Monday, 5 February 2018

Do they work together?

Ira had continued to motor along on her clock

producing several pieces that she is going to assemble to create one larger piece.

She had been looking through some older work and had happened across this.She wondered whether it might be feasible to upcycle it to add more to do with the clocks .We thought it would go well with what she has already produced.

Jenn had been playing about with transfer papers.She had taken bees  from the teapot at the house and manipulated them on the computer, playing with the size and orientation.

They were ironed to silk organza before being cut out. The finish was rather too shiny and plastic so she experimented and found by putting this side down on the silk the bee could still be seen but it was more matte.On the advice of Deryll ,she has partially attached them to the silk, allowing the wings to lift.The patchwork part has been quilted and mounted on calico and is now ready for the addition of some  beading to catch the light .

All that then remains is to add a hanging device and to sign the piece.


Carol has been having trouble making a choice as to what she will base her work on for Newark.She likes the window and we thought she might use the skills learned in a workshop with Wendy,last year.

She was also drawn to the relief pattern on this white jug. Lots of suggestions were put forward as to how she might progress, these included stencilling with gesso, or even more exciting Xpandaprint.

Then there was the lovely Jacobean crewel work housed in a drawer in the bedroom.With her exquisite hand stitching skills she could produce something spectacular!

While she has been debating she has been continuing to produce her lovely ,quirky bird portraits

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

New tech and ancient land.

Jane is thinking about how she is going to present her piece for Newark.She had thought about having it free standing but is giving herself some time to think over options.

She is fascinated by technical wizardry and had received this, above for Christmas as she said a 'silly little present'
However,it has serious uses as the thread is conductive and is used to introduce electronics into clothing for a variety of uses.She has put the little brooch together which lights up.She had also managed a visit to the Balenciaga exhibition at the V&A.

Meantime ,Deryll had received a very interesting book for Christmas.It offered ways of manipulating clothing ideas and examples of how they are put to use by its author Ann Small.

Deryll was taken with some of the examples feeling she might use some of the 

different techniques in exploring the landscape she has chosen to depict for Newark.

She had put together some fabrics, heavily machine stitched

and was talking about using thirds ,dividing into grass, trees and sky.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Blue and white

Debby had been thinking about her possible inspiration for Newark Park.She had visited the MADE BY HAND fair in December and had picked up these china buttons .

and this dear little cup made by one of the potters on the last series of "The Pottery Throwdown", Richard J.Parker.

As is evident they are both  blue and white

She had also dug out a plate she had purchased many years ago in a Bring and Buy sale, which also happens to be blue and white.

She has looked up the information on the back and it was produced by Brownfield and son in Beeston Staffordshire between 1871-5.

She is enthused to do some research and base her work on the blue and white items at Newark.

She said she has plenty of blue and white fabrics she has printed and coloured and lots of unresolved pieces so she is determined to resolve them by using them in some way.

She had been tapped in to something called Live Art -Wanderlust.It was a series of prompts you used in a page of a sketchbook.

This was the very intriguing result ,layer upon layer.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Possibly present but hopefully not seen !

Apologies for the awful out of focus shots but hopefully you will see how adorable these are anyway.

Kirsten stated that she thought an old house like Newark would have such residents so is going to add to their collection.

She plans to display them in old china receptacles.At least these won't multiply without a human hand to help

Carpets and cockerels.

Viv had been working on her 'carpet'piece.

She had put it on some tea dyed huckleback and wanted our opinion.

She wondered about couching and hand stitching/embellishing around the pieces.

We liked the frayed edges and thought less background would be so much more effective, drawingthe eye in to look at the pieces.

Sue had been making a sample book

to house her experiments with silk ties and the embellisher.Such a good idea to have a record to refer to.

She had also unearthed some past work with cockerels, done with enamels

and print.She was taken with the fowl at Newark Park and is currently researching, drawing and producing textured samples to depict feathers.

She made a wonderful cockerel which was displayed at Sidcot when we exhibited there.We look forward to seeing how these are resolved.

Sunday, 21 January 2018


First an apology for the poor quality of the photographs this month.The photographer decided she should get to grips with the workings of her camera and not just use auto.............bad move .Lesson learned play on days when the photos can be discarded .

Sally had been thinking how she might use her postcard size pieces .She had decided not to create a book but to make hangings ,perhaps two? She thought of making three separate pieces in each joined with hooks and eyes.As usual there were other ideas put forward, one of which might have possibilities.As she had concentrated on the kitchen at Newark it was mooted that aprons might be fitting.....we wait and see.

She showed the progress she has made with her concertina garden book.Adding fabric and stitch to the pages.

It is a really lovely and very individual record of her garden.