Wednesday, 21 September 2016

'Geode (139:15)’: Blingtastic Yarnfest!





Raiding my (extensive) stash for sheeny and shiny and glittery yarns for the interior. Beads too. I need it to glow in even low light conditions.....

Location:Cuckoo Fields,Chichester,United Kingdom

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

'Geode(139:15)': First Sighting





Rejected maquettes either side of the final version, cartoon-in-progress, colour reference from Sark stone. This one will be quite a challenge as it has fourteen panels with lots of spacers so that it draws up into a hollow form with a coloured interior, my usual 'stone' weft and texture on the outside and the necessary join hidden inside. The cartoon is 150cm long, so will just fit on the Ashford with a continuous warp. It should be a fairly quick weave as there are a lot of unwoven areas. My deadline is October 31st to enter it for a juried exhibition. 'Shrine' and 'Derrière II' have been entered for a couple already. Fingers etc. crossed!

Tomorrow I begin the yarn gathering......

The Big Loom is now 86% funded! Many thanks to the backers via this blog and elsewhere :) Go to https://crowdfunder.co.uk/tapestry-loom if you would like to support the project. Any funds raised beyond the loom cost will go to buy the materials for the full size version of 'Shrine'.


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Location:Home Studio

Monday, 12 September 2016

Photo Shoot: 'Shrine' and 'Derriere II'







All Over (and no Shouting!)




The Textile Art show 'Fabulous!' which I curated was taken down yesterday. We garnered good reviews from the public, and a lot of support for another one in 2018. I am a relieved and happy bunny.

While invigilating I worked on the new maquette, and have finalised the size and shape - always a pivotal moment. Now to gather yarns and do some sampling. I also came up with a new idea before breakfast! Another 3D form, based on some lines from East Coker - I do love the Four Quartets. It will mean a return to the ring loom as it is a collapsed bowl form that I envisage. It is always pleasing when the creative juices are flowing, even when I am very tired.

This morning I did an outdoor photo shoot of 'Shrine' and 'Derrière' so that I have some good images for exhibition entries and postcards.

Funding for the big loom has reached £160 (of £500 target). Please pledge or spread the word; help take my practice to the next level!


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Friday, 9 September 2016

'Shrine': Finished and Exhibited





At the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester PO19 1YH until Sunday 11th September.






is the link to a crowdfunding site I am using to finance the purchase of a loom in order to make the full size version. I am not usually one to ask for help, being fiercely independent, but the Soap Opera of my life in the last decade - in particular the last eighteen months - means that I have to.

In the meantime, I have started on a new maquette (paper so far) for a piece inspired by geodes and Psalm 139:15.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

'Shrine': Inking On the Image





I have surprised myself by how fast this is growing; making / finding time to weave has been easier than expected over the last few days. I spent some time yesterday stripping a power cable to liberate the fine copper wire within. The plan is to weave the (now inked on) image over single warps rather than the doubles and quadruples I have done so far, using a finer weft of spun silk, 18/2 wool and the wire. It should look incised in the final piece (like 'Curvaceous' in 2012). The detail will not be as fine at this maquette size as in the full size version* but should be sufficient. The right hand side of the weaving will become the bottom of the cleft stone, as in the paper maquette below.



*I hope to have news on this front soon.





Location:Cuckoo Fields,Chichester,United Kingdom

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

'Shrine': Inversion





Third face completed and the inversion line of soumak (to cover the warps when folded over) inserted before starting face 4 which will be inside the final structure. Wishing to weave rather than wind on yesterday, I had to improvise with seating; the ammunition box that I keep my printmaking tools and supplies in proved ideal - once a feather cushion was added. I should be able to delay winding on for a day or so now.



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Location:Cuckoo Fields,Chichester,United Kingdom

 
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