My favourite art shop…….

Is Heaton Cooper in Grasmere – Lake District.

It’s small and perfectly formed.

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You can just see it though the door…. it stocks just everything you need (and more you don’t actually need but would like to have).

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Great delivery service too… the parcels arrive wrapped in brown paper which somehow makes them very special.  Their web site is here.

Stonehenge

A morning stroll around Stonehenge – in the pouring rain with masses of American, Canadian and Japanese tourists…… but just to prove that you can capture the spirit of the stones even with all the people around.  I did want to sit and sketch but believe me it was absolutely drenching rain.

The end photo shows it as it really was!

 

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More from the Summer school

Janice asked me about the summer school – we are a group of textile artists – some teachers and tutors, some have written books, most of us blog and we all belong to a private Yahoo group.  Some have met before but we have never managed to get together for a week.  Unfortunately not everyone could  make it but 13 of us did (one ran off early before I got a picture), we came mainly from the UK, but also France and Austria.  The group also has members in the USA, Australia and Sweden.

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Throughout the week we all shared our skills – Paulene showed us how to print and we used her pasta machine which worked really well.  Here is a leaf print I made – I loved this.

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This was our main workroom.

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Sara showing Liz either crochet or spinning.

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Gill demonstrating the Docucam in the second room.  During the evenings we could sit in here watching DVD’s, crocheting and often drinking a glass of wine.  Nothing was too planned, nothing was obligatory. We all got on so well and there was much nattering and laughing.

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It was very sad to leave and less said about the journey home the better……….

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Pictures from Stonehenge to follow soon.

Dyeing time

Take small pieces of several types of silk… one length of rayon (for another tunic) and one large length for a commission and one pre-made cotton tunic.  Soak in soda ash for an hour then drain.

 

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Make up the procion dyes with water and urea.

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Dye one batch black.

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Dye another black + purple + raspberry (this is the combination for the tunic and rayon length too).

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Cover table tops with polythene and lay out fabric, liberally sprinkle with dyes.

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Swish around and leave crumpled.

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Wash and dry.

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Hope Anne likes the final result!

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Use up the dye to paint a piece of lutradur – for the inside of a new “tower”.

New hair colours, new tunic, new samples

Well I told the hairdresser I was bored and wanted something more dramatic…..
yes that red is erm….very red/orange. 

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Finally something for myself…. Amy Butler Fabric – perhaps I could have placed that large flower a little better – at least its not central to any major body area!  There are another two of these – one sleeveless made from cotton which is being dyed tonight and one using hand dyed rayon (still work a in progress).

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I’ve enjoyed playing with lutradur, tyvek and finally some stamping with acrylic paint.

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A play with markals and a blending stick.  Just for the hell of it.  That’s good to be able to do.

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Weekend teaching and a week of sun…

Last weekend I was privileged to be teaching “Towers of Flowers” at Stirling University for the Scottish Quilters Guild Summer School.

This was the class room at the start…. such a promise of things to come.

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As you know by now I always forget to take photographs when I’m teaching.  I had 19 students and they were all wonderful…. here are their towers.  Apologies for the not so good photo. 

I hope they have them all finished by now.

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This week I spent the first few days recovering my energy then I got into the studio and started painting some bondaweb, lutradur, tyvek and sizoflor.  Its been SO hot that everything dried so quickly – but the temperatures were high for here – 24degrees C and 87% humidity.  Ugh. 

Makes you very lazy and lethargic.  Last year the studio would have been too hot to work in by 8am, this summer it was warm but bearable…. so the insulation is working in the summer to keep me cool!  Fantastic.

I’ve painted these pieces with Aztec acrylics and a burst of ink sprays.  You’ll see them again as I layer, stitch and heat distressed them.

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The bunnies have been finding the weather far too warm, I’ve tried to keep them as cool as possible.

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Some goodies arrived in the post.

The 2010 diary is beautifully illustrated with pictures from the V&A museum.

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I just had to capture the colours of dinner preparations the other night.

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DS has been busy creating models…. I love it when he plays like this and uses his imagination.  He has been going to school in shorts and cap and looks like Just William (remember him?) – so cute.

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And the rose is more beautiful each year, it was a 30th b’day present from DH.

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