It’s been an age since I wrote anything in this blog – life has been rather stressful family-wise and I’ve been doing my best to keep up (and catch up!) with Module 2 of the pattern course I’m doing.
DS1 is currently on a backpacking holiday round the world so September was spent helping him prepare for that – he spent the first month ‘doing’ Eastern Europe and flew to Kathmandu earlier this week. He is planning to travel around Nepal, India, Thailand and a few other places before ending up in Perth, Australia in the New Year when he hopes to get work to fund more travel! He has a blog which is quite entertaining.
Chiaroscuro, the exhibition I mentioned in my last post opened today and the opening night starts at 7pm tonight – if you live locally (South Wales) you’d be very welcome to come along to chat to the artists there! All the details are on our Facebook Page, including several photos of us putting the show up!
It’s on for 4 days until this Saturday, 2 November, 2pm – 8pm each day, Pontrhydrun Baptist Church, Cwmbran, NP44 2ND
I’m looking forward to next Monday – Module 2 of the pattern course, The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, is starting! I really enjoyed Module 1 and it got me designing again, drawing little sketches and playing with Photoshop (and cursing Illustrator!) and because I knew that the next module was coming it kept up the momentum over the summer. I could easily have been diverted and distracted by the presence of all three of my sons (or just been idle and got up at noon every day!). This next module is about branding – Creating your professional identity. So no doubt you will see lots of tweaks and changes here! You’ll notice, unless you are reading this from a blog reader, that I have changed the WordPress theme of the blog – please let me know if anything isn’t working for you. I’ve also installed a plugin to give you the choice of reading the blog in a more pared-down, mobile-friendly format on smartphones or tablets – it is supposed to be quicker to load (and, more importantly, uses less data if you’re on a mobile contract) but there is a button at the bottom to switch to the traditional browser layout if you don’t like it.
If you would like to see some of the patterns I’ve been creating, I have a profile page on the new Moyo Directory: here is a quick screenshot of part of it:
I would love it if you could click the ‘like’ button on the page when you visit!
Also at the end of October some of my textile work is going to be in an exhibition in Cwmbran (near where I live) as part of the Diverse Manners Arts Group annual exhibition – if you would like to be notified when it is happening, click on the link and ‘like’ our Facebook page which I helped set up earlier this year. The theme is Chiaroscuro which is an Italian art term for light and dark and I am exhibiting Birth of a City and also four smaller screenprints which I printed a while ago using a paper stencil (once I’ve stitched and mounted them!).
The exhibition is being held in a church and there is a nice tree-lined graveyard next to it with lots of space for bunting so in a mad moment last week I decided to make some and stencil the words ‘ART EXHIBITION’ on them. Here they are drying on the clothes horse:
Of course I couldn’t let all that spare paint go to waste, so I printed it randomly on this piece of dyed fabric!
And here is the rest of the bunting all piled up ready to be stitched together – so far I think I’ve got enough to wrap round the house several times and I’ve run out of bias binding so need to cut some more!
And finally, I couldn’t resist putting in this photo of a gorgeous lily growing in our garden – aren’t the colours yummy?
Sorry for the lack of blog posts recently – I don’t know what happened to the UK summer but it seemed to shoot by and turn into autumn in the blink of an eye. I haven’t been doing much art either. Too much juggling of family needs… and a few weeks ago, our 21 year old cat had to be put to sleep which proved pretty traumatic for the whole family as he had been around for as long as the boys could remember.
But next week, my five Reeds wallhangings are going to be hanging in the Riverfront arts centre here in Newport as part of an exhibition by the Diverse Manners arts group of which I’m a member. If you happen to be in the area next Friday, you are warmly invited to the Preview Evening which starts at 7pm.
Reeds 1 is on the background of the flyer! The exhibition is on until the end of September.