Monday, 8 July 2019
Saturday, 6 July 2019
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.
Sunday, 30 June 2019
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
Karina Thompson had a beautiful digitally-stitched piece, apparently made with Japanese fabrics, titled, Let Go
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
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
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.
What will happen next?