Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Pair of 'Goth' Frankenfish

I've been busy perfecting the technique for the felt fish. Here's my latest effort:

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Two fish hanging on a machine wrapped cord. Each fish face is hand embroidered, note the inevitable trellis stitch around the mouth! One of the pair is further embellished with more embroidery, beads and sequins. Here are some closeups:

I'm really pleased with the 'gothic', 'horror', deep sea monster look of these!
I've put them in my Etsy Shop

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Review - Losing the Thread - Part 1

As promised, here's my review of the Losing the Thread exhibition last month at Chequer Meads Gallery in East Grinstead. Its such a nice venue, plenty of parking and a cafe. I'm sorry for the quality of the pictures, I'm not the world's best photographer.

As I entered the gallery, the first things I saw were some exquisite miniature patchwork quilts by Lilian Harris. I really like the detail on these, the use of buttons and prairie points especially.

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and some of her textile art pieces, a series called 'Fading Glory':

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and as I turned to face the doorway to the main gallery, on the wall facing me, her wonderful 'Firecracker'. I've admired this piece on computer screen, it's even better in the flesh!

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Then my attention was caught by a display in the window facing the car park - another piece I have long admired but never seen in real life - Maggie Harris's 'Leaves':

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Back along the corridor and turning left into the main gallery, again my attention was caught by two quilts by Lilian Harris - 'Road to Chantilly' and 'Bits and Pieces', especially the 'raised applique' on Chantilly:

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Blogger seems to think that this is enough for this post, and anyway it's time I went to bed. I'll have to divide this review into 'chapters' and do some more tomorrow!