"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Snowed in

Well, that was an interesting week with the weather!

The "Beast from the East" meets "Storm Emma".  Siberian snow and 60mph winds meant we had a good 8 to 12 inches of snow in places with deeper drifts.  The "fuss" is that we don't get snow like this in Cornwall, not that often and not this thick!

We were snowed in for two days but it felt much longer especially when we had three power cuts, the longest for four hours.  We were very grateful for our wood burner and a fridge full of foodie.

It all looks so pretty through the window but feeling cut off and isolated makes you realise how much you take everything for granted ... especially electric, keeping warm and making tea!

The snow has inspired my collages this week.  We are now on week 10, following the theme called "decollage".  Adding lots of layers and then tearing back to reveal images underneath.

"darling girl"

I used an advert from a 1950s magazine, a beautiful tarnished spoon, a snowy landscape, a few snowflakes from a card insert and some gelli printed tissue paper.  I like the feel of this one but I deliberated over whether to fill the white space and decided not to.  It Is enough.

Only last week ... I said I would only be making one collage a week from now on!  However, I find I get on a roll and this week I wanted to try working a collage on fabric.  This one has a cotton linen backing.  I worked some white gesso over it to prime first.  Then I collaged the same as I would on paper, using the layering/tearing back technique for this week.

follow in nature's footsteps

Other elements are waxed sewing pattern paper and a skeleton holly leaf from my garden.  The bird is a "blackcap".  The collaged background remains soft enough to handle and stitch into.  I have put it to one side to work on over the next few days.

My collages are 5 x 5 inches in an 8 x 8 inch sketchbook for week 10 of the collage project that I am doing with my sister Evelyn following the weekly prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman
"snowed in"

Also on my desk ... a snowy heart I have been stitching with lots of layers of thick chiffon snow and glittering snowflakes.  I used some of my painted textured cotton fabric too which, as I used it, made me think of compacted snow ... you know when snow has uneven bumps and ridges.
I also have winter beachcombing on my mind and I've started another with very pretty beach finds including a tiny barnacle, pearl shell and a lovely mussel.  The simple pleasures of admiring sea treasures, taking time to select fabrics and quietly stitching a shoreline walk.

I will share the snowy one and the winter shoreline walk quite soon.  Meanwhile, here is one I found when I was sorting through a box in my studio.  I made it a while ago and it's one of only a few that I have left in my personal collection.  The two baby mussel shells are still attached in a tangle to the mother shell.

"along the beach"

Thank you for visiting me here x

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

reassemble and squares/rectangles

These are my collages for the prompts of "reassemble" (cutting an image into squares then turning the pieces and rearranging them) and "squares and rectangles"


I used a piece of craft paper with a vintage notepaper theme in shades of blush pink and soft brown.  It had beautiful handwriting, old typewriters and romantic pink roses.  I left a small space between the squares in a similar manner to the mosaics I like to make.

blush rose

My collage for "squares and rectangles" is all rectangles actually.  Inspired by the first collage, I went seeking soft blush rose papers and pieces from my collection.  I discovered a bag of my erosion bundle pieces from several years ago.  A lot of the scraps were stained with cranberry and rose teabags.  I included a tiny pressed flower and the image of the little girl.  She has the rosiest cheeks.  The words "Tha'lt be like a blush-rose when tha' grows up, my little lass" come from one of my favourite childhood books "the Secret Garden".  For texture, I've included a fraying piece of biodegradable fibre from a shopping bag.  All other papers have come from the erosion bundle.

All collages are 5 x 5 inches in an 8 x 8 inch sketchbook for weeks 8 and 9 of the collage project following the weekly prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman with my sister Evelyn.

I'm looking forward to next week's challenge of "decollage".  It looks to be an interesting technique similar to one I did in my Surface Treatment Workshop sketchbook last year. 

From now on, I will only be doing one collage a week to meet the themes as I want to pick up my textiles again.  A short break from stitching has done me the world of good.  However, as I mentioned at the start of January I am taking things nice and slowly and doing whatever takes my fancy this year.

Thank you always for reading my rambles ...