The Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild are having an exhibition in Belfast City Hall next month. The title is Cultural Heritage.
I am leaving it a bit late, but after a bit of thought and a lot of procrastination, I have decided to enter a piece.
I may not make it in time for the deadline, but I will give it a go.
During our summer holiday we spent a day in the Somme area of France. We visited Thiepval War Memorial.
And Hamel Military Cemetary, where my Great Grandfather William Powers is buried.
He died 1st July 1916, first day of the Battle of The Somme.
We took a few grave rubbings.
Cultural Heritage... Remembering our war dead.
Today I started experimenting with ideas for a textile piece. Probably a small piece as time is against me.
This is a kind of tracing of a grave rubbing onto white cotton which had some acrylic paint applied to it.
Too messy. Don't like this.
I traced onto tissue paper, pinned the paper to cream cotton and stitched around the letters.
Then I painted inside the stitching with textile paint.
I don't like this effect either. Still too messy
The numbers have been traced then outlined in pen and painted with textile paint.
This is ok. But not great.
I tried it on grey fabric, and painting the space around the numbers. I think I like this, it looks more like the stone of the headstones.
I want to use the symbol of the cross in the piece. Here I have used a poster, cut out the cross shape and scrunched the paper to distress it.
I have this poster, and want to use it in the piece. Cutting cross shapes with the images of the faces perhaps.
So that's as far as I got.
I also went to the allotment this afternoon.
Yes the courgette is huge.
The first sweet pea, but there are so many flowers just about to bloom.
There are a lot of weeds too. Sunday will be weeding day. I wasn't in weeding mood today so they got a reprieve.
This is far too long a blog.