think the back of it is broken now and it should be faster and faster towards the finish now.

Having ideas is such a pain,  If this was a simple, straightforward image it would be done-ish. I’ve been at this for weeks and it is just getting to the picture stage! Pah.

Progress may be a little delayed, so I don’t recommend the holding of breath. Am having a bit of a self pity wallow post dentist visit, and have promised to paint the workroom! Double Pah.

Grate!

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The mission over the last week has been to tattify and break up an existing piece and re use it.

I can now say with some authority that a cheese grater (Particularly the bit for zesting) works on fabric.  The edges are fluffier than intended  but the general effect is worn and shredded, as desired.  I feel this has improved this fragment of the despised piece of work no end so it is nearly ready for its reincarnation into the next ‘words and Wolds’ effort.   I have a background of text to do and images to decide on, and then into construction again! Hurrah.

The grater also works very well on skin and nails.

There is a lack of foresight – a well trained and focussed hamster could have achieved much the same without the pain.

I am sure the wounds will heal soon.

Glum Sunday and rust.

I got rained on. Most impolite.

On the other hand had quite a productive week,  a bit bitty but things are moving forward.

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Still haven’t decided whether I like them or not.

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Found a transcript from the 1832 inquiry into  factory  conditions  so am constructing a mini waistcoat with this embroidered on. Uncertain about how far to go – the garment is a part not the whole of the idea – so how proper dressmakey do I get?

Inclination says NEVER!

 

Also set up a piece of rust staining, which is close to my idea of ideal hard work.

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As a way of making unpredictable patterns on backgrounds I love it -some days a flat plain piece of fabric is a horrible thing.  For those unfamiliar with it rust ‘dyeing’ is very simple.- prewash the fabric, wrap it around anything that will rust – dunk and leave. Then rinse and fix in a salt solution.

Mine was wrapped in a wire cage I made when I wanted to hang pebbles on the wall(!). It was abandoned on the backdoor step for 3 days (see what I mean about the hard work?),  rinsed out this morning  and left soaking in a salt bath.

Have several options for how to use it but will decide when it is dry, and then change my mind,       probably.

May try staining the  waistcoat?  Ummmmm.

 

 

No Satisfaction….. the halfway to everywhere and nowhere stage.

Ever been here? The arms have fallen off the signposts, the only sign of passage is going back the way you came, even housework looks like a viable option.

Only excuse – head cold. Quite an intense one, but that had it’s benefits – all the food in the back of the cupboard that I didn’t really like is gone – couldn’t taste or smell it so it didn’t matter what I ate – even the horrible strong mustard crisps.

So, status? Have been busy, but not progressing with great decisive leaps.

Stone windows – no.2. intensified tone and will crop it tighter than first intended – don’t honestly like the whole of things, prefer fragstone 2 cropments.

Landscape blobs – started 2 small ones- varying the approaches to try to get the ideas across more effectively. My bet is on the purple tree at present – using flat blocks of tonal fabric against intense areas of colour and texture.

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Also stitched several autumn tree layers ready to use.

Part way into WW2 costume job, making Civil Defence battle dress.

Finished off mini Victorian bustle ensemble ( part of it had to be retrieved from the hoover, so thought should finally hem it and sort out the bustle as an apology)P1170076P1170077

And changed my work room lighting. Made the guy in the local DIY laugh at least.

Also had some volunteers in to try some sampling out on – came with cake! So not all doom and gloom.

Nearly forgot – been playing with a Victorian portrait idea. Lots still to resolve – not least disguising her secret past as a prizefighter and the outsized dress.P1170089

Next week is costume making. Working on the little landscapes is second. Sorting out for the workshop I’m hosting on the 14th is third. Need inspiration for bleak landscapes, so explore and sketch is fourth (depending on the weather), Mounting or framing existing work is sixth. Watching Strictly is underpinning all of the above.