Monthly Archives: August 2014

Pushing ‘getting back to drawing’ a bit further.

When I finished this work I took a whole series of photos to explore the potential of cropping this down further to make new works. I selected 3 of these to develop. I will take the same idea of creating … Continue reading

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Object trouve.

Continuing with some experiments using willow as a stain. Here the fabric, linen, has been soaked in the willow stain and draped around objects that have been found whilst gardening. This has then been left to dry thoroughly. These do … Continue reading

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Willow group of 8

For each of the willows I made a collection of their leaves to incorporate into a group of de-collage works. Unfortunately I missed recording 2 of them. As with the previous de-collage works I cut small panels of MDF and … Continue reading

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Rooting willow circles.

What if…..? The possibilities seem endless. Now I’m wondering if I can grow my own cylinder! One of the things about willow is that it does seem to root very easily, so I was kind of intrigued to see if … Continue reading

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Solar dying/staining.

Whilst looking at the work of artist, Emma Riley, who works using natural materials, I came across the reference to solar dyeing. As I have been experimenting with staining using willow I decided that it might be an interesting method … Continue reading

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Colour in willow roots.

I collected some of the roots that had grown out of the bottom of pots in my ‘willow plantation’ and was stuck by the lovely colours in them.

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Plaster works

Having done some previous experiments with plaster and stain from the willow, I wanted to try and incorporate some physical material from the tree that would add another dimension to the marks made through imprints and traces left behind. I … Continue reading

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Getting back to some drawing.

Working  with charcoal, an eraser and inks I made what would be an under-drawing. I selected a drawing from my sketchbook that I would work over the top. I used charcoal and oil pastel to make this drawing, and some … Continue reading

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Beauty in decay.

Whilst making my de-collage pieces I was using willow bark and wall paper paste. I was quite taken with the moulds that appeared after a few days.

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Visitors to the willow.

Whilst I was collecting leaves from the willows I found they had visitors. This beautiful orange, brown and yellow, tufted, hairy caterpillar belongs to the Vapourer moth. They are eating the leaves, but I quite like the idea that they … Continue reading

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