Abandoned boat at side of Dunure habour, Ayrshire
We have just returned from a family holiday in Scotland timed to coincide with our daughters Degree Show and Graduation. Jess has got a 1st in the Environmental Art and Sculpture programme at Glasgow School of Art – needless to say the whole family is very proud of her! Rather than spend a fortune on hotels to stay in Glasgow for a couple of days we rented a lovey cottage in the costal village of Dunure for the full week. Dunure has a small harbor, a ruined castle and a couple of peebly beaches.
I have taken dozens of images which may, or may not, form the inspiration for a textile piece. So lots of images of stones, moss, wild flowers, waves and more forming a mostly neutral palette. However I thought I would share a few images of a derelict boat, stranded on the side of the harbor. The strong colours seemed rather out of place so they immediately caught my eye. I absolutely love the patterns formed as the layers of coloured paint have eroded and weathered. It looks positively psychedelic!
I heard this week that one of my Ruins pieces has been shortlisted for Fine Art Quilt Masters. This is my first ‘major’ exhibition and the thought that my work will be shown alongside well known textile artists is completely overwhelming. I still feel rather tearful! It means so much to me.
Whilst I am disappointed that I was not accepted into the European Quilt Trienniel submitting work to these two prestigous exhibitions was a real stretch for me. I have enjoyed pushing myself to produce my best possible work but did not really think my work was good enough yet. I am delighted to be proved wrong. And determined to keep pushing myself to achieve more.
Sneak preview of my Ruins piece
There are 19 artists shortlisted but I don’t think the list will published before the exhibition opens at Festival of Quilts in August. Can’t wait to see my work hung, I may just burst into tears!
It has been a busy few weeks since my last post. The studio has been rebuilt (albeit with a long list of finishing touches), I’ve had a week in the US and 3 days in Scotland with the day job and my grandson has had Chicken Pox (poor lamb!). At times it has felt like a train wreck but today the sun has shone and life seems calm again. I’ve started working on the next Ruins piece on the design wall. All the printed fabrics have been cut into ‘bricks’ and I’m building the background. I’ve also played with thin strips to create buildings. Not sure if this will work so I will leave it pinned up for a while.
Building the next Ruins piece
New print bench with storage room for finished pieces and work in progress (the shelving unit still needs a curtain front)
New bench at the back of the studio