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Saturday, 1 February 2020

Trying to glimpse the light

So here we are, 01 February 2020, bigotry and ignorance seem to have “won”. Let’s hope those responsible enjoy their “victory” and not too many people suffer from the consequences. Many glimpses of light needed to even attempt to keep my spirits up.

Sketchbook, exploring burnt sienna in its many shades and tones

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A weekend away in the woods

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Seeing fantastic 300yr old trees

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Beautiful mediaeval floors, and new kneelers based on the floor tiles

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Croft Castle Woods

Croft Castle Woods

Croft Castle Woods

Progress on the drum - an image from a children’s colouring book, coloured, then manipulated in imaging software, printed and glued to the drum. Some smaller seahorses to be added at some point, but this drum is now an active part of Extinction Rebellion.

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Reading

Monday, 20 January 2020

Frost and fragments

The first properly frosty day, a walk with a camera, still pondering on the theme of fragmentation

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Frosty walk

Frosty walk

Frosty walk

Frosty walk

Frosty walk

Frosty walk

Frosty walk

Monday, 13 January 2020

Glimpses of light in the gloom of January

I am hanging on to any glimpse of light to get through this gloomy January and was struck by the joyful shadows created by my little artists models.

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Mental light was created by volunteering to join an Extinction Rebellion samba band, and to decorate a drum.

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Spirits raised by the colours on this test layout for the bookshelf quilt

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Thoughts on fragmentation have turned to leaves and the decay of leaves. Plum showed some little quilts she had made,  trapping fabric under tulle, and this coincided with seeing one of the last journal quilts for 2019, where a participant had trapped poinsettia bracts and leaves under tulle. Going to my large supply of dried leaves, I tried that technique.

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My intent was to crumple the squares to make the leaves fragment, but they look so lovely,  don’t know  if I can bring myself to do that!

I forgot to photograph the lovely, stitched gingerbread man, sent to me by Benta, before I packed him with the Xmas decorations, so please see her post where she shows her fantastic creativity with machine embroidery.

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Positive actions for January:

  • providing sewing assistance at The Repair Cafe in Oxford, where we repaired 12 items of clothing and the other repairers fixed 37 of the other 62 items that were brought for repair. Look out for the day of The Big Fix in the UK on 15th February, and volunteer or take along something to be fixed.
  • Tickets booked to hear the wonderful “Lost Words’” again, touring the UK this spring
  • Buying an electric cargo bike to share with my husband - we live at the top of a l-o-n-g hill, buses re infrequent at the weekend and traffic is therefore very heavy. Two trips up the hill with laden  panniers have already proved the benefit of this decision.If you haven’t tried an electric bike - they are amazing!

 

Friday, 3 January 2020

2020 or is it SOSO?

Blogging has taken a back seat in 2019, might it return to the front seat in 2020? Catch up on Nov - Dec activities

Costume exhibition at the National Theatre, free, on until June 2020, 

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Panto making, production photos here

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Birthday flowers

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Contemporary drawing at The British Museum, very inspiring, free, finishes on 12 January

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Floods in Oxfordshire

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Last 4 Brexit journals, painted wadding background, decreasing influence

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Repairing the Xmas wreath, from Gina Ferrari, I think 

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Golden yellow winter jasmine, much needed colour

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Starting work on a bookshelf quilt for a baby due in March, some of which had to be sewn on the Singer 201k

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Will I take part in the Contemporary Quilt Group challenge for 2020, theme is Fragmentation? One metre by 60cm for 31st May? Gathering ideas

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Just for fun, a pen holder, using scraps from the panto costumes, using this tutorial.

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Trying to persuade my husband that even if we are trying to reduce, re-use and recycle, that a new nail brush might be needed, 

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Coming up:

New exhibition at Two Temple Place, “Unbound, Visionary women Collecting Textiles” free, on until 19 April 2020.

Alexander McQueen, “New Roses” how some of those astonishing dresses were made, 27 Old Bond Stree, free, until mid 2020.