here. Hope you will go and have a look,
My offering is a very simple tag, - a cut out house from a piece of painted paper ( paper used to take the excess paint off a brayer), a cut out bit of scenery from a magazine, and of course, a cut out heart shape. The background is an old book page, with a little bit of coloured pencil shading. Then I traced around the outlines with black felt tipped pen.
The time taken to make a tag like this is between 15-30 minutes, depending on if you can find the bits and pieces you need quickly or not!
" Home is where the heart is" - a reminder to "have a heart " - be kind to someone today!
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
|Fabric printed with the wood block...|
Friday, January 12, 2018
I have also recently become a fan of reverse applique so I knew I wanted to incorporate that as well as develop the layering and stitching approach we took in Anne Kelly's workshop. I used only one of the blocks - the flower for this set of books, but added one other feature on each - bees, birds, or butterflies.
The background is an old , recycled cotton table cloth with a stamped, unworked embrodiery pattern), cut into three for each of the books. All books include bits of applique from an old patterned cushion with a sunflower pattern, embroidery, photo transfers on silk and organza, stitched tea bag motifs under a layer of tea dyed silk organza.
Most people who have seen these fabric books have remarked that it so unlike my previous work, and although it has been a "diversion", I really enjoyed using my sewing machine a little more creatively
Monday, January 1, 2018
Happy New Year to all! I hope that this year will be a bright, positive, happy and brilliant time for all my family and friends.
To celebrate a new year, this art tag remembers the past with some torn paper and an old broken zip which is opened to reveal a colourful and sparkling future year, in the form of cut paper and glitter stars. I included snippets of a colour which trendsetters are calling this year, "ultraviolet"
Pantone describes ultra violet as a “provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that embodies individuality and spirituality. According to the company, it alludes to the mysteries of the cosmos and the unknown.
Laurie Pressman, vice-president of the Pantone Colour Institute, said: “The Pantone colour of the year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” ( The Guardian)
Perhaps this is true when you consider that the classical Chinese associated 'purple' with spiritual awareness, balance and harmony - the world certainly needs a good dose of that! Of course, interpretations vary with culture - in European tradition, purple represented royalty, extravagance and later, it has been recognised as a colour symbolising mourning.
Regardless of the symbolism, I don't think I will be setting any trends this year as I do not have "ultraviolet" in my wardrobe. Perhaps I should have paid more attention this morning when I dressed. I have just read:
In some South American countries wearing colored underwear will determine your fate for the new year. Red underwear means you’ll find love. Gold means wealth, and white signifies peace.( 25 Strangest New year Traditions Around the World)