Friday, 26 February 2016

Top left hand corner - progress.

To be honest, this is taking me as long to research as it is to stitch! I haven't even begun the main bit yet.

Mind you, spelling mistakes don't help.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Go Figure

I'm going to start work for the next Through Our Hands exhibition at Festival of Quilts 2017.  It's a chance for me to champion the figurative quilt and in particular portraiture.

This morning I took an old, unfinished piece from the junk pile, and decided to stretch it a bit over a canvas. I'd like to produce a wall of these - FaceWall - a slight pun on Facebook. It's something I can build over the next year and change styles and subjects for it as I go.

Here's the unfinished one from the junk bin for an idea. I'm fairly confident that with the process I have in mind, it will be wrinkle free - or as wrinkle free as a textile like this can ever be!

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Mappa Mundi

 A few years ago I collected all my Altered Books together and displayed them chained to a portable book shelf. I was trying to make them look a bit like a chained library, and had travelled to Lincoln Cathedral beforehand to see what one looked like. Unfortunately, we went all that way only to find the library was not accessible to us on that day, so I had to make my installation from imagination.

So, on a recent visit to Hereford Cathedral to see the Mappa Mundi (left) we were delighted to find they had one too, and it was open, and was wonderful!

 On the left, the larger book displayed is an original Wycliffe Bible on vellum. See how thick the pages are!

The books all had clasps (like the one on the right) originally, to help keep the pages flat.

These books are very old (medieval in some cases, very precious, and definitely not for altering!) but the urge to open one was overwhelming. Scholars can apparently access them, but not the likes of me!
 I thought the library must have been very popular as there are double benches and desks in front of each shelf, until it was pointed out to me that the books don't move, and if you want a different book, you have to do the moving, hence the long seats!

This is a modern stained glass window in a side chapel. Unfortunately, my image doesn't quite capture the vivid colours as the light streamed through the glass. They were very beautiful.