Aller Farmhouse Day Six

“Here comes the rain again”

Well it has been a wet, though productive day. It has not torrential rain however so I should really be thankful for that one!

I have been rather lethargic today because of this drizzle, but I was cheered up by one of the visitors today. The gentleman in question is on holiday from London and happened to spot the garden on his walk. He told me he prayed that the garden would be open for him to have a look around and was delighted to see we were, i quote ” I love gardens and I love art so this has really made my trip”

He was also a very big fan of Louise Bourgeois so we had a lot to talk about! Thank you back pack man, you made my day!

Aller Farmhouse Day Five

Today I made the decision to make the most of the frame and make life a little bit difficult for the viewer to enter the space.

I am starting to block off areas within the space and make some areas denser than others so you have to bend down into some bits to get through the entrance.

I am currently feeling that the walls are caving in around me which is also the effect I want to achieve within it.

Depressing end to the day however as the rain started to pour down! I am proud of myself though, I put my waterproofs on and persisted. I have no pictures of this however because I did not want a broken nikon which is my pride and joy!


Aller Farmhouse Day Four

It has been a busy day for me today! Though it is nice to see the installation is starting to take shape.

I am having issues with my bamboo coming out from the ground when the tension gets to high. To solve this problem I am going to bring my beloved staple gun ( I have this with me so much wear it like a necklace) and detract some of the tension onto the frame.

I am also getting very sore fingers and now need plasters to put around my fingers to protect them. This is suffering for your art!

Double, double toil and trouble Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

I am currently dying my wool all sorts of lovely Autumn colours. I am permanently standing next to the stove discovering what colour it will come out with this time (hence the Macbeth title!). Dying this way you can never be certain what your going to get, which is wonderful surprise and totally fascinating.

Hopefully this variation will create a more natural, organic installation that will blend in with the garden.

Thoughts and Inspiration

“I know that spinning sets me in a trance; it soothes me and charges my batteries at the same time. When times are tough I sit down to spin during the news-broadcasts, with therapeutic results.” 

― Elizabeth ZimmermannElizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac

It has been a while since my last post, this has been mainly because of having so much to do so little time.

However it has been helpful for me to take a break from the computer and just be lost in my thoughts for a while.

It has been a soul searching few months as sadly a wonderful woman called Rosalind Gregory who provided me with all my fleece to which I am spinning at the moment passed away. She was an inspiring person and I wish i have had time to have got to know her better, she is always in my thoughts and I hope to do her proud in September.

Rosalind pretty much gave me many solutions to problems about my work I have had bubbling in my head which I will be forever thankful!

I have been learning how to mordant and then dye my fleece over the last few months, with the help of Emma Riley. I hope to start to learn now to dye with natural materials soon and this will be a challenge as my knowledge on plant life is very basic, but for now I will be using ordinary dyes for the fleece.

I have also been lucky enough to be one of the volunteers who helped Laura Ellen Bacon install her work in Barrington Court this month, it was very interesting to see how another site specific artist works within the environment they are given and I now have ideas in my head for the future installations.

Next week it all starts….. Installing at Queens for Quartz Festival 2013 and then also starting to install my framework for Aller Farmhouse for SAW 2013! Very exciting !