Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Time does not stand still ...

A beautiful ceramic poppy created by Whichford Pottery
I look at all my blogs - and cannot believe that it is eighteen months since I posted on most of them - though the last Inspirational Sparks offering was one of particular significance; even more so now as we approach commemorations for the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Indeed, that particular post, in November 2014, gave readers helpful hints on creating the sort of book-art that features regularly in my work. Instructional as well as informative. So, on Saturday 2nd July, I and two of my children (and maybe some grandchildren) will be gathering to remember my father-in-law who was badly wounded on the Somme, but survived. How fortunate we are as a family to have that direct link to the past. Though WAB never spoke of the horrors until just before he died.

Taken when my potager was in it's heyday - self-seeded herbs which I still
encourage. My new Veg Plot / Flower Patch is will one day be as beautiful.
And now to update readers on preparations for Warwickshire Open Studios: the link will take you to my gallery page on the WOS website (hover over each image to reveal the caption). I'm frantically making artefacts to sell - simple things that will not cost the earth. I'll be demonstrating in my studio some of the techniques I frequently use, with the caravan available for tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. If the weather is fit, there's an acre of wild garden to wander in: my inspiration for so much of what I do. Anyone is welcome: it's totally free.

The map is visible beneath the napkin, using a technique
that evolved after much experimentation.
And do take a look at my other Blog: Ann's Art Retreats, which outlines the Warwickshire Open Studio event, and my participation. Those who know me well realise why my blogging and other work lapsed over the last couple of years. But now, with the kind help and support of family and so many friends and acquaintances, I have re-invented myself: a new lease of life. And I will be demonstrating how to layer paper napkins  over maps, with stitch to enhance the finished 'pages'. That, and the use of tea-bags! Such joy to be creating again, and to be devising so many tutorials to offer potential students. Time indeed does not stand still.