At our Spectrum meeting yesterday, in addition to eating lots of cake which seems to be the focus of our gatherings lately (thank you Gill... it was delicious) we spent some time playing with Markel paintsticks. I used a tried and tested image of poppy seedheads and rubbed the Markel through a stencil using an old toothbrush ( apparently they clean up quite nicely with white spirit so you could pop it back in the bathroom mug and he would never notice)
I stencilled the image over a couple of black and white monoprints from a previous meeting.
There was no doubt that many of us were influenced by this lovely book from the equally lovely Bobby Britnell. A couple of us had been to the book launch at Art Van Go on Monday and others had been on a course there with Bobby this week.
Today is the only day this week that I'm not teaching so instead of getting bogged down with
reading blogs admin etc on the computer I decided to allow myself the luxury of a morning stitching and I've quilted one of my monoprints with free machine stitching.
It is very much in the style of Bobby's work so I need to play around a little more to inject my own style but it was still a satisfying morning and I enjoyed myself.
The other thing I brought home from Spectrum was this black and white piece below which is the next piece of work for our Round Robin project. Whereas I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my previous piece I haven't a clue with this one... any ideas? I might have thanked you for the cake Gill, but I'm not so impressed with this! Where on earth do I go from here?
But I'm not worrying about it this evening because I'm off to the private view of this exhibition.
An exhibition of textiles from the North Herts and Beds Branch of the Embroiderer's Guild
Letchworth Arts Centre
8th - 30th May
Open from 10 am, Monday to Saturday