A very few of my experiments are for sale on my website very cheaply if you're interested, as I hate to throw things away. However, selling is not what this blog is about - I'd have starved to death years ago if it was - it would make me happy if you just enjoy the processes.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Life 16 - the stitching is finished.

I may add a few more beetles and a centipede, but I'm going to start painting in the next couple of days and see how it goes.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Life 12 - Murder will be here from 16th May.

An awful lot of work has been going on Chez Rainbow and Kemshall. Being co-curators of Through Our Hands, is a pleasure of course, but does involve a lot of work sometimes!

As you can see from the advert, we have our 3rd major exhibition at Bilston during May through to 25th July.

It'll be really worth a visit as 24 international artists are taking part and all the work is new, and some of it quite challenging.

We do have an opening event on 16th May from 1.30pm to 3pm and you are most welcome to come along.  Bilston itself, is quite small, so there aren't that many things to do there, but happily there are plenty of places nearby to visit if you'd like to make a day of your visit.  If you click here, you will find out where the car parks are, and some of the various interesting houses/gardens/historical places in the area.  

Through Our Hands, The Magazine, is also going to be a bumper edition this time.  Due out in early May, be sure to get your PDF copy to download.  More details shortly. All issues can be viewed free online or purchased for download here: www.throughourhands.co.uk/magazine/


Friday, 17 April 2015

1st body stitched.

The words have been stitched onto the first body.  I have the second to do of course, but I've also decided to add some extra features around the feet, that will need more work. I'm thinking, beetles, maggots, and centipedes at the moment.

I like to try and follow the musculature of the body when I'm stitching which sometimes makes it even more difficult to read as sentences are interrupted, but I never, break the meaning and sentences - if I have to go around something, they just carry on after the break.

That will complete stage 2 - the stitching - and I can get onto the last stage, the painting.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Words for Life 16



This has taken me two full days of research!  You wouldn't think so but there we go. 



Words for Life 16 – The Unseasonable Poisonous Plant

Female Bullying.

Gossip is unconstrained and often derogatory conversation about other people. It could involve betraying confidences, spreading sensitive information, as well as hurtful judgements and made up stories.

People who don’t feel good about themselves, feel better when they judge others negatively because it makes them feel superior.  Gossip can hurt those whose popularity, talents, or lifestyle are envied. It also makes the gossiper feel part of a group, albeit based on exclusion or maliciousness, and retribution can be derived from the disparaging remarks caused by anger and unhappiness. Gossip can rouse people's interest and the gossiper can be the short term centre of attention whilst divulging their poison.

Gossiping shows the insecurities and mean-spiritedness of the gossiper and they are not popular because they cannot be trusted. Spreading private information and negative judgments is painful to others and makes the gossiper look bad. Everyone feels like they’ve eaten a bad apple.

It’s bullying and many people never outgrow it, with behaviours getting more polished and subtle as they get older. Making someone feel alone, rejected and treating her as an outcast can be as vicious as a physical assault.

The heart of female psychological violence is to destroy other women’s relationships, because it's these very relationships that are so important to women but is probably no more than an establishment of a pecking order.





What me? No, I don’t gossip.  I’m nice and wouldn’t bully anybody and cause them stress.  Of course not; my friends aren’t like that. We talk, we share, we open our hearts.I'm always saying that I can't stand people who bitch.

Her? Do you mean that woman that lives in that new house on the edge of town, with the new job and car? My husband says she’s very nice, and has joined lots of groups and things and wants to be part of the community. He says she seems very popular but I don’t think she’s my sort of person. Hmmm he seems a bit too supportive. He’s very easily influenced and can’t see how other people work sometimes.

I think she must have a "strong" personality which means she’s probably a bit difficult because we all know strong characters like to be in control.  I hope she doesn’t interfere with our group, and come along to the meetings I organize, because we don’t need difficult, pushy people barging in and upsetting us. I’d best warn the girls I think, so they can be on their guard against her.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Finished the stitching on Life 16 - The Unseasonable Poisonous Plant

I've finally finished all the stitching for Life 16, apart from the bodies as I'm still pondering but will have to make a decision soon.  I also have to unpick a bit of skyline and do it again in the colour and pattern of the garden/ground.  It's too low - don't know what I was thinking of. 






Monday, 6 April 2015

Mitochondrial Roots completely finished!

I confess to being a bit lazy, and I hadn't finished Life 15, Mitochondrial Roots off until today.  The frame is on, and I've touched up a few bits and extended at one corner, and can now call it done!

Life 15 - Mitochondrial Roots

148cms x 136cms
Whole cloth.







The "story" is about male primogeniture.  It was only 2 years ago that the UK government agreed that a first born, even if it was female, could take the throne. It's only 2014 and we are supposed to be civilised and living in a country with equal opportunities legislation! Throughout history male primogeniture has meant "keeping it in the family", but recent discoveries about mitochondrial dna, mean that we can all trace ourselves back to one ancestor...who was female.  To "keep it in the family" perhaps we should have had female primogeniture. Anyway, the quilt says:

No matter what colour our skin is, or our language, or our culture, we all share ancestors from the people who built Stonehenge, or who rode with Genghis Khan, or set sail across the oceans in canoes, or who planted papyrus on the banks of the Nile. Everyone alive today can trace their lineage back over 2 hundred thousand years to one woman, Mitochondrial Eve.

The following names are stitched onto the roots shown above.
Artimisia Gentileschi, Catalina de Erauso, Catherine de Medici, Flora Sandes, Judith Leyster, Laura Bassi, Lucrezia Borgia, Madam de Staet, Maria Montessori, Maria Theresa, Properzia Ross, Mary Queen of Scots, Barbara Hepworth, Indira Gandhi, George Eliot, Lady Jane Grey, Jenny Joseph, Wendy Cope Anne Bronte, Sappho, Clepatra, Hildegard of Bingen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, Mirabai, Elizabeth 1, Catherine the Great, Margaret Fuller, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Florence Nightingale, Susan B Anthony, Emily Dickinson, Marie Curie, Emily Murphy, Helen Keller, Annie Besant, Simone de Beauvioir, Mother Teresa, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Seacole, Rosalind Franklin, Jocelyn Bell Burnett, Esther Lederberg, Chien-Shiung Wu, Lise Meitner, Nettie Stevens, Emmeline Pankhurst, Boudicca, Nancy Astor, Dorothy Hodgkin,Millicent Fawcett, Billie Holiday, Eva Peron, Betty Friedon, Marie Stopes, Anne Frank, Germaine Greer, Wangari Maathai, Shirin Ebadi, Malala Yousafzai, Marie Antoinette, Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson, Aung San Suu Kyi, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Caroline Norton, Elizabeth Gaskell, Virginia Woolf, Edith Cavell,Elsie Inglis, Ellen Isabel Jones, Grace Kimmins, Lady Constance Lytton, Christabel Pankhurst, Sylvia Pankhurst, Queen Isabella of Spain, Pocahontas, Frances E Willard, Lucy Stone, Dorothea Dix, Sojourner Truth, Edith Cavell, Virginia Apgar, Christine de Pizan, Hrotsvitha, Theodora, Maria Agnesi, Mary Anning, Florence Merriam Bailey,Laura Maria Caterina Bassi, Ruth Benedit, Elizabeth Gaskell, Elizabeth Blackwell, Annie Jump Cannon, Emilie du Chatelet, Cleopatra the Alchemist, Gerty T Cori, Eva Crane, Artemesia, Gertrude Bell Elion, Alice Evans, Sophie Germain, Maria Geoppert-Mayor, Elena Conrnaro Piscopia, Mary Fairfax Somerville, Ada Lovelace, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Alicia Stott, Amalie Emmy Noether, Anna Maria Von Schurman, Anne of Austria, Tanni Grey Thompson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Naomi Anderson, Annie Arniel, Gertrude Ansell, Olympe de Gouge, Mary Sophie Allen, Louisa Garrett Anderson, Frances Balfour, Mary Gawthorpe, Lydia Becker, Ethel Bentham, Teresa Billington Greig, Margaret Bondfield, Mary Crudelius, Emily Davison, Nellie Hall, Mrs Beeton, Rosa Parks, Lady Caroline Lamb, Irene Sendler, Ealizabeth Eames, Alexandra Kollantai, Julia Bentley, Abigail Adams, Eudora Welty, Ada Lovelance, Margaret Macdonald, Queen Victoria, Mrs Siddons, Elizabeth 2, Kathryn Bigelow, and Anne Boleyn.  (pardon any typing errors - they're all ok on the quilt!)