Thursday, 12 November 2015

More of the Paris project

Another long gap between posts but at last the time to post.
There are a number of what are known as 'ponds' around the pyramids outside the Louvre in Paris.  They have now become cracked and damaged and are now,  I understand, undergoing renovations. I took photographs of the tiled floor and through the water they were a lovely range of pastel blues, greens and yellows.

I took two slightly different photographs of these tiles and they inspired me to create two large painted and stitched panels.


One of my favourite buildings in Paris is the Grand Arch at La Défence.  It has many windows with lots of reflections in them.

I wanted to interpret this in some way and came up with the idea of having different iconic places in Paris in each of the windows. The windows were replicated in the sides and lid of a box.

The images in the windows were printed on clear acetate.  The cross members of the windows were made from button hole bars.
After creating the oak leaf vessel and bag tag, I continued with the oak leaf theme and made an oak leaf tassel. I made three oak leaves from pelmet vilene for the header of the tassel.

While I was on with making tassels, I decided to make an Eiffel Tower tassel using the same method.
The tower is decked out with lights for  nightly light show so I used beads down the joins to represent this.
Following the theme of iconic places in Paris, I printed more of them on the acetate sheets and used them on the flap of a hand bag.

The body of the bag was dark green acrylic velvet.  Not easy to work with and so very messy.  Bits everywhere!! However, it looks nice.
I have already used the Arab Institute building as inspiration for a number of pieces and this wall of tiles was used again to create another piece.
I used a distortion filter on this image of the tiles.
To create the fabric I used a mono printing method.  I spread a mixture of gold paints over a sheet of teflon and using my finger created the scrolls.  I pressed the fabric onto this paint to print it onto the fabric.  I added the black swirls with a brush.  The resulting fabric was made up into a purse and I used a swirly design to quilt the fabric.

Finally, from another iconic structure, the Moretti tower in La Defence, I created a panel.
The tower is very colourful with painted tubes of colour. Again, I applied a distortion filter to create a pattern.
I couched coloured yarns as close as possible to the colour of the tower and the design.
Well, that's it for this post.  Hopefully it won't be so long to the next one.
Cheers to everyone who visits.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Successful exhibition and workshop then back to Paris

My exhibition at the Scottish textile museum in Hawick, Scotland seems to be very successful with lots of positive feedback. I was very pleased with the way the pieces had been displayed. A lovely job.

The workshop too was very successful with everyone enjoying trying new things and some right out of their comfort zone.

The will be another workshop at the end of August.  I hope it will be as successful as this last one.

Back to my Paris project now.

On either side of the gates to the Tuileries garden which leads to the Louvre, are two towers which are decorated with oak leaves and acorns.


I used the design of the oak leave for a couple of pieces.


First I had to make a pattern.


As the original was a tower I decided to make a round  vessel. I used pelmet Vilene as the base material, painted it, added a mesh then using the traced pattern machined the acorns.  Once the machining was complete, I painted the leaves and acorns. The top edge was cut and the Vilene rolled and a base stitched to it.



I also made a bag tag of a single oak leaf.


The aperture metal windows of the Arab centre inspired a bracelet made from faux silver leather.


There are a lot of tiny silver beds on the centre of the star.

The internal tiled wall inspires another bracelet.


The architecture of La Défence inspired many pieces.  This wall of windows was first changed with a colour filter and then distorted.




This is the resulting art quilt.  I created a pattern and then traced it onto white calico.  I really enjoyed painting this piece before it was free machined.

Still in La Défence, the wonderful structure of the Grand Arch inspired this art quilt.



And that is it for now.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Jewellery, books and purses

Time for another post.

There will be only three pieces from my Paris project this time.  One is of the jewellery I created using part of the image of the American embassy door panel.  I used the technique of printing onto transfer printer paper for dark colours and then applying this to navy blue felt.  The pieces were then hand stitched and beaded. There is a bracelet, a necklace and a pair of earrings.


The second Paris piece is also an example of the pocket booklets that I will be  teaching in my workshop at the Scottish textile museum in Hawick, Scotland in July.  I hope to cover a number of different techniques one of which can be used for decoration on the front of the booklet.  I have chosen to use the fluer de lis design to create the embossed metal shim motif for the front of this booklet.


At the end of August, I will be teaching another workshop and this time we will be making purses.  I have already made a number of samples to help the students create their own.
We will be recycling fabric stripped from skirts and dresses no longer in use.  We will be over-dying, stamping, stencilling, quilting etc.  The following images are all the little purses I made.
The first one was created to fit into my Paris project.  It uses the stencils I made of the Paris text and the Eiffel tower.


The next one - over-dyed fabric from a skirt then quilted.


Over dyed fabric from an unused pillow case which was then stamped and hand embroidered.


Recycled over dyed fabric from a skirt then free machine quilted picking out the design of the original fabric.


This was one a long thin silk scarf. It was quilted and gold braid added.



Dyed pelmet vilene with bits of metallic sheer under a black sheer fabric which was then decorated with lines of machine patterns.

This next purse began as a 'mop up' wet wipe.

The last purse was another mop up.

As you can see, I have used a number of different mixed media techniques, all simple but effective.
I have already sent a selection of textile pieces which have been displayed to advertise the exhibition starting in July and runs through until September.  Fingers crossed it will all be successful.
Cheers for now

Friday, 22 May 2015

More of my Paris project and some art panels

Another long lapse in my blogging. Lots of excuses but I won't bore you with them.  

I have been, however, completing lots of textile pieces for my Paris project.  In fact, rather a lot with many waiting to be photographed. They have been in dispersed with other work.  

The last of the refurbishments were completed in January with a beautiful new patio and terracing down to the pond.  We have also managed to do the replanting which I hope will be completed tomorrow - weather permitting - when we errect the hanging basket pole and hang the newly planted baskets.  

The other distraction from the Paris project is my forthcoming exhibition at the Scottish Textile Museum in Hawick, Scotland.  This will take place between July and September.  I will also be giving two workshops during that time.  I have been busy dealing with the choice of pieces to be exhibited and making samples and preparing information for the two workshops. 

That being said, on with this blog.  

My first piece is a booklet.  It used the distorted text of the name Paris.
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The booklet is made using pelmet Vilene and the distorted Paris text is cut from the same Vilene and glued in place.  The whole booklet was then dyed and painted with purple and crimson metallic paint.  

Paris bag tags

Next is a collection of Paris bag tags using various different techniques.  Most of you will recognise the techniques from the images.

Cut out and mounted motifs, stencilled motifs, embossing powders, metallic transfer paper, stamping, printed transfer paper and canvass stitching - can you see which is which?  

The next piece was inspired by the fabulous sculpture of a blue head which was outside one of the office blocks in La Défence in Paris. It is huge and very impressive.  It took a while to decide on how to interpret this piece.  I eventually decided on using a goldwork technique.

Blue head sculpture

 I stitched a pattern of the head onto blue fabric and then couched the gold Japanese thread using blue thread. The main defining lines were couched using blue cord.

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The next piece used the central flower design of the carved squares on the Arc de Triumph.


 I used the traditional canvaswork technique to make a clover for a book.  I kept to the colour palette of the carved panel as much as possible.

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Bk Ark de triumph motif stamped on evenweave book
I created a second book cover using the same flower design. This time I made a stamp from funky foam and stamped the design onto an even weave fabric. I hand stitched some defining lines on the stamped motifs.  I sponged the surrounding area with white paint and then hand stitched cross stitches over this area.  I hand stitched a border of leaves as per the carved square.  

I stamped more white paint motifs on the inside of the pelmet Vilene lining.

Bk Ark de Triumph stamped book inside

I created some pieces which were not for the Paris project.  I have a beautiful new conservatory and wanted a couple of textile pieces for one of the walls. The first one was an abstract piece based on squares.  I used many different  open weave mediums such as canvas, scrim and mesh.  They were glued onto a canvas fabric in a design then painted and highlighted with gilding wax.  It is 50x50cm in size.

Abstract squares panel

                                                 There was a circle to contrast the design.  

The final piece was stretched over a box frame. The second piece was one that I had been intending to make for some time and this was the perfect place for it. Some years ago on a visit to Thorpe Perrow arboretum, I took an image up through the branches of a horsechestnut tree of some leaves which were back lit by the sun. In the computer, I applied a special effect which gave me the design I used for this piece.  It was printed onto fabric then sandwiched up for free art quilting. Once the stitching was completed, I added some sponged highlighting in gold.  The final piece was stretched over a box frame. The piece is 50x50cm in size.

Horsechestnut skeleton leaves
Before I tackled this larger piece, I made a small test piece - something I do not usually do.


The difference in colour is down to the photography conditions.  They should both look the same.  
Well, this is it for this post.  
Hopefully it will not be as long to the next one.  
Until then, cheers everyone.