Book Making, General, Printing, Uncategorized

Seeing it Through – 21st September 2020

My “Half a Yard of Memories” series is coming to an end, this I’ve decided will be the last one and it focuses on Print. I am viewing the sections of my collection of antique textiles as lace, woven, stitch and now print. Next time I look at the idea of my collection there will probably be a different list of categories, a different angle.

“Half a yard” poses challenges, the book has to be a certain length and that limits the design. A yard is linear and seen all at once. It seems to me that variations of the concertina book format is the way to go and it is no different for the last design.

Print design and the Collagraph plate

The completed cut out plate

The print. It took several attempts to get the right shade of red, I wanted it different from my Christmas card red!. Now waiting for them to dry. An edition of 2.

Then I started playing about with the small wooden letters that I use to emboss into paper.

I had wondered what was next – and then it came in a flash – I have “two yards of memories”. Now that will take some working out!

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, Embroidery, Exhibitions, Printing, Uncategorized

Interesting Times – 10th February 2020

I am still pursuing ideas around frayed edges and unpicked seams and I hope extending my printing practice. Above the curved edge of the print, which is 30cm long I have embossed three lines of thread, not sure as I’m typing this whether they will show up. When it’s dry I will stitch a blank line of holes along the top. It will be a few weeks before I will be able to fold and complete the books, an edition of 4.

I have also folded and stitched together three books, they are double concertinas, front

and back. 

They come under a generic title of “In all Colours”. This is a quote from the middle of the C17th in a letter from London to the East India Company wanting chintzes with lots of colour. This was a time in England when printed colours were not colourfast and so washing made them faint or the colour ran, not so printing from India. This was magical and a status symbol if you had Indian Chintz.

I have had brilliant news in that I have been selected for Printfest in Ulveston in May and also for ‘Turn the Page’ Artists’ Book Fair in Norwich also in May. I have the ideas to complete a body of work for both events just need the time, I’m sure that i will find it.

My husband has been digitising old photographs and this one popped up of me in 1975