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Saturday, 6 July 2019

Oh yes it is!

Six months to go until the first night of this year’s panto’, so I spent an afternoon in the costume store looking for inspiration for “The Three Musketeers”. Straightforward? Tabards, capes, boots, flouncy white shirts, leather waistcoats, hats with feathers, laced bodices, large skirts?

Yes, all of that, but then with an eighties theme superimposed? Adam Ant. Duran Duran, Bananrama, Mel and Kim, The Bangles, Alison Moyet, Annie Lennox, Spandau Ballet?

Twenty seven players, and a still to be announced number of costume changes. Luckily enough, the costume store has lots of potential.

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Sunday, 30 June 2019

Quilt Art in London

I managed to see an interesting exhibition called Material Evidence this week at the Menier Gallery by the group of artists called Quilt Art. Many of these artists are well known in the quilt art world, and deserve to be better recognised in the more general art world.

Sara Impey’s work focused again on the historical value of stitch, rendered in stitched text

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Karina Thompson had a beautiful digitally-stitched piece, apparently made with Japanese fabrics, titled, Let Go

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It was only after thinking about this piece on the way home that I realised that this was the same Karina Thompson who made the long, long, long stitched piece showing ECG traces and Doppler ultrasound images at “Cloth and Memory 2"

 Christine Chester displayed an impressive paper-laminated piece based on a historical quilt.

The most moving piece for me was by Charlotte Yde,  titled “The Ones That Got Away”. This is a large scale triptych, stitched on transparent cloth

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It brought back memories of the work of Issam Kourbaj and Ruth Padel seen at the Islamic Gallery at the British Museum a couple of years ago.

 

 

Friday, 28 June 2019

Evolution of a painting

In the Colour course this term, we have been studying the works of Van Gogh. Part of the study has been to take a greyscale image of a Van Gogh painting, and paint it to a scheme specified by our teacher Abigail Downer. My scheme was secondaries with a primary link. We could use any or all pure blues, reds and yellows provided by the college, plus white, but no black.

My A1 sized painting has evolved over several weeks.

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What will happen next?

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Glass and gourds

A morning spent at the Chihuly glass exhibition Kew Gardens culminated in the Lily House, with wonderful contrast between white glass and green gourds.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Quilts off to Festival of Quilts

I have taken the plunge and have submitted two quilts to the Festival of Quilts this year. Parcelled up and ready to go.

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Sunday, 16 June 2019

Poppies - promise, petals and pods

The rain has decimated the petals on  many of my garden poppies, but has encouraged the bursting buds and left behind beautiful pods.

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