Friday, 31 December 2010
I met her on the Embroiders' Guild stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show at the Alexandra Palace show this year, and was fascinated by her work. Do explore her website.
Monday, 27 December 2010
I was then amused by the fact that the same formulation was marketed for both humans and horses, only the packaging was changed. And finally amazed that despite the recipe remaining essentially the same (a mixture of eggs, turpentine and vinegar) Ellimans Universal Embrocation is still available today for £3.49 for symptomatic relief from rheumatic and muscular pain; stiffness including backache.
Does it really have any effect? Isn't turpentine hazardous? Who buys it? Isn't it just a crack-pot patent medicine? Yet it can't be or it wouldn't still be on sale today, and in fact on the Chemist Direct website someone reviewed it on 19 November 2010 and said "A friend recommended Elliman's Embrocation to me almost 30 years ago and I have found it to be the best rub I have tried... others can be sticky or make skin itchy but this product is easy to use and very effective..." I have yet to buy it and try it myself. I think I should - especially after the aches and pains of taking my children ice skating for the first time today.
Where am I going with this? I think I want to question the trust that we place in medical or cosmetic preparations. How much do we really know or understand about what we put on or in ourselves. How often are we seduced by packaging and advertising alone?
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
In between the sessions with the handmade books, we had a session on creativity led by Jane. With reference to photographs from Slough Museum we thought about the ways in which we approach our own creativity. What ideas attract you? Where do your inspirations come from and where do they lead you? What floats your boat?
External, abstract, visual based -
Are you inspired by your environment - nature, landscape, city scape - what you SEE around you? Pure textures, colours or patterns.
Knowledge or research based -
Are you inspired by what you THINK or what you know or research - history, science, facts? Culture, geography, poetry?
Evocative, emotional -
Does your work result from your emotional responses - what you FEEL about things - emotional reactions, memories or nostalgia.
I find I like to look at what I see around me, and I often think I should be inspired to make something from these inspirations, I photograph leaves or flowers or landscapes. I try sketching. But these never seem to translate into anything I can actually work from. I tend to work with ideas that stem from evocative things, or emotional reactions, things I find difficult to express with words can be translated into something I can make.
What we like isn’t necessarily the same as what we can create. What we like in other people’s work isn’t necessarily what we are good at creating ourselves.
How do you find inspiration? Is there a pattern? Are you always drawn to similar types of inspiration? Is there something entirely different which gives you your ideas? Please comment ...
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
I've been crocheting this little dress, from a single nylon-thread. It is denser than I expected. Had to work on it against a dark surface, so I could see what I was doing, and by excellent light only, presently next to my lumie-lamp, which also helps expel the winter-blues. I am not particularly thrilled by this object, wished I hadn't spent so much time on it but felled compelled towards completion, even if just to dismiss. Will try again with a much thicker crochet hook, make it lighter, loopy. In the meantime I might also play around a bit with the image.
Ultimately I would like to make something that is on the verge of disappearing, or appearing, and quite like this embossed version.
Or crumple up the dress and let it find different shapes.
Materials: nylon thread, twig, wire
Dimensions: 24 cm x 19 cm
Saturday, 23 October 2010
The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Thames Valley Contemporary Quilt Group (TVCQ) was founded to encourage like-minded individuals to meet, support and share experience of contemporary textiles. The spirit of London 2012 is an inspiration to us to think about how to engage with the wider local community, giving the impetus to share skills and experience with others in an inclusive and stimulating way, and in turn be inspired by their creativity and ideas.
Getting busy with the Slough Museum collection in September
London 2012 has given rise to new ideas on how to showcase work, and is challenging standards of excellence and personal goals in the process. London 2012 gives us the inspiration to share contemporary textile art with new audiences, and to inspire more people, especially young people, to express themselves, their surroundings and their ideas through the medium of contemporary textiles. In particular, the London Cultural Olympiad ‘Stories of the World’ project is an influence on this project. The group has also been inspired to engage with Slough’s culture and heritage, by exploring their surroundings and the collections at Slough Museum, and thinking about how these could be represented and expressed through contemporary textiles.
Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: "Whatever floats your boat ....’ is encouraging Thames Valley Contemporary Quilt and Slough Museum to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as Thames Valley Contemporary Quilt and Slough Museum are delivering on our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in contemporary textiles."
Read more about the Inspire Programme here and about our projects part in it here
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Object Number: 1985.027.001D
Description: Bowyer Collection of Needlework and Textiles -
19th c dolls under skirtWhile I would love to see it for real, inspect it (the seams, the waistband, those stains), I am also attracted by the quality of the image, its melancholy feel. The object might not be real after all! This could be the lightest of pencil drawings, or a picture of a skirt come loose from its wearer like a kite from its string, floating across a twilight sky in search of her… I also like that the image doesn't give a clear indication of size, it might be a doll's, a girl's, a woman's underskirt, delicate, hand-sewn, ever so light.
I dug out some tiny old sketches and a paper figure I made a few years ago where the skirt does not conceal the upper body, but actually replaces it. I'm mulling over ideas now, want to crochet, focusing on lightness, the threshold between thereness and not-thereness. A lot of my work is to do with memories, their fragility and elusiveness, the point where a memory becomes a story becomes a memory.
Monday, 20 September 2010
Influenced by the potential in cubist paintings ( Braque, Piccaso and Villon below) of multiple viewpoints combined I've been playing around with opacity layers in Photoshop. I like the new shapes that are revealed.
Now how to intrepret it? Transparent layers in organza? A 3-D Structure ? Both? I've suddenly become interested in lampshades and their possibilities!
Sunday, 19 September 2010
I have struggled to get started. I know I was held back by trying to do something about Slough, and not getting my head around the real title of the project 'Whatever floats your boat' inspired by something in the museum or the town. So go on, let the imagination go with the many images I have from my visit and also looking at the collection.
Well, one of the posters in the collection was an early advertisement for a Mars Bar. Now, I have actually never managed to eat a whole Mars Bar, but I have eaten my fair share of Twix and Snickers! This got me thinking about chocolate! And did you know that you can order personalised M&Ms? Now there is a something to follow up.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Looking forward to hearing about all the other projects. . . . .
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Just to remind you, initial entry and £10 is required by 20 November 2010 meeting please!
Sunday, 12 September 2010
Saturday, 21 August 2010
The work must be inspired by Slough, its environment, history, surroundings, people, and/or the artefacts in the collection of Slough Museum.
• You may use any contemporary textile technique, you do not need to use quilting or produce work that fits any definition of a quilt. For example you may use felt, embroidery, quilting or any other textile technique or combination of techniques you choose. You may include non-textile or mixed media elements.
• Artwork may be 3-d.
• Artwork may be any shape or orientation you choose.
• You may work large or small, or create a series of small pieces which form one artwork.
• You may like to create a piece which is to be displayed next to the object which inspired it in some way. However, before you do this, you must discuss your idea and your materials with the Curator of the Museum.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
And now for the photo - taken at Slough, apparently (found it on this site, "funny signs from around the world")!
It is good to hear that others are getting excited about the project with the Museum.
Here are a couple things I am thinking about...
Monday, 19 July 2010
And also gave us an excellent link to online information about history in Slough www.sloughhistoryonline.org.uk Thank you Heather!
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Here is the link to Slough Museum itself where you will find information about visiting the Museum.
You can also search the photographic archive of the Museum for ideas, although the searching system is not the most easy to use.
If you can't visit right now, don't worry. We will have lots of examples from the Museum's handling collection to sketch and photograph at the next meeting - 11 September, Bracknell.
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Hello and welcome. This blog will build up as we make progress working towards our group exhibition next summer in Slough.
For now, for inspiration - please view the slideshow of pictures of Slough and its Museum. Its rough and ready for the moment, I haven't had time to add captions or anything....
Do please start following the blog, and get in touch if you have pictures or information to add.