Thursday, July 30, 2009

Long time - no post!

Well I am just surfacing from my first week of the school holidays. Why is the weather so crap!

I thought I ought to touch base before we go on our Summer break to Cornwall. I am hoping to visit the Home Spun Fair - and let's hope the sun does manage to break through.

I think I've mentioned that Up-Front are currently doing an Altered Book challenge (which will hopefully be on show at The Small Gallery, Hereford in November/December). So I thought I'd share the latest book I've been working on. The theme was The Sea - and - with the holiday in mind - I chose to focus on bathing belles at the Beach. Probably wishful thinking!
I've also been experimenting with making a 3D fairy. She's coming along slowly and I'll publish photos shortly.
So, for everyone who's taking part in the Home Spun fair - good luck and hopefully see you there!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Finished Article(s)

I thought I would upload the full set (so far) of "Washerwomen" that will be travelling up to Derby later in the month. Just got a bit of framing to do and then I'm all set for The Beetroot Tree! Hurrah!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Up-Front Exhibition, Derby

I have been busy working on new work for Up-Front's next exhibition. This will be at The Beetroot Tree in Derby from 25th July running until 6th September. The bras will be on show but this Exhibition will also include new work that the girls have been working hard on. We had our last meeting before the Summer on Wednesday and everyone's work looks stunning. I thought I would give you a sneak preview of my new work.

It is called "White Collar Work" and was inspired by finding men's detachable collars at a Flea Market earlier this year. I researched the history of the collars and this led me to look at laundry practices in our Grandmother's era. Whilst researching I came across a very old rhyme which goes:-
They that wash on Monday, have all the week to dry;
They that wash on Tuesday, are not so much awry;
They that wash on Wednesday, are not so much to blame;
They that wash on Thursday, wash for shame;
They that wash on Friday, wash in need
And they that wash on Saturday, Oh they are sluts indeed!

So this was the base for my White Collar Work.

It also led to my work with the Pegs - see the banner at the top of the page and I have
developed these into little characters. These are a work in progress but will also be on show at The Beetroot Tree.

So if you are in the Derby area please do pop in and see the Exhibition!