Monday, 12 October 2015

Still Here

Tonight I finally finished the construction of the line image in wrapped copper wire on 'Derrière II'. I have been somewhat distracted otherwise occupied in the last few weeks; three residency proposals written, lots of computer hours worked, the Sark cartoon drawn and a research proposal underway. Upon rereading the entry criteria for the end of September deadline, I realised that this piece of work was not quite the thing for it, so I am now making other plans for her. The other major task has been to clear the rest of the sitting room so as to make workspace for the scaffolding loom. I also decided to replace some framed prints with my own Work - as you can see. 'Curvaceous' is the favourite of all my tapestries to date, and it seemed a shame to leave her rolled up in a box. Once the current piece is finished, the ring loom will go into the loft and the scaffold will come up from the garage. Colour will once more be in the yarn palette as I weave for 'Calypso', a joint exhibition at the end of November, celebrating the flora and foliage of Jamaica.

And the residencies? One application is still pending, one I have to give a presentation at the end of November and the third I WAS OFFERED. My jig of joy last Monday was something to behold after a weekend on tenterhooks! Next March I am going to be Artist in Residence at Portsmouth Cathedral, working on themes of memory / memorial / commemoration with the idea of weaving as an act of defiance against chaos and disorder. Very exciting, especially as it will be informed by and, in turn, inform my research project.

With all this, a small commission for Sark and the woven maquette for 'Shrine' * to get underway, followed by 'Shrine' itself, I have enough to keep me out of mischief until late 2016, if not beyond.

* the working title for a return to large scale Work. The paper maquette is on my desk as an allurement.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

With less than a week to the submission deadline, I am weaving like an absolute machine whenever I am not at work*.  The copper wire visible here is now wrapped in.
I am plotting like a good 'un for future projects - and need to make a big planning chart to keep track.  I may well be building my scaffolding loom again soon (with a little help from The Boy) in order to accommodate my plan for world domination.
There is also the joyful prospect of four whole studio days from Friday to Monday - what a treat!

*I have a code, work for what I do to pay the bills, Work for the creative stuff.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Home is the Sailor....

Les Autelets, Sark. More of this later.....

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Derrière II - Part the First

Note the Heath Robinson tensioning and shedding system.

I am using the same weft as before, but a linen weft I bought from Weavers' Bazaar. It is a delight! I warped up quite softly as linen can be hard on the hands, and also the tension was beginning to bend to steel centre pole of the loom - the same problem I had back in 2010 with the enormous ring loom.

Wrapping the copper wires to 'draw' the image.  I am using two wires side by side this time because of the 140% enlargement.  It is more of a challenge with the image upright instead of on her side.

Embedded steel wires ready to be rusted once weaving is finished.  The idea is to suggest the folds and creases of the blanket the model was sitting on.  I am still cogitating how to work the background above the elbow line - to make both the tapestry, and the weaving of it, more interesting!

Monday, 27 July 2015

'Derrière' - the Latest

I heard on Friday that 'Derrière' has been shortlisted for the Sussex Artists' Award; *did a little happy dance*. The final judging takes place at the end of August at Pallant House Gallery. I am working to get 'Derrière II' completed by the end of August ready to enter her for another juried exhibition / competition. Deadlines are good for me; fuelled by strong tea and the Proms on R3 I am weaving at every available opportunity. Working at home (=Home Studio) is A Good Thing.

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Location:Home Studio

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Every Artist Should Read This Book

I have just finished reading 'My Name is Asher Lev' and am about to read it again. It is one of the best books I have ever read; understated prose that cuts deep and describes something of the pain and yet necessity of creation.

Now to find a copy of the sequel......

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Aides Memoires

Like most people I have a selection of electronic means to help me remember things I have to do and places I have to go, but I still find the trusty post-it note a very useful tool for marking pages in books and jotting down ideas.  The adhesive does not work well on MDF, and runs out of 'stick' fairly quickly anyway.  I have invented the Memory Stone! Once the strips fail to adhere to the stone, there is a handy hole to hold them until dealt with. Visible reminded rather than notes hidden in diary pages.

Had an encouraging email today in response to one of my 'make your own opportunities' proactivities.  Further research required, but quietly hopeful.

Today is the last day of my 'sabbatical'.  Am hoping that I have the self-discipline to continue the journaling and drawing habits that I have developed in the last eight weeks.  One sketchbook- journal is almost full (I will acquire the second volume at WD tomorrow) and I have a goodly number of ideas to work on in my  upcoming studio days.  Onward and upward!
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