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Getting to grips with Instagram, and my frame has arrived

I’ve been trying to up my game on social media, I must admit it’s not really in my nature to do all this social media stuff, but I thought I could manage a daily photo or two on Instagram.

I have been doing this for 2 weeks now, I’ve gained a lot of followers but soon found following everyone back just caused chaos in my feed as I can’t find the people who I like to see whilst having my coffee.

I have shared my Instagram posts onto my Facebook page, ( which I thought was a good thing as FB no longer allow you to post on your personal page from places like WordPress). My insights tell me my reach is up and so is engagement so maybe sharing is a good thing, so long as I’m not boring people and looking spammy.

Twitter doesn’t share your photo, only the Instagram link, do people really click on links?

Getting back to Instagram, in one week I was invited to 2 online galleries, one of which wanted me to pay for the privilege, the other seemed a bit iffy too. That old saying about if it seems to good to be true then it is, came to mind. I was also asked by 2 instagrammies if I wanted to buy followers, why?

All this social media stuff is just not me, it’s wearing and it eats away at my precious time, so you may see a daily post from me but if you really want to know what I’m up to then my blog is the place to be. Having said that I like the immediacy of Instagram, maybe you only see an odd post, like a snapshot of my day, but later you would see the whole story on my blog. I think they work well together.

So what have I been doing this week? Glazing and more glazing, waiting for a break in the weather to do a raku firing. Edited to say this happened yesterday  but  you  will  have to wait a while for my post. 😊 Or look on my Instagram  😀

Working on the Art Elements theme challenge, will show you at the end of the month.

Also my frame arrived for ‘The Thread That Binds Us‘ mixed media artwork, I’m so pleased with this third or is it fourth frame, the colour is just perfect for the artwork, don’t you think? It’s not the best photo, it’s a dark brownish grey which really picks up the darks in the prints.
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Sticking down all those squares is a nightmare to get them lined up as the binding thread is not the same length everywhere, maybe that’s a metaphor on life.

I have put a key on the back of the picture with an explanation for each square, plant type, where I found it, memories of the day etc. I love this piece very much but then it is full of memories, I think it’s become one of my most treasured possessions.

You might have read about my struggle to find the right frame, let me know what you think, did I make the right choice?

The Thread That Binds Us – Memories of Oban Artwork

Following on from my last post about our holiday in Oban and the Inner Hebrides, I wanted to make a reminder of our trip as this was a special holiday, we had our 40th wedding anniversary and my 60th while we were there, and also you already know how much we love the place.

While we were there, out on our walks I gathered some leaves, twigs, lichens, stones, shells etc as a reminder of our days out. I know the day I picked up the lichen from the woodland floor was the day the roe deer came to visit us on the beach. The seaweed and the piece of slate came from Luing, which was the day the otters didn’t show up. The limpets from Mull remind me we couldn’t get on the first ferry to Iona and had to wait….etc.

The challenge was finding a way to put the pieces together, and as I’m experimenting with eco dyeing at the moment that’s were I started. As always some things printed better than others, the oak leaves from the wood printed well, so did the berries and honeysuckle from the car park in Oban.

Once printed I wondered how to go next, I thought of a book but knew I would probably never open it.

I decided to make a picture; I was thinking of how myself and OH have become connected to this area over the years, both of us enjoying the outdoors, but also learning from each other. OH loves the geology and the topography, and my main interest are flora and fauna, also the beauty of the landscape. So he informs me the slate has iron pyrites crystals and I pointed out the sea eagle, we make a great team.

So knowing how we are connected to this place I had the idea of stitching to represent the ‘thread that binds us’.

Some of the found items were hand stitched to the paper.

Now all I need is a frame, it’s not mounted in this photo so the squares will be in straight lines when it is. 🙂
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I intend making a ‘memory key’; a plan of the squares to attach to the back, with plant names, where they were found and memories of that day written in each square.

This piece is destined to become our of our treasures.