In like a Lion and out like a lamb, a strange Spring but the flowers blossom and the lambing Has begun
A surreal time for most of us around the world but still the cycle of life goes on , the sun sets and the sunrises and the mountains look on having seen it all before . New life in lambing brings a sense of closeness to the natural world
A wonderful weekend event making normal of the turmoil of our present situation worldwide .
To escape to the stunning beaches and the delightful village of Dornoch on Scotlands North coast was wonderful but I was working too .
Luckily my work is also my pleasure and being a guest tutor at this friendly event was a delight .
I learned a lot too and especially about Sashiko- a Japanese form of stitching that i knew little about .
The Team who give up their time and energy to create this event each year made a lovely range of outdoor creations to brighten up the area for the visitors .
Even the flowers in the villages tubs were a blast of colour .
Ideal to inspire the students who took part and created so many lovely flowers over the two days of workshops .
I even escaped for a visit the church hall at the other end of the village to see all the other exhibitors .
It was such a busy social event also with a talk on the Friday evening on Sashiko textiles both traditional and modern and then on the Saturday evening a pot lunch supper with all the organisers , tutors and exhibitors.
I don't know of any other event that creates such an event .
Well done to the organisers and I look forward to see what great opportunities you weave into next years event.
Thank you to my lovely hosts too, I always enjoy my time in their company .
What do you do in Argyll on a wet Wintery day ? Organise a workshop of course at the cosy station Studio
A local group of Woman's Institute members got together from various ends of Argyll to spend a lovely day crafting at the Studio . 10 is a large number of students in the Studio but time spent in preparation meant everyone had plenty of workspace and all the materials they needed to hand. Its always challenging for me to multi task with lots of options given on the creative choice . Felted landscapes were chosen by some , felted sculpted flowers by others and a new one for me too is an inventive way to learn the skills of both needle felting and wet felting - creating a pot with a lid . A talented group with mixed felting experience but very able with their crafting skills , i knew we could pull it off in the short day they had with me.
I was very grateful to my assisting "tea boy" who made sure everyone was well fed and watered. A lovely group of ladies who were a joy to spend a miserable wet Saturday with , great to see the wonderful creations they took home with them
Alchemy with living plant material is fascinating and a never ending journey of discovery. I had the pleasure of working with a fellow artist over this last weekend in a voyage of discovery . We both had separate questions of our own that working together got many answers and of course many more questions. Shared learning is two fold learning , never be afraid to share your knowledge it always enhances it .
We began by making our plant dye colours and worked on creating inks and thickening inks to screen print with . The viscosity of the ink is very important and many ratios tried before the correct one was achieved .Attempts at gelli printing needs to be rethought but it did answer the questions i had .
Paper was the first part of the experiment and Sumata paper had previously given a magical effect so that was one of the choices . Different thickness of cotton rag cloth were tried and the question of colours and blending answered .