Embroidery, General, Printing, Uncategorized

Trying Too Hard? – 15th June 2020

Twelve weeks ago when it seemed that everything had taken a jump into an unknown and insecure world I like many people found it difficult to rebalance and creativity had taken a jolt, I had this idea of ‘Half Yards of Memories’ memories seemed to be an important part of everyday life and half a yard wasn’t a huge project.

Through those designs and prints I have found my ‘way back in’ to being creative. My last Half Yard was quite complicated and certainly a challenge and I loved it! All three editions of Half Yards have now been folded and the covers cut but I have the idea that the covers will all be similar so I have stopped there.

Fronts

Backs

I couldn’t decide whether there would be a fourth book in the series and wondered if I was trying too hard to create something so I just let it ride to see what emerged. Anyway, whilst loading the washing machine I had an idea, a light bulb moment, I did a doodle on the nearest piece of paper, my shopping list, had a happy smile and went off to do some serious sketching and research. 

So far…..

More next time.

My days had not been idle as I have made a series of cards from the first three Half Yard books. All original Collagraph prints with a folded page inside and pamphlet stitched to the cover with silk thread.

They would retail at £5 each, so if you are interested in 4 different ones for £20, free P&P to the UK then please mail me via contacts on the Home page.

Book Making, General, Printing

Small Beginnings – 20th April 2020

Like many people in these difficult times I am finding it hard to settle, weeding the garden is fine, not too taxing, but to follow a constructive path has been challenging.

I decided to paint some papers

I set it all out 

   

I was taken by my mixing trays and was pulled back to the origins of these small containers – they were the microwave/freezing dishes for my sons baby food and he is now in his mid 30’s!

Memories, so important at the minute. The notion of memories kept repeating itself and then in a flash – “Half a yard of Memories” I like a good title to get me going and help me along a creative path.

I marked out three book formats and sketched out some ideas and progress was made. It seems important to be doing something whilst self isolating. The books will be small, to be held in the hand and treasured like memories. Let’s see where the idea takes me.

Feeling a little more contented

Book Making, Exhibitions, General, Printing

Practicalities – 27th February 2020

Now that the euphoria of being selected for Printfest and Turn the Page has slightly ebbed there are practical things to be dealt with and the last couple of weeks has seen me concentrate upon books that are to be placed into frames to be hung on the wall and my stationary and packaging.

I have completed four books for frames. Deadlines do concentrate ones mind and I know that I am well head of forthcoming dates but problems do arise like the box frames that I ordered for the books came back the wrong size and will have to be remade, but thankfully I’m still OK.

Also made paper bags and business cards

An idea that has been roaming around my mind for several months now is that of ‘The Collection’ and what that means. I have made a couple of books on that theme and I have started measuring out another couple with tiny blind prints to see how the proportions work – always good to have work in progress and to be problem solving.

We have had terrible weather lately, and watching water levels, hail and snow can be distracting as  can also be this pheasant who struts up and down the garden, puffing himself up, showing off his feathers and squawking looking for a lady pheasant. I do hope that he finds one soon !