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My Exploration Of The’ Upsidedown’

You may be thinking from my title that I’ve been watching Stranger Things on TV and you would be right, however that’s not what I’m talking about here, I’m talking about reflections.

Remember my Druids Temple walk, the reflections of the trees in the Burn and the play of light on the water just had to be explored.

My intentions were, do a few sketches of what I liked then translate them into a design for ceramic underglaze decoration, but that’s not quite what happened.

I did do some doodles of things I liked.
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Using different mediaP1470171This one got me thinking of textile work using machine embroidery, but that’s not what happened next, although I might get there eventually.
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reflection paintingsI like the semi abstract quality of only seeing the reflections, this is my upside down world.

But I still have ideas to develop further for ceramic and textile work. I do love not knowing quite where my journey will take me when I start an exploration like this.

 

Frosty Inspiration – Lord’s Seat Walk

It was such a lovely day yesterday we headed out for a walk up Lord’s Seat. However before we got to the summit we ran into snow and a gale force wind so strong I couldn’t stand upright. Just goes to show you need to be prepared for all weather when you go out at this time of year.

I found some wonderful inspiration for some digital / textile / mixed media work. Lot’s of frost and ice, even some quite thick snow on the north side of the fell.

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This icy path twinkled in the sunlight like silver glassy jewels, the frost sparkled like diamonds where the sun had just caught it before it melted.

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Wonderful green mossy banks , rocks, roots and lichens.

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The weather was almost at extremes, warm and sunny with hardly a breath of wind just meters from the summit, but on the top it was so windy I couldn’t stand upright and it was so bitingly cold we didn’t linger.

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On the way down the cloud over Skiddaw cleared giving us a wonderful view of her snowy cap.

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And Grizedale Pike’s snow covered peak reminded me of Mount Fuji

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So now the challenge begins, the hardest part for me is bringing all my inspiration together in a unified way. I never have trouble finding inspiration, but bringing it together is another matter. It’s time to get the sketchbook out and start exploring . I’ll keep you posted!

My Process – from source to design

My Process – from source to design

15 days ago I went out for a walk in the countryside in search of inspiration. I had an overwhelming need to get back to ‘who I am’ and create from the heart. I love the design process, it’s a game, like chess, played out by head and hand.

I came back from my walk inspired and determined to start working on something new, something very different and hopefully by the end of the process I would have made a piece of work to be proud of.

This blog post is about my journey, the thoughts and actions that took place, the concept for a finished piece of work. Kind of a fly on the wall but inside my head.

I love texture and I find rocks, moss, lichens, and bark very inspirational, textures  and abstract pattern always get me fired up. I must have hundreds of these type of photos but a newly taken picture is so much more interesting, everything of that moment is still fresh in the mind and the senses.

I chose a couple of photo’s that I particularly liked.  P1310403My sketchbook, watercolours and a range of drawing materials came out, notes were made; what colours did I like? While working on my sketches I was thinking about how to interpret my ideas, what materials and techniques would work best?

P1310405I knew I wanted these pieces to be mixed media pieces, for a very long time I’ve wanted to combine ceramics and textiles. So I started thinking of how I could achieve this. My first thought was to have the main body of the work as textiles and add on ceramic, or even metal pieces so a quick sketch was made with notes about ideas for making textile textures. I started thinking about using subtle colours on some pieces but strengthening the colour for other pieces.
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The journey of making an actual ‘artwork’ began, I started making a textile picture. The picture needed 3 dimensional elements made from either enamelled copper, or ceramic clay, so I set about and made both. I will finish this piece and I will show it at a later date, but this is where I went off on a tangent and started making some clay pieces.

The clay pieces needed to dry, they were then fired. They were coloured and refired, interestingly I went with my favourite colour palette and deeper hues than I originally intended. I had quite a wait, ceramics is a slow process and sometimes the excitement waned, but once my tiles were fired my enthusiasm returned.

I have spent the last couple of days working on the textile part, more scribbles and notes were made. This was a journey of discovery as I had to learn several new techniques along the way, including soluble fabric, (which is amazing). I discovered needle felting from the wrong side could push the fibers through the fabric giving a fabulous mossy effect.
P1310401I have literally just finished my pieces, I want to write this post when everything is still fresh and exciting in my mind. So here are some photos, I still need to frame them but that’s for another day.

Now I need is to think of a name for my new body of work. I’m not finished yet, there will be more to come.

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I need to take a step back and assess the finished work, I like to look at them for a few days and think about how I could have improved on them, what will I do differently with the next pieces, how will I finish the predominantly textile pieces. But for now my head needs a rest, I feel content but quite exhausted.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think, good or bad I’d love your feedback.

Jill