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Reasons why every artist should have a blog…

No posts for almost a week and then like buses, two come along at once…

I have moved all my bookmarks to del.icio.us, which is a sort of communal bookmarking site and am busy sorting them all out, and clicking on all the links to test which are still live and which have perished in cyberspace. If you haven’t come across del.icio.us it is a way of sharing bookmarks – you sign up and can install buttons on your browser so that when you click on them you can add a link to your bookmarks and tell it which category to put it into. Then you can make them public if you want to… I am in the process of doing this and you can find them here. I will add a link to my sidebar in due course.

Anyway, to the purpose of this blog post! While I was sifting through my bookmarks, I found this useful article again: 9 reasons why every artist should have their own art blog.

Meetings with Blogging Friends

I meant to post this yesterday but I spilt tea on my laptop keyboard so it had to languish overnight to dry, with all detachable parts duly detached.  Luckily it doesn’t seem to have done any damage, or nothing which has shown itself yet.

While I was at FOQ, I met several people in the flesh whom I had ‘met’ several years ago through emails.

Liz and Carol

Here I am with Carol of Textile Tales in the SAQA Reverberations Exhibit.

Jenny and Carol

Carol was with her friend Jenny of Felted Fibers.

On Friday I had lunch with Frances of Island Threads but we forgot to take any photos.  And I saw Myfanwy from Winifred Cottage several times as I couldn’t seem to keep away from her stall! 

More quilt hanging!

Thank you for all your comments and thoughts about orientation of those two quilts.    I appreciated all your suggestions, and finally went with Gay’s idea about putting two sleeves on for the silk quilt (the top one) and have currently got it with the pink at the top.   I put the green and orange quilt with the green at the top, mostly because I decided to call it ‘Whirlwind’ and I thought it looked unstable that way which reflected the title!  Here it is hanging above the television:

whirlwind quilt above television

I have now put sleeves on most of my finished quilts.  Here are some more hanging above the mantlepiece in my studio, with a lot of my paintings sitting on the mantlepiece with my antique sewing machine and the box I made for City & Guilds:

quilts above mantlepiece

Here are the sea and cloud quilts I made in Linda Schmidt’s online Elements in Fabric course last year, together with Tulip, based on a macro photo of a tulip:

three little quilts hanging on wall

I’ve also been experimenting with mounting them on foamboard and gallery wrap – I think this ‘fire’ quilt (again made in Linda Schmidt’s course) looks good against the black, even though it is only sitting on the radiator at the moment!

fire quilt mounted on gallery wrap

I am planning on mounting my journal quilts on foamcore and so I have several pieces of cut foamcore which I painted black today.  Here they are, drying:

black painted foamcore

The other thing I did today was to replace one of the pieces of Tyvek which joins my Dreaming Spirals quilt to the hanging device.  It was obviously not strong enough to hold the quilt once it had been melted.  I melted this one only a little and will monitor how long it lasts this time.  It is nice to have it hanging up again in the corner of my studio as it is so bright and colourful!  Sometime I really must replace that scrappy bit of yarn by which it is hanging on the nail in the wall!

turquoise, red and orange quilt with gold painted tyvek

I hope that clearing the pile of finished quilts and moving them to the walls will kickstart my creativity again!  It hasn’t happened yet, but July IS a very busy month – the kids’ social lives overtakes mine by a long stretch… DS1 is on a week’s work experience this week with Stagecoach, the bus company, and he got back today having thoroughly enjoyed himself.  He goes off to Sorrento on a geography field trip at the end of next week and I am very jealous!  Especially since the weather we are having here is rain, rain, more rain …. Pompeii, Vesuvius, Capri and the Amalfi coast are much more appealing.    DS3 is madly practising his violin for a music evening at school tomorrow and the other two have their summer concert next week… 

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