This is my Cool Pirate, he's a good guy - Whilst working on my sea/water theme over the last few months I decided I needed to vary it a little and came up with my pirate who would love to sail the seas!I'm sure he would encounter many boats on his travels, from fishing boats to sailing yachts as well as a variety of fish, like the whale below.
I have been busy with lots of commissions lately, which are great but often difficult! I haven't figured out if it's harder to work from a photograph that someone has given you to copy or to work on the image they have in their heads!
I decided to step off the sea and back to land for this picture of the birds in the garden. As wonderful as it is to hear the birds song, I wasn't too happy the other morning when it sounded like all the birds in the neighbourhood had arrived in the tree outside my bedroom window!
we arise today together through the strength of heaven light of sun radiance of moon splendour of fire speed of lightning swiftness of wind depth of sea stability of earth firmness of rock
cliodhna This is an embroidery I did for my parents to give to my Uncle and Aunt for their 50th wedding anniversary. There are 50 hearts in total and I used raw silk for the red and the creme. The flowers on the backround are a scarf I died a brown and then embroidered over the flowers and cut away the rest of the scarf so the flowers were left. Anyone ever do carrickmaccross lace? same principal.
I hand embroidered the words, they were going to be too small to machine embroider. The words I got from the book Anam Cara by John O'Donohue. But I think originally it is maybe part of St Micheals breastplate. Its a christian poem but I changed the first line from 'I will arise today' to 'We will arise today together'. I felt it was christian enough for them and and this section meant something for me too. Commissions I do for people have to mean something for me too, otherwise I can't do them.
April is upon us and it's Spring time. We have a taste of brighter, longer evenings and some better weather, which brings us outdoors more and that has to be a good thing! Colours and flowers are out in the garden and this girl in the the orange and red dress is 'Picking flowers'. I had great fun this week planting some seeds with my kids, they are so enthusiastic! We had an assortment of flower seeds and there are now dozens of little pots around the house, that get watered and checked daily and there is a running progress report of what is sprouting and how fast. In a few months they will pick them like the girl in my picture!
From flowers to leaves, check out the 'Stegosaurus eating lunch', he looks like a friendly sort of fellow - not so sure they were in their day!
I was commissioned to do a picture after the arrival of a precious little baby girl. She is of course a modern day princess with her castle, that has the ability to catch love hearts as they come down to her from the sky! After finishing the picture I decided that I had to go out and catch some too.
I am currently working on a series of pictures that have a sea/water theme, whether it's sea horses or waves, the list is long. Here is one of the series that I have completed.
It is called - At the Lighthouse. I was inspired by the Lighthouse in Hook Head in Wexford which I often visit. My favourite time to go there is when the sea is wild, waves are crashing and the sea foam is being thrown in the air and onto the road - it's also lovely when the sun is shining!
I am spring cleaning, I have to finish projects before I can move onto the new exciting new stuff. This is really hard for me.. the new stuff holds so much promise where as when a project is half way there or even nearly done you can tell how it going to turn out and I lose interest sometimes. Sometimes it's because its not as wonderfully amazing as I envisioned it in my head and I think the next one will be better.
This embroidery above is one such. I did it for my last exhibition in signal and it didn't quite fit with the others maybe, I don't know, can't really remember why I abandoned it. I found it again a week ago sorting through my things and I liked it. Its to do with the dragonfly being the master of illusion and the doorkeeper through that illusion. I love the fabric I did it on, a blue silk, and the sun is a rich red silk that the picture doesn't quite do justice to. One thing I find with any kind of art or craft, if I start off with good materials or fabrics I love they inspire me.
I am a Leitrim based textile artist whose passion lies in feltmaking. The origins of felt trace back to ancient nomadic Asia. The oldest fragments found in Turkey date back to 6,500 BC. Felt was an integral part of culture, being used to make hard wearing clothes and shelters such as yurts. Felt is incredibly durable and tough, so much so, it was even used as shields and
armour in battle.
It's a material that is very warm when dry, and so its
use was (and still is) popular either in hot dry regions where nights were chilly, or
further north where precipitation was mainly in the form of snow rather
I love to work with felt in both two (wall hangings) and three dimensional forms. It can lend
itself beautifully to three dimensional soft sculpture ... the image above is an example of some of my work inspired by the environs of 'lovely Leitrim', where I see wading birds such as Curlew on the lake shores, and Oystercatcher which are often spied on the sea coast. Yes, Leitrim has a coastline, even if it is only two miles long!
by Sandra of Feltpix. January has been windy,wet,snowy,cold,mild,and the sky blue but mostly grey - typical January weather. I decided to bring some colour to my work room with the Smiling Bee above and the Princess Castle below. I pretended that it was Spring and my garden was full of colour and the bee's were busy, hopefully the reality of that will be happening soon. Then I became a princess for a day or two and this is where I lived,I'm unsure about the reality of this though! I wonder where my next adventure will take me..
The magic and madness of Christmas is upon us and it's great. I really enjoy this time of year, it's a nice kind of hectic.
The last few months have been spent getting stock ready for the various Craft Fairs and the new Gallery in Dun Laoghaire that Karen Harper is opening. I put down the scissors, needle and thread and put on my selling hat.
It's wonderful when someone buys one of my pictures, but I really wish I could go with them to see where they hang it, how they look at my work and the fun stories the kids and adults make up about them.
The pictures shown here are done with felt and silk wool, they are 'Night Owl' and 'Best Friends' - the dark at this time of year and being surrounded by friends helps to sum up Christmas.
I always have a few favourites that I don't want to part with, but I assure myself that there will be new favourites the next month and month after and so on. It is the silly season after all!
These are a selection of the
bags I had for sale at the craft fair in the RDS. It was a good show,
lots of meeting people and making contacts. It was tiring though, I am
glad now its over and I can think about future projects that have been
on hold. Anything as long as its not a bag! There was some
incredible crafts at the show. The winners of the crafts council
competion were there also with Aileen Johnston's embroidered book of
hours winning overall first place. Inspiring. Whats next? I think
a book that I have to finish illustrating and some embroidery panels.
New things to try. new boundries to push at. I have been shifting
through old work and being reminded of things I used to do. I made
puppets once and constructed paper. I will have to re-explore the past
and tidy it. See what treasures I find Happy christmas ya'll, x clio