Friday, 18 August 2017

Festival of Quilts

Last weekend was the Festival of Quilts at the NEC.  It is the best craft related show at the NEC each year.  I was very fortunate to win 2 free tickets from Storage4Crafts, one of which I gave to a friend.  Then after the Show opened I was offered another free ticket in return for sitting on The Granary Studio stand for a couple of hours.

As a consequence I went on Friday afternoon and again on Sunday.   Here are the quilts that caught my eye.  You may notice a couple of themes!
Tempus Fugit by Cherilyn Martin

House by Irina Voronina

Where there's a mine by Liz Hewitt

Fracture by Betty Busby

A Post-Truth Quilt by Sara Impey

If Nature Captures the City by Brigitte Kopp

Dialogues by Elly van Steenbeek

Good Intentions by Elly van Steenbeek

Big Brother by Lesley Brankin

Colour Study III by Sandra van Velzen

Fractured Squares by Hilary Jackson

White January by Lisbet Borggreen

Interpolations9 by Helen Howes

Summer Garden by Jean Wells

Ephuses by Jean Wells

After the Rain by Jean Wells

Cross Cut by Jean Wells

It Shouldn't Need To Be Said by Ellie Taylor

Penhelig by Susan Attwood

Volcano by Yvonne Kervinen

This Land is Barren & Broken by Liz Hewitt

Erasing History by Jo Coombes
So what did you notice?

Colour palette?  Lines & Squares?   Maps?  Text?

I found it very interesting to see what caught my eye.

Hope you enjoyed my view of the show.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Bobby Britnell Day 2

The second day of Bobby's workshop continued from where we left off on Day 1.  Our first exercise was monoprinting both on fabric and on paper.

Printing on calico (sorry I haven't been able to get a good photo of this)

Sketchbook pages - sorry about the quality of the photos.

Altering the surface - using graphite powder to highlight the marks

Paper put through crimpers

Shibori style

Hot iron on fax paper

I wiped up all the black and white acrylic paint from my monprinting onto this brown paper - photo on left of page.  I cut it up into 3" squares

Bobby suggested I thought about placement - distance between the squares

Bobby gave us so much information and so many ideas.  She generously shared her sketchbooks with us and talked about the quilts hanging in the exhibition at the Minerva Gallery.

We all had a fabulous time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Mixed Media Approaches

This week I attended a 2 day workshop at the Minerva Gallery in Llanidloes.  It was called Mixed Media Approaches to Abstract Designs with Bobby Britnell.

It was described thus:
This will be a challenging course which will take students on a journey of discovery by starting with a series of clear, quick accessible drawing exercises directly onto prepared papers. All of this preliminary work, which will be carried out using a variety of media, surfaces and tools, will form the basis for personal interpretations into larger scale works using mixed media approaches. The course is not about producing a finished piece of work but is about the ‘journey’ and the ‘discovery’ of something new along the way. It will hopefully encourage you to think differently about your work. Artist research will help to inform students of further developments and ideas. It is also hoped that students will engage in some lively discussion.


Anyway we spent 2 days being challenged and with clear instructions from Bobby I ended up with 35 pages of an A4-ish sketchbook filled up.So as that's a lot of photos I'll do two posts.

The following are photos of each page in my sketchbook.  The notes haven't been added yet and I'm not going to go through all the information we were given.  You'll have to go on one of Bobby's courses for that!

Using a Graphite stick

Using a pen

Graphite, pen, an eraser and a pencil

On gesso

On calico with gesso

We also looked at how artists use line in their art.

Thanks for stopping by.