Wednesday, 30 October 2013

a frosty chill to the start of the day....

 but now a warm golden sun is shining through the window and the exhibition  from Shire Hall Gallery is all packed away waiting for the next outing. Today is a day for cleaning and putting straight (actually think it may take longer than just one day!) The studio needs sorting fabric is strewn all around and needs folding . Meccano wheels lie scattered over work desk and I am sure someone will get carried away and go skating off somewhere ordered needs to be  returned to the studio before I commence work on the next pieces. To start I am going to unpack a few characters and change my window display I haven't done this for a long time so I feel I need something new. I feel Winter is just beginning , a time of roaring log fires and warm winter woolies , days of sewing and reflection so I am showing some nice cream images of characters all wrapped up warm and lovely embroidered bits I have found......

Sunday, 27 October 2013

charcoal grey clouds scudding across the sky....

as i sit here at he computer pondering the week ahead. Follow the Line to the ha ha and beyond finishes today at Shire hall gallery Stafford. I cant believe six weeks have passed since all my characters went on show to tell their tale. Now most will be coming home whilst some venture out into the world inhabiting new environments. Lush green valley's and urban landscapes will be their new homes , so I have bid a fond farewell and hope they bring a ray of sunshine to peoples lives.
what comes next who knows so watch this space or my facebook page to find out. There is rumours of winter displays and Lost and Found has popped up to hopefully appear at Unit twelve.
So today I thought I might just post a few memorable images of the  characters who came to live in Stafford for a while

me setting up at the photographic studio a favourite image on my facebook page as you get a sense of scale

Friday, 25 October 2013

golden afternoon sun....

streaming through the window and I just thought I would explain my page is looking a bit odd as I am in the process of recreating the heading. Please keep watching this space for updates on daily life and creations being made , stories being told...

a wet autumn day and everything may seem grey...

but leaves sparkle golden yellow, vibrant reds, and deep rich browns. Lola is waiting patiently  and wellies stand to attention at the door. Just a quick note today that Follow the Line to the ha Ha and beyond finishes on Sunday 27th October at Shire Hall Gallery. Characters will be wrapped carefully for their journey home. Some are off on new adventures . to live in lush valley's and hills far away.For all of you who have liked my facebook page you already know this but I just wanted to say thank you for visiting and enjoying my exhibition your support has been much appreciated my characters have had a ball and are just dying to know where they are going next so watch this space...

Monday, 21 October 2013

golden leaves glistening with rain......

what a very wet Monday morning. After a lovely sojourn in Normandie France I am back to start work. Today its a piece for Unit twelve open art exhibition. May have a flavour of France just watch this space! One week and all my little characters will be coming home to roost they have been excellent and entertained lots of people during their stay at Shire Hall Gallery. Just need to sort out where they are going to next .... one or two ideas but again its a case of wait and see.  Oh my the rain has stopped just like that as if someone has turned off the tape , its still pretty glummy and grey definately a day to stay inside and stitch and sew. Thought you might like these photos a lovely lovely card of Mark Hearld this owl sits in my ceramic studio I love the texture and detail he creates it reminds me of my owls so here are photos of the Admiral last February in the snow in the garden.......

 the lovely Mark Hearld's owl card

owl in the snow

almost but not quite finished

Friday, 4 October 2013

puddles and dripping trees dotted this mornings stroll....

however the sun is battling with grey clouds to dry up all the rain!  Thought I would tell you the story of Mr Obediah and the mice today. Mr Obediah was a cat who lived in a beach hut (actually he still does). He spends his time snoozing  and fishing. He fishes for the mice that live underneath his beach hut and uses large lumps of cheese (actually paisley fabric stuffed cheesey triangles). The mice are very cunning and have devised  wheels to make quick gettaways. They are quite dapper mice with smart ties. All in all life is a big game for these characters and all enjoy the thrill of the chase and I promise no one ever gets hurt!!!

out in the garden

the beach hut

 mice on wheels

resisting cheese

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

misty morning

and having returned with damp hair I now sit a with a cup of tea and decided its time to add a new page to my blog. The autumn is drawing in fast and soon it will be time to light the wood burner and snuggle up in front of the warmth. Follow the Line to the Ha Ha is half way through and the party nearly over... what next i hear you say for the characters now attracting much attention. Well a Christmas window display is planned and another Winter wonderland to be created. So those characters remaining with me will be off on other adventures with new people to entertain. I thought as today reminds me of Winter nights that my little blue reindeer would amuse you.

antlers in progress

fabrics being assembled

fur collar tightly tied

close up detail
For those of you who have just found my work the exhibition is on at Shire Hall Gallery until the 27th October