Week 11 was a complete whirlwind of final works and installation of Interlace exhibition which is now up and looking fabulous!
I was also hurtling through finishing a quilt for a big birthday present at the same time as opening the exhibition. It was more than a little close to the wire getting it done but it was nice to have lots of sewing to do.
As an aside, I am teaching this type of improv(ised) patchwork later in the year, along with the paper pieced type too. Find out more here.
Since the exhibition opened, things have been somewhat different and the pace of life changed completely with a few sunny, chilly days on a canal boat. There’s a lot of work to do on a boat, and lots of walking and exploring, but there was time for some simple making too. I’m slowly working on a very time-consuming piece for my Narrative Threads exhibition and making hexagon patchwork with antique fabrics, also for the exhibition.
I’m also working on the easiest bit of knitting ever – yards and yards of icord made from scrap yarn to make into long, loop necklaces.
The last few weeks have had a lot of the petal-making for Interlace. We’re now into the final days before the exhibition so mounting and finishing is the order of the day. I’m lucky to have had two work experience students working with me in March, who have been invaluable in the exhibition preparations.
The students and I have also started transferring textile memories onto cloth.
In between all this I have made a little progress on my two patchwork projects, and finished knitting a cowl on the last day I was off sick last week.
Owing to a foul illness over the last week or so, recent daily makes have just been knitting and more knitting. Both the scarf and the illness are done now, I’m pleased to say.
These #dailymake2015s also overlap with an artist in residence day so proper making has taken place too.
I’ve recently been having a great time experimenting with screen printing, which I’ve not done since school! I’ve been printing on fabrics to make into more petals for Interlace, my collaboration with Bethany Walker. Our exhibition opens in less than 4 weeks time so there is lots to do….
Along with grey petals, I’m also celebrating the nicer shades of grey on Instagram with the hashtag #50niceshadesofgrey. I’m posting pictures of lovely grey things, when I remember.
There have also been some blues. Made on Monday, when I was really feeling blue. It didn’t last.
Week 7 has mostly involved visiting exhibitions, taking down exhibitions and preparing exhibitions, which isn’t so bad. But there *must* be more needle and thread in the next few weeks.
My excuse for missing an entire week of #dailymake2015 was my birthday last weekend. I made a dress for my birthday party and did a lot of work on petals for Interlace as our exhibition deadline looms ever closer! I’ve also got back into knitting which is a joy.
Some of the last couple of week’s makes:
Again, it has been a tough week of deadlines and not as much making as I would like, with an added stinky cold for the last few days. I’m finally having a weekend off, after working 27 days straight through in January, and am spending it planning and preparing for a big birthday party next weekend! I’ve also worked out what’s going on with my phone, so I’ll have decent photos again soon.
This week’s makes
Something I made ages ago, in lieu of actually making….
Dramatic smocking on a private commission
Some stitches that didn’t make the cut and came out later.
Stitches that stayed
Comfort knitting after a tiring day
Back to my own work, at last
Making for Interlace
Three weeks into DailyMake2015 and I’m struggling to find time to make something every day, which is really frustrating! January seems to be filled with funding & project applications, meetings, admin and more meetings, some deadlines and more meetings. All of it is good, but it is taking up far too much time away from actually making.
On the plus side, when it is a making day, I get lots of making done.
This week’s #dailymake2015 are augmented with some other making-related pictures – things that are part of the process but aren’t actual making.
Part of my new work for Narrative Threads
Finishing off a bespoke clothing job for a client, which is normally Erica’s job, but she’s off travelling for a few months away from her sewing machine.
My kind of clothing-related job; repairing a vintage jacket for a customer.
Desperation making when no sewing happened… I did an inch of knitting, for the first time in several weeks. I’ve only been meaning to make this hat for about 2 years….
Preparation for making. Choosing the cloth and the thread.
Workshop sample for an embroidery class I’m teaching in a few weeks. It is such fun to play with colours when my life mostly revolves around neutrals and faded shades apart from Interlace, although this set of petals is pretty subtle.
Some days I do lots of making. Some days I barely manage anything and have to resort to a doodle in a sketchbook as my #dailymake2015.
I’m making progress on new pieces for Narrative Threads and Interlace and I’m enjoying having sketchbook on the go. I have it beside my armchair to doodle, sketch and invent embroidery stitch patterns while I am drinking tea and being sat on by my cat.
As I made myself a new necklace from old beads on New Year’s Eve, I reflected how I rarely actually make something every day. Work gets in the way. I teach. I administrate. I clean the house. I walk in the countryside. Sometimes there just isn’t the time. I resolved to make time, each day, for even just a tiny bit of making. This year will, fortunately, full of making – unlike last year which was full of funding applications! I have two big exhibitions to make new work for, one at the end of the year and one in a couple of months.
I will be sharing my daily makes for 2015 on Instagram, hopefully every day for the rest of the year. Here is my first week.