Off to work in my lovely peaceful studio in France,but without the usual sunshine-expecting snow there too tomorrow!Can't get away from it!! Should be a good chance to prepare for our exhibition at the Washington gallery-more of that later.
I've taken part in a card swop via Lawendula's blogspot (type Woven Letters into Google) and have just opened my parcel this morning, from my partner in the swop.These lovely little drawings are by a 20s/30s Southern Belle and tell a complicated story ,which I'm looking forward to including in an altered book.This will be something quite different for me and just the challenge needed for the new year,It's good to be pushed into a situation which is different -hope my parcel has ythe same effect on my opposite number!The second image shows more of the swap,all equally as inspiring.It's like peering into someone elses life!
These are the finished pieces for the International Feltmakers exhibition, which starts its progress through Europe at the textile museum in Prato,Italy.My pieces are based on Flood Famine and Freeze. In view of recent weather and the disaster in Haiti, I could have used all kinds of other images for the digital part of the felt, but as it was,I used the flood in Gloucestershire, which filled our ground floor up to work top level.The freeze element came from research into the Little Ice Age and there are ,sadly ,always imges of famine from somewhere in the world.All this leads up to the horrible cliche that 'nothing changes'.
This is my garden-too cold to go in the studio today, but the village is very peaceful.No shops open,no bread,no post! Doing lots of work on the computer ,thinking and a bit of my daily drawing, with stitching tonight in front of the TV.