Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Another postcard from my vacation


This is again, stitched on pelmet vilene after being painted with koh-i-noor dye colours. As I was back home before finishing this off I added in some extra sequins and beads - which I have plenty off after splurging when making the metal thread shoes a few months back.

I chose the postcard theme from one of the pages of my sketchbook which I did when in Italy. In fact, this is one of the reasons my blogging has been a little sparse of late - I have been mainly burbling, scribbling and sploshing paint in my little travel sketchbook. I have completed at least a page a day since the end of April. I have slowed down college work as I decided before going to Italy not to bother trying to get my panel/hanging done for the end of term exhibition. Nobody else will have so why tear myself to pieces trying to?

9th June 2007

That said, I do have to get the hanging done sometime as well as get some of my finished work mounted or patted into some form of display worthy format.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Back from my holidays


I am now back from my holiday in Tuscany. Trouble is I now feel as though I need another break just to recover! Unfortunately this is going to be tricky as I have had a mountain of washing to climb as well as my usual college work and full time job. I took my sketchbook with me and I may post a few extracts here. The picture above is one of a couple of fabric postcards I started on the journey.

My friend C suggested pelmet vilene as a possible postcard background - stiff so that it did not require hooping but still stitchable. So the night before my departure (in between wiping my nose and feeling awful) I cut some 6x4 pieces of pelmet vilene and packed them along with a selection of stranded embroidery cotton taking extra white incase I needed to "dye" some on my travels. My pencil case just about takes my koh-i-noor dye palette and my water brush pens as well as the usual sketch pens and pencils. At the last minute I slipped in my water colour palette block too.

The pattern and colours were inspired by a poster of a pottery exhibtion happening in Rome. I think it was Etruscan or inspired by - my Italian really isn't up to much. The red is an improbable colour as it is only in modern times the a real red ceramic glaze has been developed. Majolica ware mainly relied on shades of blues, greens, browns and some yellow.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Postcard from Tuscany

Postcard from Tuscany

Definitely got a room with a view. San Gimignano is in the distance. We have already been here as well as the last night of the Montespertoli wine festival.

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