Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Adventures in spinning

In my travels into fibres it was inevitable to find myself drawn to spinning - as I learned more about yarn, and strucures, and the architecture of fabric - so soon I found that I will have to try it for understanding it.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The beauty of the material 2.

A while ago I posted about the wonderful linen I bought from Kate of YarnStories. 
The yarn was a delight even in its untouched skeins, but enjoyed every minute of working with it, once I decided on the project - a lacy summer scarf.

Monday, 28 October 2013


We're back from Finnland - where we've (Mr Retchy and myself) spent an amazing 10 days - thanks to Edwina Goldstone, Artist and Friend, organizer of the Art-Hame 2013 /  U|ART workshop. The idea was to create an interdisciplinary workshop environment, where the element of play is central - the trying out of ideas and techniques is the point of the process, as opposed to the outcome, an idea very close to my way of working/understanding.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Analogue Social Live Printing Event

The Glasgow based Analogue Social collective recently had a Live Event in Dundee -"a bare walled exhibition space, a DJ, a bar provided by anCnoc, and of course screen printing tables".
As I was always interested in printmaking, I jumped on the opportunity to try screen printing... I have tried etching before, thinking it would be a good medium for my line drawings - but the time consuming process going back and forth meant that I kept finding faults with the original, and by the time the work was finished I was deeply unhappy with the outcome :-) The relative fast pace of screen printing seemed like the answer to my problem.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

A happy winner

Recently I had a couple of great things happening - my work got accepted to the Dundee AnalogueSocial event (more about that later) and I got a lovely email from Amy, owner of the great Compositions of Wool blog, (highly recommended - overflowing with yarn love) that I have won her generous yarn giveaway! - Over the Moon!
It's a great selection -- and has a few things I haven't tried before -- like the gorgeous Louisa Harding Hulda... with a mix of wool / acrylic / linen  - it has a really nice tweedy / heathery look and it's super soft.
And just love the way it looks with the oxblood colour of the laceweight yarn! I have been  going through a grey appreciation phase recently - so this makes me very happy :-) Thank you Amy!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Artist Interview: Cally Booker - BonnyClaith

The Artist Interview returns with local talent - please welcome Cally, whom I've met at the Meadow Mills Open Studios day - her collection of an amazing rainbow of yarns instantly drew me to her space :-)
This striped yardage was inspired by a multi-coloured skein of yarn
please tell us about yourself / background / childhood impressions 
My name is Carolyn. It got abbreviated to Cally when I was an undergraduate in the 1980s – and now pretty much everyone calls me Cally except my mother, who hates it! 
I learned to sew and to knit from my mum and can’t really remember a time when I didn’t make things.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

the beauty of the material

Just a quick post about the beauty of yarn :-)
I received my wonderful linen yarn today - ordered from Kate of YarnStories on Etsy - and can't get enough taking pictures of it! Colour, texture, smell, everything! Planning to make a lacy project, something in seaside colours for the summer - it's finally here! Thank you Kate :-)

Saturday, 15 June 2013

In a tweedy mood --

-- because summer is nowhere to be seen! 
Warmth aside, I do love tweed in any shape or form because of its evocative qualities, with its texture and colours it instantly tells a story, of a place and a time. These are one of the earlier mentioned "Selfish Projects" - a pair of mittens made of gorgeous New Lanark Heather Mixtures - with the excuse of trying a new construction method -- to avoid the jaggy seams I decided to crochet in two continuous spirals - a'la candy stripes. I'm really happy with the outcome.
The New Lanark story is one that's worth it's own blogpost - all yarn produced "by traditional methods in one of the historic mills, where a 19th century spinning mule is still working for all our visitors to see" in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
About the evocative qualities of tweed - It's very difficult to describe the rich associations it brings... it's the nature of all things tactile - but I have found these amazing photographs by Ian Lawson a while ago - they perfectly describe these connections -- to landscape, colour, weather - timelessness. I highly recommend checking out his website - fantastic work.
images © Ian Lawson

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

...and we're back!

 -- after a bit of a struggle with the elements, the blog / website is back up and functioning ... just in time to start life again with the spring :-)
I've been doing all sorts of selfish projects - selfish knitting / crochet,  a sketch-a-day illustration project, general maintenance (ha - the extremely complex effort of blogmoving) - but normal life will soon resume - with the added interviews (apologies for the slow speed on them), and maybe the occasional photo post.
Which reminds me - this week's seen my first adventure with the online lab world, just sent a couple of rolls of film away to be developed - with anticipation. Will let you know how it goes - just a bit nervous, as these were pictures taken at a family wedding - these are part of our present... fingers crossed.
The good weather saw me out and about - enjoying the warmth while sketching+photographing... I've spent a lot of time in cemeteries recently, looking for inspiration....

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Artist Interview: Aljona of ProPro / Katlix

Hello dear readers - as life goes back to it's normal pace, so will the blog carry on with the series introducing great talent.
Today's guest is Aljona, owner of Katlix Designs, a collection of illustration work and paintings - and my first encounter with Aljona's work. Now she's venturing into new territory with her new endevour, taking a beautifully sarcastic look at the world of  "inspirational prints" - with Proverbial Productions, or ProPro.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Happy New Year!

And welcome back after the Holidays - I hope everyone had a great fortnight.  I myself find it a little bit hard to get back to the normal everyday rhythms after that time between Christmas and New year when it's difficult to say what day it is.  The days spent with eating, baking and Pinterest.
 Hmm, 2012.... can't say it was an amazing year, more like one that started low and got a lot better! :-)
A year of endings and beginnings.
Would love to hear what it was like for you.

But at the same time, I love re-starting in January - I haver a few plans in mind, and some great Interviews lined up for you to enjoy - watch this space!