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Monthly Meet Up: Sculpture

Hellooo!

Here we are again for our Monthly Photographic Meet-Up, happening each first Tuesday of the Month.

This month’s prompt is SCULPTURE.

Archive and/or current posts are all very welcome, just leave a link in the Comments to join in.

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First up a Pink Goat – I think this also qualifies for Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge don’t you, especially when teamed up with his friend Blue Hare

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As seen during Dorset Arts Weeks at the Studio ofpen and ink

Jane Shaw in Cattistock. IMG_1455Do click on her name to go to her website and see more of her wonderful work.IMG_1456

During Arts Weeks we had the priviledge of seeing inside her studiostudio (1)

arranged for the two weeks as a gallery. What a charming space.

I’m looking forward to seeing your sculpture photos

More Sculpture can be seen in This Post, and the bizarre Doreen’s Garden post.

Now must dash

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as I’m off to do some gardening before the temperatures crank up – this afternoon I’m off to Sports Day at the school of 3 of my grandchildren – sunhats and of course camera at the ready.

The prompt for next month (August) is FLAKE

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Crochet cross country

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aaaaaaaah – that view!!!

On Monday a friend and I went off to meander around West Dorset and take in some ozone packed Art on display through Dorset Arts Weeks .

We drove to Abbotsbury and visited Dansel Wood Gallery. We had met there when we both worked in the Gallery 20 years ago. The view above was on my journey to work each morning and it never failed to give me a gasp of pleasure, and I thought I must have one of the best commutes in the world! (the ferry across Sydney Harbour Australia possibly just beats it!).

I can highly recommend the coffee shop at Dansel too – giving time for a catch-up chat with our former boss,  and to do a spot of crochet

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I’m so enjoying building memories into this throw.

Then on to a blustery Burton Bradstock for a blast along the beach

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before dropping in on Carolyne Kardia’s Open Studio – what a fabulous spaceck

adding a few more stitches at the original home of Summer Flightckme

 

Gorgeous Exhibition!!!! Wonderful space, delightful artist!

And on to lunch at Down House Farm Cafe

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it is on the footpath and a bit tricky to get to by car, but well worth it for the friendly service, delicious menu and wonderful viewsview

and time for a more crochetfoot

 

Do you like my co-ordinating new sandals! Made by Adesso, bought in Wimborne’s Doris and Daisy ?

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whilst my friend browsed through the book to see where we would go next

A wonderful sunny Dorset day filled with Stunning Views, The Sea, Art, Friendship and re-connecting with old friends – all now crocheted into and held snuggly by my Summer Flight Throw.

Fun with Felt

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Yumsk! Those colours just make my heart sing!

After a taxing week I was SO looking forward to Saturday’s Felt Making Workshop led by, local artist, Di Pattinson.

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There is something soothing and wonderful about a group of women crafting together, and every so often I just have to book a day for myself to have a go at a new textile related skill.

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I first came across Di’s work some years ago during Dorset Arts Weeks, an almost overwhelming richness of Dorset Art on show for 2 weeks every 2 years. (It is about to happen again soon, in May, click on link above to go to the website)

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The pictures above are of Di’s work – lots of variety to inspire.

The workshop was held in The Old School, Upwey, home to the Upwey Potters and next to Upwey Wishing Well Cafe and Water gardens (which by the way is for sale if any readers are looking for a quaint old English Tea Rooms steeped in history, magic and mystery) from which we could order delicious lunches, which were brought across to us.

Di has a very upbeat and encouraging, relaxed style of demonstrating and supporting her students, so that one does not feel pressured to achieve, anything goes and she has a mass of materials to choose from

f2ooooo, don’t you just want to go elbow-deep into all that wonderful merino colourful softness

I was going for …f4bright.

I can’t seem to get enough of the hot pink, turquoise, orange, acid green, yellow combo – this obsession has been going on since the 1960s

Here I am aged 15 (ha!) the colours of the photo have faded a bit – but that dress was BRIGHT!!

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note the Dr Scholl sandals – remember those?

I had a brief foray into terracotta and subtle greens in the 80s, but it did not last long.

Back to the felt – We started with a flat piece and I just threw it all together very quickly as I did not really want to think too much or have any finished object in mind – the day, for me, was about pure relaxation. Very much a Process Art approach, be drawn by a colour and go with where it takes you, and this meant I could dash off another piece before we stopped for lunch.

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If ‘dash off’ can really describe the 400 rolls, back and forth, you need to do to get the wool fibres to felt together.

Others went for more subtle colouring (mine on the left) and produced some beautiful and fun pieces, which were left to dry on the radiator – some were destined for needle felting and/or  other embellishments later.

f1aI was bowled over by this piece inspired by a greetings card

f3After lunch Di told us how to make vessels, whether for vases, bags or bowls

Here are couple she has decorated with pebblesf9We were all amazed at the variety of colours and shapes we produced

I was still going for ..

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adding tassels of knitting yarn to decorate

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I really found it hard to believe that I was able to create 3 pieces in 6 hours with a stop for lunch, as well as being shown several other techniquesf11

Here is my Ta Dah! moment.

I’m not sure what I will do with the flat pieces but no doubt embroidery and beads will be used. The first piece with circles I think I will cut into strips and machine embroider into a collage.

And the second – well I really like this one as it is – I might add a few beads and some simple embroidery but I’m pretty sure this one will go on the wall

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Now, I wonder whether it would it sit comfortably next to Summer Flight