03 March 2017

Automaton Cat Mechanism Succeeds!!

It worked! The prototype cat and birds mechanism will move a puppet.
The little bird wing/hand things move up and down and lift and drop the strings.

And the puppet girl starts flying. 

26 February 2017

New Automaton Experiment

A prototype frame in the form of a cat with birds sitting on his lap. This is the support for the crank shaft and followers that will be the mechanism that moves a puppet, that is if it works!

24 February 2017

More Gum Arabic Transfer onto Fabric

Further Gum Arabic Transfer printing using photocopies of Biro sketches.

If you are interested in learning this technique I bought a fabulous leaflet explaining the process from Sue Brown. She also runs courses check them out here.

26 January 2017

25 January 2017

Makers' Play Day

My wonderful pal Sue Brown held a Makers' Play Day at her the yard: ART space in Cheltenham this past Monday. A fantastic gathering of artist/makers coming together to play, experiment and swap skills. I took some scrap fabric and a unsuccessful painting and after an intense few hours of sewing came home with.........

An Old Soldier

With a cat on his reverse.

I am going to resist cutting up more paintings but plan to try further experiments using my play day discoveries.

07 September 2016

Gum Arabic Transfer Printing on Velvet and more!!

Mr Cat and Mr Rabbit both began life as flat prints on fabric that I have stitched and stuffed.

I learned the technique of Gum Arabic Transfer Printing from Sue Brown on a Makers Play Day at the Yard Artspace in Cheltenham. A fabulous technique for printing quickly onto fabric using photo copies of my drawings and that doesn't change the feel of the fabric. So many possibilities!!

07 March 2016

Easter Chick Painting

I've been painting in acrylic so far but have just gone and bought some oil paints and very quickly relived every awful oil painting mistake that I ever made. I haven't painted in oil for 30 years!!!
I have got the painting to this stage and now I am waiting for paint to dry.

02 March 2016

Mini Clowns

Had a go at tiny painting and may try some more but I am really looking forward to having space to cut wood and start making automata again. Not long now I hope!

14 February 2016

Why I Love Embroidered Pictures!!

I have just been cleaning the glass of the first embroidered pictures that I ever got to study in close detail. Again these were my Grandma's. Every time I see them I want to sew.