Friday, 21 February 2014

Rolling Landscapes

Last week and this week I have been continuing work on one of my little rolling landscapes which, over the past year, have proved very popular. These landscapes have been inspired by my love of the English countryside - photographs I have taken while out walking and two old books I found at different times in second-hand book shops. The first one is Shropshire Hills by H.W. Timperley (1890 to 1964) - I just love the way he describes his walks, I get such a feeling of peace and solitude, he observes everything from birds, flowers, field patterns, trees, hedgerows and the weather. The second is The Village Homes of England by Sydney R. Jones (1881 to 1966) - it is his beautiful black and white illustrations of old cottages that I like. I am so pleased that I have discovered this writer and this illustrator. However, when looking at my rolling landscapes you soon realise you are looking at a North Essex landscape because of the lack of hills!
The first image below shows the rolling landscape that I am working on at the moment and which is incomplete. The next stage is to make the spool that the landscape will be mounted on and after that I will make the flowers that will stand in the centre of the spool.  I usually start each landscape with a piece of scrunched and printed paper as if it is part of a page from a letter, perhaps someone telling of a lovely walk they have taken. Once I have laid out the collaged fabrics and papers I tack it all together and then I embroider the landscape details. This is the twelfth one that I have made and another one is at the collage stage.

The second image is of one of a pair of rolling landscapes I finished in January and which will be in an exhibition at the Knitting & Stitching Show this year, 2014.  As a member of East Anglia Stitch Textiles (EAST) - - I will be exhibiting work with them in our new exhibition called "Between the Lines".

Thursday, 6 February 2014


So here goes with my first blog.
I thought I would start by saying that I usually take a break from textiles in January to just start to muse over new ideas but this time I have also managed to get my blog set up! And one thing I was very clear about was what image I wanted at the top of my blog which is a photograph I took of some flowers I made. These flowers are in a pot that is made from collaged fabrics, some I have dyed some are commercial fabrics, paper and embroidery. This happy little pot and flowers which stands in my kitchen never fails to cheer me up on those dreary, wet and windy days. And for me I suppose that is what textiles are about - to bring or give someone an emotional lift.

Below is a picture of a framed fabric collage from a collection I created last year which also hangs in my kitchen and which reminds me of the view across the fields to our local church as you walk or drive into the village, a landscape I hope that does not change.

On the subject of inspiration, I note that this month a new exhibition starts at the Kettles Yard Gallery in Cambridge - Art and Life 1920 to 1931 about the work of painters Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and potter William Staite Murray. I am really looking forward to going and seeing this exhibition to trigger some new ideas.