A demo, a quiz and a John Piper project.

 

Hey ūüôā How’s your weekend going?

It’s gone crackers here again, springtime is always full of upcoming dates and schemes. Great stuff…but a little daunting if you haven’t got your ducks in a row from the outset. Deep breath…

Yesterday I went to see a local artist demonstrating Daler Rowney acrylics and the many marvellous additions you can buy to make your paint shiny, grainy and slower drying. I learned quite a bit, met¬†a lady from his art sessions and may well pop along to one of their art group meetings before long. They’re walking distance away…funny how it takes so long to find out what’s on your doorstep.

In a similar vein, I only knew about the local annual film and TV quiz in aid of muscular dystrophy through our lovely postman at work. I went along with a couple of friends last night and we had a ball. So funny! By the halfway mark the whole hall was singing along to the theme for Only Fools and Horses. A lovely atmosphere, and a good amount of cash going in the direction of a worthy cause. Hats off to everyone who contributed their time, what a fantastic effort.

So, what’s the John Piper project I hear you ask? It was an opening¬†exercise in this year’s art term, looking at the style and evocative technique used by John Piper to document the war through buildings, stark contrast and mixed media. This sort of thing…

 

John Piper painting

 

Although I prefer this one…

 

John Piper Painting - ruin

 

I chose Angkor Wat in Cambodia as my subject, I’ve never been there but I love the temples and mad trees.

 

John Piper inspired drawing - Angkor Wat archway

 

I’m not a loose painter, as a rule. Being undisciplined is a discipline, and we had a go at allowing pure colour¬†to suggest shapes –¬†as I learned through this project, The Line Is King. Your eye will always defer to it in times of doubt.

 

John Piper inspired Angkor Wat painting

 

A bit of this, a bit of that. This is where it’s at right now. I may tinker with it a bit more, but only when I haven’t looked at it for a week.

 

John Piper inspired Angkor Wat mixed media

 

Or possibly three.

 

Fallow January and the fruits of Imbolc

Hey! How’s life treating you?

We’re settling into a routine after all the hoo-hah last month with builders and pipes and other unappealing problems, I’m happy to say. In hindsight, I¬†think it was a good time to implement Fallow January.

What’s Fallow January? Exactly what it says on the tin.¬†It’s my decision to have a month off from normal life, from now until forever.¬†I used to be swept up in the New Year, New You, make some resolutions, get cracking, sort out your life kinda talk. Well, it just¬†doesn’t work in the long run (for me anyway) so I’ve decided to take my lead from the trees, this January and every one from now on. Get off the merry-go-round, allow ideas to¬†percolate, wrap up warm, read, drink tea and talk to friends. I still have to go to work and we have all the usual household business to attend to, but the non-essentials? Let¬†them wait. Rest. While I’m at it, I’m cancelling most of December too. With the best will in the world, I always get behind with Christmas and birthday preparations so we might as well be realistic. December is now officially about baking, giftwrap, festive¬†films¬†and sparkle. Excellent.¬†A ten month year has a certain pleasing quality, wouldn’t you say?

The close of Fallow January falls in line with Imbolc. The pagan new year comes in early February, when the sap is rising and we are starting to feel the first surges of light and growth. I think it makes much more sense to start the year as the earth wakes. We had a beautiful little celebration; candles and evergreens, salt and incense, water and written intentions that we planted in the garden. And so the next cycle begins, and I feel¬†clear-headed and ready for it. Plans are afoot. Let’s get to work. Starting with a new wardrobe for these guys…

 

Wicksteed Park Punch And Judy Puppets

 

…because I’ve started volunteering at Wicksteed Park, where it’s not just about litter picking and directing traffic. Oh, no. There’s a world of adventures there for my creative development, in a land full of trees (which I truly love) and a programme to develop local and traditional craft skills (which I truly¬†love). Watch this space! It’s going to be a fascinating year!

 

 

 

 

 

Make No. 31 – Syringe Driver Bags for Ipswich Hospital

Happy Sunday morning! How’s your weekend so far?

We had an unexpectedly lovely day out yesterday…we had only planned to stay home and get some jobs done, but when we found out there was a huge book fair going on in a stunning¬†church nearby we couldn’t resist.

 

st-marys-church-exterior

 

st-marys-church

 

I think a separate visit to hunt down green men and¬†gargoyles with my camera¬†is in order soon. It was only built a century ago so I might be out of luck…but in the meantime…tea and books. Lots and lots of books. Heaven. Paul bought two, I got sixteen.¬†Greedy¬†girl¬†ūüôā

Next we shopped for some bits and pieces¬†for a Halloween party next week. It was a strangely liberating experience, buying stuff to trash (don’t worry, the costumes will be re-used, my eco conscience doesn’t stretch that far).¬†Zombiedom awaits!¬†Then off to a housewarming party, to meet some new people, hug some old friends¬†and giggle at kids wearing pampas grass tails and setting fire to marshmallows. Fabulous.

Today will be our day of Doing Jobs and Making Stuff. So, on to Make 31, which is in response to this appeal from Making For Charity.

We’ve had a request from the staff at Ipswich Hospital, they are in need of some syringe driver bags. if there is anyone in the area that would like to help out the address to post them is

FAO Sister Jane Mooney,
The Stour Centre, Ipswich Hospital,
Heath Road, Ipswich,
Suffolk IP4 5LS

Here goes with¬†the first set…

 

ipswich-syringe-driver-bags

 

If you would like to learn more about the charity, or specifically syringe driver bags, you can read more at the links below.

http://makingforcharity.co.uk

http://makingforcharity.co.uk/node/340

Syringe driver bags are simple to make and it’s been touching to hear some of the happy¬†responses from people who are going through a tough time. If you sew, or are thinking of taking up sewing, they are a wonderfully straightforward project. All straight lines, no zips or buttons. I’ve got more fabric lined up for future bags, which I will slot in between bigger makes.

Have a good Sunday!

Walk in peace.

 

In case you were wondering…

Hey ūüôā Thanks for dropping in.

Just wanted to let you know that change is afoot…

I’m aware that people have been¬†clicking through to my Folksy shop and the shelves have been¬†kinda bare. There’s a good reason for this; have no fear, the makey train has not been derailed.

I’m in the process of migrating to Etsy, for reasons I’ll go into at a later date. Favourite my shop if you want to keep up with new arrivals!

So please bear with me while I restock and in the meantime, have a splendid weekend! Choowoo!