After the wonderful course with Rob Jones at West Dean College, I made up my own indigo vat. I wanted to dye some papers and I also wanted to eco print in a turmeric bath, over dyeing with indigo. The end result was this book, using papers, fabrics and various other bits and pieces. Most of the circles were obtained by clamping before dyeing and I also used a hole punch as I constructed the book. The tiny bits of fabric on page 4 are the end blocks at either end of a row of mokume stitching. The images on the final two pages are cyanotypes, a process with which I am just beginning to experiment. Finally, I used encaustic wax over the covers.
I recently discovered the work of France Papillon who does the most amazing journal pages. This is the result of a little online course I followed. It is four sheets of A4 watercolour paper, the backgrounds were done first then the pages folded and sewn together using a simple pamphlet technique. I then continued to work into them.
I loved the course I did with Roxanne Evans Stout which resulted in my Four Seasons book, so have done another course with her to produce a Nature Journal.
I have been invited by the Embroiders’ Guild to submit a piece of work for their exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Show, entitled Page 17, using a book as inspiration. I chose ‘The Crane Wife’ by Patrick Ness, which takes a Japanese folk tale in which a couple assist an injured crane who then returns in human form to weave beautiful fabric, plucking feathers from her breast, which they can then sell.