Tuesday, 18 October 2016
I hope to remain a member, if the group continues, but will not be doing any more new work at this stage. It doess disappoint me as I have enjoyed responding to the challenges but there comes a time.....
With regrets and best wishes to you all.
Sunday, 2 October 2016
I made a printing plate (see second image) from foam scraps that a friend was discarding. The grey shapes as printed represent all the bits and pieces that float around our oceans.
I used a lino cutter and a school rubber to make the fish skeleton stamp. The letter stamps for 'Pollution' were made from a wooden alphabet bought on ebay several years ago. The fabrics are all scraps or a
I have had another idea so I might be contributing another piece, who knows.
Friday, 29 July 2016
I'm sorry if this is a bit late but I am emerging from a bit of a bad patch and only just getting back into the studio. My offering for Long Walk Home is entitled "Imagining Walkabout" and was inspired by the landscapes and art works of Australia which we visited last year. Driving along the west coast from Albany to Darwin it seemed that we were so far from home both physically and culturally. The landscape even in the deserts was never entirely brown and there were many different types of vegetation hanging on in nooks and crannies. We visited a number of sites where rock art showed how the local have used the land for 40,000 years. I wanted to include the idea of walking across the landscape from place to place but these are not towns or villages in European sense but resources for life, waterholes, caves and food sources. Truely a long way from our home.
I am not happy with the piece, it seems bitty and uncoordinated and I would do it differently if I were to do it again. View it as a preliminary sketch in fabric. I just felt it was important to get going again.
Monday, 25 July 2016
This was a fun piece which is unusual for me. It was before a certain date so future work is likely to return to my usual dystopian outlook. I am sorry it is late but the design and printing were done ages ago - it just never got quilted.
I was stuck, initially, for a suitable idea until we came home from an exhibition on the train. The 'Evening Standard' carried an advertisement for a Fendi shoe and this was combined with an exotic dress I found. These set me wondering what it would be like to walk this eight mile journey in such gear. I added one of my 'Ascot hats' and the trainers on the left-hand side to the mix. The background is meant to reflect a spiral type route from the centre to the destination. I cannot remember now how the background was compiled except that it came from earlier design work.
The quilting is intended to reflect the longest possible route from the centre to the outside. I do not use much green usually but I just went with the flow as it developed.
Thursday, 7 July 2016
Sorry that I am late, but I was abroad and could not access the yahoo group.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
This quilt was inspired by a photograph of my Granddaughter taken when she was not quite two years old. Having grown up in Leeds, my lovely daughter and her partner decided to move to live in the countryside and found a cottage completely surrounded by farmland.. Long walks along extremely muddy paths followed and having been a city girl all her life, my daughter suddenly discovered nature! The countryside where they live is very flat and featureless, but ideal territory for a toddler learning to find her feet. Isobel is now eleven and will be going to high school in September, but to us she is still that little girl starting on a long journey.
I used my own handdyed fabrics and all the quilting and embroidery were done on my sewing machine.
Friday, 17 June 2016
Bird migration is one of the great wonders. I often think where is home to a bird, they do not all return to the nest area where they were born, though some species do. So where is home?
I thought of when my children were young and how after a fun day out at the local park they had no energy and wanted to be carried. home. However as soon as they got back into the house they were full of energy where I might just have wanted to sit down with a cup of tea before cooking and the evening routine.
White cotton from the Empress Mills bargain bundles, sun printed and then free machine work. I do not particularly like this piece, it was not challenging and is very mediocre. The one thing that I do feel proud about is that when dye painting the fabric I completely forgot about allowing extra for binding so I had to be careful not to quilt into the narrow edges that were
Monday, 13 June 2016
For new members some of the requests and chat can be found in the comments under people's posts. I have tried to help by responding through the comments. It is difficult to find ones way around the technical bits of posting photos and text.
Wil who set up the group said in one of the comments that she was abroad and could not access the Poll results through her ipad or whatever it is she has, I can not remember that detail.
I also read on another group that she had had a thrombosis and had been taken to hospital.
I hope the above is helpful.
I am working to the theme, LONG WAY HOME to have it up by the end of July. I say working, well just tonight I got out paper and pencil to see if any of my vague ideas might possibly work. I am planning to do some of the fabric painting for it tomorrow. Sometimes I find it very easy to come up with a few ideas but this to me is very difficult. I have also been working flat out on a piece for an exhibition, see my facebook page (spelling of surname is MacWilliam..... no s at the end of surname). I also am a fanatical vegetable grower so been busy there.
Thursday, 9 June 2016
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
|Coast to Coast - Lesley Brankin|
I had great fun making this quilt - starting off with an old pillowcase which I ripped into strips. Each strip was tied/stitched and then dyed in strong tea. Using the resultant stitch resist patterns to dictate the my hand stitching I let the form of each landscape evolve as I worked. Finally I made a little print block and printed a trail of footprints to represent the walk.
Monday, 30 May 2016
Saturday, 7 May 2016
1) Where IS the poll & the Yahoo group? I thought that the blog was the only place for posting observations?
2) Has it been decided that 'The Long Walk Home ' is the subject & July the deadline? I know that Irene proposed it & it suits me as I am halfway home already! However, I have not seen a definite deadline or any mention of ideas for future work. Perhaps we could have the themes for the year so we can get ahead of the game if that suits us.
3) Have the people who made contact via my message on the CQ site been contacted & what is the result? Do I need to do a follow-up message as I have a feeling that some may have fallen by the wayside? I do feel a bit responsible for their participation & enjoyment.
4) Could you do a post,Will, letting us know where we stand?
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Back to 'Conquered'. I was really stuck for an idea for the current topic and I saw a picture of Everest. I am of an age I can remember the thrill of the announcement that Hillary and Tensing had reached the summit. I'm not good at figures but I think the distant shapes convey they have a long walk down! It was good to work on something quickly as soon as the idea came. I usually take ages to decide.
Thank you Will for your patience and help.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Friday, 22 April 2016
Apologies for not posting before but I did just want to say hello to everyone and to briefly introduce myself.
My name is Lesley Brankin and I live in the pretty town of Malvern, Worcestershire. Ever since I was little I have been fascinated by all things arty and crafty, perhaps this was something to do with my Mum being a Primary School teacher and their generally being materials around the house? I love art and textiles of all forms and am always keen to try out new ideas and techniques that I might be able to incorporate into my own work.
Challenges are always good to get the old brain cells ticking over and the creative juices flowing so I am looking forward to being a member of this group and tackling the idea of 'A Long Walk Home' - thank you for letting me join.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Sunday, 17 April 2016
For the last few days I have been doing some tie dyeing and thought I could use a piece of it for the Long Walk Home theme. I seldom do pretty pieces and yet I just love this fabric so maybe!!!. Anyway here is a sample of one of my 5 fabric pieces I have made. I plan to do 2 more today. The input for doing these came from http://carolreatondesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
As a long time member of the group, actually with it from its formation a very big welcome to all of you. It looks like we will live on. Wil Opio Oguta has been the mainstay of the group.
We were running it with members having posted themes to Wil and she picked them out of the hat every month but our numbers dwindled as people found they could not keep up with a monthly challenge.
The group more of less collapsed and I think only about 3 people were posting work so how about us taking up the February theme of LONG WALK HOME and setting our goal as 4 pieces each 12 x 12 inches per year. If we start as if at beginning of May then our posting dates for our pieces would be JULY, OCTOBER, JANUARY, APRIL. This avoids the Christmas business for people.
How about we take in turns to suggest a theme? As you can see I have jumped in taking the theme that was already running in the group but had no postings of work.
Work can be anything you want to do. It would be lovely if we got into the way of posting our thoughts progress etc during the making time. rather than just posting images of a finished piece.
It is up to us how we organise the group so lets have your views and we can work from there.
Everyone please feel free to respond to this so we get going.
Irene MacWilliam in a lovely sunny day in Northern Ireland.... I live outside Belfast.
Saturday, 9 April 2016
My name is Tricia Revest and quilting has been my serious hobby for over 20 years ever since I saw the Contemporary American Quilts exhibition at the Crafts Council in 1993 and met Nancy Crow before I'd heard of her. From that day I knew I wanted to quilt. I joined London Quilters the following week and an obsession was born.
In October 2014 I retired from a career in teaching medical sciences and now spend quite a lot of time in my studio. I have tried lots of styles over the years but now seem to concentrate on free-form strip piecing, often using hand dyed fabrics, but want to start stretching myself more into surface design (and better free motion quilting).
I love music, especially opera and choral, walking, gardening and travelling. I am also a bit of an IT geek. I recently learnt to scuba dive, although I only like warm water like the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer so joining an online group can help me get my quilting fix whilst being at home under treatment. I am a member of both the Contemporary and Modern groups of the Quilters Guild and love doing journal quilts, although I've yet to make a proper modern quilt (whatever that is). I look forward to being a part of this group too.
Friday, 8 April 2016
Thursday, 7 April 2016
Monday, 14 March 2016
I am enjoying coping & thinking about different subjects as well as liking to work small. I, for one, would miss the challenges a lot.
Sunday, 6 March 2016
The ocean is really a great big fish tank so it is apposite to site my fish in an open space. My fish are not happy with conditions in the sea and express their displeasure. They complain, plan to revolt or get out if they can. One manages it but the old one cannot go. The noise mentioned at the bottom refers to the disruption caused by submarine noise which confuses small marine life. The rest is self-explanatory. I imagined what the fishes would say and expressed it in a fun way but I hope that the serious point contained there will be obvious. In some ways it is also a metaphor for the human situation at the moment.
The background was based on my own pictures of reflections and the fish adapted from other work. I used photo transfer and free-machining.
(I have two more pieces ready to quilt and I shall try to work these up as soon as time allows.
Monday, 29 February 2016
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
I used a combination of hand dyed and commercial fabrics with some added beads, sequins and yarn. Title of this one is: To bite or not to bite.
Sunday, 24 January 2016
Thursday, 21 January 2016
Having used the same technique in my December piece I have repeated it. I love doing these simple colourful pieces, they are so relaxing to do.