The Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, London, a Textiles Art Group is having its annual Textile Showcase. Each year we hold a showcase to display what we’ve produced throughout a year of classes and workshops.
When: Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25, 2-8pm
Where: St James Westminster Church in Wortley Village, 115 Askin St., London, Ontario
Be sure to come into the tea room to enjoy a leisurely cup of tea or coffee served with a huge selection of home baking. The tea room is open from 2-4:30pm at a cost of $3.00.
For the last few weeks, I have been taking an online class called Rescue Book Journal by the wonderful Diana Trout. The purpose of the class is to learn how to take a cover from a discarded hard-cover book, and make a new book using your choice of papers.
I volunteer at the local Friends of the Library bookstore, so I have access to lots of books that are about to be discarded. I have rescued lots of book covers that are destined to become hand-made journals.
Here is the cover of the book I used for my first journal.
I painted the outside of the cover with some black, and metallic gold paint. On the front cover, I used one of Tracy Moreau’s stencils.
Then I put on some new end papers, and paper inside the spine.
I have always wanted to have a sketchbook with coloured pages for pen & ink drawing. So I collected a bunch of sheets of coloured paper, assembled them in signatures, and sewed them into the book cover as we learned in the class.
Here is the cover of the finished book, complete with bead decorations (of course).
And here are the coloured pages inside the book.
This has been one of the coolest art projects I have ever done. Thank you, Diana!
Yesterday, I took a wonderful class with Sharon Brassard of Romantic Designs, and Brigette Thompson of Powertex Canada. I made this amazing sculpture; it is made with a wire armature, aluminum foil padding, and fabric dipped in Powertex. The fabric dries to a very hard texture which is weatherproof.
The workshop was wonderful. The whole process is easy, fun, and very messy. A good time was had by all.
I am participating in the Sketchbook Challenge, which begins this month for 16 months. The theme for this month’s challenge is “Highly Prized”. For this theme, I decided to focus on time. The older I get, the more precious time is. It’s a non-renewable resource, and I try to use it as best I can.
This two-page spread contains some thoughts and quotes about time and art. The background of the left page is done with a Derwent Inktense pencil, there are several collage pieces, and some Zentangle patterns done in pen & ink. (Click the image for a larger view.)