Bongo Commission

I had a commission to make a journal cover incorporating a Bongo and bunting……only problem was I had no idea what one was.

Following a spot of googling and a pot of tea it soon became apparent that it was indeed a camper van.

It was a real pleasure doing something so totally different and I have to say that the end result was lovely. I can safely post pictures as it has now been gifted and I’m told on good authority that the recipient ; Sam, loved it 😍

I also was asked to do a beach hut and buntings journal cover for another gift and it was personalised inside with the name.

 

Why is it that photographs don’t show textiles  at their best? I’m guessing you need to be able to touch the fabrics and threads as its all so very tactile.

ah well best get on……Open Studios is only 37 days away and I have so many things I want to make .

Dont forget to come and see all of my lovely fish cushions and journal covers plus lots of other bits and bobs .

Open Studios 15th -17th July  at Northwood WI Hall, Newport Road, Isle of Wight

 

 

Gaston !!!!

I’m still really busy making for the Open Studio Exhibition event that is now only 7 weeks away!

Will I be ready? Good question and I really do not know but if I’m not it won’t be for lack of effort.

Today I have been making a mixed media artwork and surprise surprise …..more fish.

Gaston is a large pencil, acrylic and mixed media on canvas board which now just needs framing.

I find that I become  very attached to the fish and part of me is hoping that no one likes him so that I can bring him home as he would look great in my kitchen-diner 🙂

If you would like to commission a mixed media fish then email me TheShabbySeagull@aol.com for further detailsimage

Gone Fishing!

Today on the Island the weather has been beautiful, bright sunshine all day which is always welcome.

I am currently working on a series of cushions for Open Studios and will be posting pictures of some of them as they evolve. My theme is fish and to make them a bit more contemporary they are on a dark indigo denim. They have luxury feather pads and zippered so they can be washed if required.

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AfterWARds Exhibition

I am so happy that my mixed media and stitched textile piece that I submitted has been selected for exhibition. This is a first for me and I am still surprised I made the grade. Details of the exhibition are on the picture below with a very poor picture of my submission.

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Decaying poppy seed heads

imageIt was a very emotive piece to work on but I have  thoroughly enjoyed the process .

 

Machine Embroidery

I’ve had a great time at a machine embroidery workshop taught by the very clever Linda Miller

I managed to produce a beach hut using the needle of the sewing machine to draw the image and then add colours with threads.

I will definitely be using this technique again and will be practising whenever I can….it is quite addictive

here is my beachhut which still needs a border and to be finished  image

On another matter entirely I have been asked to join 4 other textile artists for a weekend of workshops in April. If you are interested please drop me an email theshabbyseagull@aol.com for more details or to be added to our list for updates on future events 🙂

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Open Studios 2016

I’ve taken the plunge and am now working on a new body of work to exhibit at Open Studios here on the Isle of Wight 15. 17 July . I will be showcasing my work alongside 4 other artists at Northwood WI hall Newport and I very much hope that you will be able to visit and see our creations.

Today I have been experimenting with machine embroidery with Su from Periwinkle Studio it was a very enjoyable day all round and here’s a look at some of my experimental pieces .

 

They as always look so much better in real life…..embroidery seems to lose something when photographed

Wonky Block Wedding Quilt

My daughter Rosie and her fiancé Chris were married on Tuesday at the Oxwich Bay Hotel on the Gower Peninsula. We had an amazing time and even the weather was kind. 

I have been making their wedding quilt for some time but couldn’t post pictures as it would have spoilt the surprise.

I made it king size and used the wonky block pattern with literally hundreds of fabrics that were special to them depicting their likes and dislikes, hobbies and interests etc.

Here it is part made 

 
And here is the finished quilt 

 
In my haste to get it wrapped and out of sight I forgot to take pics of the pieced back so when they get back from honeymoon I will update it