art is everywhere…


...but you knew that, right? I've been looking at some of my old sketchbooks. Back in 2011 I did a textile art workshop. The topic for our designs was grids. The week before I'd been to the Kniting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally - I came home with bags of new goodies to play with, and … Continue reading art is everywhere…

Altered Thinking


I'm away from home and away from this blog for a few weeks... I'm missing my studio but I know in my absence the ideas are bottling up and there will be opportunity for outpouring before too long. Meanwhile I've had time to ponder on where I'm at, and how I got here. From here I can … Continue reading Altered Thinking

A Treasure Hunt


Yesterpost I shared an exploration into the evolution of an abstract photo. If you liked that, you might like this too: My regular post on Dirty Footprints Studio  gives a bit of insight into the process of gathering these images. Happy idea-gathering, folks 🙂

wandering mind


Cooking dinner one evening last week, waiting for the pot to boil: The condensation forming on the lid was developing into this fabulous leopardskin effect. Too good to miss. I love the ephemeral beauty in the everyday. It's everywhere, once you start to look. So I took this photo and shared it on social media in the circles who … Continue reading wandering mind

Chapter Next: Mirage


Some the pages in my altered book are already conveniently titled. The book began as an orphaned volume of short stories, and some of the tales' titles just appealed too much to cover up. Doesn't Mirage just conjure such magic? I haven't embarked on any of these pages with a plan. Planning just isn't in … Continue reading Chapter Next: Mirage

Here We Go … 16/52


This week, and how it took shape, began with these elephants who dropped through my letterbox on a leaflet for the zoo. Amongst all the hoarded nonsense and clutter that accumulates our lives  .... This week I found a box of old sheet music, and a bunch of books, all way too tatty and damaged … Continue reading Here We Go … 16/52

every last ounce of goodness


I've been dying fabric for the quilt lately. I've been dying fabric for years. It got me thinking: The only stage I don't like is towards the end when the residue dye - as it's no longer active - has to be poured away. Why? it's mostly water. But something inside me winces, it's beautifully … Continue reading every last ounce of goodness

ink dribbles


Remember the watermarked dyed paper ? This week I've been playing with ink (quite a lot!) So it followed that where water does one thing, ink should do similar but with more colorful results! I used Pebeo Colorex ink (Chartreuse. My fav color de jour!) they have a real glowing transparency and mouth-wateringly rich color! … Continue reading ink dribbles

for the love of paper


Isn't there something irresistable about paper? this page is centred around play with handmade paper. Not made by me I hasten to add - that's a game I haven't played (yet)! It lends itself so well to roughly torn edgery, and as I discovered this week, tearing it when wet makes for even fluffier edges. … Continue reading for the love of paper

a day in a page, part 3


Here's kinda where we left off earlier, the coffee has soaked in and the general consistency of the page is still damp and squodgy. Time for paint! Inner Kid is impatient with all this waiting, drying, waiting, so we press on: Paint and drippy ink. And more purple again! More splatter! More messy! More!!! In … Continue reading a day in a page, part 3