Monday, 22 February 2010

Non stop....

I had a great day at Textiles in Focus on Friday. Two full classes and several little books finished a selection of which are shown below.

Meanwhile I've continued to work on the degree module. My exploration of buttons has moved into exploration of circles in every imaginable form. Combining this with the theme of revealing and concealing, I'm now looking at eyelets and Broderie Anglaise and scaling it up with big holes, revealing prints underneath. I've been happy with the concept but frustrated with my quality of print on the fabric... cotton jersey is not the easiest fabric to work on!

So this weekend has been spent printing and dying and I've finally come up with prints that I like. More subtle in many ways but with much more depth. I would wear these!

Still much more exploration to do with these prints, different colour combinations to explore, some discharge dyeing to try and then of course lots more stitch. Plus plenty more teaching this week, something to deliver for an exhibition and then I'm off for a week of teaching to Jersey two weeks from today... not forgetting catching up with shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, dog walking etc etc. Everything feels a little non stop and overwhelming right now so I fear blogging might be low priority for a few weeks. Forgive me if I don't comment, reply to emails etc... I'm here but keeping a low profile. I'll be back with news of the exhibition at the end of the week.

28 comments:

  1. Lovely books and beautiful prints. I don't know how you fit it all in, I feel tired just reading about all your activities. Have a great time in Jersey and don't forget to fit in a little 'you' time.

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  2. Gosh you are busy at the moment. Love the little books and the colours of your prints are fab. Have fun in Jersey.

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  3. Gosh you are busy at the moment. Love the little books and the colours of your prints are fab. Have fun in Jersey.

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  4. Have a fab time in Jersey. Your eally are a busy bee! x

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  5. Love the prints ........ I'd definitely wear them!

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  6. The prints are lovely, I really like the vibrant pink & blue one - very nice!

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  7. I love those little books you show on your blog - so pretty. And I love the prints - I'm a big fan of dots and smudges, whether separately or together. x

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  8. What a lot of lovely books, and I real like the vibrancy and strong contrasts in your degree work. Enjoy your time away. xx

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  9. I love the books. I hope Jersey goes well, and you can keep on top of everything else, its hard isn't it?!

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  10. That is a lot to be juggling at once! I have a headache that doesn't want to shift - fancy a virtual sit down for 10 minutes?!

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  11. Your note books look lovely...a girl can never have too many note books...

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  12. i love your prints - i would wear them too!!! With all thats going on i'm surprised you have tinme to breathe let alone anything else!! Good luck for the next few weeks, will be thinking of you!

    xxx

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  13. Good luck with all that work Gina - please remember to keep breathing! Lucy xxx

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  14. oh those look amazing. I love the colours!

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  15. Just a thimbleful....

    Great work as usual, Gina. I agree with all the above - where do you find the time and the energy!

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  16. You are doing great! Just great! It's a lot to juggle but I get the feeling you can cope.

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  17. Very pretty little books Gina! And I LOVE the experiment with the applique broderie anglaise -- very, very cool!

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  18. Your little books and fabric look great, good luck with all you have to fit in to the next two weeks. I hope you trip to Jersey is good too. Jane x

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  19. The little books look wonderful. I booked onto the workshop at TIF but unforunately was not able to attend. However, will be on your workshop at the Settlement and also booked onto the Artvango ones. Really looking forward to them.

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  20. The little books are super and the dyeing has come out really well.
    Have a fabulous time in Jersey.

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  21. I understand your feeling of been overwhelmed, but don't panic Gina your work looks stunning. The colours are wonderful.
    I love the little books. I think I may be developing something of a book fetish !

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  22. Low profile is the way to go sometimes - especially if it gives you the breathing speace to turn out more of your gorgeous work.

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  23. I was so excited to see your Jersey workshop advertised in a magazine recently - made me feel famous by association! I hope you have the best time and can't wait to to read about it.

    I love those dyed jersey fabrics. It's great to see how your work develops.

    xxx

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  24. Those circles with the yellow round are very intriguing! I like the combination with the cutouts showing through to the fabric below too. Have a great time in Jersey and try and get some time off to unwind a little.

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  25. I always enjoy seeing your work Gina. Exploration and playing with designs, materials and techniques is the most fun of all. Enjoy your processes and playful experiments

    Carolyn x

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  26. Really enjoyed your workshop making bonded books,and will be making more on my own,Thanks

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  27. Your things look fab, Jersey will have a ball learning what you have to teach! Have a great time, it sound frenetic, but very worthwhile. look forward to hearing about it Penny x (Planet Penny)

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  28. I totally understand that overwhelming feeling, like so many people have said to me.....breathe deeply! Good luck with it all, Karen

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