Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Getting down to it!

Today the group of children from St Gerards made a start on their part of the artwork they are creating for the library in Castle Vale.
The project is shared with Topcliffe school and although it will be a single canvas, both schools are attending on different days and choosing different colours and techniques to produce a very original piece of art.
The enthusiastic approach to their art is a pleasure to see and both schools are approaching the joint effort with an attitude of friendly rivalry.
I can't wait to see the finished result. We have two or three more sessions each.Posted by Picasa

Friday, 20 February 2009

Scrumble 1

I just knew I wouldn't know when to stop scrumbling! this was great fun to do and I feel virtuous using up some of the yarn I have been unable to throw away. See, I knew that someday I would need it.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009


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doing a bit of Photoshop, before I forget everything I did before!

part 2

I have kept to my resolve to make something "arty"every day, so here are the latest efforts.

The ATCs are going to be made into a book so I have started adding a paper canvas piece so that I can add a cover and have them all in one place.

The needle felting is slowly becoming a more comfortable technique but still leaves a lot to be desired skill wise.

I am loving the relaxing feeling that a return to knitting and crochet has provided. Prudence Mapstone has an amazing website and flickr page where she introduces a "Scrumble" a week among other amazing stuff. A scrumble is a freeform piece of knitting/crochet which is then added to and added to and added to etc., These are just the bases which I will embellish to death. Have a look at her web page to see what I am aiming for. Go on to look at her flickr page too.

catching up

The box lid shown was made for daughter Jane's birthday yesterday so I can put a photo up without spoiling any surprises. The lid was OK but the box part was anything but! however since it featured family photos and anyway was just to contain the real "pressy" I posted it off to Holland. I could always blame the postal services for it's ramshackle appearance

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

The Library project is well in hand and the children will be making a "proper" start after half-term so for the moment I am having a good time making a start on what I intend to make a monthly habit- making at least one ATC, one drawing and one beading piece. I am very rusty with my drawing it's been a long time since I took it seriously and I need to practice -a lot!

The beading is so much fun. I must say a visit to Karen Cattoire's bead journal project is truly inspirational and C.Karens photos on flickr are mouth watering. Sorry if I am going over the top, but I really like her stuff.

So, coming back down to earth, I am putting a few pics here today.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

be back soon!

I am not going away, its just that I am tied up with other stuff and haven't had time to blog. The local library is sponsoring a piece of art to be done by local schoolchildren and I have been asked to help organise it's production. We really want local people and especially children to feel part of the library. It is a beautiful space, sharing a brand new building with the college and is grossly underused. So, I am pleased to be part of the "spreading of the word" if you will pardon the pun and have been having fun preparing for the first get together of the group tomorrow(weather permitting) The schools in Birmingham have been closed today because of the ice and snow.
Will be reporting on progress and hopefully doing some of my own bits and pieces shortly