an avenue to explore

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IMG_6949Have been experimenting with all the types of air dry clay available over the past week or so.  I had been making jewellery with purchased beads and findings so the natural progression was having a go at making my own.

Hadn’t realised there are so many clays to work with !  thanks to Hilary Bravo’s wonderful tutorials (link HERE) I heard about an Air Dry Paper Mache  Clay called Porzella.  It is very white and smooth to work, it’s very good for making shapes from moulds, but rolling and using it “thin” is a little tricky to handle its wet texture.  This started me on trying other brands, making my own from the numerous recipes on the web.  The other paper clay I have tried is Creative Paperclay in many ways this is easier to work with, stays fairly stable when used thinly, down side is the slightly dirty colour when dry, both are great because when dry they can be sanded, carved  and painted.  Next I tried Cold Porcelain, another air dry type that is much, much smoother, stiffer with a plastic like “feel” when dry, a brand called We Pam was good, it dries really hard and looks almost bone like, a creamy off white translucent colour.  Modena is another brand, this comes in colour too………  I have been making bangles and wanting to use monoprint technique to paint on blue and white china designs.  The Cobalt Modena thought would be ideal, so mixing this in with the white translucent came out ok, all the pieces are small disks, ovals about 90mm.  This product is flexible when dry, made some small spoons and they turned out all bendy, not keen on this.  The white version being translucent did not really work with the blue, so experimented tonight adding white acrylic ink and kneading it in, then mixing with the cobalt, so lets see tomorrow when its dry………..  Oh and I have been using an extruding machine, that is another story ! and its fun !

 

Blue and green, sunshine and flowers

calming, tranquil, peaceful, my third time back in Cephalonia.  One week southwards in Spartia, beautiful countryside, vineyards, monasteries and such friendly people.  Now in the Northern tip of the island, magnificent vistas across to Ithaca and Lefkas, turquoise seas and the bluest of blue skies, forests, shady walks amongst the pines, birdsong around every corner…………

needles and pins

these past weeks my ever enquiring creative mind has been journeying along a sewing path, in fact there are two paths running parallel.

One fairly structured, neatly folded lengths of pure grey merino wool, inky blue linen, oiled and waxed cotton, and an armful of patterns and notions.  All awaiting the alchemy that happens when scissors,  fabric, pins and sewing machine  work their magic.  All courtesy of Merchant and Mills in Rye, they have a great on-line shop but there is nothing like a visit, getting to meet the owners and feeling the cloth in one’s hand………………..

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My other path of threads and fabrics has taken me along the route of  a totally hand stitched product,  repurposed fabrics, frayed edges, hand dying and embroidered embellishments, a lot of this is still in my head and sketches.  I want to create a “cloth” something that speaks about the world I inhabit internally.  A world away from machines, from the world’s hardened edges, a soft yet powerful place where the seeds of creativity are birthed.  These two ladies helped help spring this journey into life

2Judith Hill – spirit cloth