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

coming up for air

Drowning

its been awhile since posting here, have been in total overwhelm…….  day job taken over, new kitchen being fitted in my home, one thousand and one pressing demands just felt I have been drowning !!  I did manage to get away in between this mayhem and get total rest and sunshine with friends in Malta.  But plunged back in the deap ocean again swimming against the tide this week

Coming back up for some air !  Once this project is ready for the launch on 6th June I can breath again and get back to my creative self !!  I am lucky my day job is creative, its been such a huge part of  my life since March, very rewarding but I need to start my own path again soon. Its like there are two of me, one creating environments for people to enjoy and another feeling a little frustrated that she hasnt time to express  a new path…….  It will come, can feel it my bones !!

Here is a piece that I worked on some while back , drowning in the ocean……….(click on image for a larger view)

Monday morning blues, oh dear have those feelings today, of oh no, its cold, drizzling and so much to be done, I just want to stay here in the peace and solitude of home.

Weekend was just not long enough.  I know once i start in a mo, all will be well and tomorrow going to take a look at how the next project is coming along.

But for now the feelings are  here, just had a thought “the blues” ,  my bedroom is blue? hope this is not a knock on effect ?

Blue is a calming colour, promotes tranquility and its also about communication too. So NO, I don’t think my bedroom colour is responsible

here are some image of  blue’s complimentary colour, Yellow, just in case there is any doubt……

 

 

 

 

Blue, blue and blue

this seems to be the colour of choice for me at the moment.  I have just had my bedroom painted Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball…………

Somehwhile back my bedroom was given the once over by a diviner, I dont sleep well and without telling the guy he told me to move my bed around as a negative energy line was running across my bed.  My bedroom is split level, this caused probs as not enough wall, because of a chimney breast , to put my bed against.   So to cut a long story short I have had the chimney breast extended and new fittied in sheliving.  All now Hague Blue.

Its looking good, now I am begginning to put back some of my old furniture as well as choosing some new,  give it a few weeks and I think I will be a happy bunny

Dark blue rooms I love at the moment, here are a few that inspired me

The Calm after the Storm

Home at last, back in the calm of my newly decorated bedroom!  Long story for another time, energy lines, changing bed around, dark blue !!

The last couple of weeks have been away installing a project in the Derbyshire Hills, extremely hectic, exhausting  but in the end quite exhilarating when you look around and see the vision I have been holding for such a long time come to fruition

Such a beautiful area Derbyshire,  this last weekend relaxed a little at the Riverside Hotel in Ashford in the Water, such a picturesque village, with its little stone bridge, church and cottages.

My work, courtesy of Yao photography

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colourful life

Not much time for painting and creating on paper for me of late, although an oil sketch a week or so ago was a wonderful outlet.  Its all interior work, drawing, plans, autocad, should it be stone floor, wood floor, lighting issues and on and on.  Last project

putting finishing touches, soon be able to post some images,  then another huge project in Derybshire to complete in August.  Its a colour filled life at the moment, today full of greens, a beautiful drive through the Peak district, and also blues, love deep blues, magentas, turquoise and green……………….   tomorrow?  cool blue pool, fitting out a spa.

 

 

The trees are still talking to me

my creative journey continues, the forests of trees that hold such abundance.  Somethings calls me when I walk amongst the dancing leaves, the verdant lushness, their vitality and majestic power.

A dear friend posted this beautiful poem, I had forgotten just  how beautiful these words were, a poem I had ready many times a few years back, but had faded in the mists of time…………….

Sleeping in the Forest 

I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

Oh dear I have lost my tail

Up early this morning, resting on my seat with a view.  Spent the whole day working with my shoe images.  Guess unconciously I am drawn to the feet, seeing as I cannot walk far with this cumbersome ” walking plaster” boot thing.  It is very restricting, but then I guess its meant to be.  I am off to hospital after breakfast to have another xray and see if it needs putting in plaster, hoping not.  I managed to persuade them before christmas to give me the boot, they wanted to plaster, so watch this space.

Here is an image I like and this time there is no feet only mermaid tails,  original drawing executed in oil pastels, paint and pencil.  It was inspired by a dream about a mermaid and her tail fell off and could be seen floating down deep into the depths of the sea