Thursday, 29 September 2016

Another Shed

DH and I have had a couple of nights away in Devon so that we could visit his Aunt who is in her 90's. We took in Wells Cathedral on the way down and RHS Rosemoor on the way back where I found this delightful shed in the vegetable and fruit garden.  It may appear in my Travelling Journal before too long I think.

Monday, 19 September 2016

More h-Art

As we had arranged to go out on Sunday and pick up a Fox metal sculpture for a friend we also fitted in one or two more h-Art venues.  Green Cow Collective was excellent and loved the print work by Megan Evans using rubbish she had picked up on her travels. We then went to Ralph Court Gardens.  I do not think I have ever been to such a 'Bonkers' place in all my life. There were lots of water features and themed areas - Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, a Pirate Ship, Medusa ... say no more

It was quite refreshing then after this to see the work in Bromyard at The Chapel, particularly the pieces by Jane Tudge who incorporates wax into her work.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Bottoms Up!!

View on the inside

Whilst out visiting several h-Art venues decided to spend the afternoon at the Water Mill Garden near Pembridge on Saturday afternoon - I know it is not h-Art!! The garden has several weird and wonderful follies built in it - of which this is one.  They must have had to drink an awful lot of wine to achieve the number of bottles required for this igloo like building.  Apparently it is transformed inside when the sunshines. There is also a tower which spouts water from a gargoyle and an enormous cuckoo clock complete with an enormous cuckoo.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

h-Art is here again

I popped to Ledbury this morning as DH decided he really needed to go to work (yet again) on a Saturday morning!! I caught the EG exhibition at the Weaver's Gallery, Angie Hughes & Jeanette McCulloch, a whizz around Healey Art & Home and Book Arts at the Master's House.  On the way home I popped along to visit Red Pepper Arts at the Colwall Ale House where I also had a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake. It did not matter that it was a horrible wet morning.

I got a lovely surprise when I saw that one of my friends had completed her second piece of work from the TSG Summer School and it was on display. Also loved the butterfly display by Venture 2. Well done girls. The added bonus was I bumped into another friend and her husband which was a lovely surprise.

Thursday, 8 September 2016


A few years ago I went to a textile exhibition in Otley Jail and took some photographs at the time which I have never done anything with.  This is one of them.  It was either a roof light, or more likely, a grid in the floor in the corridor. The dashed lines in the metalwork just shout out for nice chunky running stitches!!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Anyone Remember Scratch?

I was busily deleting some old photographs from my hard drive when I came across this picture of a piece of work done by one of the members of Harrogate Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild (Sue H) when we collaborated with the Mercer Art Gallery and the Pump Room Museum.  He was called 'Scratch the Cat' for some reason.  He was greatly admired by all who visited our exhibition of work.

I have been having a strange week or so doing a few jobs that need catching up on and making books for an exhibition that Cut Fold Bind are having at Number 8 Gallery in Pershore 15 September - 26 October.

This jolly little rabbit was a small linocut I made yesterday to go in the front of one of my books. I am afraid it was not entirely my own design. It was taken from some craft paper I bought of an Escher type print produced by Cambridge Imprint which I had bought to use for bookbinding.

The background was just a piece of A3 typing paper that I had stencilled with acrylic paint.

This is the original paper of ducks.  I did not notice the rabbit until I had stuck it onto my bookcovers.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Up The Garden Path

Earlier this week I finished the edging of the path along the side of the house.  (Don't look too close as some of it looks a bit bent, but I think it is the boards and not my handiwork?) It should have boards along the left hand side too but I am worn out!! Also rapidly running out of space for the soil I have excavated.

Today I have returned to the bit at the front and am digging it deeper and breaking up a pile of old bricks to use as a sub base.  It solves two problems 1. What to do with a load of soft old bricks that had been buried under soil in the garden for years; and 2. It will provide a nice firm base for the membrane and gravel when I get round to adding it.