Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Experiments


On the May bank holiday I visited Lindisfarne (Holy Island) and picked up this miniature standing stone (it’s lying down here, but it really does stand)

With a view to scaling it up in the future, I increased the fossil mark to fit on the 4"x4" loom, and wove with the bone needle I made on a day course at the Weald and Downland Museum (using flint tools!)



Second version, with the mark woven at 90 degrees to the warp, giving a better curve.

I plan to use Ritual Landscapes and Standing Stones as the ‘model’ for my PhD studio practice in the first instance, so this all feeds into it.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Hoorah!



Splodge inspects Lemminkäinen!

More work on Geode II today - now on panel 7 of 14.  There is a new urgency to this as (drumroll......)
I have been offered (and accepted) a place at UCA Farnham for a practice-based PhD, starting in the autumn.  



I am, of course, extremely excited, but slightly apprehensive too.  I will need to be very organised and use all my time wisely; this has not always been my strongpoint!  

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Back in the Groove*

*(=studio)







I have acquired a new studio assistant; Tapestrybrits Aphraminta Splodge joined us here on 22nd March.  She and Doglet are each coming to terms with the existence of the other.

I have spent quite some time rearranging and streamlining things in both the studio and the rest of my home, including the creation of a writing nook.  You may remember that a couple of years ago I applied to do a funded PhD and was unsuccessful (or maybe I did not blog about it); I have rewritten the proposal (hence the writing nook), sent it in three weeks before the deadline (I know, I can’t believe it either!), and I have been invited for interview on May 1st!  I am delighted to have progressed a stage further than last time (at a different institution).  

With one thing and another, my studio time had been constrained, and not very productive in terms of new ideas, BUT I have just had three really good studio days (and another one tomorrow); new work done, and loads of ideas to develop further.  I love the creative process; when choosing to be disciplined and do something, anything, leads to so many possibilities.  

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Oops!


A scaled down phot that you you can actually see!

Lavington Plantation, West Sussex


Another tiny (5 x 5 cm) tapestry from the Purl and Loop Wee Weaver.  I am still experimenting with textures and map making.  I am teaching two courses at West Dean later in the year; April 17th using a tiny loom as a sketchbook, and July 10th making a tapestry cuff.

‘Geode II’ is still in progress on the Ashford Loom (aka Aragorn)........

Friday, 7 September 2018

Penbury Knoll





As promised, the first trial in my ‘Ritual Landscape’ series; the focal point for Neolithic burials that is Penbury Knoll in Dorset. The tapestry is 5cm square and includes Ghiordes Knots for the trees, soumak for the paths, verdigris copper wire for contour lines, and beads to mark the high point (hidden in the trees) and a spring.  Next up, Gussage Down.
I am building up a textural vocabulary to make pocket maps of sacred places - the ‘thin places’ of the Celts.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Things I Have Been Doing Since June





1. Finding interesting images for journal (see above)
2. Doing important Chaplain things (meetings, services, visiting)
3. Parting company with The Beau
4. Going on walking / research holiday to Dorset
5. Planning new series of small works as a result of 4, *, **
6. Revisiting research proposal, prior to rewriting
7. Weaving
8. Knitting
9. Reading Improving Books
10. Finishing a small commission

How I feel about the above:-

1. Neutral
2. Content
3. Surprisingly OK
4. Delighted
5. Excited
6. Pleased
7. Myself
8. Satisfied
9. Smug 😝
10. Chuffed

* I finished weaving the first one this morning; it is currently undergoing the verdigris process.

** Now, of course, I have to bind a new sketchbook for this 'Ritual Landscape' series. I have approximately five million*** in the drawer, but none of them are quite right.....

*** May be a slight exaggeration!

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