Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Norton Priory Exhibition

The latest exhibition of Textile 21 entitled 'Outside In' is to be held at Norton Priory between 22 May - 14th July 2008. All 15 members have designed and executed new pieces based on the gardens at the Priory to reflect the theme throughout Cheshire this year 'The Year of Garden'.

I have started three pieces that have allowed me to create new surfaces/backgrounds. I can't see much else getting done over the next few weeks as I plough on with these pieces.

The first is an embellished piece on ivory cotton velvet. I have used lace, wool roving and silk tops, as you can see from this pic I played around with the arrangement.

This pic shows the finished surface before I started to create the silhouette design on top. It has been well batted down and the gummed silk has remained in relief giving a very pleasing surface pattern. The finished size will be 9x15inches and mounted around a frame that Hubbie doesn't yet know he will be making!

These are a variety of experiments to reproduce stems for my silhouette of Dill plants. Very long painted tyvek beads and painted machine wrapped cords. I will couch on both types to achieve the different thicknesses of stems.

This is the image that is my inspiration for my first piece.

The second piece is embellishing again but this time on layers of organza with trapped fibres. This pic shows the random placing of cut fabric and fibres before I embellished on my janome Xpression.

This pic is after I have embellished . I love the resulting crinkle effect . I intend to FME a closeup of the Flower head on this background. Following pic gave me this idea.

This is the start of my third piece. Lace and muslin on Lutradur after I have machined in place and painted the reverse in browns and oranges. (thanks to Carol McFee for technique)

Then I painted the right side in acrylics and interference paints.Love the shimmer effect of interference paintsFinished piece ready for the window design to be applied, haven't quite worked that out yet but think the Roman window shape at Norton will be cut out before I FME on the Lutradur.

This is the pic that gave me the inspiration for the window shape.

So back to it.............. having said that I am at a workshop with Jackie Cardy and the Macclesfield Embroiderers Guild tomorrow so it will have to all wait until Friday, then again it's my birthday so i hoping some of my 'friends' will be popping round or phoning up to take me out for lunch!!

I've heard back from most of my nominees for the award of 'inspirational blogs' and it is plain to see the positive effect it has on people as they realise how they an affect other bloggers work and life. A great idea to spread good will and creativity.


Jackie said...

I hope you enjoy the workshop. I didn't realise I'd been blogged!
I've sent you flickr mail.

Gunnels blog said...

I think you have very fun here, Margaret! Wonderful surface! I hope you enjoy your workshop!

Fannie said...

I am in awe of your work, Margaret. Excellent post! Thanks for sharing.

May I have your permission to place a link to your blog onto my "Imagine" blog?

Julie said...

Beautiful work Margaret! I'll come back for a closer look. Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday. Your work is inspiring, I must try most of what you've illustrated in your pictures but most of the stuff you've named we don't get in India so I'll have to be creative,waiting to see the finished pieces.

Genie said...

Hi, Love what you have done, very inspiring.

Carol said...
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Carol said...

I love the textue on this piece, makes me want to get the paints and lace out

Helen Suzanne said...

fantastic lovely work Margaret

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Aussie Jo said...

I love your 3 pieces Margaret. What are the interference paints which you have used here??