Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Feeling hot hot hot!

The temperature is creeping up here in Bacup, which is good if your head does not swell and your eyes bulge when you go out in the sun! Which is what happened to me when I went camping! As Brits we complain when the weather is cold and as soon as we get a so called 'heat wave' the first thing we say is it's too hot!!!!! Well it is very hot today, and even hotter in the studio with all the glass windows. Pippa my ten month old daughter must have been feeling the heat as she decided to pour the entire contents of her juice cup over her head and give herself a shower! So I am home from the studio early as like an idiot I did not take a change of clothes for her and she was absolutely soaked! Well I think I will find a comfy chair and continue to embroider my newest Victorian inspired postcard 'The Bronte Parsonage' while Pippa relaxes in front of her favourite programme 'Thomas the Tank Engine', strange but true she prefers this to Fifi, Peppa Pig or Dora the Explorer!

(Will post images later of 'The Bronte Parsonage' the early stages)

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Crushing Stone

I have finally finished the stitching on the Crushing Stone postcard. I haven't over done the stitching as I just wanted the image to be slightly tinted with embroidery and not work to much in to the stone or the stone circle. I will add it's backing tomorrow and I will remember to take a picture of the back as well to show that it is a postcard! I can start my Haworth ones now! Well I am off to my Father's Retirement Barbecue now, may have a drink or two and I am keeping my fingers crossed the rain will hold off. The sky outside is black! What do you think are my chances of not getting p****d wet through?

Thursday, 25 June 2009

wuthering, wuthering, wuthering...

Determination is setting in! I am determined to finish one Victorian Inspired Postcard a day! I have so many photographs that I have taken, that I want to work on them all at once as they are just crying out to be embroidery tinted! I have two such photographs on my table in the studio, one of the Bronte Parsonage, Haworth and the other of the Parsonage church yard which is a rather misty blurry shot of grave stones that would be cool to add a quote from one of my favorite books Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I was thinking along the lines of;

"You said I killed you - haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!"

mmmmmmmmmmmm could I fit that on a 6 x 4 inch postcard?

then again it could simply say;

Heathcliff, its me--cathy.
Come home. Im so cold!
Let me in-a-your window.
(Kate Bush)

It's nearly the weekend maybe Im losing the plot :)

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

A visit to PAD

Today I took some of my work to PAD Gallery and Shop in Preston, they will now be selling my embroidery including; hankies, pin cushions, baby shoes and my bugs! So if you visit my etsy shop you may find it looking a bit empty, but not for long! I am working on a new collection of work which will be available soon. PAD are a contemporary shop and gallery, selling unique gifts and original artwork as well as offering workshops, advice to artists and changing exhibitions.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Old and New!

It was father's day today and I have waited on my hubby Andrew hand and foot! mmmmmm ;) I have finished adding the backing to the Coco-nutters (just thought on, not taken a picture of the back!) and started another postcard of the Bacup Crushing Circle, which was used for crushing ore and was rescued by the Bacup National History Society in 1979. Bacup has a history of mills, quarries and mining and was called smokey Bacup due to all the mills. By 1880 there were 67 cotton and woolen mills in Bacup. Men, women, boys and girls worked in the mills, mines and quarries around Bacup. The hot air caused sickness like tuberculosis, cancer of the mouth and lung disease. The rich got richer and the poor got sick!

Saturday, 20 June 2009

The Tod show

Went to the Todmorden Agricultural show today with the family and the kids loved seeing all the animals from long eared goats, pink rabbits, birds of prey and fluffy feet chickens. I never knew there was so many varieties of chickens and the colour of their eggs ranged from pale blue to dark chocolate brown. All the local chicken breeders were out in force competing for the title of best class of egg (see image above).

I have also started another Victorian inspired tinted postcard, pictures to follow tomorrow.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Coco-nutters nearly finished!

Yesterday I worked on finishing my Coco-nutters Victorian inspired postcard, there is just a few details to add and some text and it can have it's background added. I am really enjoying these postcards and the technique involved so I am thinking of using this to produce some things for my etsy shop and for some bigger pieces. So watch this space. A few of my pieces are now available for sale in the ntAMa Studio Gallery in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Stitch Sample

I have been going through my portfolios while I have been moving my stuff to the new studio and have come across some old stitch samples that I did at uni. I have put a few up on the walls as looking at them again I really liked the abstract simplicity of them.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Moving in!

Its been great this past few days moving my stuff into my new studio. It is really exciting knowing that I have some where I can go when ever I want to! It is so difficult sometimes working from home and being able to switch off from the domestic chores! I am taking Pippa my 9 month old baby with me some of the time and she loves it. She gets in her walker and just whizzes around smiling and giggling and because she knows I'm happy she is too!

Friday, 12 June 2009

My new studio

Well I finally did it I have taken the plunge and after a lot of trying to find the right place in the right location, I have finally found a studio in walking distance from my house!! The above pictures show my new studio in its pre-moving in state and I will post some more images over the weekend of how it looks when it has been Sarahized!!! It does not look that big from the pictures but it is. There is room for a wet and messy area, my large easel, my long table with light box and my sewing table and still room for my books, fabrics, threads etc and it has loads of natural daylight. I am so excited and I have loads of ideas already for big, big pieces!

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Victorian inspired postcard 2

I am currently working on a new postcard based on the Britannia Coco-nutters.