Monday, 11 April 2011

Sprung

Once upon a time I worked with someone whose daughter wanted to give up piano lessons.
Her mother said "I've told her she must carry on until she starts enjoying it''.

Well...thats what I've been doing and at last.....at  LAST....I have derived some enjoyment again from my sewing. The pieces in the last post were ok..and then I cut them out which I hadn't planned to do.

I seem to work better on 'modules'. Perhaps I'm hooked on brooch mode?
Then suddenly...ping!

I started to like them. I was back in my stride.

Some are better than others and some have been here before.
I seemed to get my 'vocabulary' back.
So does that mean its really just more of the same?

Yes yes, I know the colours are the same, because I'm working towards creating the essence of this
The Burren and the sea.
 Today I made some more interesting shapes in darker colours but the photos were so awful I can't really show them properly. I'll save them for next time.

Does anyone know anything about perspex for display purposes?

Thank you for sticking with me on my blog through thick and thin, leaving lovely comments and helping me through a difficult patch. I'm still not ready for the brooch making treadmill again yet, but I am out of the tunnel and the light is dazzling.
Spring is here.
I know that, because I left a cup in the garden overnight and there was a slug in it this morning.
eeeuuuyykkk.


61 comments:

Jensters said...

These are really amazing and i love every single one of them....the only thing i know about perspex is that it can scratches easily....lol

Menopausal musing said...

Extra protein! (The slug).

Lovely to know you are feeling more creative. :O)

Hanni said...

These are just wonderful, I like all the different colors and the stitching.

Sue said...

Really glad to see you getting back into your stride :-) When I saw your post title it reminded me that it can't be long now until the dreadful Humble/Packham/Hughes-Games triage are back on our screens... if you don't know what I'm talking about, just ignore me... you can ignore me anyway if you like... advisable ;-)

Sue said...

Really glad to see you getting back into your stride :-) When I saw your post title it reminded me that it can't be long now until the dreadful Humble/Packham/Hughes-Games triage are back on our screens... if you don't know what I'm talking about, just ignore me... you can ignore me anyway if you like... advisable ;-)

Dan said...

Hurray! I'm glad you're enjoying yourself again. I love the one that's shaped like a frilly harp!
Can I just say too, that I'm actually quite pleased to hear you are working with those same lovely shapes in darker colours. I've often admired your brooches, and I have two rather formal dresses for work in black and dark grey, and a tiny brooch would look so lovely with them, so I'm looking forward to seeing your 'darks'.
I'm so glad that things are looking so much more bright and positive for you!
Dan
-x-

ju-north said...

Pleased you are finding your feet again! Have a look at www.bayplastics.co.uk for all things perspex. I've had a perspex box from them and they cut to size. Pieces can be glued together to make boxes etc.

silverpebble said...

It's a huge huge thrill to see your beautiful new pieces and hear that 'the light is dazzling'. Absolutely brilliant.

Rosie said...

Rejoice with me, for I have found the mojo which was lost! Yes I know that should have been sheep, but you know what I mean. It's amazing when the clouds lift isn't it, like the sun coming out ... so glad to hear that you're feeling better!

Celia said...

Mmm - feeling bad in the winter and better when the sun comes out? Join the SAD club?

Glad you are feeling better - and I love what you are doing.

Heather said...

Love your definition of spring! So glad you are back on track Jackie, and you can't say 'more of the same' because each piece you make is individual. I love the colours you are working with and am sorry I can't help with info on perspex.

Rachel said...

Hurray! Back on track and enjoying it again!

Twiglet said...

Gorgeous colours which really do remind me of the seaweed/pebbles and the sea. Summer is just around the corner - I saw 2 swallows yesterday!! So glad you are back on form.

Carol said...

They have more life as separate pieces if you ask me ... which I know you didn't!!! You can aways make them merge when you stitch them to the backing etc, if that's the way your going. It was like they were emerging from the fabric - mearly chrysalis' now their butterflies. The colours are just stunning and really have a feel of the landscape. I know some about perspex and the boys in school know more email me if you have some specific questions. caroltinataylor@yahoo.co.uk

Els said...

Hi Jackie, great to see you "at it" again !!! It was really worth the trying ! I love the "Horus-eye"
in the first photo....

Carol Q said...

glad you got your mojo back Jackie. I never get fed up with seeing your creations. the lower ones remind me of molluscs.

lilylovekin said...

So glad you've seen the light, your work is amazing and shines as always. I'm so proud of you for hanging in there.

Socrates said...

If it's more of the same o', then keep going, they are fabulous. Never seen anything like it and adore them. Yum

maggi21 said...

Glad that you are getting back on track and the pieces show that you have lost none of your creativity. They are beautiful. Are you intending to use the perspex to display things for sale or to mount artwork? If the latter Alysn Midglow-Marsden uses it to mount some of her pieces.

vintagerockchick said...

Hi Jackie, so pleased to see you back and happy stitching - the new pieces are lovely - slightly different but still very you - you must be delighted
Gill x

Jill said...

Love the colours you are working with and so glad your spring has sprung.

Kim said...

So fabulous you are back in the saddle!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Hooray Jackie!! I'm so glad you've gotten your groove back - I knew you would. I'm with you on the ewww factor about the slug - but I'd much rather have those than the blasted earwigs!!

Sandy said...

They are lovely. I like to work in modules too.

Joei Rhode Island said...

see me smiling from across the see?
xoxox

Victoria said...

Beautiful. I like what you said about your "vocabulary". I think in terms like that as well. Good to hear that your feeling a bit of the love again!

Chris Daly said...

You are doing a wonderful job of translating your work. I looked at your new pieces and thought of undiscovered sea creatures.

Mary Ann said...

Since I only just found your blog I have no knowledge of what you were doing before but I like what your doing now:)

Erica said...

So delighted for you Jacky. Great to see you are 'back' and on song again.

Thimble Fingers said...

Welcome back! Great to see you enjoying your creativity again. Your work is always appealing and the colours are wonderful.

Jude said...

I enjoy 'sticking' around...I love your work..no matter what you think
Take care
x

Iz said...

Hooray hooray! I LOVE the colours of the pieces and can see exactly how they represent the photos - brilliant. I once nearly drank a slug. When camping few years back, husband filled kettle in the evening but forgot to flip down the whistling spout. The next morning he made tea and I nearly swallowed a boiled slug that had crawled into the kettle overnight. Now THAT is eeuuuwwwww!

Chloe said...

Glad to hear you are enjoying sewing again, your work is lovely and inspiring :)

Pam said...

so gorgeous, as per, Jackie! loving them so. also glad to hear you're getting back into the swing again too. i'm trying as well, but for different reasons.
have read about you in a couple of recent Interweave newsletters recently, and they had some of your fab work to show as well.
looks to me as though you are definitely going international! yay for you! well done and so pleased for you. take it easy. x

Wendy said...

They're fantastic!
Perspex is a brand name, the material is actually acrylic. I work with plastics (in the display industry!) so let me have it, what do you want to know and I'll try and help you out!

whitney-anne said...

Bridget Riley and Patrick Heron did stripes over and over and over - I shouldn't worry about it. Are YOU sick of it, that's the thing. And when it's time to move on to somethimg else, you'll know.Glad you got back into the swing of things again,it can be so hard to work through those patches.

Gina said...

Hi Jackie, I've just bought some perspex display stands from 3D Displays
http://www.3ddisplays.co.uk/
Really pleased with what they sent.

Pleased things are feeling better

karen said...

yay!!! welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Max the Lobster said...

i love that vibrant green. how do you want to use yhe perspex? i have a catalogue at work for display/shop fittings but have also experience of using it to stitch things to ina museum environment. let me know

Carol said...

Well looky there! A TON of us are glad you feel better!! A little sewing and a little sun so you know more is on the way can GO a long way back from the blues.
Missed you, Jackie!
xx, Carol

Kathrin said...

That are really beautiful pieces!
Wonderful colours and shapes.
Welcome back to the creative stream!

jennyflower said...

Mum says; 'you'll enjoy it when you get there' and I nearly always do! Glad you are once again feeling creative stirrings, I love the results. x

clasheen said...

Stunning!!!

Caroline said...

Gorgeous pieces of art - I love the colours you are using! Good that you are getting there again!

Robin Mac said...

Welcome back Jackie, your offerings are so gorgeous. I haven't commented lately, but I have been lurking, willing you to get better soon - you have achieved that in spades. Enjoy the spring. Cheers

Anji* said...

Beautiful! And so happy you're finding enjoyment again :)

Ruth O'Leary said...

I've had display stands from 3D Displays (http://www.3ddisplays.co.uk/) and have been very pleased with both the stands and the service.

Susan said...

Brilliant work.

Yuck on the slug though, we have loads of them, they eat through everything.

Jennifer Tetlow said...

Just found your blog, and love these pieces - they're like precious jewels I want to hold in my hand so I get magic.

Christine said...

Great to hear you're back in the swing - and don't think of it as "more of the same", think of it as "starting where you left off". Onward and upward!

Linda said...

Ah...good to see some of your distinctive brooches again Jackie! :-)
(You have a lot of people cheering you on here...I am number 51.)

lynda Howells said...

all l can say after what everyone else has said is..they are beautifulxx lynda

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

I shall take to leaving mugs in the garden at night so I can tell when spring arrives! :-)
So happy to see you all perked up!

Ro Bruhn said...

These are beautiful, so glad you're getting back into the swing of things again.

lazyhill said...

lovely work Jackie - can't wait till you feel like hopping back on the brooch-making treadmill - my gallery needs you!
I know a felt artist who uses perspex to show her work - two sheets with the piece sandwiched in the middle and four long screws to keep the sheets together. It seems to work well - you can have the piece floating in mid air
xx

Kim said...

How delightful! Such color.... and even slugs have a purpose!

rosiepink said...

Love the new pieces Jackie - and the colours are just right! You asked about perspex. We went to look at Mary-Clare Buckle's work in her gallery in Abbotsbury and she uses perspex to mount some of her pieces of felt. She sort of sandwhiches her felt between two layers of perspex and there are four corner attachments that fix it to the wall, leaving a gap for the light to go behind the felt. Kind regards, Annie and Lyn

lazyhill said...

Mary Clare Buckle is the artist I was talking about, too - she's in the same village as me

Mermaid's Purse said...

They're gorgeous as always! It doesn't matter if it's more of the same ....... it's "your" formula and most of us readers could spot one anywhere! Am glad you're enjoying the process again x

jelly roll fabric said...

These are rather lovely. Been a big fan of the blog for a while - first time posting. Keep up the great work… I really love the stuff you put up.

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Lovely pieces Jackie : ) Laughing about your slug. I hope your inspiration continues to grow. We do miss you xxx



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