Thursday, 9 November 2017

November's final offering.

Debby's CROWD piece takes the form of a large soft hanging.She has painted it using a mixture of fabric paint,Intense pencils and fabric medium to ensure colour fastness.Then she has machine quilted.The angle of the photo above has animated the trout so he looks to be swimming along!

The bug below has had a similar treatment,thought the iridescence doesn't show here.

She has begun to stitch into some of her prints from the lino printing  course.

She also shared with us some Cyanotype fabrics she had experimented with from some ready prepared fabrics.They are such an intense blue,and the images so clear.

Lastly some delightful brooches,many on a cacti theme,so on trend.

You can pick these up in Nature in Art if you're quick.Debby's wares just fly out.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Nature and nurture.

These piece done by Carol are influenced by her interest in Nature.They are currently on display at Nature In Art.The one above 'What Lies Beneath' show  what goes on beneath our gardens.The one below deals with the demise of Corals in our oceans .From brilliant vibrant colour and diversity to bleached out and lifeless.

Jane has a friend for whom a baby quilt is a lovely gift.She is very technically adept from computers to digitising to perfect patchwork.

She didn't want to go down the traditional baby colours so plumped for this colour way which will fit both.

Kirsten has been creating some fabulous felt birds,which are in Nature in Art as from today.We are sure they will fly out!


Sue has been making progress with her pieces and ideas for new ones.This one above just needs the method of hanging resolved.

She loves to use colour and had been investigating using transfer paints on this piece of sheer.

Living,as she does, overlooking the Bristol Channel she gets to observe the many changes in sea and sky.

This piece created with the embellisher and stitch gives such an evocation of the  sea .Sue has plans to keep adding to this so it grows longer. We can  see this developing into a lovely
calm piece. 

Monday, 30 October 2017

CROWD and beyond.

We have an article about our work for NiA in the current workbox magazine so if you have a copy you might like to read about our inspirations before you visit.

Deryll brought along the second of her pieces based on her chosen Crowd 
piece and told us she hopes there will be a third!We loved the subtle colours and textures she has used,and the exquisitely made eyelets.


Ira loves to stitches much she couldn't resist the needle and thread in one of Liz's small pieces as it was passed around the group.She has completed all the work she is exhibiting at NiA and is well on her way to Newark Park    


She is taken with the clock that sits on the landing .She has made a photo transfer onto fabric in this first piece.

She has been thinking of subsequent pieces and has ideas to merge images and create a collage .

She wishes to make use of lots of embroidery

and maybe incorporate plenty of shiny metallics.These initial samplers look very enticing.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Tin,oak alder and birch.

Liz,as usual, had been beavering away at new pieces.She likes a folk group called 'Show of Hands 'and these pieces relate to tin mining.Their music and her love of Cornwall combined in some stunning quilts.

For her' Crowd' piece Liz has chosen a small pot covered in oak leaves.This 'log cabin'  pieced quilt is made from fabrics dyed with oak leaves.She plans to add surface decoration of leaves and words.

More small pieces with naturally eco dyed cloth 

and beautifully hand stitched.

She had also been dyeing more cloth ,these I think,with Birch bark and an alum mordant. 

Not finished yet,she had collected oak galls and made ink from them to use to make marks on khaki paper for some books.

Then there was this which had been wrapped in a piece of corrugated ironing is beginning to have applied strips added.

We were interested to see these ceramic pieces,not made by Liz.

While in St Ives she happened across a pit firing on the beach.The pieces are buried with wire,copper etc.What results is a reaction of the clay ,heat and whatever it comes into contact.No two pieces are the same.

It's a little like the process of Eco -dyeing but with a different medium.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Full steam ahead.

With 'Natural Selections' at Nature in Art  hoving into view everyone is having a last push towards completion of pieces.

Sally has had her nine pieces beautifully framed by Joe Cashman of Bedminster Framing.Each is held in place with camel bone beads at each corner.

We loved her original idea of pottery shards and fragments,and she has gone ahead and produced one based around the idea.She scanned and printed the images from her drawings onto T-shirt transfer paper before using Bondaweb to attach to the the pottery shards.

Do you remember her bundles from months back? Well, they are making an appearance too.We thought they were too good to set aside.

Combined with her drawings they make for intriguing work.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Nearly done.

Jane had spent a lovely few weeks in Venice over the Summer and despite having to suffer being eaten by mosquitoes she had visited The Biennale.She plans to make a record so we look forward to seeing it.

On her return she had made time to complete her final bird piece .It just has to be put into a frame for NiA.
Using her digitising skills for the pieces she has also used the outcome to create these lovely patches .They will look good on jeans,bags etc.and we're sure will "fly" off from her Etsy shop.There will probably be more in NiA.

Deryll, meanwhile,had been creating elements for a second piece for NiA.

We love the quiet colour way,chosen in response to her Crowd object.
lots of lovely detail,with the "flower stitch foot"creating button like additions.

The linen looks as though she has spent a long time withdrawing threads,when in fact it is machine stitched !