Saturday, 24 March 2018

Fabric collages

I've started a series of fabric collages. The first two were based on paintings by Elaine Pamphilon. This is one which I did a couple of years ago and recently rediscovered it.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Autumn leaves

It may be 1st December and officially the start of winter but there are still some lovely colours in the autumn leaves around.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Another birthday card

Another cut paper Birthday card. I used images of flower stems from a garden magazine as inspiration.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Paper cutting

Paper cut card for my daughter's birthday this week. Think it looked better before I cut detail on the flowers. Live & learn!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


The first two pieces of work based on the Bath curse tablets are finished! The first one is 'Rolled and Folded' to represent how the prices of lead were when they were cast into the water. The second piece doesn't have a title yet but is of lettering from one of the tablets.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Paper cutting workshop

I spent the weekend at a paper cutting workshop with Sarah Morpeth at Sue Brown's yard studio in Cheltenham. First we practised cutting random shapes then we made simple book structures to cut into. (I did one on white paper with a watery theme & the other on black paper of a night flying owl). On Sunday we created more complicated paper cut books. They had multiple pages and we were able to incorporate flying birds, bees or butterflies on wires. Mine is 'Cat among the pigeons' - it's a bit hard to photograph. Other people did flowers, flames, canna lilies etc that were coloured with gouache or air brushed. One person made her book out of an old map.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Still life

At the drawing class the other day we were doing a still life, looking in particular at the ellipses of the crockery. We had to set up construction lines to help us get more even shapes and draw all the object outlines one over the other. After doing several pencil drawings I decided to try it in fabric & stitch using the scraps that I'd taken with me that day. I did the construction lines in a thin sewing thread & the outlines of the objects in a thicker thread. Each object had its own scrap of fabric & these were layered up.
Whilst with a pencil drawing you can go over & over the rounded shapes and then thicken up on the line you want it's much harder in hand stitch. To just cast yourself off out into the expanse of cloth is quite daunting! Yes, I know I could have unpicked lines & restitched them but I didn't want to do that. It was an interesting exercise.