'Afternoon Kip' is available to purchase at https://www.nsltextileart.co.uk/afternoonkip With the warm weather we are having at the moment we could all do with an afternoon kip!!!
After a morning of swimming lessons, these three otter pups huddle together on the river bank surrounded by clover and grass for an afternoon kip. Tired from the morning events one has already drifted off to sleep in the warmth of the afternoon sun. Another was drifting off when its sibling interrupted him with a loud yawn!
Deep in a pine forest in the midst of Bodmin, a Goldcrest family have made their home. A pair of Goldcrest has thickly woven their nest from moss, small twigs, cobwebs and lichen in a pine tree, ready for their family. Fast forward twenty days and two young kinglets have grown. They sit outside the nest to cool down on a warm, sunny day. As the mother flies in with his beak full of treats, one of the kinglet sit calling with its mouth open wide desperate for food. The other sits unamused by it sibling having taken all the food previously.
(The Goldcrest is also known as 'King Of The Birds' because of its bright caps on their heads.)
A number of techniques and mediums were used in the creation of this piece including fabric painting, embroidery and quilting. These techniques create the different textures from the soft warm feather of the Goldcrests to the delicate leaves of the pine.
There are many things I love about the River Tamar from it lush green banks where many creatures make their homes, to the tranquillity of the smooth rippling water, one can easily lose oneself in its beauty. However, this can become quickly disturbed by the loud sound of a large splash. At first, you are unsure what quite happened, then not long afterwards it happens again. The noise was made by a Rainbow Trout with its distinct salmon pink stripe. You sit in anticipation waiting for the dramatic flick of the Trout as it jumps out the river, sending cold water high into the air. One can feel quite sorry for the elegant Mayfly at the other end, but the Trout isn't alway successful!
A number of techniques and mediums were used in the creation of this piece including fabric painting, sheer work, embroidery and quilting. These techniques create the different textures from the wet scales of the Trout to the delicate wings of the Mayfly.
'Deep in the woods four foxes huggle together taking shelter in a hollowed-out tree trunk. One awakens to see the first dusting of snow that has touched the last of the hawthorn berries and fallen leaves in the surrounding woodland. '
I have been asked to show my art in the winter exhibition at Cotehele Gallery 'All Wrapped up'. After a couple of weeks of finding inspiration wondering the Cornish countryside and flicking through old winter photos, I have finally got to designing, sampling and make the first few piece of my winter collection. From a red squirrel foraging in the snow to two mice greeting on top of dried poppy seed heads.
It is highly uncommon for dormice to be seen during the day, as they are nocturnal. Though on rare occasions, they have been seen during the day, as Andrea Zampatti (wildlife photographer) captured on one of his magnificent photos. Where a dormouse was caught by surprise when the pollen from Yarrow flowers makes it sneeze, giving it a vivid expression of laughter. Inspired by this I created this piece, as it brings joy and a smile to my face every time I see it.
The River Tamer is full of life and is one of my favourite places to visit, as I always see something new. Whilst taking a walk along side the river and admiring the reeds in the wind. Below I noticed a split in the reed, they are normally empty but on this lucky occasion a small water was sat eating its way though a pile of leafs.
The River Tamer is full of life and is one of my favourite places to visit, as I always see something new. Whist kayaking along the river I saw movement at the water's edge. As I drifted with the current, I floated towards what I could now see were waters voles. They seemed to be half floating on the water, but on closer inspection they were on mounds poking up above the water. One vole stretched up to pick a blackberry as the other sat eating.
A number of techniques and mediums were used in the creation of this piece. The background is fabric painted and embroidered, the water voles, earth, leaves and blackberries was achieved through quilting, appliqué, painting, embroidery and beading.
June and July is the prime time in the year to see fox cubs playing, as they come out of their dens and learn their new life skills. Inspired by this I created this piece capturing the character of a pair of fox cubs, as they clamber around the forest floor, squashing ferns in their game of rough and tumble.
A number of techniques and mediums were used in the creation of this piece. The background is fabric painted, embroidered and corded, the fox cub and fers were achieved through quilting, appliqué, painting and embroidery.
I have been working on a pair of fox cubs for a few weeks and have just finished the smaller of the two. I really feel like I have captured it's character, but my hands are hurting and the second one is larger!!!
I have really enjoyed my first solo exhibition and really hope to do more. I have meet some really lovely people, who have really encouraged me moving forwards. So after the two weeks five original piece of textile art have been sold with more cards and prints!!!
I want to exhibit a wide range of artwork in my my corner exhibition at the Ebenezer, as it is my first solo exhibition. I want there to be something for everyone, covering all budgets. To do this I have started by making these smaller pieces for those with a smaller budget. I have started with these two piece, which I hope art lovers with love as much as I do!!!
English weather is never predictable, as this Long-eared Owl found out. After a beautiful summers day, the evening draws in bringing with it a rain shower casting a purple hue. The Long-eared Owl finds shelter on an old oak tree under some bracket fungi, which handily stops the worst of the wet. But as the rain persists it runs down the fungi above and drops straight down onto the owls head below DONK!!! This piece captures the moment when a droplet hits the owl, he screws up his face on one side, showing how annoyed he is by the so called English summer!!!
A number of techniques and mediums were used in the creation of this piece. The background is fabric painted, the owl, fungi and tree was achieved through quilting, appliqué, painting and embroidery.