I went to Aunt Elsie's Christmas Do in Reading on Saturday.There was a marquee filled with stalls selling products by local artists and makers, mulled cider and a great atmosphere. It was run by The Jelly Legg'd Chicken, know as Jelly , which you can find at:- http://jelly.org.uk/ for information about local artists and makers and forthcoming events, art classes and workshops.
Monday, 9 December 2013
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
The theme for Tag Tuesday this week is Angels.
For my tag this week I have taken inspiration from the early Italian Renaissance painters of the 13th and 14th centuries. I have spent a lot of time looking at the way they painted angels in their religious scenes. I chose to use this image by Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro) who lived from c.1395-1455, and was described by the great Italian writer Vasari in his the Lives of Artists as having "a rare and perfect talent"
I used an old Christmas card with the image of Fra Angelico's painting Annunciating Angel
and photocopied it onto fabric.The angel was then embellished with gold pens and embossing powder and collaged onto a halo ( from another old Christmas card) . The angel's wings were made from Angelina fibre. The whole angel was mounted onto a gelli printed background which was stamped with stars and embossed .
Monday, 2 December 2013
Here are some photos taken from Wallingford Castle. The ruins of this mediaeval castle give a great vantage point over Wallingford and the surrounding area. The River Thames is visible below, and on a clear day you can see for miles.
Always on the look out for texture, I loved the stone carved archway.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Although it is the end of November, here in Berkshire the weather feels quite mild, especially when the sun is shining. I decided to take advantage of this, and enjoyed a pleasant walk in the sunshine.
The Old Man's Beard I found was looking very luxurious.
There are still a lot of leaves left on the trees, with beautiful coppery and golden colours.
These ivy leaves were nestling under a tree. I liked the contrast between the fallen leaves and the green of the ivy.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
This week the theme for Tag Tuesday is Black and White
The first thing that came into my head for Black and White was to do an Art Deco Tag, as this movement used a lot of black and white. I chose the Chrysler Building as it is an iconic symbol of Art Deco. I love the shape of this New York building, built in 1928-1931, and the fact that it was made to look like a car radiator in honour of the Chrysler company is just the sort of quirky fact that appeals to me. When I visited New York, I found myself constantly looking out for the distinctive shape of this beautiful building.
For my tag I have made a collage from newspaper (a Greek one, brought back by my husband who travels a lot and obligingly brings me back useful things for my art work!). I have also used black paper, white card and fine liner pens. The edging is made from braid and ribbon.
Monday, 25 November 2013
Yesterday I went to a Christmas Fair, which was held by Caversham Artists. I have blogged about this group of local artists before, and if you follow the link you can find out more about them. It is always nice to meet local people who spend their time creating beautiful pieces in their studios and homes. There was a variety of wares on sale, paintings, ceramics, stained glass, textiles, photography, prints, jewellery and hand made soaps. It was a good opportunity to see their current work and to buy a few bits and pieces, as well as to catch up with friends who live in the neighbourhood, over a cup of tea, and home made cake.
Friday, 22 November 2013
I am pleased to announce the opening of my Etsy shop! It is called TextureTrail and you can follow the link here.
I will be selling hand crafted and hand embroidered goods, all original pieces, which I have made.
Here are some close ups of my embroideries.
Go ahead and visit my shop! Tell your friends!
I would be very interested to have your feedback.