Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shimmering Landscapes and Ogham Stones

Just finished a shimmering landscapes workshop with a small group here in the studio they made some lovely work I had the opportunity to experiment myself too.

here's Catherine messing about with ferrero rocher foils!

another Catherine trying to decide what colours to finish off her lovely tree piece.

the finished pieces ---they all wanted to go away and stitch them up.

Me and my friend and artist Jeanette McCulloch and poet Graham Harthill are planning an exhibition here at the studio for H.Art week, it's going to have a celtic theme we think, so working alongside the girls today i started experimenting with painted bondaweb on velvet with a bit of embossing and stitching. I made a sort of Ogham stone with my name spelt down the side (i'm not fluent in Ogham so it could say anything actually) it's stuffed with a bit of wadding as i'd like to make something a bit 3d. i'm quite pleased with the first effort but i'd like to do more research now and make the whole thing much more interesting.


I had a super duper time in Dublin last week, first i was working for the Dublin Embroiderers Guild who were enthusiastic and wonderful (i'd say that about all my groups though, stitchers are so friendly). We were making Bejewelled Bags and here are some images of them nearlly finished.

i can't remember who's who's but this one above was made by my host Eithne Carey who wanted to do a pocket
see pockets post Thanks to Eithne who made my stay a memorable one.

I extended my stay by booking a hotel in the city with my friend caroline and we had a jolly old time wandering the streets and visiting museums and galleries, our favourite place being the Chester Beatty Library full of ancient manuscripts, wonderful. i had a chance to sing at a couple of music sessions particulary o'donoghue's bar famous haunt of the dubliners.