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September Calling

September Calling

Living in the Great British Isles means embracing all seasons. There are undeniable changes happening in the garden, and I am undeniably aware that September is calling and am beginning to feel the thrill of cooler months ahead.

 

There is a gentle fading beginning to take hold as well as the fullness of ripe berries and autumn fruits. It is this fading, mottling and ageing that I find restful and somehow reassuring.

 

 

Yes, I confess to be totally thrilled by the imminent onset of autumn. This season is equally exciting to me as spring. The drama of the demise of nature’s summer beauty is displayed as a visual wonder in seed heads, leaf skeletons, crystallised cobwebs and exuberant colour in skies and trees. Along with darker nights, lit with candles and the glow of a log fire, harvest festivals and fireworks pepper the calendar. The kitchen becomes the hub of the home and is filled with smells of jam making, homemade fruit puddings, sticky sausages, toasted crumpets and long, lazy Sunday roasts. The hallway is filled with wellington boots and coats and we dig out warm woollens to wrap ourselves in ……... yes, I am a huge fan of autumn!

September brings the call for us all to return to a more timetabled life and autumn provides the countdown to our yuletide celebrations. I will be exhibiting at the fabulous trade show ‘Top Drawer’, for the first time in September, hoping to meet owners of boutique shops, independent galleries and interior designers, all looking for artisan made pieces for their curated winter collections.

Meanwhile, the last threads of summer are difficult to let go of. Gathering up fading flowers and making the most of home grown vegetables in warming soups and hedgerow fruits in glorious crumbles, means we can still eat outdoors and gather together with candle-light and blankets to wrap around. This is, perhaps, how we British like to ‘Hygge’. The jaded colour palette makes me think about softly shaded wools. I like to work with colours that have been taken directly from nature, I find them soothing and restful and they seem to sit well with natural fibres. Perhaps my next woven designs will be inspired by the colours of September......

 ........we'll see. x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rockpool

rockpool

I must admit to being slightly obsessed with water, especially the way it changes colour, depending on what is underneath it and what the sky is doing above it. Every time I pop out to the beach, the sea offers up different, ever-changing shades and the rock pools it leaves behind as it falls away from the rocky edges of the beach are also full of colour and texture.

 

I often surprise friends when I return from holiday with my holiday snaps. I hardly ever take photos of people, instead my images will be of the sea, or a lake or perhaps a structural plant or a dead tree or two. I am fascinated with just how brilliant and bountiful nature is as a source of inspiration, and I am always looking out for colour. During a recent trip I found myself captivated by the beautiful greens and blues of this fast flowing river in Hukka, New Zealand. It reminded me of the colours of the rockpools back on the pebble beach at home.

I have been making sketches and colour studies based on rockpools and am currently developing this work into designs for weaving. Here are a few drawings taken from my sketchbook:

I will be making some yarn wrappings next and then I can begin designing the weave and making a warp to take on to the loom.  Hopefully I can produce some samples worthy of becoming a new throw design.......think I will name it 'rockpool'.

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Island Inspiration

Island Inspiration

When I am surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, either sitting on the pebble beach outside the cottage or watching the boats come in out of the tiny harbour at Beaumaris, or walking for miles across sandy beaches at Newborough Forest, I am filled with the need to capture it.

I have collected hundreds of photographs over the years, and filled sketchbooks with colour combinations, sketches and texture studies. These are a very valuable resource for me when I begin to think about a woven design.

The structure of the weave reflects the textures that I find in this natural environment. My latest collection has a structure inspired by the impressions left behind on soft sands. For instance, the ripples that are left as the sea pulls away at low tide and the heavy indentations of tyre tracks made as boats are taken out to sea on trailors by tractors at the bay.

 

These markings can be seen all over the island of Anglesey, as can the colours that appear in this collection. Many shades make up the ‘white’ pebble beach outside the cottage and I spend a lot of time sitting on the pebbles in one position and counting how many different colours are laying all around me. When I visit the sandy beach at Newborough, I literally walk for miles with my head down, marvelling at the myriad colours of shells and fascinating rocks thrown out by volcanoes on the romantic island of Llandwynn. Then there are the colours of the sea and sky and these change dramatically every day, from green, to palest duck egg, to dark navy, to grey.

The light on the island is very special, the air is clean and the weather can be mill-pond still or stormy savage from day to day. This resource of inspiration never fails to excite me.

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