Sunday, 27 February 2011

Thinking time

It is Sunday again and I really wanted to compose another post, but it has been an odd week. I guess it is spring in the air, the ending of one season and the beginning of the next, although I am sure winter has not finished with us yet.  So why has it been a strange week?  Firstly it has been a time of finishing.  I have completed my Daffodil book. Although I know many of you have seen pictures of it before, here it is finished.

front
back
inside

details

I am also coming to the end of my third Art Journal.


I have been looking through the pages, seeing how far I have come on my creative journey.  My March calendar page is in my new journal - I will share that later.  
Staring a new journal has got me thinking about where will I go next on my creative journey. I am looking forward to my second Machine Embroidery Workshop on Tuesday and a am realising the potential of working with textiles. I am torn between continuing to flit between one new idea and the next and consolidating what I do.  I have been thinking about taking another OCA course, this time on textiles. But is is very expensive if you are not 100% sure the course is what you want .  I do want to be able to take my ideas to more depth.  To this ends I have ordered a couple of books and I have been trawling the internet so I might write myself a 'creative syllabus'. It is something I did  for my pupils when I was teaching. I just need to identify some goals for myself - easier said than done!  And of course I shall have to have the will power to see it through.  In a few weeks, the urge will probably have passed, which is where committing quite a few hundreds of pounds on a course acts as a real incentive! There is nothing offered at local colleges except the usual foundation courses, which would be lovely in different circumstances.  I need something I can keep control of.  If anyone has any ideas or can refer me to helpful books/websites I would be grateful. 

Meanwhile here is a page in my 'Honesty' book, which I have decided to fill myself.


I made a 'parchment sandwich' to look like a translucent honesty seed head which I stuck between a hole cut in a couple of pages.  It needs a bit more work on the page, but I think you get the idea.

This week I also went to see Matthew Bourne's ballet Cinderella at Milton Keynes with a friend. 




It was stunning, so if you have tickets, you are in for a treat.

Have a good week, and 'see' you soon!

Jill

16 comments:

PaulineC said...

Your book is fabulous. It reminds me of the work of Frances Pickering.I don't know if you have seen her work. She makes wonderful books. I have been on a couple of her residential workshops and loved every minute of them. She has a website http://www.frannyp.co.uk/ if you are interested.

Clare Wassermann said...

I think it is great to do Jude Hill's workshops (Spirit Cloth) - they really get your juices flowing! They are online....

flutterbycrafter said...

Both the daffodil and honesty books are fantastic work, you are so talented, hope you find the perfect course for your talents. xx

JP said...

your work is lovely - why don't you look on Linda Kemshall's site - Design Matters - they do various on line Courses which are modular so you don't pay out lots up front - you might find something you fancy - good luck

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Your Daffodill book is stunning and I shall look forward to seing how the Honesty book deveops. What about your local Embroiderers Guild branch, they might be able to tell you where to find the type of course you want.

webb said...

Wish I had something to contribute. Am constantly blown away with your creativity.

Sandra Hall said...

Jill, your daffodil book is just stunning, such detail :) Thank you for sharing your 'tussle' with us about what you are thinking of doing... your talents are so wonderfully unique... I do hope you take the plunge and do the course, I'm sure it will stretch you further - although I appreciate its a big commitment - both in time and expense. But I guess you have to weigh all these things with what you actually want to accomplish.... good luck with whatever you decide :)

marigold jam said...

I think your textile work is stunning and innovative and I do hope that you will continue to explore that atea of your art but of course I am biased being a textile girl(?!) myself. I know what you mean about sticking to one discipline and following it through or going off in all sorts of directions and being as talented as you are it must be difficult for you to decide which road to follow.. Looking forward to seeing more of your work whatever it is!

Jane x

Menopausal musing said...

I am a "head off in all directions" type of gal, so am in no place to give advice! Loving seeing your work, especially that photo of the journals all together. A lovely record, as is your blog Jill.

Chrissie said...

I love the Honesty seedheads. Hope you manage to track down a suitable course to fit your aims.

arts4all said...

The daffodil book is like spring sunshine you can hold in your hand - well done!!

I'm at a paper vs. fabric impasse myself right now, so have an inkling of how you may feel. Even when a person is fairly self-disciplined, it is so tempting to want to try everything...... Best of luck in your quest for what to do.

harmony and rosie said...

Am just getting myself up to date with your creativity Jill. Your hard work has paid off, the flower books are stunning, the detail is breathtaking and I do admire your get up and go, I am sure you will hit on the right course once you have thought it through. In the meantime I look forward to seeing the next chapter!

Heloise said...

The daffodil book is stunning. Wonderful stitching and beautifully coloured pages.

Good luck with deciding which route to take with your textile work. There are many good one day courses.

Emma said...

Lovely seeing your daff & honesty again, beautiful stitching.

I solve the problem of which direction to go by giving each one a turn - I do end up in a spin sometimes! Paper v cloth? Stitch them together! I miss one day workshops, there aren't so many up here or so many people to partake in them - I got so much from Inca Studios & Rainbow Silks when I was 'down south'. You are so near Art Van Go, too!!!!

Working with like minded people you get such a buzz, do you get the same from a long distance or online class? As I think I said at the beginning of the year , I'm working (willy nilly!) thru all the wonderful books & mags in my collection, following or making my own workshops & making a body of work out of it for September. There must be a lifetime of work in those books! I'm loving it so far ;)

Fancy being comapred to Frances Pickering, lucky you...now there's a direction !

karen said...

your book is beautiful Jill, as for courses i would recommend Jude Hill (spirit Cloth) and also Amelia, (link on my blog) who does experimental art course online.

Eileen said...

Your honesty book looks wonderful Jill. I am glad that you decided to do it yourself: I don't think anyone else could make so much of it.

Best of luck on your creative learning journey: I look forward to following along with you.