Sunday, 24 November 2013
Sunday, 17 March 2013
First off, I just want to say a truly heartfelt thank you to all you lovely folks who commented and emailed me after my last blog. It was a horrible time, on top of what is a pretty crappy situation already. The temptation was to pack the art/stitching/internetting in, crawl under a duvet and never come out but your kind words and messages really touched my heart and have helped and encouraged me to keep going with all this gubbins....so really, from the bottom of my crunched heart, thank you. xx
Right, s'nuff of all that serious stuff eh? Let's get... FUNKY!
Well the girls were getting restless so I thought I better get stitching. I decided after seeing my work on display at the Hemmed In exhibition that I really should start working on a larger scale...a decision I instantly regretted as soon as I started stitching! But inspite of the sore fingers and the hating one minute/loving it the next I'm kind of glad I persevered. So here they are embroidered within an inch of their lives!
Putting the FUN in funky! A walloping great stitchy "FUNKY" outlined in an olivey green silk and then filled with a range of threads and cottons in various greens including my favourite luminous one. I've also added wee pink sequin flowers and tiddly green glass beads for bit of added fun!
Hand stitched wheat or possibly corn in just about every colour I could shove on there!
Stitchy chicken wire...very fiddly!
There we have it...chock full of colours and textures and chickens, check 'em out over at the ol' Etsy emporium.
I'm currently working on another larger sized piece which I thought you might like to see in the really early stages... MOOO!
...and also franticly putting together a few more pieces for the British Stitch and Quilt Village in Uttoxeter. The show takes place April 26th, 27th and 28th at the Uttoxeter Race Course. I will be visiting on Sunday 28th so if you are in the area pop along and if you see a badly dressed lunatic with a purple mohican (I've had a radical new "do") come and say hello! :)
I'm also putting together a wee collection of bits for a chickeny/birdy themed giveaway which I hope to announce on the next blog so stay tuned!
So once again yet another HUGE thank you for all your love and support...really does mean the world to an old bag like me
Big loves homies and thanks for droppin' by! :)
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Anyway when I first started this internet mularkey with the painting and such I was a little nervous at worldwide exposure etc so I hid behind a nom de plume/brush and my kitty Mimi was my helper, from poking my paint brushes, chin rubbing the canvas edges and sleeping in my floss box, she seemed the perfect choice!
She's been my constant companion for nigh on 16years. She was found by the local vet, she'd been abandoned and was in a pretty bad way. A bag of bones, riddled with just about every parasite known to kittykind, bald as a coot and a VERY bad tummy. The vet had put her in a cage on the reception desk with a sign saying "Please take me home"...so I did.
Despite her issues she was a purry love from the minute I got her back and within a few months weight was creeping on, various cooties gone, the tum settled and the fur was growing back.
She's was a trooper from day one, became a one kitty champion ratting machine, survived a nasty anesthetic overdose and took our 2 long distance moves around the country in her stride.
When she was diagnosed with diabetes 2yrs ago I fretted about how on earth she was going to cope with injections/blood tests etc. We needn't have worried as she hopped on my lap every morning/evening, waited for her insulin to be mixed and took her jab with a shrug and a purr.
Just before Christmas we noticed slight changes in her, nothing major but just not quite right. A blood test revealed hyperthyroid on top of the diabetes and an infection that followed a couple of weeks later, her health went downhill rapidly. Despite everyone's best efforts she eventually stopped eating and became very weak, very quickly. With a seriously heavy heart we said no more. The vet came out to us and she slipped away peacefully with her head in my hand on January 25th.
She'd been by my side, sleeping on my pillow with her paw wrapped round my arm, poking my nose til I woke and loving us both without conditions 24/7 for the past 16yrs. I still expect to see her around the gaff and there is an awful big gap in our hearts and lives.
I miss her so much it hurts but I'm thankful we met and for the joy she's given us for all those years. So it will always be Mimi love forever
So before the snot n tears that are dribbling down my boatrace at the moment hit the keyboard, I thought I'd finally unveil the latest commission. I've hauled myself back into some sort of routine now, albeit a little hollow, and have been stabbing away at a bit of stitching etc to keep the brain from mulling.
This was finished just before Christmas but what with everything happening the blog and everything else was stuffed away.
So if you're still hanging on in there, I'd like to re-introduce Pidge, a fluffy white persian. She was described to me as having an underbite which "reminds me of my grandma", gunky eyes and a nasal problem which causes her to make a kind of "cooing" noise.
I've decided to work larger this year, a decision I instantly regretted, but I'm ploughing on with it...swinging between really enjoying it to threatening to throw it out of the window, but it's keeping the brain distracted and that can only be a good thing at the moment.
Sunday, 30 December 2012
...when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
Not strictly true in our case as our patchwork kitty decided to dish out the Christmas presents early by tearing through catflap at 11.30pm Christmas Eve with a live mouse in her chops. Much kitty merriment followed with us and the 2 toms in hot pursuit trying to catch it. Unfortunately due to the 2 chaps being lazy gits, me and himself hideously unfit and her in full thrilled mode she made it to the bathroom and promptly let it go, where it immeadiately stuffed itsself behind the bath.
Fortunately we're old hands at this now and have an impressive collection of humane traps which are currently loaded with peanuts and scattered around the house in vague hope we get it before she does. But tis a bit disconcerting when you're trying to carry out your morning abloutions with a derranged kitty trying to tunnel its way under the door!
So, anyway a very belated but Merry Christmas to you all! I'm afraid the ole blog has been bit on the neglected side past couple of months, I shant bother you with all the gory details but suffice to say I'm more or less caring for my ma-n-law full time now and trying to juggle work, home and various duties I've been a bit cream crackered and the internettin' has taken a bit of a back seat I'm afraid.
But all sorts of good things have been happening too and I've lots to show and tell you so I'll shut my face and get on with it!
First off super exciting booky action! My work has been featured in not one, not two but 4 publications this year...huzzah!
8 of my piccies were used by Nelson Medina in the October issue #38 of Revolution Art Magazine, which you can read for free here
The wonderful Sarah Whittle included 3 pieces in her frankly fabulous Needlecraft Style Directory, chock full of stitchy goodness: ..."a comprehensive and accessible guide to stitch craft, for crafters of all levels."
And face it folks if I can do it anyone can! ;)
Available from Amazon here
You might recall a while back I made this wee fella?
Well he can now be found tittering behind his toadstool in KeepDelete by Andrea Wilkinson!
"Keep Delete is about turning digital messages on the verge of being forgotten, deleted, outdated or even lost into something tangible; into artifacts."
Available from Amazon here
And finally poet Buddy Wakefield and author Stephen Snook very kindly approached me to use a couple of my chicken portraits for their paperback HenHouse Magazine. Billed as "like Penthouse for chickens" how could I refuse!? It features all sorts of magnificent photo's, articles, poems and chicken themed art:
"This is absolutely hilarious - and one-of-a-kind. Sure to be a cult-classic one day. It's hard to classify, but will be equally enjoyable for both artist and hen-keepers alike."
Available from Amazon here
The chaps also very generously sent me a copy which I will be offering as a giveaway in the New Year and I have a little something to go with it, so stay tuned!
I also ventured out in public...which believe me is no mean feat for a housebound hermit with fear of open/enclosed spaces like me! Jamie "Mr.X Stitch" Chalmers generously invited me to include some of my work in the "Hemmed In" exhibition. I was completely thrilled to be included and to have my work hanging alongside the likes of Beryl Dean and Tilleke Schwarz, well words can't describe the thrill and I feel immensely honoured to have been included.
My Arthur Brown Guinea Pig getting checked out!
Hemmed In: Embroidery and Needlework from MK and Beyond presents work from the 1930s to the present by over fifty practitioners, organised with MK Embroiderers Guild and Jamie Chalmers. Ranging from the local to the international, the exhibits include needlework through unusual media, techniques and unexpected subject matter, including street art, rock music and internet spam. The exhibition at MK Gallery runs until 6th January 2013, and admission is free so if you're in the area do pop along!
Hanging with my homies (I'm the slightly terrified ginger one on the end!)
And this is a sneaky peek of Pidge the Persian, she has an underbite, gunky eyes and a nasal problem which causes her to make a soft "cooing" sound, but I think she's utterly adorable!
She's only just arrived in USA and the recipient has yet to see her in her stitchy finery so I will unveil the final piece in the New Year too!
Well I hope I haven't bored you rigid with all that! I just want to end this post and indeed this year, with a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all you fine folks. You have put up with me and my drivvling and have not just supported my work but have helped me through some pretty crappy times, especially at the beginning of this year when we said our final farewell to pa-in-law Bri.
So before I go and get all snivvly I better go and check the traps...I have this awful feeling I'm just kind of gift wrapping it for her...eurgh!
Thank you all and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!
Big Mimi Loves to y'all and thanks droppin' by! :)