My recent #trainticketart

The Diverse Manners exhibition is going well – there’s still nearly a week to see it if you haven’t already visited it!   Here is a photo of all the altered train tickets hanging there:

train ticket art hanging in rows on wall in Riverfront Art Centre

I arranged them in rows of dark and light or according to colour or subject matter.

 

Interestingly, when viewed from a distance they look almost like rows of patchwork squares stitched together!    The first time I took a photo I didn’t realise how dark it was and that the camera was still focussing and hadn’t yet taken the picture – it came out all blurry but still quite effective.

blurry photo of train ticket art in exhibition

This is surprisingly effective.

 

We had a ‘Meet the Artists’ afternoon a week ago and lots of people wanted to chat with me about the altered tickets and seemed fascinated by the way I had reused them (and by the sheer amount I had collected, I think!).  It was lovely getting feedback because it often feels quite isolated working at home on them day after day.

I am carrying on with the project on Instagram and have joined in a challenge called the 100 day project which involves posting one a day on Instagram for 100 days.  You can join in if you like, it can be anything – the whole thing is being coordinated via this website and if you search on Instagram for #the100dayproject you can see what everyone else is doing.

Here are my latest few tickets:

altered train ticket printed using a stamp on a gelli plate.

Printed using a stamp on a gelli plate.

train ticket art with abstract feather design

Abstract feather design

Another gelli plate print with added white gel pen markings to make lacy effect

Another gelli plate print with added white gel pen markings to make lacy effect

bright red and black abstract design on train ticket art

As you can see, I’ve been playing a lot with my gelli plate and this one is red acrylic paint followed by a layer of India ink.

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Art Plus Family History

Before the new year, I participated in a couple of online courses about blogging, and one thing that I seemed to take away from both of them was the fact that it’s okay to incorporate lots of things about your life into your blog, and that you don’t have to stick to one topic.  Then today, just as I was feeling guilty about not posting here for a couple of weeks,  I read Abby Glassenberg’s post on her blog entitled ‘How to keep blogging when you don’t really feel like it’.  One of the things she said was

“Or maybe you were only going to blog about polymer clay, but you’re also passionate about science fiction and find yourself wishing you could write about that as well? Just do it.”

Basically she said, go ahead, write about whatever you want to….

You may know that as well as art, I am keen on family history and have a genealogy blog as well as this one.  Recently I’ve been struggling to keep up both of them, so I’ve decided to incorporate the family history into this blog – after all, it’s about my life and background as well as my art.  It’s all story and narrative and I hope you find it interesting.  My aim is to build up a picture of some of my ancestors from what I know about them in the records so I’ll start by reworking some of my earlier genealogy blog posts  so that it makes sense in the context of this blog.

Meanwhile, in art news … I’ve been busy stitching together rows of train tickets and it’s looking pretty good!  We are hanging the exhibition on Wednesday – lots of shinning up ladders and getting tangled up in fishing wire I expect… The exhibition itself starts on 8 April when the Riverfront arts centre is opening after the Easter weekend and we are holding a Meet the Artists event from 2pm to 4pm on the following Saturday 11 April – if you are in the area, you are welcome to come along.  If you leave a comment that you’re hoping to come, I’ll look out for you.

Here are some of the rows of train tickets all stitched together, a sneak preview!

Here are some of the rows of train tickets all stitched together, a sneak preview!

Here is the poster about the exhibition; more information is on the Diverse Manners Facebook page.  Hope to see some of you there!

poster showing Beneath the Surface Exhibition, the Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport starting on 8 April.

Beneath the Surface Exhibition, the Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport starting on 8 April.

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A tale of Lucy the hen

If you read this blog regularly you’ll know that four years ago  I got three hens.  Here they are: I think they had just started laying  around the time I took this picture of them perching on this old tyre.

Our three hens, a bovans nera, amber star and ranger

All three hens, shortly after they arrived to live with us

As soon as they arrived, one of them immediately established herself as top hen and the most sociable of the three.  This is Lucy, an amber star (the white one).

Lucy wandering round the garden

Lucy wandering round the garden

She was cheeky and inquisitive and soon found her way into our affections.  She was never a very good egg layer but made up for it in friendliness and personality.  Sadly, Peggy (the little brown hen) died about a year ago but Prudence and Lucy carried on until a couple of weeks ago, when Lucy got ill and died.  She was a good age – 4 .5 years is pretty old for hybrids who are bred to produce eggs and not for longevity and I think they had a nice life pottering round the garden and giving us eggs.

lucy looking in through the kitchen window

Lucy looking in through the kitchen window

While I was painting the wood slices, I decided to paint one as a tribute to Lucy.  I showed a photo of it to my eldest son who is in Australia on an extended backpacking trip and he asked if he could have it – until he realised that there’s no way a slice of wood would get through Australian customs.  So I scanned it and put it on Redbubble and arranged to have it sent to him as an art print. I was so touched that he wanted it, and I was going to finish it up and add more details but he said, no, I like the unfinished look to it…  While I was on Redbubble, I resurrected my shop there so this painting is available to buy there  now, as art prints or even as a cushion or a mug!

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