Wednesday, 23 August 2017

More Breakwaters

Thank you for all your kind comments  about ' Birchington Breakwaters' winning  Fine Art Quilt Masters.   Names went in a hat and the winner of  the small textile sketch to celebrate 10 years of blogging is  ' Jill' .  Congratulations and thanks for  reading.  If you leave  your  address via  the contact page on my website, I'll post it to you.

Also at Festival of Quilts, I had a second piece made using a section of old quilt, this time painted, selected for  SAQA's ' Made In Europe II' imaginatively  called 'Birchington Breakwaters II' !
This exhibition will be on display at the West Country  Quilt and Textile  Show in Bristol  1-3  September.  Sadly won't be going this year as it clashes with the 'Hop Festival'  and a Proms concert  but had a super time last year exhibiting with Cwilt Cymru

I'm gradually coming back down to earth,  catching up on washing and boring house stuff and working out what to do next! I discussed mentoring with Christine  Chester at Studio 11 when I was on the 'Printing the  Coast' course  and have now booked a session for October to help me make some decisions.
Meanwhile on the stitching front  I had a  lovely day at the Rosegarden  in  Westmarsh  stitching bunting for Jan's wedding fueled  by cake and Pimm's   and finished  August's CQ Journal Quilt (  my theme is 'Traces, Places'  but it might just as well be 'Breakwaters' ! )

Monday, 14 August 2017

Winner of Fine Art Quilt Masters 2017

 I'm recovering from nearly a week up in Birmingham at the Festival of Quilts. I had a fabulous time   and  will write posts on the  ecoprint/natural dyeing course I did ( again!) with Brunhilde Scheidmeir and some wonderful quilts  I liked.  But after being rung on Wednesday evening to say I'd won Fine Art Quilt Masters ( and having to keep it quiet until the awards ceremony), I've been in a state of joyful disbelief ever since.

The various painting and drawing classes I've been doing at City Lit  have made  a big difference to my approach  to working and you can see some of my preliminary design work  in this blog post from February.  My statement for this piece ' Birchington Breakwaters' :
" The fragility of disintegrating sea defences rendered using the reverse and reassembled bindings of a threadbare antique log cabin coverlet , holes and tears revealing glimpses of underlying structures"

I was still stunned when this photo was taken ( don't look too closely at the  dark blue fingernails from  dyeing with logwood)  but was more relaxed by Saturday ( photo at the top) . The contents of the envelope: this certificate and a bank transfer form to fill in ( the prize is  £5000, thanks to generous sponsorship by Vlieseline). The icing on the cake for me was being chosen by Pauline Burbidge  and Diana Harrison, both artists whose work I've admired for a long, long time.
Thank you so much to everyone who congratulated me in person  with whoops of joy , generosity of spirit and lots of hugs  and to those of you who contacted me by email  and Facebook  with your good wishes, I'm overwhelmed.
What a way to celebrate 10 years of blogging, you can still leave a comment, I'll be drawing a name randomly next weekend.   and then I should probably be updating my website....
I was going to collect my quilt entry  tomorrow from Upper Street Events  but  the  winning quilts from the show, including mine, will be at the Knit and Stitch shows  in London , Harrogate and Dublin.  I might have recovered by then !

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

10th Anniversary Giveaway

On Thursday 10th August  it will be ten years since I started this blog!   I was just about to move house  and   go on my annual visit to the  Festival of Quilts  ( some things don't change , that's where I'll be on that date this year).
Appropriately enough that's also the day where I'll find out whether I've won Fine Art Quilt Masters,( unlikely given the  calibre of the other competitors  but being selected for the gallery is a fantastic honour in itself)
 I don't blog as much as I| used to, especially now I have a smartphone and it's so easy to upload photos and a few words to Facebook, but I still like to  use my blog to record my thoughts on courses I've been on and exhibitions visited , a 'reflective journal' .
I know a lot more people read this blog than  comment  so as is customary on these occasions I have a small giveaway to celebrate 10 years.
If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning a  postcard sized 'textile sketch', a study for my FoQ entry, please leave a comment and I'll put your name in the hat. I look forward to hearing from you!

UPDATE:Thanks for all your kind comments,I WON!!! Still can't believe it.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Ecoprint Experiments at Home

Please bear with me in regards to random order of photos, I'm attempting to blog from my tablet for the first time ! In anticipation of repeating 3day ecoprint masterclass of 2 years ago and inspired by Alice Fox course in Eastbourne, I've been gathering leaves to dry in my herbarium plant press (from Ian's parents garden,Abbey Community Physic Garden and Faversham Police Station(!) and trying out electric veg steamer. Little books drawn while stewarding "Open House" venues worked very well, fabric less so, not helped by pipes distorting in the steam but finally cracked it thanks to the wonderful staff at M&B supplies who kept cutting me lengths to try out. Final collecting of fresh material this morning from the rec and  Cotinus from the grounds of the care home....Time for bed in anticipation of tomorrow.