Thursday, 17 January 2019

2019 is going to be a BUSY year!

After our disappointment of preparing for exhibitions last year that had to be postponed, this year will be a whirlwind !
Bristol Guild have offered us a date April into May,Newark Park is fully open and we will be there in June and to round off we will once again be at UWE in August.We will be very busy bees preparing new work ,this gives a frisson of excitement but also apprehension as the months tick by so very alarmingly.
Keep checking back for how we progress.

The period up to Christmas is often a fallow one as other things take precedence.Viv has been busy cataloguing her Miao pieces for eventual handover to the museum.She brought along several as this will be one of our last opportunities to handle them.

The work is so very small and intricate that we viewed them through a magnifying glass.

We wondered how they managed to fold the tiny triangles .

The piece below on the left is bound with raffia to pleat the fabric for the indigo dyed skirts.

The colours of the exquisite embroidery sing out 

and are so finely stitched.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

More offerings

She had been looking at the design of a cushion in Newark Park and has been making drawings from it. Some of these are transferred to layout paper which she has pinned on to a background of coffee-dyed calico. 

Jane had been experimenting with a bamboo duster that had been washed in her washing machine, ending up as a lacy, delicate fabric. On to this she was laying images of insects, machine-embroidered on to silk hankies, to see how the two could combine. 

Anne Coleman, a former GTA member, came to join us for the Christmas lunch and brought this wonderful painted and drawn zig-zag book she had been working on, which describes all that she sees from her balcony high above the Downs. We loved it!   

Deryll had been doing Kasia's Advent Calendar (see Carol's in previous Post) and these are some of the pages from hers:

She had also remembered a way of making Christmas cards taught in City and Guilds by Mary Youles and brought a sheet of them to show us.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Happy Christmas

Origami Christmas trees. This was our post-lunch activity, instructed by Carol.  So much fun.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

continuing with December

Carol had also been working with shells in an interesting way.

She had been following Kasia's Advent Calendar, a diary with each day's subject dictated by an online prompt.  (  Her pages so far have made a really interesting sketchbook.  

She had helped to make all these poppies for the display at Olveston Church. Busy, busy lady, well done!

Carol and her husband had been together to a glass crafting workshop and had produced these jolly Christmas pieces.

Debby showed us some things she had been teaching at her after-school club.  These were things to make from circles of fabric - simple but effective.

She had made this pretty soft pot

Debby will be tutoring creative stitch courses at Stoke Lodge, BS9 1BN from 14th January.

Monday, 17 December 2018

December, continued

Liz is working with a length of woven fabric which she thinks could be Miao.  It has interesting lines of blue in the weft, and she has found some shells and threads which pick these up perfectly.  No doubt she will create an interesting hanging (or2, or 3?)!

She also showed a strip of African mud cloth which she had printed with leaves.

She showed us a publication which has inspired her book-making:

"The Art of the Fold" by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

December 2018

Kirsten had been making felted Christmas cards, using a tree motif from Kyrgystan.

She had been to a life drawing class and produced a series of charcoal drawings. The one in the centre was looking at the negative space around the figure.

She had also been to a painting class.  These images were produced by applying watered-down paint to dampened paper, resulting in some lovely landscape-y scenes with great possibilities for felted pictures.