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Drawing for Anemones in Olive Grove 26/12/14

Drawing for Anemones in Olive Grove

There are times when I plunge straight into a collage but more often there is a planning stage where the weight and movement of the composition is decided in a pencil drawing. This is the design for Anemones in Olive Grove. An ancient olive tree is playing a central role, its trunk split by time.

St Piran Anemones 18/12/14

St Piran Anemones

St Piran Anemones are a Cornish variety of a Mediterranean flower. They are grown in the Penberth Valley and I bought these in the Farmers' Market. As we approach midwinter I plan to create an olive grove full of scarlet flowers. Lots of saturated colour and sunshine.

Detail of Wave 15/12/14

textile collage Detail of Wave

The foaming crest of the wave is formed of many intricately cut, curving shapes, built up in layers of hand-dyed fabrics with differing textures.

building a wave 11/12/14

textile collage, building a wave

This foaming wave is beginning to take form. The weave of the blue-green satins runs in different directions so that the clear water will glint and shift as you walk by.

Bluebell Meadow with Orchids

textile collage 'Bluebell Meadow with Orchids'

Although I always encourage people to commission a completely original textile collage, there are times when the subject is perfect but the dimensions are not. Bluebell Meadow with Orchids is such a piece. This original piece is still available on my website at

textile collage 'Bluebell Meadow with Orchids 2'

I have adapted the subject of 'Bluebell Meadow with Orchids' to fit a horizontal format. It is a new piece of art with its own composition, and hopefully has the enthusiasm and energy of the first version.

Cornwall Crafts at Penlee House, Penzance 1/12/14

Cornwall Crafts at Penlee House, Penzance 1/12/14

The Cornwall Crafts Association's Christmas exhibition at Penlee House in Penzance is the only chance to see the associations work in the far west of Cornwall. It is a great show and certainly worth a visit.


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