An update

So when I started the day of what?! I had assumed that I would be feeling a lot better and I’m not… which is making it all a lot less fun that it should be… So, as you may have noticed, I’m mostly stopping it.  There are some days which I think are too important to go unmarked so there will still be some posts.  Hopefully I will return to this project in the future.

I am managing to do some very carefully paced art and writing though!  I am still doing a bit of dyeing but horrific brain fog and nearly burning my flat down means I have to have supervision to do it… The following are mostly works in progress, some almost finished:

bear claw wip wip

Left: Bear Claw.  Right: Ammonite

goat spine wip

Goat spine

lungs in progress

Human lungs

moorlands in progress

Moorlands nature reserve

scarborough in progress

Scarborough north bay

skull wip

Bird Skull

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Dyeing with plants

Dyeing is one of few things my vertigo is letting me do so I’ve really gone for it!

Dyed with a few daffodil heads

Dyed with daffodils, the heads on the left and stems on the right

Dyed with avocado stones

Dyed with avocado skin

A comparison: Left is avocado skin, right is the stones

Dyed with grapes

Trees: winter

The final part of my trees project was using clay which I hadn’t done in many many years.

I was really pleased with how they turned out!

I used air drying clay which my carer rolled out then I pressed the leaves, seeds and twigs into the clay. I was worried that when we removed them, bits of tree would stick or the clay would pull but no. After five days they were dry and I painted them with gesso. Then I used brown ink to bring out the details. Another light layer of gesso, removing any that caught in the imprints with a baby wipe. And finishing them off with varnish.

I really enjoyed having a year long project and this year I am looking at the life cycle of butterflies! 

December Reflections: My word for 2017

My word/phrase for 2017 is everyday magic.

“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.”

– Charles de Lint

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re-enchanting the everyday

everyday treasures

December Reflections: 5 things about me

I read tarot cards

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I live in the beautiful city of York

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I have been taking part in Wanderlust 2016 and have already signed up for 2017 (and you should too!)

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When I was doing my Textile Design GSCE I had to make an item of clothing from recycled material

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I have recently discovered painting with inks and love it