Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Finding a direction

I'm adrift at the moment. Having finished my C&G I feel all at sea, I need to find direction in which to sail. I'm delighted to report that my final quilt went down very well with my tutor - Linda Kemshall, and got full marks across the board, which is very pleasing. Now I'm going to let myself indulge in a few whims which have had to wait while I concentrated on my course work, but I don't want to drift about aimlessly.  I have said I will contribute to a local exhibition in September and aim to have some textile pieces ready for then. That's a good start as it will be my first as a textile artist, and there is plenty of time at the moment!!!

Meanwhile I have a few odds and ends to share with you. Firstly I had an urge to create a rag doll.  My sister and I made a doll we called Betty when we were really too old for dolls, she became an mascot and had all sorts of adventures. Betty was about six or seven inches tall, made from an old pillow slip, and had short, black wool hair.  My current version is rather more elongated and whimsical, and I have three in progress.

One thing I have learned is how tricky it is to make something like this of decent quality. These may just languish on a shelf unless someone offers them a home.

When I first tried some rust dyed fabric, I had to scrape together a few suitable pieces of old iron wear, but in the back of my mind I remember some old drill bits and so on that my Dad had given us when he moved.  A search made me think we'd thrown them out, but when MrT gave the greenhouse its spring clean they turned up.  It has taken me till now to give them a go.

 I re-wrapped everything after leaving it overnight and left it for a few more hours.

The Surform plane blade and the chunky drill bits have created some interesting marks.

Meanwhile the beautiful weekend meant a spot of gardening...

 and a spot of sketchbook monoprinting...

Chilly and drizzly here today, although it is brightening up a bit, no, now it's raining again!
I hope you have a bright week,


ju-north said...

Enjoy the luxury of no deadlines to meet and just having a play! Make the most of the sun!

marigold jam said...

How lovely to have completed the course and to be free to do whatever you fancy though it will perhaps be difficult to knuckle down now that there is no course tutor breathing down your neck! So glad your quilt received the recognition it deserved. Love the little dolls and surely even if not perfectly made they will have a certain naive charm I am sure they would be snapped up if you put them in your Etsy shop.

Thanks for your comment on my recent post - how interesting to hear that your sister had a similar experience when visiting your grandparents' home in Norfolk. Glad to see that Marvin is helping with the gardening and looking well.

Ali H said...

Hi I know what you mean about feeling adrift at the end of a course - I felt the same after my OU degree many years ago. You are so used to having course work all the free hours seem very strange! Your dolls look very cute - hope someone steps in to adopt them! Rust effect fasinating too!

Anna said...

Well done with your quilt, it was lovely. It's always a bit flat after completing a course, but good to have time to potter a bit. Enjoy this time of no pressur!e

Printed Material said...

You didn't hang about! I've only just read the post about you finishing the quilt and you're already trying out new things. I think you will move seamlessly into other things because having to make and create is in your DNA now. I love the monoprinting by the way; done on your gelli plate? Wherever you find the inspiration, keep sharing!

menopausalmusing said...

Popping in to see what you are up to and spotting that Marv again! (You know how much I like to see him).
Loving the rust work and remembering how it was the rust postcard in our swap that seemed to cause me so much head scratching!

Finishing a course can kind of leave an anti climax and so much freedom that it is quite disconcerting. However, I am sure you will find your way and come back to show us what you are up to Jill.

Maggi said...

It will take you a while to get into a routine of your own where you can create purposefully. Lovely rusty pieces.