Thursday, 8 March 2018

All washed up

Whilst I hear on the news about the depth of the winter in the UK this year, New Zealand (at least the part I live in) has had a mostly glorious summer, which means surfing, swimming and generally enjoying the outdoors. Though I have loved all of the amazing images on Facebook and Instagram of the snow and ice - just gorgeous.
It has also been a busy and productive start to the year in textile terms for me, which I have enjoyed very much. It takes a while to adjust to a new place of work and so having a few deadlines to force the flow has been good for me.
Samples for the Autumn Knitting and Stitching Workshops were needed pronto. This year I have offered two classes, hope to catch you there:

Scraps to Fancies - Using coffee pods, baby wipes and cardboard 

Squiggles, Giggles and Hammers - no more needs to be said!

I was delighted when Maggie Grey contacted me for a chapter in her next WOWBook. But the exact details have to remain secret until publication, though to whet your appetite - it includes printable surfaces, metal, wire, alcohol (ink), beads, heat and more!

Starting Points

Sneaky preview!

I was sent a yummy little package of locally made, handmade papers in papyrus, flax and zizania to create anything with for an exhibition. As ever, you start off with one idea and others happen as you go along, so there are three pieces based on drawn forms off the beach - stones and roots. Then I wanted to explore the idea of found objects from the beach, which I am always acquiring, and the flow of the waves on the sand. The contrast between the natural and the discarded. This led to a small series in it's own right. And finally I asked for more paper to create a little maze book using words and oddments.
The exhibition will be on at the Muddy Waters Gallery in Dargaville, NZ from 13th April to 8th May. If you happen to be that way - do go in. It is a small, community run gallery and deserves support. But as you may not 'happen' to be in the area, here are a few images, the rest will work their way to the website later when my Photoshop stops playing around.

Dune Grass Study by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Dune Grass Study by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Beach Pebble Study by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Beach Pebble Study by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Now it's back to working on my 'Fabricated Narratives' pieces.

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