Thursday, 29 April 2010
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Sunday, 18 April 2010
It is a 2 acre garden by the side of a stream and has it's own woodland and trout pond.
This stream was an area off a Japanese style bridge which you walked over from a raised deck.
The garden was extensive and had many key features and plants which we found inspirational.
I brought a blue wood anenome for Mum and myself to remind us of our visit. I'll take a picture tomorrow when I have planted it.
I liked the poems and quotes which were around the garden. We were given a map to show us the key features. I think I would like to make a map of Quilters Cottage so watch this space.
The Grant's garden is featured in the 'Grow It' magazine which was on display.
Saturday, 17 April 2010
This is a Japanese inspired garden designed by myself at the back of my studio. The standing sculpture is based on standing stones important in Japanese Gardens. I designed the ceramic stones. The clay was pushed into boxes which were lined with calico fabric so the clay picked up all the folds and creases. It was finished and fired by an artist called 'Flick' she has her own ceramics buisness now. Pebbles and slate form a dry river bed and pool around a ceramic seat made in the same way.
On the studio wall is a wall hanging made by me in etched and joined metal sections called 'Rabbits Don't Wear Armour', part of 'The Roadkill' Exhibition. On the metal dividing fence is a large climbing jasmine which makes this garden smell heavenly.
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Be careful not to burn it too far as it goes very brittle. When you get the effect you want, wash it in a liitle soap and water and I rub clean with a wet wipe. This takes off any charcoal which may get on your work and cleans up the surface for additional colour.
I will now cut this up into sections and etch before embroidering and joining to the main piece.
Health and Safety tip here make sure you protect yourself, I wear my leather apron most of the time when I am in my studio, so I can do most techniques without worrying about what I am wearing!
Wear a mask when needed.
Work in a well ventilated room.
Have water handy!
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Jenn couldn't help herself, she had to have a go on the embellisher.
In the afternoon Carol learnt some more machine quilting techniques on her new machine which her husband brought her for a suprise. It arrived lastFriday. So let's just say Carol thinks it's Christmas and her Birthday all rolled into one. He has got alot of smarty points, he chose really well.
See more of The Gallery http://www.thegallerydereham.co.uk/
Sunday, 11 April 2010
It is a wooden observatory in it's own woodland area.
The ramp leading up to it does not give away the contemplative space within,
until you push open the wooden doors!
We have a tree house in our garden that needs renovating and I can see inspiration from this artwork permeating into my head!
Watch this blog!
Friday, 9 April 2010
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Spring is really here at Quilters Cottage because not only are we tidying the garden but this is is what we do on a rainy Saturday morning ! Sand and clean down the Settle from the conservatory ready for painting.
This photograph was taken in Stewart's Studio. This studio overlooks the Monk's Secret Garden. It is a 30 foot by 12 foot log cabin which was originally mine until I moved into my new one near the house last year.
Is'nt he tidy?!!!!!!!
Friday, 2 April 2010
The thought was a piece of furniture that looks like a large textile workbox. This piece of furniture was in Stewart's studio. Stewart put a shelf and rail at the bottom, to allow workboxes to go underneath and put casters on the bottom so it can be moved around easily.