creativity

Weekly Photo Challenge – Orange? Am I glad?

Spring, well, this early, is not a good time for orange in the garden. However I do happen to have been dyeing in the garden today – and here are the freshly rinsed fabrics. Orange, green and ….. well, you can see them here.

Full details of the challenge can be found here and one from Just Snaps is here

 

Another little glimpse

Gently does it!

Unfolding a little at a time. Here is another little glimpse into the dramatic news that was unfolding.

I’m currently involved in a little ‘newspaper’ project of my own – painting and tearing today’s paper for a type of journal page. I’m documenting the journey here. Nothing as dramatic as the above – and I won’t be defacing that newspaper in any similar way, although I might use a photocopy at some point.

Posted on my Facebook Wall

You are welcome to copy and paste the following – please read carefully if you use Facebook…….. I only use it for business – and my creative groups – but …….

 

Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I do declare the following: on this day, 29th November 2014, in response to the new Facebook guidelines and under articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, texts etc… published on my profile since the day I opened my account. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times.
Those reading this text can copy it and paste it on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this release, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or to take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The actions mentioned above apply equally to employees, students, agents and/or other staff under the direction of Facebook.
The contents of my profile include private information. The violation of my privacy is punished by the law (UCC 1 1-308 – 308 1 -103 and the Rome Statute). Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to post a notice of this kind, or if you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you have not published this statement at least once, you will tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile update.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Achievement

Some of you have seen this photo before, and a very few of you have seen the items in ‘real’ life!

For a number of years I have allowed myself the luxury of 15 minutes creative time each day. The creativity can take any form, but I make sure that I do something every day. 15 minutes isn’t long – but as I’m not trying to accomplish my life’s work within this time I can do just whatever I want. I count the days off – first as weeks, and then as two-weeks, or fortnights, culminating in 100 days – and then I start again. This picture represents the 100 that ended on 6th November. For the first time I bound all my efforts into little handmade books – also completed with the 15 minute chunks.

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I’ve already started on my next venture, why not join me? Full details of the challenge can be found here, and I often document my creative antics in my diary, also showing just a glimpse here.

Sampler

Last week we visited Missenden Abbey again. I had the chance to wander in the grounds even though it was a dank and dull day. It seemed to rain whenever I was free to wander, but I specifically wanted to take a photo of these flowers.

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Rudbeckia, otherwise known as Black Eyed Susans and more, is a popular plant in gardens at this time of the year, and is a welcome splash of colour as the days shorten and the sun is less obvious in the sky. However, it wasn’t the perfect bright petals that had drawn my eye but those that were withering and fading. If it had been dry I would have quickly sketched them, but after taking these shots I ran for cover.

 

I began my stitching journey many years ago, first at the feet of my mother and grandmother and stitched my first sampler, which, of course, was in cross-stitch. I still have it, somewhere. In the late 1980s I embarked upon a City and Guilds course in Creative Embroidery (in truth I think it was called something different then). and I stitched another sampler. This time the ‘samples’ were of threads – different types and, due to the subject matter, shades and colour too.

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The subject of the sampler was Rudbeckia. The flowers were hand drawn, then the design transferred to the fabric via a tracing method. Badly stitched (it was very early in the course) it features about a dozen different types of thread, and if you look closely you will see evidence of my very first hand-dyeing efforts. Seeing the Rudbeckias that morning reminded me of this effort, and I think it’s time to make another. This time I will approach it differently. It is on my ‘to do’ list, but first….

….. draw the Rudbeckia!