Saturday, 1 April 2017

Walks with my Sister

The theme of the book I started and have been working on during March is "Walks with my Sister".  For several years now I have enjoyed walking with friends along the country footpaths and bridleways of Essex and Suffolk and since November 2016 my sister has joined me on several of these walks.  We now regularly walk on a Tuesday and so I thought I would start a book to record the walks we have done along with photographs I have taken.

The cover is a collage of fabrics - the photograph of us as children is printed on organza overlaid onto a page from a dress making book, the little row of houses is from one of my landscapes, again, printed onto cotton, the tree is printed onto sari ribbon and the spotty and stripped fabrics scraps from my stash of fabrics.  The vintage cutwork border that I have used for the spine comes from Rose Hip and together with some hand embroidery and some words print onto organza make up the front and back cover.


On opening the cover I have placed a picture of myself taking a photograph - like my mother, I seem to be the one who has always been behind the camera.


The first walk we did together was quite short - around Marks Hall wood and footpath that are outside the gardens and arboretum.  We did this several times and is a good one to do when conditions are a bit muddy underfoot.   The map and description are printed onto fabric and are sewn into the book.


This is a photograph of my sister and opposite is a description, printed onto organza, of our second walk in Castle Hedingham which, again, is a good one to do in the winter.


These two pages show the map of the walk in Castle Hedingham printed onto cotton and opposite a picture I had been saving that I had cut out of a newspaper.  Thought it was just right.  


This is all I have done on the book so far as I have run out of fabrics to print on but a trip to Art Van Go next week will solve the problem.  We have done several more walks since including, Chalkney Woods and Great Tey, Great Bardfield and Finchingfield, Stoke-by-Nayland and Polstead and lots more are planned.