Wednesday, 26 December 2018

The year is nearly over...


Blog posts were a bit infrequent in 2017 so for this year, I set myself a target of writing five posts a month - which I've managed to do. Some of them are a bit thin as I was scratching around a bit for things to write about at times. It's been a good way to make sure I note all the creative things I've been involved in so that I don't look back over the year and feel despondent about how little I've achieved artistically.

It's actually been a really busy year with various things going on through the artists' group. We had the North and South Print Exchange with Falkland Island Printmakers, the Wayzgoose in September, 20:20 Print Exchange and our new outdoor sketching sessions. There has been the usual teaching too which I always really enjoy.

My work outside that has changed direction somewhat with the papier mache 'Thing' and my venture into pop-ups. I'm particularly pleased with the Minotaur and his labyrinth Hoping to push the pop-ups further in 2019 so watch this space. See you in the new year!

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Knitting progress

Got bored with granny squares so am knitting a scarf, just to get my 10,000 stitches in. Getting better but don't look too closely as there are some unusual 'features'... Half-day knitting workshop coming up in January so hopefully I can learn some useful tips. Lots of great videos on YouTube though.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Pop-up books

Was given a couple of great books for my birthday in the Autumn. ABC3D by Marion Bataille is a fabulous alphabet in, well, 3D. Ingenious paper engineering and pop-ups of every sort. I tried taking pictures but this YouTube video of how the book works is much better.

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The Art of Pop-up by Jean-Charles Trebbi is an excellent review of pop-ups and paper engineers from around the world. There's also a great timeline showing the history and development of pop-up books. A book to go back to time and time again.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

A different kind of project

Decided to have a go at knitting last week. The Aged P used to knit all the time when I was a kid and up until I was about 20, she catered for the whole family's knitwear needs. 

As you can see, I got off to rather a rocky start. Began with 20 stitches, dropped several along the way, ended up with 27... What...?! I am practising, practising, practising though and there's definitely some improvement. Long way to go before I will reach my goal of being able to knit sweaters but if there's one thing I've learnt from etching, it's that patience and perseverance wins out in the end.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Nearing completion

Third and final minotaur under construction, then this variable edition will be complete. It's been a time-consuming, fiddly project but very satisfying and I've learnt a lot. Time for a new project though.