Just a quick update, the workshop list has been put back to Mon 31 March.
I am just gathering together all of my bits and pieces for my stand at the NEC at the end of this month for Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch. It runs from Thurs 21 to Sun 24 March and I will be on stand H17 in Hall 12.
I am currently putting together some new broads for display as my old ones are suffering particularly because in the autumn and spring the weather generates lots of overnight condensation in the halls and all of the boards which are attached to the backboards with velcro, peel away from the broads and end up -corner first- onto the floor. When this has happened a few times all of the corners are cruched up and look very dog eared.
I am hoping to take lots of my my own work for sale – the little books that I make are very popular so I have extended the range. I also hope to take some of the specialist supplies which I use in my work.
Thought I’d use my last ‘Twelve Days’ post to announce that my second book is now officially in the pipeline, prompted not least by the fact that it is listed on Amazon.co.uk with a working title Direct Inkjet Printing on Fabric AND already has an ISBN no 978-1408191903 – do it must be official.
Despite the working title it pretty much does what it says on the tin, looking at direct to fabric techniques – including an overview of software and equipment, consumables, straight forward printing and a few creative ones.
it is being published by A&C Black and is part of their Textiles Handbooks series, due to be published in Summer 2014.
I have made it to day 10 in my 12 days of Christmas despite the fact that I am up to my eyes in writing the book and my City & Guilds courses – yet to come (like the Dickens reference??- maybe not).
But I have also been re-looking at some images for the new digital inkjet printing pieces I am working on for various destinations, and I am (was) a big fan of the BBC’s ‘Merlin’, I have been playing around with images, particularly those of the stunning Katie McGrath who played Morgana.
Still working on many more, but I think this could be a good starting point.
Back in the days when any kind of attempt to acquire images had to be done in a very clumsy and or expensive methods of reproduction I made thus image!! And it was all of those things – hours in the darkroom, expensive film and photocopies. Now it could be done very quickly and easily with a desktop scanner and printer. So why not?? Because there is still a part of me that still worships the continuous toned (ie not digital pixels) image. Not everything in the 21st century is better.
Have you ever read ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens? Come to that, how many of us have actually read any Charles Dickens of any kind? I think that the recent adaptations on BBC television such as ‘Bleak House’ and my favourite ‘Little Dorrit’ may have converted many. ‘Bleak House’ was a huge hit not least because it was screened the way it was published – as episodes and because Andrew Davies wrote some or all of the adaptation who really knows how to make Dickens come alive to the modern audience.
Anyway, back to ‘A Christmas Carol’ it isn’t even a full novel just a short story about 80 pages long, BUT, the prose is very dense, but worth the effort; as you read how Scrooge goes back with the Ghost of Christmas Past there are some fantastic descriptions. One here has inspired my next piece of work; ……
‘He was not alone, but sat by the side of a fair young girl in a mourning-dress: in whose eyes there were tears, which sparkled in the light that shone out of the Ghost of Christmas Past’.
I am not a sentimental person in that my work is not sickly sweet or even very figurative, but I hope that it will try to document some of my Christmases past.
Until then, here is a couple of digital images which fairly sums up the kind of imagery that this quote could illustrate.
Just got back from the Loch Lomond Quilt Studio where I delivered my inkjet printing workshop, which I must say was very well received. It constantly amazes me that if you give someone a small gem of an idea they pick it up and run with it, and produce the kind of work you never envisaged.
I had visions of the weather being bad, being mid November. Well, so it was, but not in the way I expected. I seemed to be just in front of all of the bad rain and floods. I say that because I took the ‘slow’ cross country from Glasgow to Birmingham New. ‘Cross Country’ means via Edinburgh, Berwick upon Tweed, Darlington etc etc, going forward from Birmingham as far as Penzance. Only just made it.