I have just been doing an online course called Pathways and Wanderings with mixed media artist Roxanne Evans Stout which I found full of inspiration. I produced this book on the Four Seasons. First I used a combination of watercolour paper and Khadi paper for the pages and to give more substance to the Khadi paper I brushed on a layer of gesso. Then I collaged all the different items until I was happy with each page.
Whilst in Bangkok last December I saw some beautiful info tote bags for sale – quite expensive, so thought I would make my own. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out, using fabrics I bought in Japan and an Indian fabric as the lining. I zigzag stitched the outer fabrics onto a piece of heavy calico to give extra strength and used pieces of denim fabric for the top and bottom and handle pieces.
Umbellifers continue to intrigue me and I wanted to attempt something a little different. My inspiration was some pastel sketches I did of hogweed against the fields and sky. I glued down scraps of fabric with bondaweb and then stitched one layer of seed heads. I then added some pieces of transparent silk fabric to give some depth and stitched again. I added colour to the stems with Intense crayons.